On the unlikely chance that you want to venture out in public this weekend
New in Theaters
A film about my eyes as I endlessly scroll social media for coronavirus-related updates.*
A film about the scientists currently working to develop treatments and vaccinations for the virus.*
"I Still Believe"
A film about holding to the hope that we can return to a degree of normalcy sooner rather than later.*
*We're guessing based solely on the current news cycle
The single-take construction makes for moments of earned tension and narrow escape that are meant to get the heart pounding. But telling this story in real time has some real downsides. The emotional connection with our lead characters is never fully built, and the larger scope of the conflict gets lost. (3 stars)
"Bad Boys for Life"
The film arrives 17 years after “Bad Boys II,” and Michael Bay isn’t behind the director’s chair for the first time in the series, but you would hardly notice. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah pump the screen full of the same level of inane action. Smith and Martin Lawrence are so naturally funny, it only sometimes matters how bad the jokes are. (2 stars)
“The Gentlemen,” with its solid cast, is director Guy Ritchie's return to the criminal underbelly, and, as far as January films go, it's pretty entertaining. (3 stars)
"The Invisible Man"
There’s a lot to like about the new remake of “The Invisible Man,” and there’s a lot that’s almost laugh-out-loud silly. The funny part? It all comes together for me and my love of both horror and bad Lifetime thrillers. If you like both of these, this is a must-see. Of course, it’s elevated by a lead performance from Elisabeth Moss that certainly rises above movie-of-the-week level. (3 stars)
Co-writer/director Dan Scanlon (whose last work for the studio was “Monsters University”) goes down a slightly more adult lane here than most Pixar fare. Chris Pratt’s Barley, in particular, is an enthusiastic, van-driving teenager who is basically a bit of a hesher. And Pratt has a lot of fun with the character, even if it doesn’t always stick. (3 stars)
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"
Chin up, because in the end you’ll know that one of us, Johnson, made the best “Star Wars” movie of all time, and another one of us, Abrams, navigated the backlash that we created to land the last “Star Wars” trilogy in a way that eases these pains, even if it sometimes goes too far in its fan service. (4 stars)