This week's new films feature Benedict Cumberbatch portraying an electric pioneer and an app nearly as harmful to society as Facebook
New in Theaters
"Black and Blue"
The title alone lets you know this thriller, which centers on a young drug dealer murdered by corrupt cops, isn't exactly a nuanced picture.
Giving new meaning to the phrase "killer app," this horror flick features a downloadable app that tells a person when they're going to die, which still sounds better than the Facebook app, if we're being honest.
How lost will I be if I haven't seen parts one through three?
"The Current War"
Pros: A great concept and cast, with Benedict Cumberbatch portraying Thomas Edison, who is engaged in a technological battle with George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon).
Cons: The movie has been shelved for a couple years, which is never a great sign, and the power grid isn't something that would typically make compelling viewing.
Judge for yourself by watching the trailer below:
It’s certainly got tear-jerker moments, but this is largely a feel-good farewell to fans. I can’t imagine there are many going in cold the way I did, but if you enjoy earnest British-ness, like me, this one’s a winner. (3 stars)
“Hustlers” is a familiar rise-and-fall crime caper concept with some layers, and it manages to say a lot without being preachy. In fact, it’s so consistently entertaining, funny and flashy, you might not even get some of the messages. (4 stars)
“Joker” is also sure to be one of the most divisive movies of the year. Reactions will range from calling it a classic to calling it trash, and there’s a case to be made for everything in between. But it’s a movie where, at least to this critic, the ambitions and audacity outweigh the flaws. (5 stars)
Renee Zellweger dives deep into Garland’s last days. Addiction to alcohol and barbiturates have rendered Garland wildly unpredictable and undependable as a performer, a factor that also led to her decline in Hollywood years prior. Zellweger captures both the gigantic personality of Garland and her deep vulnerability. The performance is plenty big, but she also thrives in the small moments. (3 stars)
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
Director Robert Stromberg, working from a script adapted by Linda Woolverton, keeps a lot of plates spinning, setting up special effects oohs and ahhs and eventual epic battle sequences. “Mistress of Evil” is seldom boring, but it’s often just kind of there. (2 stars)