A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
This “based on actual events” horror-thriller stars Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the heiress to a firearm fortune who constructed an elaborately nutty mansion (mazelike rooms, stairwells to nowhere, etc.) that rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most haunted homes around.
“Bilal: A New Breed of Hero”
Not a documentary about the neo-soul singer, but rather a computer-animated film that tells the tale of a boy abducted into slavery in ancient times. While early reviews are strong, I think I still would have preferred the soul doc.
“Maze Runner: The Death Cure”
The release of the final chapter of the “Maze Runner” young-adult film series served to inform me that a “Maze Runner” series exists. Cool, I guess.
Writer-director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) teams with a sharp cast (Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike) for this Western set in the late 1800s, which finds an Army captain (Bale) escorting a Cheyenne chief and his family through, uh, hostile territory.
“Den of Thieves”
Trailers for this crime thriller appeared to position it as a B-level “Training Day,” or, more accurately, a C-level “Heat.” While reviews have been mixed, stars Gerard Butler and 50 Cent have generally received plaudits for gamely throwing themselves into the over-the-top roles.
“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.
In what marks Paul Thomas Anderson's most direct love story since “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Phantom Thread” plays out a romance as a dynamic, shifting power struggle. (5 stars)
“Call Me by Your Name”
The characters in this deceptively simple, highly effective love story are expertly portrayed and wholly unique, but the film manages to depict the thrills and pains of romance in a way that feels universal. (5 stars)