Mini Movie Re­views

The Signal - - FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT - By Richard Roeper

“IN­SID­I­OUS: THE LAST KEY” (Hor­ror, PG-13, 103 min­utes). The pro­duc­tion el­e­ments and spe­cial ef­fects are pretty cool in this in­stall­ment of the hor­ror fran­chise, a chap­ter about demons in the creepy child­hood home of para­psy­chol­o­gist Elise Rainier (the won­der­ful Lin Shaye). The main prob­lem: too many ghosts. Good ghosts, bad ghosts, and ghosts that might not re­ally be ghosts at all. Rat­ing: Two stars.

“THE POST” (His­tor­i­cal drama, PG-13, 115 min­utes). Meryl Streep has of­ten played the most con­fi­dent of char­ac­ters, but as 1970s Wash­ing­ton Post pub­lisher Kay Gra­ham, she does an as­ton­ish­ing job of show­ing us some­one un­sure of her­self as she de­bates pub­lish­ing the Pen­tagon Pa­pers and risk­ing jail. This is a love let­ter to jour­nal­is­tic brav­ery and to the First Amend­ment, and it is the best movie about news­pa­pers since “All the Pres­i­dent’s Men.” Rat­ing: Four stars.

“ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD” (His­tor­i­cal drama, R, 132 min­utes). Ri­d­ley Scott’s well-paced, great-look­ing and nim­ble take on one of the most fa­mous kid­nap­ping cases of the 20th cen­tury leaves us mar­veling at the enor­mous foot­print J. Paul Getty left on the world. Play­ing the oil ty­coon as a last­minute sub­sti­tute for Kevin Spacey, Christo­pher Plum­mer de­liv­ers a pow­er­ful, magnetic, scene-steal­ing per­for­mance. Rat­ing: Three and a half stars.

“THE GREAT­EST SHOW­MAN” (Mu­si­cal, PG, 105 min­utes). There were times when I rolled my eyes to the ceil­ing at the corny and cheesy and shame­less sen­ti­ment of this mu­si­cal star­ring Hugh Jack­man as P.T. Bar­num. But then I’d re­al­ize my foot was once again tapping in time to the beat of the catchy tunes, at which point I’d ac­knowl­edge I was thor­oughly en­joy­ing my­self, de­spite all cyn­i­cal in­stincts. Rat­ing: Three stars.

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