A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”
I get that vampires have long evolved past their we-only-come-out-at-night reputation. (Now they can come out during the day if they wear … sunglasses, I guess?) But that doesn't mean I'm OK with it. Vampires — even animated ones — need to stop going on summer vacation and return to fearing the sun.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
If Ant-Man is a lesser superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and sorry, ant-bro, but you are — his fun, breezy sequel again confirms that sometimes less is more. (3 stars)
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
The massive box-office success of “Jurassic World” made the sequel, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” an inevitability, and many will find it well worth their time and money. I myself find it missing even the cheap roller-coaster thrills of its predecessor. (2 stars)
“The First Purge”
Surprisingly not a documentary about the time my buddy tried to drink a beer an inning at a Cubs game after a huge breakfast and had to excuse himself to the bathroom in the fifth inning to, in his words, “make room.”
Uncle Drew was introduced in a series of Nike ads featuring Kyrie Irving in old-man makeup. Hey, it's a fun concept, watching a septuagenarian looking like the spry baller Kyrie actually is. Is it a movie? I've seen it, and I'm still not sure. (2 stars)
“Sicario: Day of the Soldado”
Judging by reviews, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve's 2015 border thriller is so grim it makes “No Country for Old Men” look like a family fun-fest in comparison.
“Won't You Be My Neighbor?”
In this moment, there's something so reassuring, so cathartic about a movie featuring a hero who is so good, so kind, so gentle. It's a movie that offers a message that all children are deserving of love, and it's one of the best films of the year. (5 stars)
Director Brad Bird keeps the animated Pixar sequel humming along at a great pace, alternating between some really fun and thrilling action sequences, a warm-hearted and relatable family story, and abundant laughs. (4 stars)