New movies this week include "Incredibles 2," "Tag" and "Superfly."
"Adrift": (biographical adventure, PG-13, 120 minutes, reviewed by Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times). From the food rationing to the primitive wound-stitching, we get a number of familiar moments in this lost-at-sea adventure. Shailene Woodley stars as a woman trying to repair a battered boat and get her injured fiance (Sam Claflin) to safety, and it's a well-tailored showcase for her grit and hippie-dippie appeal. ***
“Book Club” (romantic comedy, PG-13, 97 minutes, reviewed by Tim Miller, Cape Cod Times). Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen play four friends who are inspired to re-evaluate their love lives when they read “Fifty Shades of Grey” for their book club. Bergen has the best lines, but all of the stars are engaging in this smart, funny look at friendship, romance and aging. Also starring Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Richard Dreyfuss. ***
"Deadpool 2": (comic book/action-adventure, R, 111 minutes, reviewed by Richard Roeper). Ryan Reynolds' second turn as the cynical, witty superhero is wicked, dark fun from start to finish, with some twisted and very funny special effects, cool production elements, terrific ensemble work – and for dessert, perhaps the best end-credits "cookie" scene ever. ***½
“Hereditary” (horror, R, 127 minutes, reviewed by Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune). A woman (Toni Colette) unblocks her feelings for her late, unlamented mother in the worst possible way in director Ari Aster’s feature debut that has a superb cast; a crafty, teasing musical score; and a steady accumulation of wracked nerves. Not everything fits together -- slightly off rhythm, too many plot points -- but you may be too fraught watching to bother over a few missteps. *** 1/2
“Hotel Artemis” (futuristic drama, R, 97 minutes, reviewed by Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service). Director/writer Drew Pearce has created a high-energy, gritty-looking and prophetically scary tale set in 2028 future when protesters are rioting against corporate greed for scarce clean water. The movie comes across as big as any summer blockbuster but offers far more bang for the bucks in the writing, visuals and acting (including Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown. *** 1/2
"Incredibles 2" (aimated action, PG, 118 minutes, reviewed by Roeper). Writer-director Brad Bird's second chapter in the story of America's favorite superhero family is a nifty blend of loudly chaotic amusement-ride-type action pieces and domestic comedy-drama. It's a solid double, but I'll admit to a feeling of mild disappointment that it wasn't a grand slam. ***
“Ocean’s 8” (heist film, PG-13, 110 minutes, reviewed by Phillips). Despite a screenful of terrifically skillful talents, led by Sandra Bullock as the sister of George Clooney’s character from the other “Ocean’s” films, “Ocean’s 8” never quite gets its ensemble act together. Her character assembles a clever team to steal a $150 million diamond necklace at a fundraising gala. The resulting caper is smooth, and far from inept, but could be livelier and isn’t much fun. **
"Pope Francis: A Man of His Word": (documentary, PG, 96 minutes, reviewed by Miller). It would be hard to overstate the power of Wim Wenders’ film about the pope's life, ideas, beliefs and how he approaches his job, his faith, our world. The documentary would be valuable for both Christians or those who despise Christianity, and dwarfs most other movies, making them seem trivial in comparison. ****
"RBG": (documentary, PG, 97 minutes, reviewed by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). One of the great services that this clear-eyed and admiring documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides is to emphasize not just her work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story": (sci-fi adventure, PG-13, 143 minutes, reviewed by Richard Roeper). One of the "lighter" of the "Star Wars" adventures, with a number of massive, rapid-fire CGI action sequences and a terrific ensemble cast (Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and a scene-stealing Donald Glover). A prequel as a space Western summer movie, entertaining as hell but not particularly deep. ***½
"Superfly" (crime thriller, R, 116 minutes, reviewed by Roepper). Like the 1972 blaxploitation original, this remake reinforces stereotypes as it follows a drug dealer ready to give up the game. But it succeeds at what it wants to be: an action-packed, sexy, violent, 21st-century crime thriller. ***
"Tag" (comedy, R, 100 minutes, reviewed by Miller). Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson plays friends from childhood who have been playing an insane game of tag each May for the past 30 years. They’ll go to any length to tag someone – “You’re it!” – whether it’s at a funeral or while someone’s wife is about to deliver a child. No holds barred. It's absurdly funny, with an underlying message about the value of camaraderie. And knowing it's inspired by a true story makes it even better. ***1/2
Chatham Orpheum Theatre: 637 Main St.: "Incredibles 2," "Book Club," "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," "RBG," Friday through Thursday. www.chathamorpheum.org.
Cape Cinema: 35 Hope Lane, Dennis: "American Animals," Friday through Thursday; "Won’t You Be My Neighbor," sneak peak benefit screening, 7 p.m. Wednesday, panel discussion follows, $15. www.capecinema.com.
Water's Edge Cinema: 237 Commercial St., Provincetown: Various screenings for Provincetown International Film Festival.
Wellfleet Drive-in Theater: 51 Route 6: "Incredibles 2," "Solo: A Star Wars Story"; 508-349-7176.
Martha's Vineyard Film Center: 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven: "Itzhak," with director Alison Chernick, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, then without director 7:30 Saturday and Wednesday; "RBG," 4 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday; "Always at the Carlyle," 4 p.m. Sunday; Berklee College of Music Silent Film Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday; www.mvfilmsociety.com.
Wellfleet Preservation Hall: 335 Main St.: Fifth year of partnering with Provincetown Film Festival: Friday: "A Fine Line," 6 p.m.; "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," 8 p.m. Saturday: Shorts 2: New England Shorts (six short films, various directors), noon; "Dawnland," 2 p.m.; "The Price of Everything," 5 p.m.; "Wyeth," 7 p.m. Sunday: "Shorts One (seven short films, various directors), noon; "Life in the Doghouse," 2 p.m.; "Capturing the Flag," 5 p.m. www.provincetownfilm.org/festival.
Provincetown Film Festival: through Saturday. www.provincetownfilm.org/festival.
“Runner”: 7 p.m. Friday, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road. Talkback with cast and crew follows. $14. 508-428-0669.
“Battle of the Sexes”: PG-13, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall St., Dennis Port.
"Time to Choose": 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Wellfleet Public Library, 55 W. Main St.
"Love, Simon": 3 p.m. June 22, Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple St. 508-539-1435, ext. 3003.