New and now in theaters for Nov. 1
New in Theaters
"Terminator: Dark Fate"
In a recent interview Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he wanted his character's iconic line to be "I will be back" rather than "I'll be back" and now I'm trying to imagine the world-shaking butterfly effect that might have unfolded had he gotten his way with such a ridiculous idea.
Watch the trailer below and imagine what could have been, if you can.
The new drama from director Kasi Lemmons follows the eventful life of Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) from her escape from enslavement in Maryland to her subsequent leadership role on the underground railroad.
Edward Norton wrote, directed and starred in the film based on Jonathan Lethem's National Book award-winning novel, as well as taking the lead in predictably obnoxious interviews during the press blitz.
If this isn't a sequel to "Snow Dogs" (and it's not) then I don't want to hear another word about it. NOT ANOTHER WORD.
It’s certainly got tear-jerker moments, but this is largely a feel-good farewell to fans. I can’t imagine there are many going in cold the way I did, but if you enjoy earnest British-ness, like me, this one’s a winner. (3 stars)
“Hustlers” is a familiar rise-and-fall crime caper concept with some layers, and it manages to say a lot without being preachy. In fact, it’s so consistently entertaining, funny and flashy, you might not even get some of the messages. (4 stars)
“Joker” is also sure to be one of the most divisive movies of the year. Reactions will range from calling it a classic to calling it trash, and there’s a case to be made for everything in between. But it’s a movie where, at least to this critic, the ambitions and audacity outweigh the flaws. (5 stars)
Renee Zellweger dives deep into Garland’s last days. Addiction to alcohol and barbiturates have rendered Garland wildly unpredictable and undependable as a performer, a factor that also led to her decline in Hollywood years prior. Zellweger captures both the gigantic personality of Garland and her deep vulnerability. The performance is plenty big, but she also thrives in the small moments. (3 stars)
It’s a masterclass of claustrophobic tension and a showcase for two outstanding actors to push their limits. And when one of those actors is Willem Dafoe, you know those limits are pretty far out. (4 stars)
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
Director Robert Stromberg, working from a script adapted by Linda Woolverton, keeps a lot of plates spinning, setting up special effects oohs and ahhs and eventual epic battle sequences. “Mistress of Evil” is seldom boring, but it’s often just kind of there. (2 stars)