A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters

New in Theaters:

“The Guardians”

While the French drama from filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (“Of Gods and Men”) unfolds against a backdrop of World War I, it's less focused on battlefield explosions than emotional ones bubbling beneath the surface as soldiers return home from the front on leave.

“Oh Lucy!”

The latest from Japanese writer/director Atsuko Hirayanagi follows events as Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) breaks from routine and begins to discover who she really is.

“Itzhak”

This documentary, which rogerebert.com described as “a joyous film about a joyous man,” explores the life and artistic output of virtuosic violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Also Playing:

“Book Club”

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).

“Show Dogs”

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)

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“Deadpool 2”

This sequel feels like more of the same in mostly good ways, which makes sense given the returning creative team. David Leitch again directs, and “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are joined by star Ryan Reynolds on the script, which is further evidence how much he's embracing this franchise as his own. (4 stars)