What's playing in Philly movie theaters this week
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: ***
J.J. Abrams jump-starts the mythic in-a-galaxy-far-far-away franchise, bringing Old Timers Han Solo, Leia and Chewbacca back and introducing a new generation of rebel fighters (played by the plucky Daisy Ridley, the sturdy John Boyega). Half reboot, half remake, all fun.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reteam to play the titular sibs who throw an epic rager when their parents decide to sell their childhood home. Written by Saturday Night Live vet writer Paula Pell, Sisters is deals with what it's like to lose the last tangible piece of your childhood — the home you grew up in. Poehler, Fey and the cast of SNL castmembers of past and present (not to mention a fabulous John Cena), are a delight.
Two old friends, played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, ponder life, love and loss while they wander around a luxurious Swiss Alps spa. Paolo Sorrentino's followup to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty is symphonic and cinematic, full of melancholy and hushed magic. With Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip