A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
Ewan McGregor stars as the titular character in the live-action Winnie the Pooh adaptation from director Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland,” “World War Z”). Oh, bother.
“The Darkest Minds”
The latest in a string of young adult fiction works adapted for the screen, this film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where 98 percent of the world's children have been wiped out, and follows survivors blessed with magical powers. (Picture the “Hunger Games” universe populated with adolescent Jedis.)
“The Spy Who Dumped Me”
If trailers are to be trusted, Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star in a film that walks a line between fish-out-of-water spy caper and goofball romantic comedy. Hijinks likely ensue.
“Death of a Nation”
The newest “documentary” from conservative clown Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations in 2014 and was pardoned by President Trump this year, is another entry for our List of things we're not watching.
“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.
“Mamma 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)
“Sorry to Bother You”
It's truly amazing what Boots Riley has constructed in his directorial debut. It's a comedy that is unabashedly silly, occasionally absurdist, but also so full of layers of social commentary and satire that you'll pick it apart for days. (5 stars)