New movie releases for the weekend of July 17

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

New in theaters:

"Mr. Holmes"

Ian McKellan plays an elderly and retired Sherlock Holmes who looks back on an unsolved case in this reteaming with his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon.

"Lila & Eve"

Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez star as grieving mothers in search of vigilante justice in this drama from director Charles Stone III ("Drumline").

Also playing:


The little yellow fellows from "Despicable Me" get their own movie? Sounds adorable. Also, bonus points for smashing the glass ceiling with a female supervillain voiced by Sandra Bullock.

"The Gallows"

A group of high-school students recreate a school play that ended in tragedy, which will probably end in more tragedy because this is yet another freakin' found-footage horror movie.

"Magic Mike XXL"

Unabashed summer escapism, this sequel casts away plot and character development like a G-string and focuses on recreating the male strip club experience in a theater.

Alive recommends:


A powerful and heartbreaking documentary that captures both the genius and the tragedy of Amy Winehouse, a generational talent caught in a whirlwind of fame that she never sought. (4 stars)

"The Overnight"

Two married couples and an all-night "playdate" make for some great tension, laughs and the year's most notorious onscreen frontal male nudity. (3 stars)

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"

This warm, funny and moving coming-of-age indie is kind of the antidote to the big beasts of summer blockbusters. It won't stick around for much longer. (3 ½ stars)

Limited screenings:

"Wex Drive-In: Touch of Evil"

As of this writing, the weather forecast calls for a break in Central Ohio monsoon season in time for the free outdoor screening of Orson Welles' heralded film noir classic.

"Nite Owl Theater: Raiders of the Lost Ark"

The continuing late-night series of films introduced by local TV legend Fritz the Nite Owl gets one of my favorite movies of all time? That's a pretty sweet night.