A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
Mark Felt, best known as “Deep Throat,” is the once-anonymous source who helped Washington Post reporters take down the Richard Nixon White House. The film stars Liam Neeson and features a paltry body count (namely zero) compared with the “Taken” series.
“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween”
I still haven't seen the first “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” so I don't know how essential it is to picking up the plot here. I'm going to guess not very.
This disaster thriller asks the question: “How much scarier could global weather systems be if humankind was in control of the environment?” Think of it as a Turducken of every weather-related disaster flick (“Twister,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” etc.)
The movie, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, features a great cast (Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons) as well as a muddled plot, poor pacing and a humorless tone that currently have it clocking in at 26 percent (out of 100) on Rotten Tomatoes.
No, not the “We are Marshall” Marshall, but rather Thurgood Marshall, longtime associate justice of the Supreme Court. This biopic focuses on his early years working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Chadwick Boseman, no stranger to playing important black Americans (James Brown, Jackie Robinson), stars.
Jackie Chan, recently the subject of a long, wonderful profile in GQ, makes his big-screen return in this (duh) action movie where he (double duh) does his own stunt work.
“Happy Death Day”
This horror-thriller plays like “Groundhog Day” meets “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” at least if the trailer is to be believed.
“Blade Runner 2049”
What could have been just the latest example of Hollywood running through its endless remake/sequel cycle turns out to be something more. This sequel is so in the spirit of the 1982 original that it seems destined for the same cult status. (5 stars)