Thursday, February 8, 2018

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 10:18 AM

click to enlarge The 15:17 to Paris
The 15:17 to Paris

Seems everyone's excited for Black Panther to hit theaters next week, so until then, we'll have to settle with the newest from Clint Eastwood, a kid's comedy with a CGI bunny and the final (bummer!) Fifty Shades movie. Here's what'll be in theaters this weekend.

Clint Eastwood’s latest bit of rah-rah American patriotism is a fictionalized account of three U.S. soldiers who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015. The twist here: The director has cast the actual men to play themselves and recreate their act of heroism. Rated PG-13.

E.L. James’ trilogy mercifully ends with Anastasia and Christian settling into married life, only to have their idyll disrupted by vengeful exes. Expect the requisite handcuffs and riding crops, and also a car chase or two, because these characters are apparently action stars now. Rated R.

This year’s Academy Award-nominated short films hit theaters this weekend in two separate programs: animated and live-action. (Still no word on whether the documentary shorts will be reach us.) Both are pretty strong and varied collections, showcasing myriad styles, tones and storytelling methods. Not rated.

Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s character gets the anthropomorphic, wise-cracking CGI treatment, voiced by James Corden and perpetually pestering Domhnall Gleeson’s bumbling Mr. McGregor. Sounds a bit unbearable, but, hey — it worked for the Paddington movies. Rated PG.

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WINCHESTER (2 stars)
California’s Winchester Mystery House seems an ideal setting for a horror film, but it’s wasted in this conventional ghost story, as is Helen Mirren as the mansion’s widowed owner. Standard scares, with Conjuring-style specters that pop out of dark corners accompanied by musical stings on the soundtrack. (ES) Rated PG-13

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Nathan Weinbender

Nathan Weinbender is the Inlander's Music & Film editor. He is also a film critic for Spokane Public Radio, where he has co-hosted the weekly film review show Movies 101 since 2011.