5 THE TOP
The top five movies at the North American box office:
Avengers: Infinity War:
Tony Stark sums it up: “He’s from space. He came here to steal a necklace from a wizard.” He is Thanos, lusting after six Infinity Stones and ultimate power. A cast of good guys too numerous to list here fights him. Sacrifices aplenty, on the way to a powerful ending.
★★★1/2 (Chris Knight)
Life of the Party:
It’s a gentle and harmless creation from the husbandand-wife team of Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, who achieve their aim, striking right at the heart of middling ground. The result is a largely inoffensive, intermittently funny and familiar tale of a mom who abandons her Bedazzler in favour of reclaiming her dazzle.
★★★1/2 (Justine Smith)
Despite hardworking, scene-stealing star Gabrielle Union’s yeoman-like performance, it’s still a lacklustre film about a valiant, endlessly resourceful mom trying to rescue her kids from the stupidest kidnappers ever. The term criminal minds becomes an oxymoron in this so-called thriller — watch it soar to the top of everyone’s hate-watch list.
★★ (Tina Hassannia)
This remake of the like-named 1987 film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell flips the gender roles and puts Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris in the leads. She, a working-class single mother, convinces him, a rich playboy with amnesia, that they are a married couple in order to get revenge. Not reviewed.
A Quiet Place:
Director, co-writer and star John Krasinski has created a good horror movie. He and his wife (Emily Blunt) play a married couple in a post-apocalyptic world that has one rule to keep you alive: Shhh.
★★★★★ (Chris Knight)
Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy, second from left, finished a distant second in last weekend’s box office race.