The big new releases this week are the lighthearted Marvel sequel "Ant Man and the Wasp," and "The First Purge," an origin story for the socially conscious horror series. Moviegoers looking for quieter fare may opt for the father-daughter saga "Boundaries" — or may choose to catch up on films they haven't had a chance yet to see.
As always, go online to find the complete version of the Movie Scene and reviews of new films.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
(Superhero action, PG-13, 120 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis) After the dramatically heavy conclusion to "Avengers: Infinity War," it's nice to enjoy a (mostly) self-contained and smile-inducing summer roller-coaster ride bolstered by the excellent comedic timing of Paul Rudd and company, not to mention some dazzling and dizzying CGI moves designed to thrill and to score solid laughs. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
(Comedy-drama, R, 104 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Despite excellent performances from Vera Farmiga as a hippie mom and Christopher Plummer as her pot-dealing dad, this reconciliation road trip is a bit too cute and clever for its own good. And the ending is pure hokum. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
THE FIRST PURGE
(Horror, R, 99 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) The fourth flick in the “Purge” series is an origin story about how the annual “Purge” -- a 12-hour period of lawless with recriminations -- came to be. Series creator and screenwriter James DeMonaco blends social satire with vivid horror sequences, but too often his hammy script hobbles the proceedings. (Mark Kennedy, Associated Press)
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
(Crime action, R, 123 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis) The CIA operative (Josh Brolin) and the assassin (Benicio del Toro) from 2015's "Sicario" team up to start a drug cartel war in this powerful and pulpy modern-day Western. It's a brilliant, bloody, gritty, dark and sometimes fantastically over-the-top fable about the evil men (and women) will do in the name of political agendas, self-preservation and the quest for power. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
(Comedy, PG-13, 103 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Desperate to win a street basketball tournament, a man stumbles upon the legendary Uncle Drew and persuades him to return to the court one more time. NBA star Kyrie Irving stars, along with Lil Red Howery, Nick Kroll, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber.
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
(Documentary, PG-13, 93 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Director Morgan Neville’s new documentary about children’s TV host Fred Rogers doesn’t try to be an exhaustive biography, but it captures his essence and his mission, and as a result is stunningly timely, a tonic for our troubled times. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
2 ½ stars
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return in this sequel to “Jurassic World,” this time to mount an expedition to save dinosaurs from an erupting volcano. Director J.A. Bayona does wonders with a mediocre script, but the movie feels less like a film that stands on its own and more like a stand-in until the next one. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(Animated action, PG, 118 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Writer-director Brad Bird's second chapter in the story of America's favorite superhero family is a nifty blend of loudly chaotic amusement-ride-type action pieces and domestic comedy-drama. It's a solid double, but I'll admit to a feeling of mild disappointment that it wasn't a grand slam. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
(Crime thriller, R, 116 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Like the 1972 blaxploitation original, this remake reinforces stereotypes as it follows a drug dealer ready to give up the game. But it succeeds at what it wants to be: an action-packed, sexy, violent, 21st-century crime thriller. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
1 ½ stars
(Comedy, R, 100 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Despite the best efforts of a cast headed by Ed Helms and Jake Johnson, this comedy about friends in their 40s who reunite each year for a month-long game of tag is a deadly drag, filled with uninspired slapstick gags and cardboard characters that practically dare us not to like them. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
3 ½ stars
(Horror, R, 127 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) A family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about its ancestry in this horror flick, the first feature from writer-director Ari Aster, who ruthlessly succeeds in his stated aim, to “upset the audience in a very deep way.” Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd star in this buzzy debut. (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
2 ½ stars
(Crime adventure, PG-13, 110 minutes, playing at the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett star in a solid if somewhat underwhelming caper similar in tone and style to the "Ocean's" trilogy of the early 2000s. But while the gifted cast has firepower and charisma, "Ocean's 8" is more of a smooth glide than an exhilarating adventure. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
(Drama, PG-13, 120 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) From the food rationing to the primitive wound-stitching, we get a number of familiar moments in this lost-at-sea adventure. Shailene Woodley stars as a woman trying to repair a battered boat and get her injured fiance (Sam Claflin) to safety, and it's a well-tailored showcase for her grit and hippie-dippie appeal. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
(Documentary, PG, 87 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) A clear-eyed and admiring documentary about the Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg emphasizes not just Ginsburg’s work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there. Completely absorbing. (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
3 ½ stars
(Sci-fi adventure, PG-13, 143 minutes, playing at the Regal 4 in Corvallis) One of the "lighter" of the "Star Wars" adventures, with a number of massive, rapid-fire CGI action sequences and a terrific ensemble cast (Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and a scene-stealing Donald Glover). A prequel as a space Western summer movie, entertaining as hell but not particularly deep. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
3 ½ stars
(Comic book/action-adventure, R, 111 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Ryan Reynolds' second turn as the cynical, witty superhero is wicked, dark fun from start to finish, with some twisted and very funny special effects, cool production elements, terrific ensemble work — and for dessert, perhaps the best end-credits "cookie" scene ever. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
3 ½ stars
(Sci-fi action, PG-13, 156 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) This massively enjoyable and just plain massive candy-colored thrill ride adventure brings the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy together to help hold off a villain with a richly dramatic background and actual dialogue. It's the biggest and most ambitious Marvel movie yet, but it's not the best. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)