In this "thousand percent true" story (not), the quiet, all-American town of Salem loses its ever-lovin' mind when a computer hacker spills the citizens' dirty little secrets. All signs point to Snapchat-obsessed teen Lily (the pitch-perfect Odessa Young). Before you can say "misplaced agression," the entire town is gunning for Lily's head—forcing her and her high school pals to fight for their lives against increasingly deadly odds. This action-horror-satire freely mixes Heathers with a whole host of Japanese schoolgirl flicks, resulting in a gleefully lurid, gratuitously violent black comedy. It's overly ambitious by half, aiming at far too many targets, but it grabs onto the zeitgeist and rides it to the (over-the-top) end.110 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/20)
How did Joan Larkin go from a 13-year-old California girl begging her parents for a Sears electric guitar to the glam punk icon known as Joan Jett? Director Kevin Kerslake (Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!) takes Joan through the years: hanging out at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco on the Sunset Strip, forming the all-girl rockers The Runaways with the notorious Kim Fowley, finding her voice in London's punk rock scene. Debbie Harry of Blondie, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys are just a few of the fellow musicians singing Joan's praises on this loud-and-proud music doc.93 minutes R. (Opens Wednesday 9/26)
This intense, slow-burn punk rock drama deals with the effects of childhood drama. An angry, teetotaling cop (Michael Rowe) and his estranged, drug-dealing cousin (Matt Wells) are forced to confront how their traumatic childhood turned them into a couple of screwed-up adults in urban Canada. Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Project X and X-Ray Spex provide the gut-punch soundtrack.120 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 9/22)
Documentary provocateur Michael Moore follows up 2004's Fahrenheit 9/11 with this comedic hand grenade asking the two most important questions of the Trump Era: "How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out?" Like all of Moore's work, it's self-aggrandizing and occasionally too flippant. But it is an impassioned call to action in crazy times. 125 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/20)
Comic actress Judy Greer ("Arrested Development," Ant-Man) turns director for this ensemble story taking place over the course of a single day at a Los Angeles school. There, several students find themselves caught up in a plot involving sex, lies and dead bodies. Jennifer Garner, John Cho, Allison Janney, Katie Holmes, Bradley Whitford, Nat Faxon, Rob Riggle, Kumail Nanjiani and Al Madrigal are among the cast.81 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/21)
This family-oriented, '50s-set fantasy (based on the book by John Bellairs) finds a young orphan (Owen Vaccaro, Daddy's Home) moving in with his warlock of an uncle (Jack Black) and helping him on his quest through a magical mansion to locate a supernatural clock that could bring about the Apocalypse.104 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 9/20)
When an 8-year-old girl shows up alone and unannounced at a rural Zambian village, suspicious locals put her on trial and find her guilty of being a witch. Shipped off to a state-run witch camp, the innocent young girl is told that if she tries to run off, she will be transformed into a goat. In time, she settles into her life in the camp—but when a threat looms, will she resign herself to life behind bars or risk it all for freedom. This magical realist tale represents a major new voice in modern African cinema, director Rungano Nyoni. In English and Nyanja with English subtitles. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/21)
Writer-director Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Cars 2, Crazy Stupid Love and a little TV show called "This Is Us") helms this ensemble drama about a young New York couple as they navigate the journey from college romance to marriage to the birth of their first child. Along the way, the unexpected twists of their lives cause reverberations that "echo over continents and through lifetimes." Among the all-star cast: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin, Jean Smart and Antonio Banderas.118 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/20)
The popular manga/anime series gets a movie spin-off. Set between the second and third seasons of the anime series, the feature follows superpowered high school student Izuku and his heroic mentor All Might who are invited to spend the summer on a man-made island full of scientists who study "Quirks" (people bestowed with unusual superpowers). Soon it's up to Izuku and his fellow students at U.A. High to stop an evil villain from taking over the island. 95 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 9/25)
This heartwarming documentary follows five spirited puppies as they go through training to become guide dogs for the blind. It's a rigorous two-year process. Which of them has what it takes for the job? Silly Phil? Outgoing Primrose? Easily distracted Potomac? Rambunctious Patriot? Or perfect student Primrose? More than just a parade of cute animals, this plays out like a surprisingly tense and emotional reality show.81 minutes (Opens Friday 9/21)
Three boys grow up in semi-rural Pennsylvania while their parents' relationship crumbles around them. Lyrical and dreamlike, this vivid memoir takes its cue from other, unhurried snapshots of youth like Boyhood, Moonlightand The Florida Project. Though it deals with harsh realities like poverty and abuse, it's mostly concerned with the resiliency and impressionability of youth—as embodied by sensitive 9-year-old Jonah (Evan Rosado).FULL REVIEW:Coming-of-age drama paints impressionistic portrait of preteen life by Devin D. O’Leary (9/20/2018). 94 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/21)
Ruth Zaporah started dancing as soon as she could walk. Some 80 years later, she's still dancing as the founder, performer and teacher at Santa Fe's Action Theater Improvisation. This local documentary explores the creative spirit through the life and work of Ruth Zaporah. The film's director, Deborah Fort, will be on hand to introduce the film and participate in a post-film Q&A.60 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 9/22)
Although John Huston's 1982 version of Annie never successfully shed the musical's corny stagebound roots, it did create a tolerable piece of family entertainment with a memorable score and a fine, plucky performance from young Aileen Quinn as the titular orphan.126 minutes G.
