A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
“Life of the Party”
As a rule, Melissa McCarthy films should all be rated R, since nobody outside of Samuel L. Jackson is as adept at using the F word. The fact this one clocks in at PG-13 makes me less than optimistic about its potential.
Just in time for Mother's Day (I mean, the tagline on the poster is “payback is a mother”) comes this thriller, which stars Gabrielle Union as a single mom on a mission to rescue her children from kidnappers.
“Avengers: Infinity War”
The star power of the cast is a force of its own, and it has humor and big-budget thrills in which you can get lost. But the movie somehow manages to feel rushed at some points and drag on in others. (3 stars)
More than 30 years (!) after Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell starred in “Overboard,” Hollywood returns to the remake well, which, judging by the existence of this film, is getting pretty, pretty dry.
Yet another film about celebrated pilot Chelsey “Tully” Tullenberger, who landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River shortly after… Wait, scratch that. That was “Sully” Sullenberger. “Tully” is actually the latest from screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and stars Charlize Theron.
If early reviews are to be trusted, the “bad” in the title should be emphasized. The Hollywood Reporter, for one, called this “a low-budget serial killer thriller so ludicrous and imbecilic that it's almost charming. Almost.”
After seeing “Foxtrot,” Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood took to Twitter, writing of the Israeli drama, “Haunting and beautiful. I can't quit thinking about it.” Consider me sold.
“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.)