Johnny Depp finally puts his penchant for dressing up in odd costumes and playing with makeup to some serious purpose in this hard-hitting biopic about notorious South Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. Depp is striking and scary, but he's surrounded by other great actors as well: Joel Edgerton as a conflicted FBI agent, Benedict Cumberbatch as a state senator. It's not the greatest Mob movie ever made--it may not even be as good as Depp's Donnie Brasco--but it's a bracing return-to-form for Depp. 122 minutes R.
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright and Emily Watson star in this high-altitude drama "inspried by the incredible true events surrounding a trecherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain." In a nutshell, eight climbers died when they were caught in a blizzard back in 1996. Four other people died that year, making it the deadliest year atop Everest on record. Until 2014 when 18 people died. The moral: Never climb Mt. Everest. 121 minutes PG-13.
Writer-director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) pays tribute to the extreme horror cannibal craze of the late '70s/early '80s (The Mountain of the Cannibal God, Eaten Alive, Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferrox). Here, a group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest. Its not long, though, before their plane crashes in the jungle causing them to run afoul of some primitive man-eaters. 100 minutes R.
Genndy Tartakovsky ("Dexter's Laboratory," "Samurai Jack") returns to helm this cartoon sequel in which Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) tries to bring out the monster in his half-human. half-vampire grandson in order to keep his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) from leaving his now famous hotel. 89 minutes PG.
Robert De Niro is a bored retiree who gets an internship at an up-and-coming online retailer run by young go-getter Anne Hathaway. Writer-director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Got to Give) has put together a genial crowd-pleaser, but the script never asks much heavy lifting of its characters, providing them with easy laughs and simple solutions whenever the spectre of actual drama rears its ugly head. FULL REVIEW:Nancy Meyers’ genial workplace comedy does the job it was hired to do by Devin D. O’Leary (9/24/2015). 121 minutes PG-13.
Matt Damon is an astronaut who gets left for dead on Mars after a manned mission goes horribly awry. Stuck on the red planet with only minimal supplies and his scientific mind, our hero must figure out a way to survive based on ingenuity, wit and spirit. Ridley Scott (Alien) directs. It's based, of course, on the best-selling book by Andy Weir. 141 minutes PG-13.
When will futuristic dystopian leaders learn? Never mess with teenagers; they'll bring you down every time. (See for reference: the Divergent series, the Hunger Games series, et al.). Despite its strict adherence to the tropes of the genre, the second installment of the Maze Runner series makes for some exciting post-apocalyptic entertainment. It's mostly a bunch of personality-deficient kids running from evil adults and the occasional zombie horde, but the pace is breathless and the production design is impeccably bleak. This one plays mighty fast and loose with James Dashner's original novels (which don't make a whole lot of sense anyway), so it's hard to tell how hardcore YA lit fans will react. But the mediocre script and gripping action is probably enough to carry audiences into a third film. 131 minutes PG-13.
Former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire takes on the role of infamous (and eventually quite nutty) chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The bulk of this dramatic biopic takes place during the Cold War when Fischer battled Russian champ Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), providing the world with a distinctly black-and-white metaphor for East-West relations. 114 minutes PG-13.
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A successful lobbyist (Sanaa Lathan, The Best Man) meets a charming IT expert (Michael Ealy, Think Like a Man) who appears to fit the title description. After the two jump into bed for some sexual satisfaction, however, he turns violent, jealous and vengeful. Basically, this bad romance thriller is a Lifetime network movie in the theater. 100 minutes PG-13.
Emily Blunt stars as an idealistic FBI agent enlisted into a shadowy mission by a mysterious CIA agent (Josh Brolin) and his tight-lipped "advisor" (Benicio Del Toro). Ostensibly, the group is trying to stop the drug trade along the US/Mexico border. But as the operation grows more violent and secretive, our heroine begins to wonder what side of the fence she's really on. Director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) directs this lightless thriller with all the grisly tension of Se7en. FULL REVIEW:Blunt, brutal drug war drama finds cops and robbers (but not good guys and bad guys) along the US-Mexico border by Devin D. O’Leary (10/1/2015). 121 minutes R.
Writer-director M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening) dials back the preposterous plot twists for this simple, low-budget, "found footage" shocker. A pair of tweens (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) are shipped off to the rural farm of the grandparents they've never met. Unfortunately, Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) seem a little ... weird. This winking, modern riff on "Hansel & Gretel" is a fun, PG-13 horror-comedy that works far better than expected. FULL REVIEW:What’s the twist in M. Night Shyamalan’s new “old people are scary” thriller? ... That it’s a decent film. by Devin D. O’Leary (9/10/2015). 94 minutes PG-13.
From the writer-director of such Christian films as Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous comes this drama about a "seemingly perfect" African-American family who try to fix their problems (hubby grapples with "temptation"--maybe from Ashley Madison?) with the help of an older, wiser, Bible-endorsing woman. Spoiler alert: All they need is prayer. 120 minutes PG.