Thirty-eight years after it first hit theaters, The Blues Brothers remains arguably the best "Saturday Night Live" spin-off film. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd playing it straight. James Brown preaching to the choir. Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin showing you how it's done. Carrie Fisher with a grenade launcher. What's not to love?133 minutes R.
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya (Disney Channel fans, rejoice) star in this musical biopic about pioneering circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum. Oddly enough, this one's not based on a stage musical, but features an original script by Jenny Bicks ("Men in Trees") and Joe Condon (Chicago).105 minutes PG.
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) stars as disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding in this snarky, scuzzy comedy-drama about her notorious, knee-capping rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver). 120 minutes R.
The Jim Henson-directed, Terry Jones-written musical fantasy from 1986 returns to the big screen. The late, great David Bowie is the unforgettable Goblin King, who has kidnapped poor Sarah's baby brother and spirited him to another world. Now Sarah (Jennifer Connelly in one of her early roles) must brave the perils and pitfalls of the labyrinth to rescue him. A modern childhood classic.See also:I Like to Watch (Instantly): The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth by Devin D. O’Leary (09/14/2010). 101 minutes PG.
Director Peter Jackson doesn't let us down, delivering an exciting capper to his epic screen adaptation of Tolkien's signature work. There's almost too much to absorb, but the action is huge, the special effects awe-inspiring and the acting truly heartfelt in this 2003 smash. 210 minutes PG-13.
The lovable yellow sidekicks from the Despicable Me films finally get their own spin-off with this 2015 flick. This hectic, anarchy-driven toon takes us to swingin' '60s London where a trio of semi-moronic Minions try to help the world's first female supervillain (voiced by Sandra Bullock) steal the Crown Jewels. The plot is terribly inconsequential—but it's hard to deny the silly fun to be had along the way.91 minutes PG.
The stars were aligned for this wonderful 2009 throwback to the second Golden Age of Disney animation. Hand-drawn, old-fashioned and filled with magic, this was—at the time—the best pure Disney toon since The Little Mermaid. The story plays fast and loose with the original fairy tale, setting it in Roaring '20s New Orleans and infusing it with a winking send-up of traditional Disney "princess" films. The characters are flavorful, the music is hot and the animation is a joy to behold. 97 minutes G.
This 1955 teen drama, one of a only a handful to star short-lived actor James Dean, is a classic of the genre. Dean plays a rebellious high schooler with a troubled past who ends up in juvenile detention where he meets latchkey kid Plato (Sal Mineo) and "dirty tramp" Judy (Natalie Wood). It's dated, but remains a cultural touchstone.111 minutes PG-13.
M. Night Shyamalan—on something of a roll after 2015's surprisingly good, stripped-down thriller The Visit—cast James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as a psycho killer with 24 distinct personalities in this 2017 sleeper. In order to escape his death dungeon, three young women must seek out and exploit the "nice" personalities inside of him, while avoiding the "nasty" ones. Sure, there's a twist to it all, but Shyamalan expertly delivers enough psychological gimmickry and nerve-jangling scares to give this claustrophobic little frightener a solid base before the big—and completely unexpected—reveal.117 minutes PG-13.
