A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in theaters:
Pixar has a strong track record, and early reviews suggest the latest entry from the computer animation studio is a winner, following the actions of a young, aspiring musician who finds himself communicating with talking skeletons. (Writer's note: There are no signing gorillas featured. That would be Koko.)
“The Man Who Invented Christmas”
Not a biography of Jesus, but rather a historical drama following writer Charles Dickens through the creation of his seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol.”
Following a string of stinkers, the DC universe finally received well-deserved praise for its “Wonder Woman,” raising hopes for the “Justice League” film. So let me just take a sip of this coffee and glance at the headlines from Vanity Fair (“‘Justice League' is a big, ugly mess”) and Business Insider (“‘Justice League' is agonizing to watch— and [director] Zack Snyder is to blame”)…
Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the central character, a 10-year-old boy with a congenital facial deformity, in director Stephen Chbosky's film, which is said to be a tearjerker. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also star.
“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Denzel Washington features as the titular character in this legal thriller, moving away from his typical fast-talking, smile-flashing, cocky big-screen presence to depict an obsessive, introverted character who falls somewhere on the autism spectrum.
“A Bad Moms Christmas”
The same seasonal creep that leads breweries to distribute pumpkin beers in August has made its way to the film industry, with the “Bad Moms” cast (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, etc.) engaging in holiday-themed shenanigans before most families have finalized Thanksgiving menus.
Best known for her work in front of the camera, Greta Gerwig shines in her directorial debut, which features a strong lead performance from Saoirse Ronan as the Sacramento teenager who goes by Lady Bird in this coming-of-age tale. (5 stars)
The latest entry from Marvel is one of the funniest, most fun superhero flicks yet, playing up the charm, sharpened wit and comedic timing of Chris Hemsworth's Thor. Bonus points for a scene-stealing turn from Jeff Goldblum at his Goldblum-iest. (4 stars)