Chances are high that we’ll see more rain this weekend in the Lowcountry, which makes for the perfect time to head to the theatres and check out some awesome new movies.
In this week’s Lowcountry movie watch, the creepy doll from “The Conjuring” returns to theaters, and joining her are a bunch of animated animals and some family drama. Meanwhile, new trailers see the latest from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky and the true story behind “Winnie the Pooh”.
The first “Annabelle” is by far the weakest link in the “Conjuring” cinematic universe, but critics have been far kinder to this prequel to that spinoff which delves into how the creepy doll came to be. Director David F. Sandberg was responsible for last year’s effective and efficiently chilling “Lights Out”, and seems to have brought the same horror gravitas to this film, which features such horror standards as orphans, creepy nuns, and of course demonic dolls. Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto star.
The movie breaks no new ground, but does not need to. This is a classic, straightforward ghost story, with all the attendant trappings. The difference between “Annabelle: Creation” and its predecessor is all in how the material is handled, how Sandberg frames and lights his scenes, how he builds and pays off tension, and how he lets the characters grow before the horror really begins. If the original was disposable, this one is vital and gripping and terrifying, all owing to the skills behind the lens.
Is all of that to say that “Annabelle: Creation” is a great film? Hardly, but it is a very good one. It is just a bit too faithful to the types of film that inspired it. Sandberg’s “Lights Out” tread in similar territory, but it also had more on its mind than scaring you, exploring depression in a subtle, metaphorical way that slipped under the radar of many. This movie has no such ambitions. It simply aims to frighten, but on that count it is a rousing success.
11:00 a.m. 1:50 p.m. 4:40 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 10:20 p.m.
1:30 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Park Plaza Cinema
11:00 a.m. 2:10 p.m. 4:35 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:25 p.m.
Plaza Stadium Theater
11:45 a.m. 2:10 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:15 p.m.
The Glass Castle
In their most recent films, “Glass Castle” stars Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson battled monkeys, and co-star Naomi Watts has a history with them as well. That has nothing to do with this movie, but judging by the incredibly tedious trailer, it might be the most interesting thing about it. This adaptation of Jeannette Walls's 2005 memoir sees a woman (Larson) raised in poverty by an alcoholic father (Harrelson) and eccentric artist mother (Watts) trying to come to terms with her roots. The book was a best seller and the plot shows promise, but reviews have been lukewarm and previews make it look like a Lifetime Channel original with a better cast.
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1:15 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Park Plaza Cinema
11:00 a.m. 1:50 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 9:40 p.m.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature
Was the world really clamoring for a sequel to 2014’s “The Nut Job”? The first film, which received enough negative reviews to give “The Emoji Movie” a run for its money, made just $65 million at the box office. It only cost $42 million, though, so now theaters are welcoming the next chapter, which finds the gaggle of cute critters from the first film battling an evil mayor to prevent their park from being turned into an amusement park. Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Jackie Chan and Maya Rudolph lend their voices to the animated shenanigans.
3D: 2:05 p.m.
Non-3D: 11:30 a.m. 4:40 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 9:50 p.m.
1:00 p.m. 3:10 p.m. 5:20 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:40 p.m.
Plaza Stadium Theater
12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this spooky looking horror film from Darren Aronofsky, the mastermind behind “Requiem for a Dream”, “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan”. Aronofsky has shown an innate knack for unnerving horror and incisive character work before, often at the same time. His latest tells the story of a couple (Lawrence and Bardem) whose lives are thrown into upheaval by a pair of unwelcome house guests (Harris and Pfeiffer). Coming Sept. 15.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star in this true story about “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne and how his son, C.R. (Christopher Robin) Milne inspired him to create his most famous stories. Director Simon Curtis’ previous efforts, “My Week with Marilyn” and “Woman in Gold” were both well received by audiences, and he looks to have another crowd pleasing film on his hands here. Coming Oct. 13.
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