It’s rare that a movie can reasonably be expected to accomplish some good in the real world. But director and co-writer Sean Anders’ blend of comedy and drama, “Instant Family” (Paramount) may be the exception.
What “Beautiful Boy” (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it.
Somewhere Theodor Geisel may be spinning in his grave over the latest treatment of one of his most famous character creations, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (Universal). If so, he’s only revolving gently.
Claire Foy, celebrated for her recent portrayal of the young Elizabeth II on the Netflix series “The Crown,” takes on a similarly named but much less stately persona as the title character in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (Columbia).
Directors Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston’s riff on both the story and the ballet, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (Disney), may turn out to be much less durable than some of the other works derived from Hoffman’s original “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”
Rami Malek gives himself completely to the role of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Fox), director Bryan Singer’s biopic of the lead singer of the rock group Queen, with impressive artistic results.
Though perhaps more admirable than engaging, director and co-writer David G. Evans’ movie effectively conveys the experience of many servicemen and women during and after their time in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Is it worrisome or reassuring that the only person standing between the world and a nuclear holocaust is Gerard Butler? Viewers of the military potboiler “Hunter Killer” (Summit) will have to decide for themselves.
“The Hate U Give” (Fox) is the kind of movie that used to be hyped as “torn from today’s headlines.” A more restrained characterization would simply say that this compelling drama explores painful real-life issues of racial justice by fictionalizing them.
NEW YORK (CNS) — One of modern Hollywood’s most enduring horror franchises turns 40 this year. To mark the occasion, director and co-writer David Gordon Green presents us with “Halloween” (Universal), a direct sequel to the eponymous 1978 original.