A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
No bull, this animated flick from 20th Century Fox Animation looks … good? John Cena stars as the voice of Ferdinand, the burly bull at the center of the film, which has been adapted from the classic kids' book “The Story of Ferdinand.”
Somehow, Woody Allen, whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow alleged sexual abuse by the director, has avoided being swept up in the ongoing #MeToo campaign. Regardless, expect the lingering controversies, as well as damning reviews (The New York Times described “Wonder Wheel” as “one of [Allen's] more unfortunate contributions to cinema”), to keep audiences away.
“Just Getting Started”
The latest from writer/director Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”) features a veteran cast, including voiceover king Morgan Freeman and the great, grizzled Tommy Lee Jones.
Following a string of stinkers, the DC universe finally received well-deserved praise for its “Wonder Woman,” raising hopes for the “Justice League” film. It wasn't to be. Just peep this headline from Vanity Fair: “‘Justice League' is a big, ugly mess.”
“A Bad Moms Christmas”
Despite an engaging cast (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, etc.), this holiday-themed sequel appears to have landed like a lump of coal in a stocking, drawing a 29 percent rating on “Rotten Tomatoes.”
“Cars” this ain't, thankfully. Celebrated animation studio Pixar reclaims the magic of its earliest films with its latest, which follows a young child who dreams of one day becoming a musician on a surreal trek through the Land of the Dead. (4 stars)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
The latest from director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” see it if you haven't) features a stellar cast operating in peak form, headlined by Frances McDormand, who should get serious Oscar attention just because I want to see how she responds in accepting the award from alleged abuser Casey Affleck. (5 stars)
Best known for her work in front of the camera, Greta Gerwig shines in her directorial debut, which features a strong lead performance from Saoirse Ronan as the Sacramento teenager who goes by Lady Bird in this coming-of-age tale. (5 stars)