B ALPHA This stunning epic about a boy in Europe’s last Ice Age and the wolf that keeps him alive nails the idea that our survival is dependent on the love and support of others. PG-13 (intense peril). 96 mins. B ANT-MAN AND THE WASP This Marvel sequel starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly is fun, it’s funny, and it’s got so much lower stakes than Avengers: Infinity War that it’s practically the equivalent of a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. PG13 (some sci-fi action violence). 118 mins.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR This shouldn’t be your first, second or even third Marvel movie, but if you’ve been following these superheroes over the past 10 years, there is a lot of nonstop excitement for you to enjoy in Infinity War. PG13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references). 149 mins.
A.X.L. (Not reviewed.) A topsecret robotic dog will go to any length to protect his new companion. PG (sci-fi action/ peril, suggestive material, thematic elements and some language). 98 mins.
The true story of a black police officer who went undercover with the Ku Klux Klan provides the framework for Spike Lee’s blistering new film, but it’s hardly the full picture. Deceptively epic in scope, this is an immensely entertaining film about everything — love, friendship, ambition, civil rights — that will leave you craving another viewing. R (language throughout, including racial epithets, disturbing/ violent material and some sexual references). 135 mins.
BLAZE (Not reviewed.) Texas native Ethan Hawke wrote and directed this biopic about musician Blaze Foley. R (language throughout, some sexual content and drug use). 128 mins. C THE BOOKSHOP This adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel, about a widow (Emily Mortimer) who bravely opens a bookshop in 1959 Suffolk, is saved only by Mortimer’s performance as a strong-willed woman at a time when that was not in vogue. PG (some thematic elements, language and brief smoking). 113 mins. B CHRISTOPHER ROBIN This live-action Winnie the Pooh movie has lighthearted moments, but it’s not a lighthearted movie, as the titular character leaves the Hundred Acre Wood for a life much bleaker than you’d expect. Thankfully, there’s a light that eventually shines through the fog, as the friends reunite to be reminded of what really matters in life. PG (action). 104 mins.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS With a story that makes personal empowerment as important as romantic love and a talented, charismatic cast from across the globe, this film — Hollywood’s first in 25 years featuring an all-asian cast and set in the modern day — is a feast for the eyes and emotions. PG-13 (suggestive content and language). 120 mins.
THE DARKEST MINDS (Not reviewed.) When teenagers get superpowers, the government turns against them in this scifi action story based on the Alexandra Bracken novel. PG-13 (violence including disturbing images, and thematic elements). 103 mins. C DOG DAYS This all-star omnibus comedy about the unique ability of dogs to connect us to others is filled with wisps of loosely stitchedtogether tales. It has some weird, outdated gags (the repeated misgendering of a dog therapist played by Tig Notaro falls flat), but ultimately, the pooches steal the show and give the film some meaning. PG (rude and suggestive content and language). 112 mins. B THE EQUALIZER 2 Denzel Washington returns as Robert Mccall, a quiet middleage retired special-ops agent who believes in justice, likes to help others and dispenses the occasional lethal killing for those deserving. This is an enjoyable, guilty-pleasure film for anyone who loves an old-school hero with a dark past. R (brutal violence throughout, language and some drug content). 120 mins.
THE FIRST PURGE Africanamerican and Latino resistance fighters rebel against the dear white people exploiting them for bloody political gain in this erratic, fairly absorbing and righteously angry prequel. R (strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, sexuality and drug use). 97 mins.
GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD The conflict is a bit strained in this drama — about a widow who catches the eye of a NASCAR driver — that’s based on a Rascal Flatts song. PG (thematic elements and combat action). 111 mins. D THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS A puppet private investigator and his old police detective partner begrudgingly team up to look into a series of threatening blackmail letters in this unoriginal, crude retread of other puppets-behavingbadly films. Don’t expect Elmo or Grover or Big Bird around here — these are Muppets for grown-ups. R (strong crude and sexual content and language throughout, some drug material). 91 mins. B HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION The animated franchise’s third outing is not quite the charmer the others were, but it still offers enough laughs to keep kids plus their mummies and daddies entertained. PG (action scenes, rude humor). 97 mins.
INCREDIBLES 2 The latest Pixar sequel covers some familiar ground, but it remains an artful, fast adventure about the superhero family that fights together. PG (action sequences and some brief mild language). 118 mins. B JULIET, NAKED This romantic comedy based on Nick Hornby’s 2009 novel about a love triangle involving a woman, her boyfriend and the cult musician he idolizes
plays the familiar scenario not in power chords but grace notes, finding lovely nuance in the smallest of character interactions. R (crude language). 98 mins.
