A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
George Clooney directs pal Matt Damon in this dark satire set in 1950s suburbia, which features performances from a smattering of A-listers, including Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac, and D-level reviews. (Brian Tallerico of rogerebert.com called it “a tonal disaster from start to finish.”)
The eighth (!) installment of the “Saw” franchise picks up more than a decade after the death of “Saw” killer Jigsaw, who, one would guess, gives this blood-splattered flick its name.
“Thank You for Your Service”
A solid cast (Haley Bennett, Miles Teller) anchors this post-combat drama, which centers on a group of Iraq War veterans attempting to reintegrate into civilian life. Jason Hall (“American Sniper”) directs.
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.
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 8 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.
“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)