New movies in theaters this week include “The Light Between Oceans,” “Morgan” and “The 9th Life of Louis Drax.” Let’s take a closer look at the new movies in theaters this week.
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content | In Theaters 9/2 | Ok for Kids 13+ | DreamWorks, Disney | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Based on M.L. Stedman’s debut novel and directed by Derek Cianfrance, this drama follows the story of Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), who after four harrowing years on the Western Front, returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander). Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed ashore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God.” Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world – and their choices have devastated one of those people.
Rated R for brutal violence, and some language | In Theaters 9/2 | Ok for Kids 17+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Directed by Luke Scott, this sci-fi thriller stars Kate Mara as a corporate troubleshooter who is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger. Also stars Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti.
THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX
Rated R for some disturbing images and brief strong language | In Theaters 9/2 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Summit | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis’ near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father Peter (Aaron Paul), acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy’s unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he’s drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis’ seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis’ mother, Natalie (Sarah Gadon). As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him. Based on Liz Jensen‘s bestselling novel, this thriller is directed by Alexandre Aja.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
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