This 1986 theatrical extension of the popular animated TV series is remembered by kids of the time for its zippy action, its interesting voice cast (Orson Welles is the planet-devouring villain Unicron) and that one rather traumatic scene involving Optimus Prime. Oh, also the rockin'-ass theme song from Stan Bush.84 minutes PG.
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno are among the singing and dancing cast of this 1961 Academy Award-winner (10 of 'em!). This classic musical take on the time-honored Romeo and Juliet theme takes our star-crossed lovers into gangland New York of the '50s.152 minutes Unrated.
In this family-oriented adventure drama, a lost young hunter (Kodi Smit-McPhee, X-Men: Apocalypse) befriends an injured wolf during Earth's last Ice Age, inadvertently creating domesticated canines and initiating the world's first "boy and his dog" story. 96 minutes PG-13.
Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing) directs this punchy, in-your-face mixture of playful blaxploitation action, canny comedy and true-life biography. This crazy tale of an African-American police officer (John David Washington) who goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan (and even becomes the chapter president) is actually based on a real incident in early '70s Colorado Springs. Funny, timely and loaded with unexpected style, this marks a major return to form for Lee after a decade or so of misfires.135 minutes R.
Cute in description but glum in execution, this miniature painting of a foreign film is based on Isabel Coixet's novel of the same name. Emily Mortimer (Lovely & Amazing, Lars and the Real Girl) plays a middle-aged widow who dreams of opening up a book store in a picturesque coastal town in Suffolk, circa 1959. Some of the provincial local politicos, however, want to open an arts center in the building. That's about it. Bibliophiles who are also Anglophiles will be drawn in by the fine cast (including Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson) and pretty setting. Others will find little to keep them awake in this quiet, dusty tale about passive-aggressive real estate squabbles.113 minutes PG.
In this live-action/animated fantasy, a middle-aged Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor)—real-life star of the A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books—finds himself going through a midlife crisis. And who should show up at his doorstep in urban London? How about the silly ol' bear himself and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood (rendered in CGI as perfect stuffed animals come to life). 104 minutes PG.
Kevin Kwan's hit novel gets the first-class romantic comedy treatment courtesy of director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets, Jem and the Holograms). Middle class native New Yorker Rachel (Constance Wu from "Fresh Off the Boat") heads to Singapore to meet her humble boyfriend's family. Much to her surprise, he turns out to be the scion of one of the top 10 wealthiest families in Asia. But what will happen when he introduces Rachel to his controlling mother and the rest of his close-knit clan during the society wedding of the year? Among the cast of this charming, funny, romantic and ri-dic-ulously opulent flick are Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Awkwafina, Jimmy O. Yang and Harry Shum Jr.120 minutes PG-13.
While grieving the loss of her soldier husband in Afghanistan, a struggling single mother (Lindsay Pulsipher, "True Blood") meets an up-and-coming race car driver (Andrew W. Walker, who's been in a loooot of Hallmark Channel rom-coms). But the most important question is, "What does God want her to do?" This "faith-based" movie features cameos by former NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks. It's also based on a country music song by Rascal Flatts. If they don't make you stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening credits, the filmmakers are seriously underestimating their audience.111 minutes PG.
The monsters from Hotel Transylvania are headed out for some fun in the sun. Workaholic hotelier Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) finds himself stuck on a sea cruise with his daughter (Selena Gomez), his human son-in-law (Andy Samberg) and a host of mummies, werewolves and Frankenstein monsters. Naturally, old man Drac falls in love with the ship's lovely captain (Kathryn Hahn). Just as naturally, she turns out to be a descendent of the famed vampire killing clan, the Van Helsings. Hijinks ensue.97 minutes PG.
After 14 years Pixar returns to the Parr family, the clan of superpowered folks who fought off enforced retirement. Now the family is thrown for a loop when mom Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is recruited by a high-profile, Avengers-style team, leaving dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) to play Mr. Mom to his superpowered kids—including wonder baby Jack-Jack.118 minutes PG-13.
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) this music-minded comedy-drama charts the story of Annie (Rose Byrne), the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan (Chris O'Dowd), who forms an unlikely transatlantic romance with faded singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke)—who, rather inconveniently, happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession. 105 minutes R.
