A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters

NEW IN THEATERS:

“Holmes & Watson”
Tag-team duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly apply their dumbed-down comic approach to the brainy pair of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the latest film from Etan Cohen (“Get Hard”), who has to have been confused with a Coen brother at some point in his career, no?

“Vice”
Christian Bale looks as though he's done a stellar job transforming himself into Dick Cheney for this biopic, but I can't say I'm eager to return to that political era, even if it feels somehow quaint in comparison to what we're currently experiencing.

ALSO PLAYING:

“Aquaman”
Not the sequel to Adam Sandler's “The Waterboy,” but rather the latest superhero film to emerge from the DC universe, starring Jason Momoa's chiseled torso.

“Bumblebee”
Oh, cool, the Transformers film universe is receiving its first spin-off, starring Hailee Steinfield and budget Rock (aka John Cena). Critics have been calling this the best in the franchise, but, let's be honest, that wasn't exactly a high bar to clear.

“Mary Poppins Returns”
Emily Blunt is a fairly inspired choice to fill Julie Andrews' outsized shoes, and co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American treasure, so if nothing else the casting bodes well for this follow-up to the Disney classic.

“Second Act”
This appears to be a fitting title for the most-recent film from musician/actress Jennifer Lopez, who recently told NPR she considered leaving the entertainment industry as she reached what she called a “crossroads in [my] life.”

“Welcome to Marwen”
If it seems like Steve Carell is in everything this year, it's because, well, he kind of is. This tale of a man who builds an elaborate model town as a means to recover from an attack joins fellow 2018 flicks “Beautiful Boy” and “Vice” in the actor's rapidly growing filmography.

ALIVE RECOMMENDS:

“The Favourite”
Watch the trailer for a good indication of the fast-paced farce in which “The Favourite” revels. The period itself sets up some sharp commentary on current events, but there's a sense of whimsy throughout. And, yes, plenty of dark humor. (5 stars)