By Chip Chandler — Producer
In Amarillo theaters this week: A long-awaited Pixar super-sequel, an unlikely true story, a remake of a blaxploitation classic and more.
New in theaters
The Incredibles 2
The highly anticipated sequel to Pixar's prescient 2004 superhero feature finally hits theaters, picking up right where the original left off. Superpowers are still banned, but Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) is recruited in an initiative meant to help restore the heroes' reputation. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays home with the kids — invisible girl Violet (Sarah Vowell), speedster Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack, whose own powers are developing rapidly. Reviews are strong. "(W)hile it’s great fun to watch the Incredibles/Parrs zipping around saving the world ... Incredibles 2 gets its heart by being a sweet family story. ... Fighting crime as a family is what they do, because it’s the right thing to do," writes the Seattle Times' Moira Macdonald. (PG for action sequences and some brief mild language; click here for showtimes at United Artists Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd., and Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, here for showtimes at Tascosa Drive-In, 1999 Dumas Drive, and here for showtimes at Sandell Drive-In, 12 S. Center St. in Clarendon, including a Saturday carnival/screening.)
The 1972 blaxploitation film is remade by music video auteur Director X in a largely faithful new film starring Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) as Youngblood Priest, a cocaine dealer looking for a way to get out of the business (after one big, final score, of course). The original film was one of the stone-cold classics of its era, but reviews for the remake aren't quite as strong. "There’s far more violence in this iteration of SuperFly and it has a budget (original director Gordon) Parks and company couldn’t match in their wildest dreams. Yet despite all its occasionally entertaining bluster and '90s-era crime movie braggadocio, this is a surprisingly shallow take on a much more cagey and amoral original," writes RogerEbert.com's Odie Henderson. (R for violence and language throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, and drug content; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)
I don't know if the movie will be any good (reviews from major critics have yet to be released), but the concept is killer — and it's based on a true story. A group of five friends (Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Burress and Jake Johnson) have been playing a high-stakes game of tag for one month a year for the past 30 years. It sounds like a mash-up of a hang-out comedy (like Johnson's Fox series New Girl) and an action film (like most of Renner's output). (R for language throughout, crude sexual content, drug use and brief nudity; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)
The original Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys are back to poke fun at Space Mutiny, a notoriously cheeseball '80s sci-fi film, in this new RiffTrax experience. It'll screen at 7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Amarillo Star 14.
The Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 continues with ecological fable Pom Poko, following the travails of a pack of tanuki (racoon dos) when suburbia encroaches on their woodland home. An English-dubbed version will screen at 12:55 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a subtitled version screening at 7 p.m. Monday, at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.
Kids' movie specials
All three Amarillo movie theaters are offering summer-long specials on family films. Click here for the full schedule.
This week's offerings:
- Regal Summer Movie Express: Animated features Storks and Mr. Peabody & Sherman will screen at approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Amarillo Star 14. Admission is $1.
- Premiere Cinemas Summer Kids Fest: Animated feature Ferdinand will screen at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Premiere Cinemas Westgate Mall 6, 7701 W. Interstate 40. Admission is free.
- Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Animated feature The Lego Ninjago Movie will screen at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hollywood 16. Admission is $1.
2018 DCI Tour Premiere
Top drum corps Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment will show off their new shows at this season kick-off performance, screening live at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Hollywood 16.
Jurassic World Double Feature
June 25 and 28: Broadway show Bandstand, a swing musical about a group of soldiers adapting to life on the homefront following World War II, will screen at 7 p.m. June 25 and 28 at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.
July 3 to 7: Filmmaker Geni Kawamura follows up his Your Name with Fireworks, a sci-fi tale of star-crossed teenagers who use an alien device to reset time and stay together — at the risk of losing touch with reality. A subtitled version will screen at 7 p.m. July 3 and 5, with an English-dubbed version screening at 12:55 p.m. July 7, at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.
July 6: Marvel superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled to open, but advance tickets are not yet on sale.
July 12: In 350 Days — Legends, Champions, Survivors, former pro wrestling champions Bret Hart and Billy Graham talk with fellow vets about the toll taken by the sport. It'll screen at 7 p.m. July 12 at Amarillo Star 14.
July 15 and 18: The TCM Big Screen Classics series continues with a 30th anniversary presentation of the Tom Hanks comedy Big, screening at 2 and 7 p.m. July 15 and 18 at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.
July 20: Thriller sequel The Equalizer 2 is scheduled to open, but advance tickets are not yet on sale.
July 22 to 25: The Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 continues with fantasy adventure Princess Mononoke at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. An English-dubbed version will screen at 12:55 p.m. July 22 and 7 p.m. June 25, with a subtitled version screening at 7 p.m. July 23.
July 28 and 30: An encore screening of Sailor Moon R — The Movie will precede the premiere of Sailor Moon S — The Movie in a special event. They'll screen at 12:55 p.m. July 28 (English-dubbed) and 7 p.m. July 30 (subtitled) at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. A third movie in the cycle, Sailor Moon Supers — The Movie, will screen Aug. 4 and 6.
Listings at a glance
Click on titles for my reviews and on theaters for showtimes.
Adrift (AS-14, H-16); Avengers: Infinity War (AS-14, H-16); Book Club (H-16); Breaking In (WM-6); Deadpool 2 (AS-14, H-16); Hereditary (AS-14, H-16); Hotel Artemis (AS-14, H-16); I Can Only Imagine (WM-6); The Incredibles 2 (AS-14, H-16, plus Sandell and Tascosa); Life of the Party (AS-14, H-16); Ocean's 8 (AS-14, H-16 and Tascosa); Overboard (AS-14 and WM-6); A Quiet Place (AS-14); Rampage (WM-6); Ready Player One (WM-6); Sherlock Gnomes (WM-6); Solo: A Star Wars Story (AS-14, H-16); SuperFly (AS-14, H-16); Tag (AS-14, H-16); Truth or Dare (WM-6); and Upgrade (H-16).