A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
It's hard to believe, but this Ed Helms-starring comedy really is (loosely) based on the true story of a group of prep school friends from Spokane, Washington, who have continued a game of tag stretching on three decades.
The modern remake of the 1972 Blaxploitation classic transports the action from NYC to Atlanta, where Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) reigns as an unshakably cool hustler. But the person with the biggest shoes to fill? That would be rapper Future, who was tasked with updating and curating a soundtrack made famous by the late, great Curtis Mayfield.
Considering the names involved, expectations for “The Seagull” were high. The film is adapted from a play written by Anton Chekhov and stars a modern treasure in actress Annette Bening. Regardless, early reviews suggest it's a half-cocked affair that never quite takes flight.
This all-woman reboot of the “Ocean's 11” franchise stars heavy-hitter actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling.
Jodie Foster stars as “The Nurse,” who, at some point in a near, dystopian future, runs a 13-story, member-only hospital for criminals, where the worst of the worst can safely recover from injuries without fear of arrest. Think of it as a futuristic Motel 6.
Director Ron Howard, who was enlisted after the project had kicked off under directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, doesn't take many risks. “Solo” is an effective and entertaining space western, though it is among the lightest offerings yet for “Star Wars.” (3 stars)
Taking ample character and thematic inspiration from Ingmar Bergman's “Winter Light,” director Paul Schrader explores the backdrop of religion with expected cynicism, while star Ethan Hawke delivers one of the best performances of his career. (5 stars)
Writer-director Ari Aster creates an astounding debut here, one that acknowledges its horror influences before twisting our expectations in terrifying ways. (5 stars)