A GHOST STORY
David Lowery's A Ghost Story is a different sort of haunting, a quiet reverie of never letting go of people, places, anything. Some viewers may think it silly, others profound.
Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play a nameless couple in Texas whose fragile marriage is detailed by long silences. The husband is killed in a car accident; his wife identifies him at the morgue.
She walks away, leaving his body under a sheet on a table. Then the shrouded body sits up. He returns to the home he didn't want to leave and watches life left behind as it goes on.
A Ghost Story is a procession of quiet moments, little intimacies that Lowery makes relatable. But this deceptively simple movie moved me. Lowery turns a bump in the night into a lump in your throat.
THE DARK TOWER
"All killer, no filler," is how author Stephen King described The Dark Tower (PG-13) in a tweet, after eyebrows were raised at the film's 95-minute running time. The eight-book saga of supernatural gunfighters is King's magnum opus, a dense, daunting read that took years to adapt for the movies.
And all we get is 95 minutes counting end credits? That's scary.
To be fair, Nikolaj Arcel's movie only tackles the first book. Others may be adapted in a proposed TV series. It's a good bet that Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba won't be involved as they are here. Elba plays Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger battling Walter O'Dim (McConaughey), the Man in Black plotting to destroy the universe.
A review of The Dark Tower will be published at tampabay.com/movies.
Academy Award winner Halle Berry stars in Kidnap ( R) as a vengeful mother searching for her abducted child. In other words, Berry's character makes the 911 call that her operator character answered in 2013's The Call.
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
Former Vice President Al Gore, right, returns with another climate change warning, after An Inconvenient Truth won two Oscars in 2007. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG) turns up the heat on deniers, with attention to the Paris Climate Agreement from which President Donald Trump recently withdrew.
Nothing Shakespearean about the 19th century bodice-ripper Lady Macbeth (R) except its black widow antiheroine (Florence Pugh), married rich but fooling around with a handyman (Cosmo Jarvis). The movie is brisk (under 90 minutes) and trashier than its classy trappings, like Fifty Shades of Grey for the Merchant-Ivory crowd. B- (Veterans 24, Tampa)
Jenny Slate, right, is officially 2017's celebrity woman of the year after dating Captain America (Chris Evans) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in fantasy succession. Now if she'd only choose more appealing projects than Landline (R), playing older sister in a mid-'90s family wracked by infidelity. (Veterans 24, Tampa)
in theaters: our Top 5
Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:
1 Dunkirk: Christopher Nolan's WWII masterpiece will be chased all awards season.
2 A Ghost Story: A bed sheet spirit (Casey Affleck) haunts his widow (Rooney Mara).
3 War for the Planet of the Apes: Wraps up one of the best movie trilogies ever.
4 The Big Sick: A charmer redefining what romantic comedy means.
5 Detroit: Kathryn Bigelow embeds viewers in Motown's 1967 racial disturbance.
(Dates subject to change)
Aug. 11: The Glass Castle; Annabelle: Creation; Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature; Pilgrimage
Aug. 18: The Hitman's Bodyguard; Wind River; Brigsby Bear; Step
Aug. 25: The Only Living Boy in New York; Leap!
Aug. 31: Patti Cake$
Sept. 8: It; Home Again
Sept. 15: American Assassin; Brad's Status; Mother!; All I See is You
Sept. 22: Battle of the Sexes; Kingsman: The Golden Circle; Stronger; The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Sept. 29: Flatliners; American Made