Friday, May 18, 2018



This week in theaters, "Avengers: Infinity War" faces some stiff competition from "Deadpool 2". Other new wide releases are the comedies "Book Club" and "Show Dogs". In limited release you have to go see Paul Schrader's "First Reformed" starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

Synopses, details, critical/audience reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


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Official Synopsis

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Miami's hottest bartender, while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

Film Details

  • Director: David Leitch

  • Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Bill Skarsgard, T.J. Miller, Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Lewis Tan, Brad Pitt

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

  • Running Time: 119 min.

  • Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 85% (174 fresh, 30 rotten, score: 7.1/10)
  • Metacritic: 66 out of 100 (35 positive, 14 mixed, 1 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 85% (4.2/5 rating from 17,089 users)
  • Metacritic: 7.8/10 (53 positive, 9 mixed, 5 negative).
  • IMDb: 8.4/10 (24,975 votes)


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Official Synopsis

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends' lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

Film Details

Book Club Poster
  • Director: Bill Holderman

  • Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfuss

  • Genre: Comedy

  • Running Time: 104 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for sex-related material throughout and for language

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 57% (40 fresh, 30 rotten, score: 5.4/10)
  • Metacritic: 51 out of 100 (14 positive, 11 mixed, 7 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 54% (3.5/5 rating from 334 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 6.0/10 (102 votes)


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Official Synopsis

SHOW DOGS is a family comedy about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world's most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet.

Film Details

  • Director: Raja Gosnell

  • Starring: Will Arnett, Alan Cumming, Natasha Lyonne, Stanley Tucci, RuPaul, Shaquille O'Neal, Ludacris

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

  • Running Time: 92 min.

  • Rating: PG for suggestive and rude humor, language and some action

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 27% (6 fresh, 16 rotten, score: 3.0/10)
  • Metacritic: 36 out of 100 (1 positive, 6 mixed, 4 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9% (1.4/5 rating from 119 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 4.1/10 (108 votes)


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Official Synopsis

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Film Details

  • Director: Paul Schrader

  • Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

  • Running Time: 108 min.

  • Rating: R for some disturbing violent images

Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 96% (53 fresh, 2 rotten, score: 8.4/10)
  • Metacritic: 83 out of 100 (26 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative).

Audience Reception

  • Rotten Tomatoes: 87% (4.1/5 rating from 432 users)
  • Metacritic: N/A
  • IMDb: 7.0/10 (594 votes)

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