This weekend is shaping up to be another big one for movie theaters, as Disney’s live-action adaptation of their animated classic “The Jungle Book” is released nationwide. The film combines live actors with motion capture characters played by an impressive cast that includes Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. Also new in theaters this Friday is “Criminal,” an action movie starring Kevin Costner as an emotionless man who is given the memories of a dead CIA agent so he can complete his mission. And the “Barbershop” series gets a long-awaited third installment set ten years after the previous film, bringing back much of the old cast including Ice Cube. Read more about those movies and this weekend’s other new releases below.
“The Jungle Book”: Directed by Jon Favreau, this live-action/motion capture adaptation of the animated Disney classic follows Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a young boy who is raised by wolves but must go on the run when the tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens him. It is on his journey that he meets the laid-back bear Baloo (Bill Murray) and the jaguar Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and learns more about the world around him. Available for viewing in 3D and IMAX 3D. Read more at IMDB. Runtime: 105 minutes. Rated PG for some sequences of scary action and peril.
“Criminal”: This thriller directed by Ariel Vroman stars Kevin Costner as inmate Jericho Stewart, who has the memories and knowledge of CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) transferred to his brain after Pope is mysteriously killed tracking down a dangerous hacker. Jericho is tasked with finishing his mission, but things soon get personal when he begins to feel what Pope felt. Read more at IMDB. Runtime: 113 minutes. Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.
“Barbershop: The Next Cut”: This sequel to the 2004 comedy “Barbershop 2” is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and follows the crew at Calvin’s (Ice Cube) barbershop as they try to save their store and their community when their surroundings take a turn for the worse. Also starring Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Common, Eve, Nicki Minaj, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Jazsmin Lewis. Read more at IMDB. Runtime: 112 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language.
Other movies opening in St. Louis:
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre