A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
“Avengers: Infinity War”
*George Costanza voice* “Worlds are colliding!” The latest release in the Marvel universe is its biggest yet, incorporating virtually every character from every film (from “Guardians of the Galaxy” to “Black Panther”). And, yes — deep sigh — in all likelihood the inevitable cameo from comic artist/Marvel kingpin Stan Lee.
“Lean on Pete”
While the plot synopsis sounds, uh, suspect — in caring for an aging racehorse, a young boy develops a deep connection with the animal — the cast is exceptional (Steve Zahn, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny) and the studio releasing the film, A24, has a staggering batting average as of late. (Just ask Brad Keefe.)
“Super Troopers 2”
The comedy troupe behind films such as “Beerfest” returns with the sequel to “Super Troopers,” its stoner-friendly 2001 breakout. The 4/20 release date was certainly purposeful, so expect a spike in theater-snack sales for screenings.
This film, written and directed by Stanley Tucci, stars Geoffrey Rush as painter Alberto Giacometti and follows the artist through the completion of one of his last portraits. Here's hoping the film is more fun than watching paint dry.
Vulture described this Rock-starring CGI vehicle as “aggressively dumb,” which is to be expected from a movie spun off an old arcade game where monsters destroy high-rise buildings.
“A Quiet Place”
John Krasinski makes his directorial debut with this documentary on the U.S. library system that takes a firsthand look at … er, I've just been informed it's actually a tense monster flick that will do a number on viewers' nerves. Carry on.
“You Were Never Really Here”
In her second U.S. feature, director Lynne Ramsay has already established a bold signature style, and the lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix, while brooding and brutal, is also nuanced, with some of his best moments coming in the quiet moments between violent outbursts. (4 stars)
“Isle of Dogs”
“Isle of Dogs” is pure Wes Anderson. If you hate what he's selling, this one won't change your mind. But for devotees (Alive critic Brad Keefe included), only one word comes to mind: delightful. (5 stars)