A rundown of select films currently playing in theaters
New in Theaters:
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties”
The sci-fi teen romance from director John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), loosely based on a Neil Gaiman short story of the same name, stars Elle Fanning as an alien enjoying a space-age Rumspringa, of sorts.
If you're familiar with Johnny Knoxville or “Jackass,” you should know what to expect from this raunchy, stunt-heavy comedy, which finds Knoxville and Co. continuing to risk bodily harm in service of juvenile laughs.
Another adrift-at-sea disaster flick, this one featuring a stranded young couple afloat on the Pacific Ocean in the aftermath of a hurricane. We're gonna need a bigger boat.
*Johnny Carson as Carnac the Magnificent voice* What can a journalist not afford when buying an airplane ticket? (In actuality, it's a well-reviewed, low-budget, hard sci-fi movie.)
Director Ron Howard, who was enlisted after the project had kicked off under directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, doesn't take many risks. “Solo” is an effective and entertaining space western, though it is among the lightest offerings yet for “Star Wars.” (3 stars)
“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 drags on in others. (3 stars)
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)