A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
NEW IN THEATERS
“The House with a Clock in Its Walls”
I'm going to go ahead and assume this is a documentary about Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV series “Fixer Upper” because every single home the couple rehabs/designs ends up with a giant clock affixed to one wall.
It's probably not the best sign when your film is getting panned by hard-hitting outlets such as, um, USA Today, which offered up this headline: “‘This Is Us' creator's treacly ‘Life Itself' is an emotionally manipulative turkey.”
The latest documentary from polarizing filmmaker Michael Moore takes aim at the Trump administration in surprisingly understated fashion. KIDDING. (In one scene Moore reportedly dubs Trump's words atop footage of Hitler speaking.) Regardless, early reviews are high on this one.
“White Boy Rick”
In this true-life tale, Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) is a young man growing up in 1980s Detroit. But largely due to the uneven storytelling, an emotional connection to Rick is mostly absent. (2 stars)
“A Simple Favor”
The new mystery/thriller from director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”), based on the novel of the same name, stars Anna Kendrick as a “mommy blogger” (the film's description, not mine) determined to solve the disappearance of her best friend, played by Blake Lively.
Yet another addition to the “Predator” franchise initially had me rolling my eyes, but the inclusion of director Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “The Nice Guys”) at the helm has certainly sparked my interest.
Apparently “The Nun” is the latest horror entry in James Wan's “The Conjuring” universe, which leads to my first and only question: There's a “Conjuring” universe?
“Crazy Rich Asians”
Confession: I have a soft spot for unabashed, crowd-pleasing rom-coms — the kind that is so glossy and cheesy you just have to go with it. “Crazy Rich Asians” is a superb example of this. It's lively and funny and sweet. It's not a musical, but the whole movie just sings. (4 stars)