Movie Guide: What’s playing in Aiken for the weekend of Sept. 15
“A Simple Favor” NEW
Anna Kendrick stars as a mom blogger who investigates the disappearance of her best friend. With Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Jean Smart, Rupert Friend. Written by Jessica Sharzer, based upon the novel by Darcey Bell. Directed by Paul Feig.
“The Predator” NEW
A young boy inadvertently prompts the return to Earth of the now-genetically enhanced killing creatures. With Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown. Written by Fred Dekker, Shane Black; based on the characters created by Jim Thomas, John Thomas. Directed by Black.
“White Boy Rick” NEW
A teenage boy works as a police informant before being cut loose and sent to prison in 1980s Detroit. With Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie. Written by Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller. Directed by Yann Demange.
A troubled priest and a novitiate sent by the Vatican to investigate a suicide and an abbey in Romania are confronted by the same malevolent force from “The Conjuring 2.” With Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, Bonnie Aarons. Written by by Gary Dauberman, story by Gary Dauberman, James Wan. Directed by Corin Hardy.
Jennifer Garner plays a mother who transforms herself into a vigilante after her family is brutally murdered. With John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr., Juan Pablo Raba. Written by Chad St. John. Directed by Pierre Morel.
A Bay Area dad (John Cho) looks for his missing daughter in this compelling thriller from director Aneesh Chaganty, which unfolds entirely on the characters’ computer and phone screens.
“Crazy Rich Asians”
An Asian-American New Yorker’s first trip to Asia is complicated by her longtime boyfriend’s status as one of Singapore’s most desirable bachelors and his judgy mother. With Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Henry Golding, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh. Written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. Directed by Jon M. Chu.
A 75-foot-long prehistoric shark attacks a deep-sea submersible necessitating a rescue operation at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis. Written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, based on the novel by Steve Alten. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.