Former "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville stars as the crackpot owner of a homemade, low-rent, out-of-control amusement park filled with dangerously unsafe rides. When a corporate mega-park opens nearby, jeopardizing his dream, our protagonist must rely on his estranged daughter and a bunch of misfit friends to save the day. No stranger to nut shots, Knoxville provided all his own stunts for this punishing slapstick comedy.84 minutes R.
Prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to the high-tech African nation of Wakanda to ascend its throne in the wake of his father's death (as seen in Captain America: Civil War). But a usurper to the throne (Michael B. Jordan) and a bad guy with a sonic claw (Andy Serkis) stand in his way. Good thing our hero's got a vibranium-powered suit of armor to fall back on. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) directs this magnificently designed, Shakespearian-style superhero epic.FULL REVIEW:Afrofuturist epic takes superheroics in a fresh direction by Devin D. O’Leary (2/22/2018). 134 minutes PG-13.
Three teenage girls make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night in what is essentially a reworking of every teen sex comedy since Porky's. However, by concentrating on the panicked parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz) scouring the town to prevent their daughters' deflowering, the film finds a fresh outlet for the raunchy outlandishness. There's all the usual sex, drugs and booze on display, but it's aimed sharply at the hypocritical (and mostly misplaced) Puritanism of the adults in the room. 102 minutes R.
For whatever contrived reasons, a mother with two children can't contact the police or get help when violent home invaders break into her "impenetrable" high-tech house and take her kids hostage. So she's got to go all Liam Neeson on their asses. Gabriel Union (Bring it On, Almost Christmas) stars, James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) directs.88 minutes PG-13.
This drama relates the "inspiring and unknown true story" behind the beloved, chart-topping song that I've totally never heard of. If you're a big listener of Christian rock radio, maybe you have. The "unknown" story behind the 1999 song is that it was written by the band MercyMe's lead vocalist, Bart Millard, after his father died. First time actor J. Michael Finley stars as Bart. Dennis Quaid stars as his dad. Who dies. The film is directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, who gave us previous Jesus-based flicks October Baby, Woodlawn and Moms' Night Out.110 minutes PG.
Amy Schumer stars in this romantic comedy about an ordinary, insecure woman who conks her head in spin class and suddenly develops the self-confidence of the most beautiful woman on Earth—even though she's still ordinary looking. It's all about, you know, how appearances don't matter. Multigenerational supermodels Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton are there to drive home the point.110 minutes PG-13.
In this prefab, uplifting, "based in a true story" sporting drama, the members of a high school girls' volleyball team in small town Iowa City try to cope with the sudden loss of their star player and team leader, Caroline Found, in a deadly moped crash. (Spoiler alert: They rally up and win the state championship anyway.) Helen Hunt stars as the inspirational coach.99 minutes PG.
Ernest Cline's retro-minded sci-fi novel comes to life with no less than Steven Spielberg in the director's chair. In near future America, people spend most of their time living in the virtual reality world of The Oasis. But when the reclusive creator of the game dies, he leaves behind a series of clues. The first player to solve them will gain control of The Oasis. Now it's up to one impoverished teen (Tye Sheradan) and his pals to crack it. This computer-generated Willy Wonka riff was made by nerdy suburban white kids obsessed with '80s films, music and video games for nerdy suburban white kids obsessed with '80s films, music and video games. As such, I'm definitely catching what they're pitching. But even I'm forced to admit this is less a well-reasoned story and more a checklist of groovy pop culture references.140 minutes PG-13.
I know you don't remember, but there was, in fact, a 2011 film called Gnomeo & Juliet. It was financed by Disney, but made through Canada's Starz Animation. It had songs by Elton John (old ones, but still). Ozzy Osbourne played a ceramic deer. This is the sequel. Johnny Depp provides the voice for Sherlock Gnomes, a ceramic detective hired to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a bunch of garden gnomes. Chiwitel Ejiofor is his sidekick, Gnome Watson. (Huh, guess they ran out of puns.)86 minutes PG.
A solid 17 years after its first cult hit, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns with this rude, drug-laced sequel. This time around our gang of undisciplined state troopers are involved in a border dispute between the US and Canada, which finds them patrolling the streets of a formerly peaceable (now antagonistic) Canadian town and occasionally throwing down with Mounties. Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Fred Savage, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso and Lynda Carter (again) are among the guest stars.100 minutes R.
Madeleine L'Engle's beloved junior sci-fi novel gets adapted by the fine folks at Disney and director Ava DuVernay (Selma). Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg, a stubborn 13-year-old whose astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) is sucked into a kind of "tesseract" and disappears somewhere into the vast cosmos. With the help of her brainy brother, a new schoolmate and a trio of wise supernatural beings (played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling), our underage heroine embarks on a trippy quest through time and space. It certainly looks shiny, with plenty of glitter and sequins, but the story comes across as pedantic and preachy when it should be filled with awe and wonder.109 minutes PG.