A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis reteams with “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson for this tale of a celebrated dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis), who finds a new muse and lover in Alma, played by Vicky Krieps. It's a testament to Day-Lewis' skill that he can pull off the name Reynolds Woodcock.
This military blockbuster from producer Jerry Bruckheimer features Thor, er, Chris Hemsworth in the lead role heading up an elite group of a dozen Green Berets dispatched on a mission in Afghanistan.
“Mom and Dad”
When I searched this movie on Google the first headline that popped up was “‘Mom and Dad' movie review: Nicolas Cage has gone insane.” I don't need to read anything more. I'm all in.
“The Final Year”
The documentary from Greg Barker follows the Obama administration through its last full year in office, which should make it a nice companion to the David Letterman interview with President Obama that recently aired on Letterman's new Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”
“Paddington's” stellar ensemble cast includes Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Grant, etc., and reviews suggest the powerhouse lineup is matched only by the family movie's charm.
Though the trailer made this Liam Neeson vehicle look like a twist on the “Taken” series, it's more of a thriller that falls somewhere between a Hitchcock-ian mind-bender and a tossed-off, mindless Hollywood action flick.
Director Steven Spielberg's big-screen retelling of The Washington Post's decision to release the Pentagon Papers, excerpts of which were first published by The New York Times, is both urgent and timely. (4 stars)
At its best, “I, Tonya” is a darkly comic look at figure skater Tonya Harding's life that comes with ample empathy for its subject. Plus, Alison Janney's performance as Harding's mom, LaVona, is worth the price of admission on its own. (4 stars)