Judy, Judy, Judy!
#1 “Judy” (NEW IN THEATERS)
There’s already Oscar buzz for Renee Zellweger’s portrayal of late-career Judy Garland, and it’s easy to see why here. You might even say Zellweger completes this movie.
#2 "Ad Astra"
“Dad, I’d like to see you again,” says Brad Pitt, portraying a man about to rocket into space to look for the father he thought was dead. Whether you have daddy issues or not, this one looks like a winner.
#3 “The Death of Dick Long” (NEW IN THEATERS)
A group of friends in small-town Alabama gets crazy after band practice one night, and one of the partiers — Dick — ends up dead. Sad, right? Even tragic? Ah, but this is an A24 film, so there’s always a twist. This time the twist appears to be that the aftermath of an untimely death can be pretty funny. I admit I chuckled.
#4 “Abominable” (NEW IN THEATERS)
Wanderlust-struck girl finds a yeti living on her roof, and later finds out it can also fly on clouds. A co-production of DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio, “Abominable” looks and sounds like a bunch of other animated movies (just swap out “A Whole New World” with a remake of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”), but I’ll take this any day over another “Secret Life of Pets” or “Smurfs” sequel.
#5 "Downton Abbey"
My wife and I watched the first couple of seasons of “Downton Abbey” and then lost interest. From the looks of this trailer, even more British people died in later seasons. That said, Alive critic Brad Keefe enjoyed the movie without ever watching an episode. And at least it’s not “Rambo: Last Blood.”
#6 "Rambo: Last Blood"
We find Rambo in a creaky rocking chair on the front porch, reflecting on the “world of death” he has lived in. So what’s next for Rambo? Maybe a Clint Eastwood-esque, get-off-my-lawn drama in which Rambo befriends the outcast neighborhood kid? Or maybe a Rick Rubin-produced comeback album? Nah, just more death, but this time with a cringe-inducing, xenophobic twist.