At the Movies: March 3

Table 19, Before I Fall, Logan, The Last Word, The Shack

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Table 19

Ex-maid of honor Eloise - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to hold her head high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the random table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets. As everyone's secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Starring Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Craig Robertson, and Wyatt Russell.

Rated PG-13. Comedy. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz. 1h 27m.

What the Critics Say:

“‘Table 19’ is a sweet and quirky comedy with a whole lot of heart… This cast is tremendous. Anna Kendrick drives the story, but each actor has their moment in the sun.” – MovieWeb

Our Take: This one sounds funny, light, and cute – perfect for date night or an outing with your squad. Almost like a present-day Breakfast Club, “Table 19” celebrates the awkward and hilarious quirks of adulthood. 

Before I Fall

Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is a young woman who has it all: the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friends and drop dead gorgeous looks. February 12 is just another charmed day in Sam's life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death and discovers the true value of everything she is in danger of losing. Also starring Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, and Elena Kampouris. Based on the young-adult novel by Lauren Oliver.

Rated PG-13. Drama/Mystery. Directed by Ry Russo-Young. 1h 39m.

What the Critics Say:

“Director Russo-Young finds ways of making the day in question feel fresh each time Sam lives it, while giving the overall presentation a look, feel, and voice that's distinct.” – Variety

 “‘Before I Fall’ [is] a melodramatic ‘Groundhog Day’… tactful rather than maudlin, tasteful rather than lurid, soothing rather than creepy.”  – NYTimes

Our Take: This is not your typical cheesy teen flick; this one is deep, full of dramatic twists and life lessons. Good filmmaking and a gang of talented young actors makes “Before I Fall” nothing short of a poignant experience.

Logan

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Starring Hugh Jackman as the infamous Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant.

Rated R. Sci-fi/Drama. Directed by James Mangold. 2h 21m.

What the Critics Say:

“Doesn't try to be a shoot-the-works, how-crazy-are-his-powers grand finale. It's a scruffy dystopian road Western that takes its time in a way that most slam-bang superhero movies don't.” – Variety

 “The movie equivalent to Frank Miller's renowned comic book ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ this entry in the X-Men series is amazingly moving and grown-up, elevating the superhero genre to new heights.” –Common Sense Media

 “X-Men movie franchise connections aside, Logan is a grisly and somber character drama that sends off Hugh Jackman's Wolverine on a high note.” – Screen Rant

Our Take:

Wolverine fans: this one was made for you. Brace yourselves for this next X-Men installment, which is also clearly a must-see – whether you’re a follower of the franchise or not.

The Last Word

Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a once-successful businesswoman, works with young local writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) to pen her life story. When the initial result doesn't meet Lauler's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she'll be remembered, dragging Anne along as an unwilling accomplice. As their journey unfolds, the two women develop a strong bond which not only alters Harriet's legacy but also Anne's future.

Rated R. Comedy. Directed by Mark Pellington. 1h 48m.

What the Critics Say:

“Shirley MacLaine plays another lovable tart-tongued scold in the sort of prefab crowd-pleaser that's lucky to have her… MacLaine has something that shines through and elevates a film like this one. The movie is prefab indie whimsy, but she gives it an afterglow.” – Variety

Our Take: Shirley steals the show – and our hearts – once again (as per usual). This indie Sundance movie will give you all the good feels.

Watch the trailer here.

The Shack

The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. Also starring Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell, and Graham Greene. Based on the Christian novel by by William P. Young.

Rated PG-13. Drama. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine. 2h 12m.

What the Critics Say:

“[T]o say ‘The Shack’ offers a new spin on the Holy Trinity ­– and some provocative theories about free will, forgiveness and the afterlife – is an understatement. No doubt some Christians will be taken aback and perhaps even offended by the storyline…” – Chicago Sun Times

Our Take: Spiritual and inspiring, “The Shack” may just move you. If you read and enjoyed the book, which is a renowned bestseller, then you’ll definitely want to see this mystical adaptation on the big screen.