The big release this week is the female-centric heist caper "Ocean's 8," but genre fans may prefer to check out the ruthless and much-hyped horror entry "Hereditary" or "Hotel Artemis," with Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown defiantly cast against type. If you're looking for quieter fare, "The Rider" has received rapturous reviews.
As always, go online to find the complete version of the Movie Scene and reviews of new films, including "Ocean's 8" and "Hotel Artemis."
3 ½ stars
(Horror, R, 127 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and 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)
3 ½ stars
(Sci-fi action-thriller, R, 97 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) In a riot-torn Los Angeles in the near future, a bank robber (Sterling K. Brown) must get his wounded brother to a secret hospital that treats criminals. Jodie Foster costars in this movie from director Drew Pearce, who has made a good-looking and well-acted movie on a budget. (Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service)
(Action, PG-13, 110 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 and Pix in Albany, the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean (yes, she’s related to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean) and seven other female thieves try to swipe a $150 million necklace at New York’s annual Met Gala. The cast includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna.
(Drama, R, 104 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy searches for a new purpose in life. With its gorgeous frontier lyricism and wrenchingly intimate story, this comes as close to a spiritual experience as anything I’ve encountered in a movie theater this year. (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)
(Comedy, R, 85 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Johnny Knoxville stars as the proprietor of a safety-challenged theme park threatened by the arrival of a nearby mega-amusement park. With Chris Pontius, Dan Bakkedahl, Matt Schulze, Eleanor Worthington-Cox. Written by John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky; story by Knoxville, Derek Freda, Altschuler, Krinsky, Mike Judge. Directed by Tim Kirkby.
(Drama, PG-13, 120 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and 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)
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
(Comedy-drama-romance, no MPAA rating, 94 minutes, no MPAA rating, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Juliette Binoche gives a marvelous performance as a middle-aged divorced woman looking for love in all the wrong places, and Claire Denis’ exquisite and soulful romantic comedy defies every easy expectation of that premise. (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)
(Action-adventure, horror, R, 95 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) An artificial intelligence implant called STEM gives a paralyzed man superhuman strength and agility — skills he uses to seek revenge against the thugs who killed his wife. Logan Marshall-Green stars in this new flick from director Leigh Whannell. It’s a brutish, efficient and well-executed slice of cyber-punk action horror with a silly streak. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(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 7 in Albany and 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)
(Comedy, PG-13, 104 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Great as it is to see Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen on the big screen, too bad they're floundering about in this undercooked, silly and often downright inexplicable romantic comedy that plays like lesser Nora Ephron. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
3 ½ stars
(Comic book/action-adventure, R, 111 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany, the Regal 4 in Corvallis 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)
(Comedy-action, PG, 92 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) A police dog teams up with an FBI agent in an effort to rescue a stolen baby panda; the trail leads to Las Vegas and an exclusive dog show in this new flick from the director of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” Will Arnett stars.
LIFE OF THE PARTY
(Comedy, PG-13, 105 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis) Absolutely zero new ground is broken in the story of a mom (Melissa McCarthy) joining her daughter at college, and the movie owes a big debt to Rodney Dangerfield’s "Back to School" (1986). And yet I give "Life of the Party" a solid B on the strength of at least a half-dozen laugh-out-loud moments, some truly sharp dialogue, a tremendously likable cast, and the sheer force of its cheerful goofiness. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
(Romantic comedy, PG-13, 112 minutes, playing at the Corvallis AMC 12) Anna Faris stars in this remake of the 1978 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell comedy; it’s about a spoiled rich playboy from Mexico (Eugenio Derbez) who fires Kate (Faris), a single mother he hired to clean his yacht. When the playboy falls off the yacht and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia, the woman convinces the playboy he is her husband and puts him to work. The whole endeavor is an exercise in trying to do too many things, but it never actually manages to be a good movie. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
3 ½ stars
(Sci-fi action, PG-13, 156 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and 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)
A QUIET PLACE
(Horror, PG-13, 90 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) John Krasinski is the director, co-writer and co-star (with his wife, Emily Blunt) of this neatly spun and well-crafted thriller about a family that must maintain complete silence to avoid stirring deadly monsters. That's a pretty nifty setup to keep the tension going from moment to moment. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)