Bald bad-ass Jason Statham (The Transporter) is a deep sea rescue expert called upon to save some oceanographers trapped in an experimental sub at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Unfortunately, the rescue effort ticks off a very large, very prehistoric shark, who proceeds to deliver his best Jaws imitation. Predictable, loud and kinda silly, this Chinese-produced monster movie at least has some fun action and credible special effects. FULL REVIEW:Wait 20 minutes after eating to view this movie by Devin D. O’Leary (8/9/2018). 113 minutes PG-13.
Mark Wahlberg has a gun. Do you need to know more than that? … OK, fine. Here, he plays an "elite American Intelligence officer," aided by a "top-secret tactical command unit" (which includes MMA fighter Ronda Rousey) who must smuggle a mysterious intelligence asset (Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais from The Raid: Redemption, who was the star of this film until Wahlberg came along) out of an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction. All they've got to do is fend off evil terrorists for 22 miles.95 minutes R.
Fans of The Conjuring universe films should be happy with another ghostly spin-off/sequel (after 2017's Annabelle: Creation). This one finds "a priest with a haunted past" and "a novice on the threshold of her final vows" heading to Romania to confront the spectral figure of a demonic nun. Nuns are scary, right?96 minutes R.
Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in this historical action drama about a team of Mossad agents sent to track down and capture Nazi mastermind Adolph Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) in Argentina, circa 1960. PG-13.
A mother with nothing to lose (Jennifer Garner) transforms herself into a gun-toting angel of vengeance after her family is killed. Frenchman Pierre Morel (District B13, Taken, From Paris with Love) directs, in case you didn't know what you were in for.102 minutes R.
After almost a decade in hibernation (since 2010's largely forgettable Predators), everybody's favorite alien killing machine returns to Earth, thanks to writer-director Shane Black (who acted in the 1987 original before transitioning to his popular writing-directing career). Seems the only thing standing between a new alien Predator and the slaughter of the human race is a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher (Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Jake Busey and Yvonne Strahovski among them). There's lots and lots of action, but story's pretty chaotic from any standpoint.107 minutes R.
After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father (John Cho, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) breaks into her laptop to find clues as to her whereabouts. Like the 2014 horror flick Unfriended, this trend-hopping mystery-thriller is "screencast" entirely via internet chat rooms, YouTube videos, webcams and the like.102 minutes PG-13.
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in this slyly, blackly comedic crime drama, directed by Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks," Bridesmaids) and based on the novel by Darcey Bell. Kendrick is a small-town "mommy blogger" who sets out to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend (Lively). 117 minutes R.
Producer-director Angelina Jolie's well-meaning, Oscar-nominated 2014 biopic gets a belated follow-up with this unofficial, "faith-based" sequel. The original Unbroken followed the story of USA Olympian and American Army officer Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days in a raft when his bomber crashed into the ocean during World War II. After that he spent time in a series of Asian Prisoner of War camps. What Jolie's film left out—and this sequel makes abundantly clear—is that, following his return to America after the war, Zamperini converted to evangelical Christianity while attending one of Billy Graham's church revivals. None of the original cast returns, but evangelist preacher Will Graham does play his own grandfather. So there's that.98 minutes PG-13.
Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Game;, Everything, Everything; The Darkest Minds) stars in this curious and perhaps ill-conceived drama which turns the Holocaust into some sort of teen romance. "Inspired by historical events," the story follows a bi-racial German girl (Stenberg) who falls in love with the son of a high-ranking SS officer. British director Amma Asante, who gave us the similarly well-meaning but bloodless Belle, has the best of intentions. But now is not really the time to say, "there were good people on both sides."122 minutes PG-13.
Matthew McConaughey stars alongside newcomer Richie Merritt in this biographical crime drama about 15-year-old street hustler Richard Wershe Jr.—who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the '80s before being arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to life in prison. Crazy story. True story. Unfortunately, nobody on screen is very sympathetic, and French director Yann Demange ('71) fails to find an enlightening narrative amid the scattered plot strands.110 minutes
When her famous, philandering husband (Jonathn Pryce) wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, a long-suffering wife (Glenn Close) starts to question her life choices. Close commands the screen with an incisive, emotional performance—even if the script (based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer) doesn't dig very deep beyond the film's one semi-interesting secret.FULL REVIEW:The family that writes together fights together in A-list acting display by Devin D. O’Leary (9/13/2018). 100 minutes R.
