A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
Following a string of stinkers, the DC universe finally received well-deserved praise for its “Wonder Woman,” raising hopes for the “Justice League” film. So let me just take a sip of this coffee and glance at the headlines from Vanity Fair (“‘Justice League' is a big, ugly mess”) and Business Insider (“‘Justice League' is agonizing to watch— and [director] Zack Snyder is to blame”)…
Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the central character, a 10-year-old boy with a congenital facial deformity, in director Stephen Chbosky's film, which is said to be a tearjerker. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also star.
“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Denzel Washington features as the titular character in this legal thriller, moving away from his typical fast-talking, smile-flashing, cocky big-screen presence to depict an obsessive, introverted character who falls somewhere on the autism spectrum.
“A Bad Moms Christmas”
The same seasonal creep that leads breweries to distribute pumpkin beers in August has made its way to the film industry, with the “Bad Moms” cast (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, etc.) engaging in holiday-themed shenanigans before most families have finalized Thanksgiving menus.
Woody Harrelson seems oddly cast as the Akron native and current star forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. (OK, I've just been informed he's actually portraying Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of these United States. Carry on.)
“Goodbye Christopher Robin”
Don't go into this thinking it's a light-hearted, kid-friendly tale about artist A.A. Milne creating the much-loved Winnie the Pooh and crew. Reviews suggest that it's Eeyore-level depressing.
The latest entry from Marvel is one of the funniest, most fun superhero flicks yet, playing up the charm, sharpened wit and comedic timing of Chris Hemsworth's Thor. Bonus points for a scene-stealing turn from Jeff Goldblum at his Goldblum-iest. (4 stars)
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Director Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”) again inhabits his own world in this weird, idiosyncratic film, which features a stellar cast (Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman) and a plot that unfolds like a slow-boiling thriller. It's not for everyone, but Alive critic Brad Keefe labeled it one of the year's best. (5 stars)