Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:52 PM

click to enlarge FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this weekend
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's The Post.

How 'bout those Golden Globes, huh? Oprah inspired everybody, Natalie Portman threw some A+ shade, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri became the latest Best Picture winner to become the subject of critical backlash.

And if you wondering what all the hoopla about The Post and I, Tonya was about, now you can find out: They're both finally hitting Spokane theaters this weekend, alongside the newest star vehicles for Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and everyone's favorite British teddy bear.

Here's what's opening:

Remember that movie where Liam Neeson was on a plane and had to figure out which passenger was the bad guy? No? Well, this movie is pretty much the same thing, except now it’s set on a train. Cool. Rated PG-13.

I, TONYA (3 stars)
A raucous bio-comedy about figure skater Tonya Harding, who triple-axelled into infamy in the early ’90s. Margot Robbie is terrific as the disgraced Harding, and Allison Janney, who just walked away with a Golden Globe, is entertainingly monstrous as her mother. Rated R.

The second feature inspired by Michael Bond’s popular books follows the raincoat-wearing, marmalade-loving bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) as he goes searching for a stolen present that wrongfully lands him behind bars. Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson and Hugh Grant co-star. Rated PG.

Steven Spielberg’s latest concerns 1970s Washington Post publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the first woman to ever hold such a position, and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) fighting for the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, which detailed the Johnson administration’s lies regarding the Vietnam War. Give it all the Oscars. Rated PG-13.

Taraji P. Henson stars as an assassin-for-hire who becomes the unlikely chaperone of a young boy after a hit job goes wrong. Sounds kind of like a gender-flipped version of The Professional, but hopefully without that movie’s weird predatory vibes. Rated R.

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Nathan Weinbender

Nathan Weinbender is the former music and film editor of the Inlander. He is also a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, where he has co-hosted the weekly film review show Movies 101 since 2011.