A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
“Insidious: The Last Key”
“To end this curse I need to go deeper into the further” is an actual line of dialogue in the trailer for this horror thriller, the fourth in the “Insidious” franchise, which is about the dumbest … and I've just been informed the Further is actually a world within the fictional series. Carry on.
“All the Money in the World”
Following numerous sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, the actor was pulled from this film, with Christopher Plummer stepping in to reshoot Spacey's scene's. Now is it too late to do the same with Quentin Tarantino in “Pulp Fiction”? Because, man, those scenes are rough.
Writer Aaron Sorkin steps into the director's chair for the first time with “Molly's Game,” which stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, who is arrested by the FBI for running an illegal gambling operation. Expect the Sorkin-penned screenplay to feature dense, snappy wordplay — and a fair amount of righteousness.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
You've got to have a big movie to fit big personalities like the Rock, Kevin Hart and Jack Black on a single screen, and the latest adaptation of “Jumanji,” the beloved children's book turned beleaguered film franchise, gives it the old college try.
“The Greatest Showman”
Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron star in this movie musical loosely based on the life of circus impresario P.T. Barnum, which features tunes from the Academy Award-winning songwriters of “La La Land.”
Alexander Payne's comedy about a world where people voluntarily shrink themselves to live tiny lives of luxury has weird and wonderful moments. It's a shame it feels like three different movies awkwardly humping. (3 stars)
“The Shape of Water”
Alive critic Brad Keefe walked away impressed with the lead performance from Sally Hawkins, but couldn't overcome the absurdity of the fishy man-beast love story at the center of this tale from director Guillermo del Toro. (3 stars)
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Critic and “Star Wars” devotee Brad Keefe (his print review mentioned sleeping in “Star Wars” pajamas the night before the press screening, fwiw) was wowed by director Rian Johnson's first dive into a galaxy far, far away, handing it a rating normally reserved solely for A24 films. (5 stars)