A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
“Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot”
The new dramedy from director Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “My Own Private Idaho”) stars Joaquin Phoenix as quadriplegic, recovering-alcoholic cartoonist John Callahan, and is being described as the filmmaker's best work in years.
“Mama Mia! Here We Go Again”
There's definitely an audience for this sequel—and it arrived in theaters to generally positive reviews—but I'm not the target audience here and don't have much to add beyond saying that ABBA knew how to craft a hook, if nothing else.
“The Equalizer 2”
Assured direction keeps both the action and the plot moving. It's a well-executed popcorn flick with some feeling, and better than the first. I wouldn't even mind a third. (3 stars)
The new Dwayne Johnson vehicle “Skyscraper” is a loud, dumb action flick that doesn't even tip far enough into its B-movie cheese to pass as silly fun. (1 star)
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”
I get that vampires have long evolved past their we-only-come-out-at-night reputation. (Now they can come out during the day if they wear … sunglasses, I guess?) But that doesn't mean I'm OK with it. Vampires — even animated ones — need to stop going on summer vacation and return to fearing the sun.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
If Ant-Man is a lesser superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and sorry, ant-bro, but you are — his fun, breezy sequel again confirms that sometimes less is more. (3 stars)
“Won't You Be My Neighbor?”
In this moment, there's something so reassuring, so cathartic about a movie featuring a hero who is so good, so kind, so gentle. It's a movie that offers a message that all children are deserving of love, and it's one of the best films of the year. (5 stars)
Director Brad Bird keeps the animated Pixar sequel humming along at a great pace, alternating between some really fun and thrilling action sequences, a warm-hearted and relatable family story, and abundant laughs. (4 stars)