The 2017 movie year kicks off with a few holdovers from 2016 limited release, including a fanciful book adaptation, a real-life inspirational story and another great performance from Isabelle Huppert.
A Monster Calls
(pictured) tries to translate the emotionally-resonant fable of its source material to the screen, but feels forced and unconvincing on a big screen. Huppert stars as an academic experiencing personal upheaval in Mia Hansen-Løve's latest rich character study Things to Come
. The indie dramedy Hunter Gatherer
gets energy from a strong central character and performance before losing control of tone and momentum.
Also opening this week, but not screened for press: the latest installment in the vampires-vs.-werewolves franchise Underworld: Blood Wars
In this week's feature review, MaryAnn Johanson celebrates the telling of a little-known, feel-good story about African-American women contributing to the American space program in Hidden Figures.