New films: ’12 Strong,′ ‘Forever My Girl’ and ‘Den of Thieves’

January 17, 2018

“12 Strong”

Two years ago this week, Michael Bay’s “13 Hours,” starring John Krasinski, hit theaters, purportedly telling the true story behind the attack on the U.S. compound in Libya that killed four Americans. Now comes “12 Strong,” another film with a number in the title that’s ripped from a real-life war incident, this one involving the first Special Team forces on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena star, as does native Texan Taylor Sheridan (better known these days as director of “Wind River” and writer of “Hell or High Water”). Directing is an unknown, Nicolai Fuglsig. So, this one could go either way - its cast list and lots of dudes going medieval by fighting on horseback say yes, its January release date says no.

Playing throughout Houston.

“Den of Thieves”

Gerard Butler and 50 Cent star in this bank-heist drama that also features O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube’s son), Jordan Bridges (Beau Bridges’ son) and Pablo Schreiber (Liev Schreiber’s half-brother). Let’s hope the family connections aren’t the most interesting thing about it. “Den of Thieves” is directed by Christian Gudegast, who wrote the screenplay for “London Has Fallen.”

Playing throughout Houston.

“Forever My Girl”

As big and pervasive as country music is these days, it’s not reflected much in contemporary cinema. “Forever My Girl,” from director/writer Bethany Ashton Wolf, goes some way to correcting that. Newcomer Alex Roe (“The Fifth Wave”) plays a successful singer who, after feeling lost because of his fame, returns home to small-town Louisiana and finds the woman of his dreams, played by Jessica Rothe. There’s lots of contemporary country music that wouldn’t be out of place in the world of Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt.

Playing throughout Houston.

“The Gospel According to Andre”

Kate Novack’s documentary explores the world of fashion editor Andre Leon Talley who grew up as an African-American in the Jim Crow South, far from the fashion capitals, and rose to be a man of power and influence at such publications as Vogue and W. Fashion industry stalwarts Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Diane von Furstenberg, Valentino Garavani and Anna Wintour appear in the documentary.

Playing Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“The Road Movie”

Everyone’s seen it, online or as filler on the evening news: jaw-dropping footage from Russian dash-cams showing everything from a meteor crashing to road rage that might give Conor McGregor pause. “The Road Movie” compiles the best of these moments into one big-screen experience that, no doubt, will have you weeping for the state of humanity by the time the credits roll. Variety said this film rests somewhere between “Jackass” and “Faces of Death.” You have been warned.

Playing at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park.