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Director Wim Wenders and the subject of his new documentary, Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word, now showing at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema.
Director Wim Wenders and the subject of his new documentary, Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word, now showing at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema.

At the Movies

by / May. 21, 2018 1pm EST

 OPENING THIS WEEK

BOOK CLUB Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as women of a certain age who try to derive life lessons from reading 50 Shades of Gray. With Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfuss and Ed Begley Jr. Directed by Bill Holderman. AMC Maple Ridge, Dipson Amherst, Dipson Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

BREAKING IN— Gabrielle Union goes the action mom route as a woman fighting off a home invasion. With Billy Burke and Richard Cabral. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

DEADPOOL 2Sequel. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, and Zazie Beetz. Directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde). AMC Maple Ridge, Dipson Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In

LIFE OF THE PARTY Melissa McCarthy in what sounds pretty much like a distaff version of Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School. Bad sign: co-written (with McCarthy) and directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, the team behind her worst movies—Tammy, The Boss. With Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs and Adria Arjona. AMC Maple Ridge, Dipson Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In

POPE FRANCIS: A MAN OF HIS WORD—Director Wim Wenders accompanies the pontiff on a world trip to spread his message of peace and hope. Dipson Eastern Hills

RBG—Reviewed this issue. Dipson Amherst, Dipson Eastern Hills

SHOW DOGSSounds like a remake of the Sandra Bullock vehicle Miss Congeniality, this time starring a talking Rottweiler. Starring Will Arnett , Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul, and the voices of Ludacris, Stanley Tucci, Shaquille O’Neal, and Alan Cumming. Directed by Raja Gosnell (The Smurfs). Dipson Flix, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In

 

 ALTERNATIVE CINEMA

 

 CONTINUING

AVENGERS: INFINITY WARSuperhero dogpile. AMC Maple Ridge, Dipson Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In

BLACK PANTHER—The first big-screen depiction of the superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics in 1966 is at its best when it functions as an epic fantasy film.  Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa, the king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, secretly the most sophisticated and technologically society on earth thanks to Vibranium, a metal which literally fell from the sky.  T’Challa possesses mystical powers in addition to those granted him by the cat suit he wears, which combines the aesthetics of Batman and the gimmickry of Iron Man. His nemesis is Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), more black militant than Lex Luthor, who dethrones T’Challa and seeks to overthrow the rest of the world. Director/co-writer Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) delivers a colorful spectacular with a mostly black cast.  It is the most culturally significant entertainment yet from Marvel, and from Disney. With Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. —Gregory Lamberson Dipson McKinley, Four Seasons

BLOCKERSLeslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena as parents plotting to prevent their teen-aged daughters from having sex on prom night. The directorial debut of Kay Cannon, who wrote the Pitch Perfect movies. Dipson McKinley, Four Seasons

I FEEL PRETTY—Amy Schumer as an insecure woman who wakes up after a bump on the head believing that she has been transformed into a great beauty. Schumer’s career seemingly had nowhere to go but up after Snatched, but this is a sideways move, a heartfelt but old fashioned fable that seems to have been designed to make the edgy comedienne palatable to your grandmother. With Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, and Tom Hopper. Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Dipson McKinley, Four Seasons

OVERBOARDGender-reversed remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn vehicle, this time with Eugenio Derbez as the rich asshole who gets his comeuppance from a victim (Anna Feris) when he loses his memory. With John Hannah, Eva Longoria and Swoosie Kurtz. Directed by Rob Greenberg. Four Seasons

A QUIET PLACE is a monster movie with a gimmick, but it’s a good one: The man-eating monsters are blind, so to avoid them you have to remain quiet. Emily Blunt and John Krasinsksi (who also directed and contributed to the screenplay) star as the parents of a family in rural New York who have stayed alive for more than a year after the aliens have wiped out civilization. It’s an effective exercise in shocking an audience, but a lot of it doesn’t make any sense and it goes over the top too often: Blunt dealing with a monster while giving birth is just too much. With Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. —MF Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In

RAMPAGE—Fans of ridiculous Japanese monster movies of the 1960s are the ideal audience for what is otherwise a vehicle for Dwayne Johnson to flex his muscles and charm in the face of preposterous situations. A friendly albino gorilla a la Son of Kong, a not-so-friendly wolf, and a ferocious alligator transform into giant monsters bound for Chicago, and only The Rock can save the day. Not a good film by any means, but wildly entertaining. A surprisingly grisly opening sequence aboard a space station and one creature’s penchant for obscene hand gestures render it unfit for kids under 10. Co-starring Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Joe Manganiello. Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas). —GL Four Seasons, Regal

SUPER TROOPERS 2—Seventeen years is a long time to wait for a sequel: Apparently the Broken Lizard guys have been trying to do it since 2008, and it took an Indiegogo campaign to finally get things rolling. The Vermont cops are assigned north of the border, where they encounter Canadian caricatures so broad they make Bob and Doug MacKenzie look like Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson. Like it’s predecessor, it’s agreeable silliness with no deep meaning or political agenda: there aren’t many big laughs, but I chuckled pretty consistently from beginning to end. Co-starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lynda Carter, Rob Lowe, Marisa Coughlan, and Will Sasso. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. –MF Dipson McKinley, Transit Drive-In

TULLY Charlize Theron as a new mother who bonds with her nanny (Mackenzie Davis). Co-starring Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston. Directed by Jason Reitman (Labor Day). Dipson McKinley

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