A rundown of what to find in theaters this week

New releases:

“The Great Wall”

The first English-language feature from director Zhang Yimou (“Hero,” “House of Flying Daggers”) is a historical epic set in China and starring, um, Matt Damon.

“A Cure for Wellness”

A man is sent to retrieve a businessman at a secluded health retreat in the Swiss Alps. Director Gore Verbinski (“The Ring,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) is at the helm, so at least expect cool, creepy visuals.

“Fist Fight”

In this comedy, a mild-mannered high school teacher (Charlie Day) is challenged to a fight by another teacher he's accused of getting fired (Ice Cube).

Alive recommends:


Calling it M. Night Shyamalan's best movie in years may not sound like much after his downward career spiral, but this twisty thriller is perfectly constructed and has a great cast. (4 stars)

“La La Land”

I have a love-hate relationship with Oscar in general, but if a record-tying 14 nominations gets you to see this wonderful piece of cinema, so be it. (5 stars)

Also in theaters:

“John Wick: Chapter 2”

The sequel to the unexpectedly great Keanu Reeves action flick offers more wild and stylish stunt work, although it could have been just a bit tighter. (3 stars)

“The Lego Batman Movie”

The team behind “The Lego Movie” turns its irreverent eye to the serious world of the Dark Knight, starring Will Arnett as the voice of Batman.


“The Ring” (2002) was the first and best in a wave of Japanese horror remakes, but it's been more than a decade since this series hit theaters. That's plenty of time for the concept to get stale.