This week in theaters we have the manga adaptation "Ghost in the Shell" starring Scarlett Johansson, the Alec Baldwin-voiced animated feature "The Boss Baby", and "The Zookeeper's Wife", a somewhat different kind of Holocaust movie. In limited release you should check out the horror film "The Blackcoat's Daughter" starring Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka from "Mad Men".
Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.
GHOST IN THE SHELL
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, "The Ghost in the Shell."
- Director: Rupert Sanders
- Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Anamaria Marinca
- Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
- Running Time: 107 min.
- Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images
- Rottentomatoes: 42% (59 fresh, 82 rotten, score: 5.5/10)
- Metacritic: 53 out of 100 (11 positive, 23 mixed, 4 negative).
THE BOSS BABY
DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.
- Director: Tom McGrath
- Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Tobey Maguire
- Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
- Running Time: 97 min.
- Rating: PG for some mild rude humor
- Rottentomatoes: 48% (43 fresh, 47 rotten, score: 5.4/10)
- Metacritic: 50 out of 100 (9 positive, 17 mixed, 3 negative).
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of "The Broken Circle Breakdown"), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned - and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of "Captain America: Civil War"). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance - and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
- Director: Niki Caro
- Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford
- Genre: Biography, Drama, History
- Running Time: 124 min.
- Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking
- Rottentomatoes: 56% (47 fresh, 37 rotten, score: 6.2/10)
- Metacritic: 58 out of 100 (16 positive, 14 mixed, 0 negative).
THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER
A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat's Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story-that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.
- Director: Oz Perkins
- Starring: Kiernan Shipka, Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, James Remar, Lauren Holly
- Genre: Horror, Thriller
- Running Time: 93 min.
- Rating: R for brutal bloody violence and brief strong language
- Rottentomatoes: 74% (32 fresh, 11 rotten, score: 6.3/10)
- Metacritic: 73 out of 100 (12 positive, 1 mixed, 1 negative).