A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters

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“First Man”

Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in this biopic that has me anticipating the Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet noting that the first known man can actually be traced to a fossilized jawbone uncovered in Ethiopia.


Oh, weird, a precious-looking period piece starring Keira Knightley.

“The Old Man and the Gun”

Robert Redford stars as an elderly bank robber in the latest from director David Lowery (“A Ghost Story”), but don't sleep on the secondary cast, which includes heavyweights Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck.


Tom Hardy continues his trend of embodying masked characters in this superhero flick (see: Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” his “Dunkirk” pilot and even the titular character in “Mad Max Fury Road”).

“A Star Is Born”

It isn't hard to argue that the sharp lead performances from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, as well as the musical numbers, will make “Star” a crowd-pleaser. But at times the storytelling borders on sloppy. (3 stars)

“Night School”

*To the tune of “Night Moves” by Bob Seger* Working at a night school/Trying to help some students learn the rules/Working at a night school in school time/In the sweet school time.

“The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

I'm going to go ahead and assume this is a documentary about Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV series “Fixer Upper” because every single home the couple rehabs/designs ends up with a giant clock affixed to one wall.

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“Bad Times at the El Royale”

“El Royale” is a pulpy bit of fiction that should certainly please fans of Quentin Tarantino, both in style and plotting. Hats off to writer-director Drew Goddard for making this kind of throwback noir feel so fresh. (4 stars)