Lent is intended to be a season of ongoing conversion. These are capsule reviews of 10 films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook.
Writer-director Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” (Paramount), a blend of sci-fi and horror, starts off promisingly, its understated tone and matter-of-fact dialogue ratcheting up audience dread.
Nick Park, the creative genius behind so many Aardman Animations claymation comedies spanning more than two decades, finally makes his feature-length directing debut with “Early Man” (Lionsgate).
While not suitable for the youngest viewers, the spirited biblically based drama “Samson” (Pure Flix) can provide a fine introduction to the Hebrew he-man’s story for teens.
Patrons unwise enough to shell out good money for this campy nonsensical movie, “Fifty Shades Freed” (Universal), will get a facial workout as they roll their eyes, drop their jaws and gurgle derisively at the ineptness of it all.
The good news about the drama “The 15:17 to Paris” (Warner Bros.), as well as the real-life events on which it’s based, is that, given the right circumstances and motivations, ordinary people can achieve great things.
There are many interesting things to know about the life of arms heiress Sarah Winchester (c. 1840-1922). For one, she was fabulously wealthy. For another, she believed she was cursed.
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), which evenly splits elements of romantic fantasy, classic horror and musical nostalgia, makes the case for girl meets gills. And without Old Bay seasoning, no less.
The spotlight shines brightly on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” (Focus), a historical drama about political leadership and backroom intrigue during a pivotal moment of World War II.
Classical statuary forms a recurring visual motif in the coming-of-age drama “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Classics).