A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
The 1977 original from director Dario Argento is a horror masterpiece, so the bar is set understandably high for this modern remake helmed by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”) and starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton.
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Melissa McCarthy has long been lauded for her comic chops. But with “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” the actress makes a similar dramatic pivot to previous laugh generators (see: Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, etc.), portraying celebrity biographer and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.
“The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story”
The latest in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise does away with director David Fincher and star Ronney Mara, who is replaced here by Claire Foy. It also sports a title longer than a CVS receipt.
The original “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” remains, arguably, my favorite holiday special. This means my expectations are elevated for this new animated adaptation, which finds Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.
This film, which follows U.S. troops who uncover Nazi experiments after being dropped behind enemy lines the day before D-Day, was produced by J.J. Abrams, so expect some kind of “Cloverfield”-like twist.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
A new adaptation of the holiday classic features a young girl, Clara (Mackenzie Foy), who, with the help of a Nutcracker (Jayden Fowora-Knight), must help reunite the Four Realms — a Narnia-like parallel world hidden behind a secret door.
Jonah Hill's directorial debut could have been a coming-of-age story about how growing up is tough but kids are resilient. Or one about the dangers of going down the wrong path. It's not really either. The thing about it that most made me feel like a teenager again was the feeling I had at the end: Who cares? (2 stars)
“Beautiful Boy” pulls from the separate memoirs of a father and son, and it does a moving job of sharing a tale of addiction from both angles. (4 stars)