Currently playingMay 18, 2017
(Updated Thursday, May 18)
Alien: Covenant (Jasper 8 Theatres)
At its core, this thriller about an emergency on a colonizing spaceship is a glorified monster movie, with some great ‘‘gotcha!’’ scare moments. After the original ‘‘Alien’’ and sequel ‘‘Aliens,’’ it’s the third best ‘‘Alien’’ movie. (Sci-fi horror, R, 2 hrs. 3 min.)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Jasper 8 Theatres)
From 2010 to 2012, a trilogy of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films were released in rapid succession, starring Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn. Adapted from the web comic turned kids novels by Jeff Kinney, the films featured the kinds of embarrassments and toilet humor that tend to make up most middle school lore. Five years later, a fourth film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” is hitting theaters, with a completely new cast making up the Heffley family. This family’s road trip illustrates how America has become a polarized nation obsessed with nostalgia, gripping tight to the construct of a “real” America in light of rapid cultural change. Some fun. Though ostensibly presented as an hour and a half of raucous family adventure — a “Vacation” for the PG crowd — “Wimpy Kid” is instead a dirge of unfunny scatological material, techno-anxiety and child endangerment masquerading as familial bonding. Settle in for the “Long Haul,” because this is one bumpy, miserable ride. (Family comedy, PG, 1 hr. 30 min.)
Everything, Everything (Jasper 8 Theatres)
This story of a teen boy falling for a girl trapped inside because of an autoimmune disease is spun in such a way we’re constantly thinking, ‘‘OK, wait a minute.’’ The characters are thinly drawn, and their reactions are out of tune with what we would expect from actual human beings.(Romantic drama, PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.)
The Fate of the Furious (Jasper 8 Theatres)
In the franchise’s eighth film, Vin Diesel now plays the bad guy, but Jason Statham has joined the heroes, and people have switched sides so many times it’s enough to give your brain a flat tire. The plot is idiotic, the supposedly snappy quips are lame, and it’s all delivered in an extremely bloated package. (Action, PG-13, 2 hrs. 16 min.)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Jasper 8 Theatres)
Like many a sequel to a slam-bang, much-liked mega-hit, the second adventure of the universe-saviors isn’t quite as much fun, not quite as clever, not quite as fresh as the original, but it still packs a bright and shiny and sweet punch.(Superhero adventure, PG-13, 2 hrs. 16 min.)
Gifted (Jasper 8 Theatres)
A wealthy woman learns her granddaughter is a math prodigy and tries to wrest custody away from the girl’s working-class uncle (Chris Evans). It can be too sentimental and builds to a routine courtroom battle, but I wasn’t much bothered by any of that because I cared so much about the characters. (Drama, PG-13, 1 hr. 41 min.)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Jasper 8 Theatres)
Director Guy Ritchie spins the King Arthur legend as a superhero origins story, with our man (Charlie Hunnam) resisting the calling for as long as possible and then finally accepting his destiny to unseat the ruthless King Vortigern (Jude Law). In its finest moments, ‘‘King Arthur’’ is clever and exhilarating, but at its low points, it plays like a cheesy B-movie. (Action adventure, PG-13, 2 hrs. 6 min.)
Snatched (Jasper 8 Theatres)
When Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are playing verbal tennis as mother and daughter, trading passive-aggressive criticism along with genuinely affectionate observations, it’s an absolute delight to witness. When they’re slogging through the jungle later, we find ourselves wishing they had a stronger script. (Comedy, R, 1 hr. 31 min.)
Also showing at Jasper 8 Theatres: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul."
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