A roundup of the new films opening in the Triangle this week. Most will open here on Friday.
The Tom Cruise-led summer horror-adventure flick kicks off Universal’s “Dark Universe” series, that studio’s answer to the Marvel or DC cinematic universes. (The “Dark Universe” series will eventually include “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde,” “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.”) The first half of “The Mummy” shows tremendous promise, according to reviewer Katie Walsh, but falls apart at the end.
Opening at: Raleigh: North Hills, AMC 15, Mission Valley, Grande, Six Forks, Brier Creek, Wakefield. Cary: Crossroads, Cinebistro, Parkside. Garner: White Oak. Apex: Beaver Creek. Holly Springs: AMC Dine-In. Morrisville: Park Place, Park West. Durham: Southpoint, AMC 15. Chapel Hill: Silverspot, Lumina, Timberlyne. Smithfield: Smithfield.
It Comes at Night
“It Comes at Night” is set in a world where some unknown catastrophe has befallen mankind. It takes place deep in the woods and concerns a family living in isolation. When a stranger is caught breaking into their house, their first impulse is to kill him and ask questions later, but he convinces them to let him live. That’s when things get complicated. “It Comes at Night” is an extremely well-reviewed horror film, called a tense exercise in foreboding and paranoia that defies horror-film expectations at every turn.
Opening at: Raleigh: North Hills, AMC 15, Brier Creek, Wakefield, Mission Valley, Grande. Cary: Crossroads, Parkside. Garner: White Oak. Morrisville: Park West. Apex: Beaver Creek. Holly Springs: AMC Dine-In. Durham: Carolina, Southpoint, Classic 15. Chapel Hill: Silverspot. Smithfield: Smithfield.
My Cousin Rachel
Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin star in the Roger Michell-directed remake of the 1952 film that starred Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton. Philip (Claflin), upset when his beloved cousin Ambrose (married to Rachel) dies unexpectedly, is highly suspicious of the widow thanks to a series of anguished notes from Ambrose. But it turns out Rachel (Weisz) is quite beautiful and charming, and soon everything is topsy-turvy. Critics call it a juicy, gothic tale of paranoia and passion.
Opening at: Raleigh: Rialto, Grande, AMC 15. Cary: Crossroads. Morrisville: Park West. Durham: Carolina, Southpoint. Chapel Hill: Chelsea, Silverspot.
In “Wakefield,” Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) is a Manhattan lawyer who follows a raccoon into the attic of his detached garage and then decides to just stay there and spy on his family, who thinks he is either missing or dead. Cranston is consistently watchable in the title role, although Howard’s journey into – and, at least potentially, out of – madness is a tough one to keep up with. Jennifer Garner plays his wife.
Opening at: Chapel Hill: Chelsea.
Based on a true story, “Megan Leavey” is about the woman who protected soldiers in Iraq with her IED-detecting K9 officer, Sergeant Rex. After she is wounded in action, Leavey (Kate Mara) wants Rex for her therapy dog, but he has been redeployed. Thus begins her inspiring odyssey to reunite with and adopt her best friend.
Opening at: Raleigh: North Hills, AMC 15, Brier Creek, Six Forks, Wakefield. Cary: Crossroads. Garner: White Oak. Apex: Beaver Creek. Morrisville: Park Place, Park West. Holly Springs: AMC Dine-In. Durham: Southpoint, AMC 15. Chapel Hill: Silverspot. Smithfield: Smithfield.