A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
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The IMDB plot synopsis: “Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.” That's going to be a hard pass (which is also a quality safe word, tbh).
In this family film starring the likes of Will Arnett, Natasha Lyonne and Ludacris, a group of police dogs go undercover in Las Vegas to recover a stolen baby panda, which still sounds like a far better film than “Book Club.”
“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.
“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.
“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.)
While “RBG,” directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, is almost procedural in its telling, it's also given weight by an obvious timeliness. (4 stars)