Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Stars: John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz
Based on the novel by Stephen King, “Pet Sematary” follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife, Rachel (Amy Seimetz), and their two young children, Gage (Hugo Lavoie) and Ellie (Jeté Laurence), from Boston to a rural home in Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), who informs them that a particular plot of land in a nearby forest has the power to resurrect whatever is buried there. After seeing the power work on the cat, Louis decides to resurrect a human family member who recently died, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. As the tagline goes, sometimes dead is better.
“The Best of Enemies”
Director: Robin Bissell
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson, Wes Bentley
Based on a true story, “The Best of Enemies” centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina, during the racially charged summer of 1971. The two were put on a committee overseeing the desegregation of schools where, after heated battles and much to their surprise, they discovered common ground: They both cared about the economic and educational well-being of their kids.
Director: David F. Sandberg
Stars: Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Borth
A little magic can go a long way to bring the superhero inside all of us out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by uttering one word — SHAZAM! — this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart — inside a ripped, godlike body — Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun and use them. Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he communicate with animals? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness you’d expect from a kid. But the fun won’t last forever, as he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by super-villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). ♦