Capsule movie reviews

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James Corden voices the title character in “Peter Rabbit.”

New releases

½ The 15:17 to Paris Clint Eastwood’s re-creation of the August 2015 terrorist attack on a Paris-bound bullet train extends to casting as themselves the three real-life American men who thwarted the assault — Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler. It’s a movie about ordinary heroes that features about 15 minutes of heroics and a deadly amount of ordinary. (94 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

½ 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary As is often the case, this Oscar category is dominated by films about pressing social problems. They cover issues such as plight of the elderly, mental illness, addiction, rehabilitation, and racism, but what makes them compelling are the personal stories of the subjects. (179 min., unrated). (Peter Keough)


The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action/ The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Animated The annual roundup of shorts, good for keeping up with the state of the art and giving you an edge in the office Oscar pool. “Dekalb Elementary,” about a school shooting (or threat thereof), is the best of either batch. (99 min./83 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

½ Fifty Shades Freed A wedding, a kidnapping, and all the scenery in the world aren’t enough to make the final installment of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy enough fun. Unlike the second film, which featured Kim Basinger as an S&M-loving villain, “Freed” leaves us alone too much with Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, who are kind of boring — even in the bedroom. (120 min., R) (Meredith Goldstein)

Peter Rabbit Even though this thoroughly contemporary adaptation frequently tramples Beatrix Potter’s gentle whimsy, it’s also irresistibly entertaining. James Corden’s voice work as Peter is brightly of-the-moment, while live-action costar Domhnall Gleeson’s update of nemesis Mr. McGregor is prickly fun. (93 min., PG) (Tom Russo)

Previously released

½ Call Me by Your Name A rich, novelistic coming-of-age story, set in an overripe Italy in the 1980s. Timothée Chalamet plays an academic’s son and Armie Hammer a young research assistant with whom he embarks on an affair; no one films light and landscape with more sensuality than director Luca Guadagnino. In English and Italian, with subtitles. (132 min., R) (Ty Burr)

½ Coco Pixar’s latest journeys south of the border and into a fluorescent Day of the Dead afterlife as a young boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) seeks connection with his ancestors. Gorgeous to look at and not at all ghoulish, with only a familiar plot structure keeping it from the company’s best. Additional voices by Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt. (109 min., PG) (Ty Burr)


Darkest Hour A glib, entertaining biopic of Winston Churchill, set as the great man becomes prime minister against a backdrop of Dunkirk and the Nazi threat. Gary Oldman, under layers of padding and bluster, gives us an old sharpie of a Winston and Joe Wright directs with bravura confidence. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Mendelsohn. (101 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

½ Lady Bird A wise, funny, empathetic tale of a Sacramento teenager (Saoirse Ronan) launching herself at life headfirst. Greta Gerwig’s feature directing debut — based on her own adolescence — is as strong as they come, if built on overfamiliar coming-of-age lines. Ronan and Laurie Metcalf (as her mom) do top-drawer work. (93 min., R) (Ty Burr)

Phantom Thread The latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson is a thing of rapture with a darkness at its center. Daniel Day-Lewis (in what may be his final role) plays a high-fashion dressmaker in 1950s London; Vicky Krieps (who’s amazing) plays his muse. Absurdly pleasurable to watch, it dramatizes a desperate struggle for dominance that doubles as the tenderest of love stories. (130 min., R) (Ty Burr)

The Shape of Water A fantastic romantic masterpiece, made at the intersection between art film and pop romance, from Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”). Sally Hawkins (astonishing) plays a mute cleaning lady who falls for an imprisoned creature from the deep; what sounds ridiculous is a rapture of filmmaking. (123 min., R) (Ty Burr)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi The “Star Wars” movies have always been pop-culture candy; this is the first one that tastes like steak. Rian Johnson rearranges the beloved characters in ways that feel visually and emotionally fresh. It’s not a perfect movie but it is great, and immensely satisfying. With Daisy Ridley, John Boyega,
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac. (152 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

½ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Frances McDormand hits a career peak as a small-town avenging angel, mother of a murdered teen who won’t let the local cops off the hook. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson do fine work in this outrageous dramatic farce from Martin McDonagh. (115 min., R) (Ty Burr)