Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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What’s in theaters this weekend: ‘RBG,’ ‘Life of the Party,’ ‘Breaking In’

INDIE FLICKS:

RBG

The notion of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive and soft-spoken Supreme Court justice, as a judicial "rock star" — at least in the eyes of progressives who love her sharply worded dissents to opinions rendered by the increasingly conservative court — may seem a strange one. But the lively and thorough profile painted of her by the documentary RBG, in which she is described in just those terms, makes a persuasive argument for that characterization.

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West mark the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s high court confirmation hearing by including excerpts from that 1993 Senate grilling. Now 85, Ginsburg says she has no immediate plans to retire. And is she able? What about the infamous footage of her seeming to drift off during the 2015 State of the Union address?

Cue the shots of Ginsburg doing pushups.

Madame Justice, of course, would probably politely but firmly dispute that she is, in any way, an icon of cool, as she does while watching — on camera, for the first time — Kate McKinnon’s impersonation of her on SNL. Giggling adorably at the actor’s Weekend Update impression as the trash-talking "Notorious RBG," Ginsburg admits to the skit being very funny, even as she takes pains to point out that she is, in real life, absolutely nothing like that.

"I tend to be rather sober," she says, with characteristic understatement.

The buzzed-about documentary (97 minutes, PG) opens Friday at Tampa Theatre. On opening night, doors will open at 6 p.m. with happy hour drink specials until 6:45. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $11, $9 children 12 and younger. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

The movie expands May 18 to Veterans 24 in Tampa, Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota.

Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

OPENING FRIDAY:

LIFE OF THE PARTY

Melissa McCarthy, left, plays a housewife who returns to college alongside her daughter and lets loose after her husband leaves her. With Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, Stephen Root, Jacki Weaver. Written by McCarthy, Ben Falcone. Directed by Falcone. (105 minutes, PG-13)

BREAKING IN

Gabrielle Union, left, plays a desperate mother hellbent on saving her two children being held in an impregnable home. With Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Christa Miller. Written by Ryan Engle, story by Jaime Primak Sullivan. Directed by James McTeigue. (88 minutes, PG-13)

Critics’ picks

mAvengers: Infinity War:
A decade of Marvel movies have been leading to this.

A Quiet Place: A family faces terror in the woods. With Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds.

You Were Never Really Here: Grim, artful New York crime thriller about a tormented thug-for-hire (Joaquin Phoenix).

UPCOMING RELEASES

(Dates subject to change)

May 18: Deadpool 2; Book Club; Show Dogs

May 25: Solo: A Star Wars Story; How to Talk to Girls at Parties

June 1: Action Point; Adrift; American Animals

June 8: Ocean’s 8; Hereditary

June 15: The Incredibles 2; Tag; Superfly

June 22: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

June 29: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Uncle Drew, The Hustle, Leave No Trace,
Valley Girl, Three Identical Strangers

   
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