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At the Movies: January 12

January 11, 2018

THE POST

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper ­– The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie, and Sarah Paulson.

PG-13. Drama/Thriller. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 1h 55m.

What the Internet Says:

“Streep and Hanks shine in Spielberg's timely defense of the press and its freedom to expose corruption – even when it implicates or embarrasses those in political power.” — Common Sense Media

“It’s a heady, jam-packed docudrama that, with confidence and great filmmaking verve (though not what you’d call an excess of nuance), tells a vital American story of history, journalism, politics, and the way those things came together over a couple of fateful weeks in the summer of 1971.” — Variety

Our Take: Educational, entertaining, and incredibly relevant, “The Post” is number one on our list. Plus, Meryl and Tom on-screen together at last? Yes, please...

PADDINGTON 2

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop – the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration. Starring Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Joanna Lumley, Michael Gambon, Peter Capaldi, and Jim Broadbent.

PG. Adventure/Comedy. Directed by Paul King. 1h 43m.

What the Internet Says:

“Paddington 2 is children’s animation at its finest. The second film about a mischievous, marmalade-loving bear in Britain is gleefully imaginative and warm-hearted... It’s a lovely children’s film that neither condescends to a younger audience, nor makes cheap, glib attempts to reel in an older one. [Director Paul] King leans on his strengths – strong characterization and grand visual storytelling – to win the viewer over, and it’s hard to resist.” — The Atlantic

Our Take: Spunky and sweet, Paddington will steal your heart. Definitely take the kids to see this one...

PROUD MARY

Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she crosses paths with a young boy after a professional hit goes bad. Also starring Billy Brown, Maragret Avery, Neal McDonough, Danny Glover.

R. Drama/Thriller. Directed by Babak Najafi. 1h 29m.

What the Internet Says:

“The ‘Empire’ actress who made mathematics seem cool in ‘Hidden Figures’ is now donning black leather, disguises, an arsenal that would make John Wick proud, and driving a Maserati to and from jobs working for an organized crime family in Boston...Mary [Henson’s character] will set the scene for heroines in 2018...” — Chicago Tribune

Our Take: Taraji P. Henson sets the screen ablaze as a valiant and uncompromising hit woman. This empowering movie is the first of its kind and will keep you on your toes...

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THE COMMUTER

Insurance salesman Michael Woolrich (Liam Neeson) is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train. Also starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Sam Neill.

PG-13. Action/Thriller. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. 1h 45m.

What the Internet Says:

“‘The Commuter’ has panic, paranoia, and punches. Liam Neeson too...The dude can trade punches with guys half his age, roll out from under the wheels of a moving train and then jump right back onto the train...” — NY Times

“This is Liam Neeson’s bad-guy-stomping time of year... He is an everyman avenger, a rangy vigilante who runs headlong into danger, pummeling villains and dodging bullets, knives, cars, bombs, fire and whatever unholy ploys cross his path of wreckage and redemption. He is an antidote to injustice who in a couple of furious, implausible hours delivers the sweet taste of righteous empowerment. He may be bruised and slightly tainted, a bit creaky in the joints, but his heart is pure. Mostly.” — LA Times

Our Take: Liam Neeson is back again as a vigorous, dogged, no-nonsense hero. As usual, fans will love him in this hair-raising action flick...

SATURDAY CHURCH

A shy, effeminate 14-year-old being raised by his strict aunt finds escape in a rich fantasy life of music, dance, and a lively transgender youth community. Starring Luka Kain, Marquis Rodriguez, Margot Bingham, Kate Bornstein, and Regina Taylor.

NOT RATED. Drama/Fantasy/Musical. Directed by Damon Cardasis. 1h 30m.

What the Internet Says:

“The film was written and directed by Damon Cardasis, making his feature debut. It is a disarmingly and consistently sensitive movie that remains engaging even when its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp... The wonderful cast brings the story home, and Mr. Kain in particular is a real find.” — NY Times

Our Take: Powerful and moving, “Saturday Church” has a strong message. This coming-of-age independent film took the Tribeca Film Festival by storm, and with the Academy Awards approaching, it may just do the same in its national release...