Currently playingFebruary 23, 2017
(Updated Thursday, Feb. 23)
A Dog’s Purpose (Jasper 8 Theatres)
There are some uplifting moments in this story of one dog living several lives through reincarnation, but the overall mood of Lasse Hallstrom’s pup-point-of-view film is ... melancholy, sometimes even grim. It just wears you down. (Comedy drama, PG, 1 hr. 40 min.)
Fifty Shades Darker (Jasper 8 Theatres)
The humorless dolt Christian Grey entices Anastasia Steele into giving their bedroom gymnastics another try in a sequel that’s shallow and uninteresting — yet still a notch above the execrable original. This is one good-looking, occasionally titillating, mostly soapy and dull snooze-fest. (Drama, R, 1 hr. 58 min.)
Fist Fight (Jasper 8 Theatres)
A violent teacher (Ice Cube) challenges a sniveling colleague (Charlie Day) to a fight after school in a comedy that’s ugly, mean-spirited and bereft of laughs. The 91 minutes of cinematic detention feel twice as long. (Comedy, R, 1 hr. 31 min.)
Get Out (Jasper 8 Theatres)
When a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) meets the parents of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams), it’s the start of a cutting-edge, fresh and sometimes bat-bleep-crazy mash-up of ‘‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’’ ‘‘Rosemary’s Baby’’ and ‘‘The Stepford Wives.’’ Writer-director Jordan Peele pays homage to some great horror films while carving out his own fantastically creative path. (Comedy horror, R, 1 hr. 45 min.)
The Great Wall (Jasper 8 Theatres)
Cast as the Great White Hope alongside several popular Chinese actors, Matt Damon plays a mercenary enlisted to help fight an invasion of paranormal monsters. A fantasy with some pretty cool visual effects but scads of unintentionally hilarious dialogue, ‘‘The Great Wall’’ is so wonderfully bad, I could see some coming for the action and staying for the camp laughs. It’s a beautiful bomb. (Action fantasy, PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.)
The Lego Batman Movie (Jasper 8 Theatres)
I’d rank Will Arnett’s raspy, alternately heroic and ridiculous version of the Dark Knight as one of the top three Batman performances of all time. The superhero/supervillain dynamic is explored in a clever, funny and sweet manner, through a constant explosion of candy-colored visual treats. (Animated Action-Adventure, PG, 1 hr. 44 min.)
Other films showing at Jasper 8 Theatres: "Rock Dog."
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