A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
For fans of Austrian auteur Michael Haneke (“Amour,” “Funny Games”), a new film is worth celebrating, even if this tale of a bourgeois French family isn't quite his best work. (3 stars)
“Fifty Shades Freed”
The third (and final, finally) film in the erotic, monochromatically named trilogy finds kink-fellows Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) joined at the altar, which is also, ironically, the couple's safe word.
“The 15:17 to Paris”
To catch the 15:17 to Paris, start by hopping the 3:10 to Yuma through District 9, which should take 30 Minutes or Less. From there it's 16 Blocks to 85 Charing Cross Road. 50/50 shot you arrive by 11:14, which ought to make you feel 17 Again.
Supposedly this is a family film, but the poster, which features Peter reclining on a pile of carrots, his denim shirt fully unbuttoned like he's auditioning for Brad Pitt's role in “Legends of the Fall,” makes me want to keep him 100 yards from children at all times.
This “based on actual events” horror-thriller stars Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, the heiress to a firearm fortune who constructed an elaborately nutty mansion (mazelike rooms, stairwells to nowhere, etc.) that rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most haunted homes around.
“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.
In what marks Paul Thomas Anderson's most direct love story since “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Phantom Thread” plays out a romance as a dynamic, shifting power struggle. (5 stars)