10 Cloverfield Lane From producer J.J. Abrams and Philly native Dan Trachtenberg, a wickedly clever nightmare entertainment (and spiritual offspring of 2008's Cloverfield) with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up shackled in some weird guy's underground bunker. John Goodman is the captor, John Gallagher Jr. is a fellow, um, guest, and the world outside ain't what it used to be. PG-13
Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful Embrace of the Serpent, one of the nominees for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards, touches on many of the same themes that Terrence Malick (see the review of his Knight of Cups, Page 4) explored in his 2005 feature The New World.
10 Cloverfield Lane Producer J.J. Abrams calls this sci-fi thriller about a survivalist (John Goodman) and the woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) he's keeping in his cellar a "blood relative," or "spiritual successor," to the 2008 pic Cloverfield. Temple film school alum Dan Trachtenberg directs. PG-13
In London Has Fallen, the rip-roaring sequel to 2013's White House-under-siege hit Olympus Has Fallen, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) looks around at the terrorists disguised as police, the terrorists disguised as Buckingham Palace guards, the terrorists aiming shoulder-launched rockets at the president of the United States, and decides there has been a security lapse.
A gritty noir full of crooked cops, Russian Israeli mobsters, and careering car chases through the streets of Atlanta, Triple 9 gets bonus points for some offbeat but successful casting - notably Kate Winslet, in a towering coif, jangling with bling, as a crimeland czarina who orders up a heist and orders her goons to throw bloodied, bound bodies into a refrigerated truck. The truck reads Kosher Meats on its side.