New in theaters for the weekend of August 5
New in theaters:
Kevin Spacey plays a "daredevil billionaire" who tries to win back the affection of his family with a mysterious cat he adopts from Christopher Walken. Then he gets trapped in the cat. I didn't make any of that up.
The animation team behind the delightful "A Cat in Paris" returns with a tale of a detective and a boy who has the ability to leave his body. (Gateway Film Center)
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"It Would Have Been His Birthday"
Elliott Smith is officially banned listening for me following any breakup. The Gateway Film Center is hosting an evening of live local covers and the documentary "Heaven Adores You" this Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m.
* * *Alive recommends:
"Star Trek Beyond"
With J.J. Abrams on to that other sci-fi franchise, I wondered if this would survive with new director Jeremy Lin. Yep. It's a sheer blast. (3 ½ stars)
A creepy horror short expands into a surprisingly creepy feature-length chiller that will make you afraid of the dark again. Best experienced in a theater, duh. (3 ½ stars)
"Swiss Army Man"
Look, at the end of the year, I'm going to put the movie with the farting corpse in my Top 10, and you're going to think I'm crazy, unless you just see it now. (4 stars)
* * *Also in theaters:
Matt Damon returns to the role he abandoned, and he doesn't miss a beat. It's the same movie, but somehow it's still really fulfilling (3 stars)
A simple gender flip on the recent trope of "man-child" comedies actually makes things feel fresh, thanks in large part to some great casting. (3 stars)