38 R (aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying) - G. Rock Dog ** Disjointed animated comedy mixing Tibetan culture with British rock music, about a dog that leaves his home in the mountains to find his tribe. Based on Julian Barnes' novel, with Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery.
The Sense of an Ending **1/2 Divorced loner (Jim Broadbent) is forced to reconsider faulty "memories" of his past, making him abandon self-constructed ideas of himself.
The Lego Batman Movie *** Witty animated sequel to the surprise hit original, with Will Arnett providing the voice of lonely recluse Batman, who changes for the better when he falls for the police commissioner's daughter (Rosario Dawson) and adopts an orphan (Michael Cera) who becomes Robin. Lion *** Australian TV director Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) makes his feature debut with this heartbreaking, if sometimes maudlin, true story told in two parts. Featuring the voices of Nick Offerman, Will Forte, and Ellen Page. Not rated Rings (Not previewed) Reboot of the Japanese-horror franchise. Anya Taylor-Joy (Morgan) is terrific as one of the hostages, the strong-willed, disturbed outcast Casey. 57 PG-13 (disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence, and some profanity) - T. Table 19 *1/2 After being dumped as maid of honor, a young woman (Anna Kendrick) shows up at her friend's wedding and is seated with five random guests.
My Life as a Zucchini *** Charming stop-motion animated movie from France (dubbed in English) about an orphan boy who finds happiness in a home for troubled children. Each features five short films, including "Pear Cider and Cigarettes," a wild animated film with a graphic-novel feel, and "Timecode," a live-action pic from Spain about two parking garage attendants working opposite shifts who leave each other video messages to pass the time. Night Shyamalan, who made something of a comeback with the small-budget found-footage horror pic The Visit, continues the trend with this intensely creepy, engaging, and entertaining psychological thriller featuring a virtuosic performance by James Mc Avoy (The Last King of Scotland, the X-Men series) as a deranged killer with 23 distinct personalities who abducts three teenage girls he plans to feed to a demonic beast he believes is emerging as his 24th personality.
Conceptually clever, though not always as scary as it could be, with a winning supporting role for Lil Rel Howery. The ensemble cast includes Kevin Costner, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge. With Ian Mc Shane and Laurence Fishburne, reunited with his costar from The Matrix. 2 R (strong violence throughout, nudity, language) - G. Kedi ** An endearing documentary about cats that roam the streets of Istanbul, forming bonds with Turkish citizens and killing rats.
Get Out *** Jordan Peele's horror movie about a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who heads to mansion country to meet the parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). What it lacks as serious history it makes up for with an empowering social message. At better than two hours, though, the movie feels overstretched. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston) and an Oscar winner (Brie Larson) mapping an island that has a large inhabitant.
By Gary Thompson Ghost in the Shell Scarlett Johansson is a crash survivor cyber-enhanced to become the perfect soldier in the war on terror, fighting criminals who've learned how to hack into the human mind. With André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali (Oscar for best supporting actor). 50 R (some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and profanity throughout) - T. Beauty and the Beast *** Live-action version of the 1991 animated classic, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles. 55 PG-13 (sci-fi violence, brief strong language) - G. The Lego Batman Movie *** Witty animated sequel to the surprise hit original, with Will Arnett providing the voice of lonely recluse Batman, who changes for the better when he falls for the police commissioner's daughter (Rosario Dawson) and adopts an orphan (Michael Cera) who becomes Robin. Lion *** Australian TV director Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) makes his feature debut with this heartbreaking, if sometimes maudlin, true story told in two parts. Raw ** Notorious French horror movie about a young veterinary student (Garance Marillier) and vegetarian who develops and insatiable taste for meat. Add in organized crime and sheep, and you have an amusing, musical mess. Wolves A high school basketball star who seems to have it all struggles with a difficult family life. When his older brother (Kyle Chandler) dies, he must return to his tiny hometown and assume responsibility for his teenage nephew (Lucas Hedges). A Cure for Wellness *1/2 Dane De Haan plays a crooked corporate hustler sent to the Alps to retrieve his AWOL boss from a sinister health spa. Some of the segments work better than others, but the film is mostly forgettable. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston) venture into the jungle of a remote and forgotten Pacific Island, where they find a very large, hairy problem. Often funny, often excruciating comedy about a Manhattan banker (Jesse Wakefield) who returns to his small Rhode Island hometown to take care of his grandmother's estate and ends up being drawn by an estranged friend (Kris Avedisian) into a world and an identity he'd hoped to leave behind. The Ottoman Lieutenant On the brink of World War I, an idealistic nurse from the United States falls in love with a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Casey Affleck (best-actor Oscar) is sensational as a self-hating melancholic who has lived a miserable life as a janitor since an accident. A Dog's Purpose ** Hokey family drama about the reincarnated spirit of a dog who comes back to life in different bodies for different humans, looking to discover his purpose.