Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (March 16) are:
Love, Simon: An adaptation of Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel about a 17-year-old high-schooler juggling two issues: 1.) He's gay, and hasn't told his family or friends; and 2.) He's fallen for an anonymous classmate online. Directed by Greg Berlant, of "Dawson's Creek" and "Brothers & Sisters" lineage; written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, late of "This is Us"; and starring Nick Robinson (of "Melissa & Joey" fame) in the title role. The cast also includes Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.
Tomb Raider: Lara Croft is back and re-booted, this time in the form of Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl," "Ex Machina"). Sobering but true: 17 summers have flown by since Angelina Jolie donned the tight-fitting costume of the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Determined to forge her own path, Lara once again refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. So off she goes, just like before, in search of dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island. Hannah John-Kamen, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Derek Jacobi and Kristin Scott Thomas star.
Dress for success: Are you seeing/feeling blue? If not, you should be ... at least if you're planning on attending the March edition of Dress-Up Movies at the Normal Theater. Screening at 1 p.m. Saturday is Smurfs: The Last Village. ’Nuf said re: proper colors/apparel. Admission is free.
Day at the opera, night at the theater: The Metropolitan Opera's production of the Rossini opera Semiramide — all four hours of it — screens at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at the Galaxy 14 in Bloomington ... the National Theatre's production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, gets an encore at 7 p.m. Thursday, also at the Galaxy 14.