Currently playingSeptember 21, 2017
(Updated April 26)
A Quiet Place (Jasper 8 Theatres)
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. (Horror, PG-13, 1 hr. 30 min.)
Avengers: Infinity War (Jasper 8 Theatres)
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. (Sci-fi action, PG-13, 2 hrs. 36 min.)
I Feel Pretty (Jasper 8 Theatres)
A blow to the head deludes a cosmetics company staffer (Amy Schumer) into thinking she’s supermodel beautiful, enhancing her confidence. Schumer is clearly in her comfort zone and she eventually wins us over in this uneven, hit-and-miss, broad comedy, but here’s hoping the next time around, she tries something new. (Comedy, PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.)
Super Troopers 2 (Jasper 8 Theatres)
In this sequel, 17 years after the original, the hapless lawmen patrol a piece of Quebec newly transferred to America. While there’s something kind of endearing about the disjointed chaos behind the comedy, there are simply too many dead spots and cheap jokes and flat gags to carry a full-length feature. (Comedy, R, 1 hr. 40 min.)
Rampage (Jasper 8 Theatres)
“Rampage” is a drag. Three times during the thing, I wrote down the phrase “no fun,” with increasingly impatient underlines. This could be me, not the movie. Maybe I’m the one who’s no fun. But in general I like Dwayne Johnson, that smiling granite star, coupled with a tremendous amount of vehicular- or tsunami-based destruction. For all its cheese, “San Andreas” (2015), Johnson’s previous collaboration with director Brad Peyton, was pretty diverting, thanks in part to Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario sprinting through the disaster picture, creating the effect of “Earthquake? What earthquake? There was an earthquake?” But “Rampage” is all pain and no gain. Its massive, “genetically edited” creatures include a 30-foot flying wolf and a very long crocodile with porcupine accessories, both purely malevolent, and in excruciating pain for large chunks of the movie. Primarily the film offers the incredible expanding silverback gorilla, George, friend and colleague of the San Diego primatologist played by Johnson. He also suffers throughout. This is a movie about suffering. (PG-13, 1 hr. 47 min.)
Also showing at Jasper 8 Theatres: "The Miracle Season" and "Truth or Dare."
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