Religion and politics make for a toxic brew in the highly spiced historical drama “Mary Queen of Scots” (Focus).
“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna) is a faithful, evocative and reverent adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel about a struggling young African-American couple, with many of the attendant weaknesses such careful film realizations can bring with them.
Those willing to entertain the real-life existence of superheroes as well as those well-versed in the previous films of director M. Night Shyamalan would appear to be the target audience for his thriller “Glass” (Universal).
Fans of 2017’s “A Dog’s Purpose” may be anxious to catch the quest-based adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” (Columbia). Both movies are based on novels by W. Bruce Cameron (who co-wrote the current screenplay with his wife, Cathryn Michon) and canine cuteness abounds in both.
Take the “white savior” formula of 2009’s “The Blind Side,” in which a Caucasian of considerable means changes the life of an impoverished African-American, mix in a little of “Driving Miss Daisy” from 1989, and you have “The Upside” (STX).
The latest example, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight), is a costume comedy-drama about a royal love triangle in 18th-century England (hence the British spelling of “favorite”).
The routine thriller “Escape Room” (Columbia) may leave discerning moviegoers looking for their own means of egress.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective and his doctor sidekick are given a comedic makeover in “Holmes & Watson” (Columbia). A successful result, however, is far from elementary.
“Vice” (Annapurna), writer-director Adam McKay’s portrait of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a gleeful hatchet job in which Cheney — played by Christian Bale — comes off as Machiavellian, black-hearted and more demonic than human.
The appealing workplace comedy “Second Act” (STX) which posits that street smarts should rate at least as highly as an educational pedigree, is not so much #Metoo as #Whynotme.