New movies? We got ‘em. This isn’t quite all of them (and does not include repertory theaters -- hence the word “new”).
“Christopher Robin.” Ewan McGregor stars as THAT Christopher Robin, the one from the “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, all grown up and without a sense of wonder, which, you know, happens when you get older. Guess who shows up to help him find it again? A mix of live action and animation tells the tale.
“The Darkest Minds.” Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie in this story of superpowered teens in a future wherein most folks under 20 have died from a plague -- sort of a reverse “Logan’s Run” thing. Based on Alexandra Bracken's young adult novel of the same name.
“The Spy Who Dumped Me.” A potentially killer comedy team here as Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star as Audrey and Morgan, two best pals who have international intrigue dumped (hah!) into their laps when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend arrives trailed by deadly assassins.
“Dog Days.” A story of many Los Angelenos and their dogs and how their lives, human and canine, intersect.
“The Meg.” The title character is not a gal named Megan but a megalodon, a giant shark thing that is fighting (wait for it) Jason freakin’ Statham.
“BlackkKlansmen.” The newest from Spike Lee stars (former pro football player and Denzel’s son) John David Washington, Adam Driver and Laura Harrier in a based-on-a-true-story about a black cop who, with the help of a white colleague, infiltrates the Klan.
“Crazy Rich Asians.” Jon M. Chu directs this adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel about a Chinese-American woman (the often wonderful Constance Wu) who heads to Singapore to finally meet her boyfriend’s family, who are, in fact, the titular characters. With Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong and Gemma Chan.
“Alpha.” Albert Hughes directs Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young hunter during the Paleolithic period who must befriend a wolf after he is injured on a hunt. This thing has been delayed for nearly a year, which is not the best sign.
Benjamin Dickey and Alia Shawkat in "Blaze" (photo: Steve Cosens)null
“Blaze” I thoroughly enjoyed this not-quite-a-biopic look at the songwriter Blaze Foley, which I saw during South by Southwest.
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“The Happytime Murders.” Brian “son of Jim” Henson finally gets around to releasing this completely bonkers-sounding, R-rated noir in which humans and puppets co-exist, puppets are second-class citizens and someone is bumping off the puppet stars of an ’80s children’s TV show. Apparently, the raunchy, violent and hilarious clips shown at CinemaCon were greeted with roars of laughter. With Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph and Joel McHale.
“A.X.L.” Oliver Daly’s debut feature concerns a dirt-biking kid and the military-grade robot dog he finds in a junkyard. I have seen like 10 trailers for this thing and not one TV ad.
“Searching.” John Cho IS David Kim, who must find his missing 16-year-old daughter by tracing her digital footprint via her laptop.