A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
“A Simple Favor”
The new mystery/thriller from director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”), based on the novel of the same name, stars Anna Kendrick as a “mommy blogger” (the film's description, not mine) determined to solve the disappearance of her best friend, played by Blake Lively.
Yet another addition to the “Predator” franchise initially had me rolling my eyes, but the inclusion of director Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “The Nice Guys”) at the helm has certainly sparked my interest.
Based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald and adapted by writer/director Isabel Coixet, the film makes a good case for the book while never quite translating into a cinematic page-turner. (2 stars)
Apparently “The Nun” is the latest horror entry in James Wan's “The Conjuring” universe, which leads to my first and only question: There's a “Conjuring” universe?
Credit card spokeswoman Jennifer Garner took a break from asking you what's in your wallet to take the starring role in a revenge thriller that should spark some memories of her years on the TV series “Alias.”
So here's the first and most important thing to know about “The Meg”: It is not “Jaws,” nor is it trying to be. It's “Twister.” It's “Anaconda.” And it's a hell of a lot of fun if you're in the right mindset. (3 stars)
If Spike Lee's “BlacKkKlansman” is a period piece, it's one that makes an unsubtle point about how much it still applies today. Lee makes this film both an homage to the past and a prescient commentary on how far we haven't come on issues of race in America. (4 stars)
“Crazy Rich Asians”
Confession: I have a soft spot for unabashed, crowd-pleasing rom-coms — the kind that is so glossy and cheesy you just have to go with it. “Crazy Rich Asians” is a superb example of this. It's lively and funny and sweet. It's not a musical, but the whole movie just sings. (4 stars)