A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters

New in theaters:

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

The release of the final chapter of the “Maze Runner” young-adult film series served to inform me that a “Maze Runner” series exists. Cool, I guess.


Writer-director Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) teams with a sharp cast (Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike) for this Western set in the late 1800s, which finds an Army captain (Bale) escorting a Cheyenne chief and his family through, uh, hostile territory.

Also Playing:

“Den of Thieves”

Trailers for this crime thriller appeared to position it as a B-level “Training Day,” or, more accurately, a C-level “Heat.” While reviews have been mixed, stars Gerard Butler and 50 Cent have generally received plaudits for gamely throwing themselves into the over-the-top roles.

“12 Strong”

This military blockbuster from producer Jerry Bruckheimer features Thor, er, Chris Hemsworth in the lead role heading up an elite group of a dozen Green Berets dispatched on a mission in Afghanistan.

“Mom and Dad”

When I searched this movie on Google the first headline that popped up was “‘Mom and Dad' movie review: Nicolas Cage has gone insane.” I don't need to read anything more. I'm all in.

“Paddington 2”

“Paddington's” stellar ensemble cast includes Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Grant, etc., and reviews suggest the powerhouse lineup is matched only by the family movie's charm.

Alive Recommends:

“Call Me by Your Name”

The characters in this deceptively simple, highly effective love story are expertly portrayed and wholly unique, but the film manages to depict the thrills and pains of romance in a way that feels universal. (5 stars)

“The Post”

Director Steven Spielberg's big-screen retelling of The Washington Post's decision to release the Pentagon Papers, excerpts of which were first published by The New York Times, is both urgent and timely. (4 stars)