Familiar faces like James Bond and Charlie Brown hit the multiplexes, while true stories of historical injustice are among the art-house offerings.
The fact-based stories of agitators for women's voting rights in England fuel Suffragette
(pictured), but it's better as melodrama making, us feel good about being on the right side of history, than it is as drama. Labyrinth of Lies
takes a similar fictionalizing approach to Germany's struggle in the 1950s and 1960s to confront its Nazi history, and similarly succumbs to sloppy, ingratiating storytelling. The documentary Tab Hunter Confidential
is fascinating when looking at the Hollywood marketing machine that created a heartthrob while hiding his homosexuality, but proves less interesting when letting its subject talk about the rest of his life.
MaryAnn Johanson wishes that the James Bond adventure Spectre
had maintained the momentum of its brilliant opening, instead of falling back on nostalgia and a thin, trite story. The wonderful chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, and the honest portrayal of female friendship, elevates the lovely comedy-drama Miss You Already
In this week's feature review, the charming, gentle big-screen The Peanuts Movie
earns the right to be referred to as "by Schulz."