THE LITTLE STRANGER (Not reviewed.) To see a patient, a doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) returns to a home he visited as a child but finds the house is not at all what he remembered in this horror-mystery. Ruth Wilson, Josh Dylan and Charlotte Rampling co-star. R (some disturbing bloody images). 111 mins.
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE
GO AGAIN Much like its predecessor, this musical romance — which tells the story of young hippie Donna (Lily James) and her three wayward lovers — is escapist fluff of the highest order: joyful, filled with beloved pop songs and incredibly bizarre. PG-13 (some suggestive material). 114 mins.
THE MEG (Not reviewed.) An expert deep-sea rescue diver (Jason Statham) must save the crew of a submersible vessel that has been attacked by a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as megalodon. PG-13 (action/peril, bloody images and some language). 113 mins.
MILE 22 (Not reviewed.) Mark Walhberg teams again with director Peter Berg for this action flick about an American intelligence officer and the police officer he has to protect. R (strong violence and language throughout). 93 mins.
— FALLOUT The latest installment’s theme is choice, drawing from the well-known instruction: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.” But it quickly drops the existential crisis for the fun and thrills of action. PG-13 (violence, intense sequences of action and brief strong language). 147 mins.
THE NUN This ’70s throwback gothic horror epic about an abbey that is a mouth to hell is a total screaming blast. R (terror, violence and disturbing/bloody images). 96 mins.
OCEAN’S 8 A merry girl gang of crooks, led by a well-matched Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, attempts to pull off a daring heist at the Met Gala. This is a canny multimillion-dollar answer to the question “How about Ocean’s
Eleven, but with women?” PG-13 (language, drug use, and some suggestive content). 110 mins.
This historical drama chronicles the thrilling, strangerthan-fiction 1960 Mossad operation to kidnap principal Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann from Argentina and extradite him to Israel to be tried for war crimes. Though the story’s details are truly wild and unbelievable, the plotting and characters feel rote. PG-13 (disturbing thematic content and related violent images, language). 123 mins.
C- PEPPERMINT Jennifer Garner arms up as a vigilante mom who methodically stalks everyone who denied her justice after her family is gunned down. But is it empowering? Hardly. Mostly you wonder, why stoop to their level? R (strong violence and language throughout). 102 mins.
SEARCHING In this summer’s second movie where all the action takes place on computer screens
(Unfriended: Dark Web was the first), a father (John Cho) searches his teenage daughter’s computer for clues after she goes missing. With all the interesting ideas raised about digital life and the film’s slick execution, it’s disappointing that its end feels rushed, outlandish and possibly even reshot. PG-13 (thematic content, some drug and sexual references, and language). 102 mins.
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO This sequel to the first-rate 2015 thriller leaves a body count, along with an emotional mark, in a story that manages to hit upon terrorism, cartel violence and immigration — skillfully mixing its real-world grounding with a flair for pulpy, moody storytelling. R (strong violence, bloody images and language). 122 mins.
SKYSCRAPER The story is completely disposable, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is tough as nails, using brute force, blunt instruments and plenty of duct tape to rescue his family from a burning building. PG-13 (sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language). 102 mins.
SLENDER MAN (Not reviewed.) The terrifying boogeyman with the featureless face is coming to haunt theaters. PG-13 (disturbing images, sequences of terror, thematic elements and language including some crude sexual references). 93 mins.
THE SPY WHO DUMPED
ME All you need to know is right there in the title, a play on the 1977 James Bond film
The Spy Who Loved Me. Thank goodness for Kate Mckinnon, who launches the middling material to greater heights through her own sheer will. R (violence, language throughout, some crude sexual material and graphic nudity). 116 mins.
B TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE
MOVIES While the movie is aimed at fans of the manic and underrated Cartoon Network show about DC Comics’ set of B-list heroes, any parent who tags along will likely chortle as the film gleefully skewers the world of superheroes and the film industry itself. PG (action and rude humor). 88 mins.
UNCLE DREW Highly entertaining and even more endearing, this elderly basketball romp starring 26-year-old Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving as a septuagenarian street baller is the surprise comedy of the summer. PG-13 (for suggestive material, language and brief nudity). 103 mins.
THE WIFE Glenn Close is at the top of her shrewd, subtle game as a Nobel Prize winner’s wife in this handsome production that delicately skewers literary-world pretensions and Great Man mythmaking. R (language and sexual material). 100 mins.
YA VEREMOS (Not reviewed.) A child about to lose his sight makes a wish list that he wants to carry out with the help of his separated parents. PG-13 (language and suggestive content). In Spanish with English subtitles. 85 mins.