A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
This all-woman reboot of the “Ocean's 11” franchise stars heavy-hitter actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling.
Jodie Foster stars as “The Nurse,” who, at some point in a near, dystopian future, runs a 13-story, member-only hospital for criminals, where the worst of the worst can safely recover from injuries without fear of law enforcement. Think of it as a futuristic Motel 6.
Another adrift-at-sea disaster flick, this one featuring a stranded young couple afloat on the Pacific Ocean in the aftermath of a hurricane. We're gonna need a bigger boat.
This low-budget sci-fi thriller has been receiving stellar reviews, which is somewhat surprising considering writer/director Leigh Whannell was a key member in the “Insidious” and “Saw” series, neither of which was a favorite of critics.
Director Ron Howard, who was enlisted after the project had kicked off under directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, doesn't take many risks. “Solo” is an effective and entertaining space Western, though it is among the lightest offerings yet for “Star Wars.” (3 stars)
“Life of the Party”
As a rule, Melissa McCarthy films should all be rated R, since nobody outside of Samuel L. Jackson is as adept at using the F word. The fact this one clocks in at PG-13 makes me less than optimistic about its potential.
This sequel feels like more of the same in mostly good ways, which makes sense given the returning creative team. David Leitch again directs, and “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are joined by star Ryan Reynolds on the script, which is further evidence how much he's embracing this franchise as his own. (4 stars)
Writer-director Michael Pearce makes a strong debut with a film that's chilling in places and warm in others, though much of the movie's success lies in the work of its two dynamic lead actors. (4 stars)