MOVIE CAP­SULES

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AC­TION POINT Com­edy star­ring Johnny Knoxville about a dare­devil who runs a theme park with un­safe rides. R

ADRIFT Shai­lene Wood­ley plays a wo­man adrift in the mid­dle of the Pa­cific, in this dull sur­vival story, in­ter­spersed with scenes of the wo­man’s lack­lus­ter ro­mance with a fel­low ad­ven­turer (Sam Claflin). PG-13

AVENGERS: IN­FIN­ITY WAR Too many char­ac­ters, too in­volved a plot, too much go­ing on with lit­tle for the Avengers to show their per­son­al­i­ties, this lat­est in­stall­ment in the series has its mo­ments, but it’s over­stuffed and doesn’t even come to a def­i­nite end. It’s just the setup for an­other equally bloated se­quel. PG-13

BOOK CLUB The pres­ence of Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steen­bur­gen and Diane Keaton isn’t enough to save this la­bored com­edy, about a quar­tet of old friends who be­come in­spired by “Fifty Shades of Grey” to spice up their sex lives. PG-13

BREAK­ING IN An ef­fec­tive home in­va­sion thriller, with Gabrielle Union try­ing to pro­tect her kids from four highly dan­ger­ous ma­ni­acs, at least two of whom (maybe three, and pos­si­bly four) are ei­ther mur­der­ers or will­ing to add mur­der to their anti-so­cial reper­toire. PG-13

DEADPOOL 2 The new “Deadpool” gets all its nas­ti­ness out of the way, con­cen­trat­ing in­stead on some gen­uinely funny com­edy and a story about Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) ac­tu­ally try­ing to do some­thing good — save a young mu­tant from a time-trav­el­ing as­sas­sin (Josh Brolin). R

HERED­I­TARY Hyp­notic and in­tense through­out, this bril­liantly ex­e­cuted su­per­nat­u­ral thriller taps into the ghosts within all of us — the in­sid­i­ous roots of fam­ily dys­func­tion — and turns them up­side down and all around. The psy­cho­log­i­cal fall­out is just as dis­turb­ing as the ap­pari­tions that come chill­ingly to life. R

HO­TEL ARTEMIS Writ­ten and di­rected by Drew Pearce, this is a highly orig­i­nal ac­tion film, tense but with comic el­e­ments, set in 2028, with Jodie Foster as a nurse spe­cial­iz­ing en­tirely in the treat­ment hospi­tal of wounded — or "ho­tel" crim­i­nals. — be­comes The the place where many col­or­ful char­ac­ters con­verge over the course of one par­tic­u­larly fraught night. Co-star­ring Ster­ling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella and Jeff Gold­blum. Rated R

LIFE OF THE PARTY Melissa McCarthy’s lat­est — about a mother who at­tends the same col­lege as her daugh­ter, fol­low­ing a di­vorce — has some big laughs, but it’s dragged down by an ex­ces­sively sen­ti­men­tal treat­ment of the ti­tle char­ac­ter, played by McCarthy. PG-13

OCEAN’S 8 This con­tin­u­a­tion of the “Ocean’s” series, with San­dra Bul­lock as Deb­bie Ocean, is a big shiny cu­bic zir­co­nia of a movie. The film can be lots of fun — with its well-cast fe­male leads, pa­tri­archy break­ing vibe and cre­ative cen­tral heist. But there is some­thing slightly off, partly in the pac­ing and also in the con­cept. It’s a slightly di­min­ished copy, not a bold new di­rec­tion. PG-13

OVER­BOARD A re­make of a 1987 film star­ring Goldie Hawn and di­rected by Garry Mar­shall, a movie that wasn’t any­where near ei­ther Hol­ly­wood le­gend’s best projects. The new ver­sion is a weak fac­sim­ile of an al­ready medi­ocre film. PG-13

A QUIET PLACE This is a new spin on sci-fi hor­ror. Emily Blunt and John Krasin­ski are par­ents try­ing to pro­tect them­selves and their chil­dren from alien in­vaders that hunt by sound. So they have to re­main very, very quiet at all times. Gen­uinely scary and orig­i­nal. Di­rected by Krasin­ski. PG-13

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY This is about as close as one can get to a bor­der­line case: If this were the first “Star Wars” movie, it would stand as a fairly medi­ocre sci-fi ac­tion movie when com­pared to re­cent films such as “Thor: Rag­narok.” But as part of a series, this ori­gins story of Han Solo (Alden Ehren­re­ich) will sat­isfy. Co-stars Emilia Clarke and Woody Har­rel­son tip this into the plus col­umn. PG-13

UP­GRADE Sci-fi com­edy about a man bent on re­venge who uses a com­puter chip im­plant to trans­form him­self into a su­per­fighter. R

Warner Bros. / As­so­ci­ated Press

Anne Hath­away, left, and James Cor­den in a scene from “Ocean’s 8.”

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