New films: Liam Neeson on a train, Taraji P. Henson gets ‘Proud’ and Paddington returns

January 10, 2018 GMT


This small British indie, directed by newcomer Joe Stephenson, comes to these shores on a wave of good reviews in the English press. Scott Chambers stars as a boy stuck in rural poverty, an environment that does everything to work against him.

Playing on video-on-demand beginning Jan. 16.

“The Commuter”

Liam Neeson fights the good fight, again, in this thriller set aboard a commuter train. Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth McGovern and Sam Neill co-star.

Playing throughout Houston.

“Condorito: The Movie”

The popular Chilean cartoon character, who, as his Spanish name suggests, is a little condor, gets his own animated children’s movie. He even gets to save the planet in it.

Playing throughout Houston.

“The Other Side of Hope”

Finnish films have been gaining a lot of attention lately, thanks to “Tom of Finland” and “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki.” Now comes Aki Kaurismaki’s drama-comedy about a Syrian refugee in Helsinki that has been acclaimed all over Europe.

Playing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“Phantom Thread”

The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson stars Daniel Day Lewis in an exquisite drama about a clothing designer in 1950s London and the women who love him. Lewis’ performance is outstanding, as are those by his co-stars, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville.

Playing at Landmark River Oaks, Houston.

“Paddington 2”

The second kids movie hitting town this week is a sequel to the 2014 film “Paddington,” about a lonely bear who finds a home with the Brown family. In the sequel, he discovers finding loved ones doesn’t mean he won’t still have troubles.

Playing throughout Houston.

“The Post”

Like “Spotlight,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” is a fascinating look at how big-league journalism gets made. Meryl Streep plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee in this dramatization of all the machinations it took to get the leaked “Pentagon Papers,” which questioned the American government’s stated role in Vietnam, published in the Post.

Playing throughout Houston.

“Proud Mary”

Taraji P. Henson plays a hit woman whose life is changed when a young boy comes into her life. It’s directed by Iranian-Swedish filmmaker Babak Nanjafi, who made the thriller “London Has Fallen.”

Playing throughout Houston.