Cute 'n' precocious moppet Santi (Emiliano Aramayo) isn't adjusting well to the separation of his parents Rodrigo and Alejandra (Mauricio Ochmann, Fernanda Castillo), who now split custody of the young boy. But when the parents receive word that their son must undergo surgery to save his sight, little Santi makes a pre-surgery wish list—in the hope of reuniting his mom and dad. In Spanish with English subtitles.85 minutes PG-13.
Antoine Fuqua's 2014 action flick had Denzel Washington taking over from TV's Edward Woodward as a retired government agent who takes on random assignments helping innocent people in trouble. Denzel is back now, serving up justice for the exploited. This time around one of his old CIA friends is murdered, and he's got to go gunning for revenge, old-guy-style.129 minutes
Melissa McCarthy stars in this rude and crude comedy about a disgraced former LAPD detective who tries to solve a case involving the cast members of an '80s TV puppet show who are being murdered one by one. Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson) directs.91 minutes R.
Seems that troubled Isla Nublar now has an additional problem (besides all those man-eating dinosaurs on the loose). Wouldn't you know it: The entire island has been sitting on a dormant volcano this entire time, and it's now exploding. Naturally, a mix of untrustworthy mercenaries and squabbling scientists (plus dinosaur trainer Chris Pratt and operations manager Bryce Dallas Howard) head back to the island to rescue a bunch of the giant lizards before, you know, lava. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, I don't know: The exact same crap that's gone wrong in the last four films? Don't get me wrong. This trope-filled sequel is extremely exciting. But it lacks the original's sense of wonder and gets increasingly dumb—somehow ending up as a haunted house story, but with dinosaurs instead of ghosts.128 minutes PG-13.
In the 2008 original we got a lot of very bad karaoke versions of ABBA songs and a story about how Meryl Streep slept with so many dudes she couldn't remember who the father of her about-to-be-married daughter (Amanda Seyfried) was. In this sequel, the former bride is pregnant, grandma (Cher) shows up, and we get flashbacks to that magical summer 30 years ago when young Meryl Streep (Lily James) banged young Pierce Brosnan (Jeremy Irvine), young Stellan Skarsgard (Josh Dylan) and young Colin Firth (Hugh Skinner). Also, more ABBA songs.108 minutes PG-13.
The blistering border action saga Sicario gets an over-the-top sequel with morally flexible federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) re-teaming with mysterious assassin Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). Seems that terrorists, drug dealers, human traffickers and all manner of foreigners are conspiring to commit all sorts of cross-border evil. Naturally, it's up to Graver and Alejandro and their new "no rules" edict to draw a line in the sand. This grim, hyper-violent action flick dumps a lot of the dramatic subtlety of the original, making this the Rambo to the original's First Blood.122 minutes R.
Another week, another preposterous Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson action flick. Here, the wrestlin' thespian plays a former military man hired as head of security for the world's tallest building (in Hong Kong). When the building catches on fire after an attack by terrorists, our hero goes to great lengths (not to mention extreme heights) to rescue his wife (Neve Campbell) and kids. Yeah, you've seen this kinda thing before.102 minutes PG-13.
Mila Kunis stars as a woman who gets dumped by her boyfriend, only to find out he was a government super spy. This gets her unwittingly entangled in an international conspiracy. Of course, she drags along her BFF (Kate McKinnon) for the ensuing shenanigans.116 minutes R.
This spin-off of Cartoon Network's long-running teenage superhero series finds Robin and the gang angry over the fact that every hero in the DC universe has their own Hollywood movie. Naturally, they try to hire a director and make their own cinematic debut, but are shocked to discover they are not taken seriously as crime fighters. Like the series, it's far more gag-oriented than plot-oriented. But Nicolas Cage does get to voice his dream role as Superman.88 minutes PG.
In 1980 three complete strangers crossed paths in New York City, only to discover they were identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapulted them to international fame, but also unlocked an unsettling secret that had been haunting all three young men their entire lives. In unpacking its baffling, true-life conspiracy, this fascinating documentary switches moods from coincidence-driven sitcom to psychological mystery.96 minutes PG-13.