A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
Jennifer Lawrence, reteaming with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence, stars as a Russian spy in this slick-looking espionage thriller, which will hopefully be the one Russian plot that doesn't somehow connect to President Trump.
The tagline for this rebooted, Bruce Willis-starring vigilante flick (think the Punisher meets Michael Douglas in “Falling Down”) asks, “How far would you go to protect your family?” If you answered, “I'd randomly kill low-level criminals on city streets,” here's the film for you.
“Nostalgia” features a bevy of heavy hitters (Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern, Nick Offerman, Patton Oswalt, etc.) teaming up for a grief-stricken ensemble drama that explores the emotional hold physical keepsakes can have on us.
Trailers make “Game Night” look like a two-star dark comedy in the vein of “Horrible Bosses,” but early reviews suggest the film fares far better, with the A.V. Club writing that it plays like “murder mystery night at Second City,” which doesn't sound half bad.
Natalie Portman stars in the latest from director Alex Garland (the great “Ex Machina”), a complex sci-fi thriller with a plot that can't be summarized in a few pithy lines. (I wrote and deleted a description three times before throwing in the towel.)
The film, based on The New York Times best-seller, follows Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a teenager who falls in love with A, a mysterious soul who inhabits a new body each day. (So basically “Quantum Leap” meets YA romance.)
“In the Fade”
The foreign-language film, centered on an anti-immigrant, neo-Nazi bombing plot, is uneven but compelling. Lead actress Diane Kruger, however, shines throughout in a wide-ranging performance worthy of the accolades. (3 stars)
That “Black Panther” carries such high cultural significance in 2018 doesn't say a lot about where we are as a society, but it's more than just an overdue step of onscreen representation. It's also a rollicking good blockbuster, even if it doesn't quite reinvent the wheel. (4 stars)