This Week at the Movies: ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The Infiltrator,’ ‘Café Society’

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It was a good run, but here we are at the End of Days, and all because those ladies just had to remake Ghostbusters. But if you have some time to kill before the end of civilization we’ve been promised, here’s a quick rundown of all this weekend’s new movie releases (and where to read more about them).

  • So yes, the bafflingly controversial Ghostbusters reboot is out, and it’s… pretty good? It has its moments? Kate McKinnon is great? Overall it’s a pretty average studio comedy and it’s just kinda weird that it’s become the most divisive cultural issue of our time? Here’s our full review.
  • Bryan Cranston stars in The Infiltrator – and is great, of course (he’s Bryan Cranston, after all), but the film itself is such a been-there-done-that collection of undercover cop movie clichés, it serves mostly to underscore how better served an actor like Cranston is by working in television. More here.
  • And then there’s Café Society, Woody Allen’s latest, and his third film in a row to suggest that maybe it’s time for the prolific filmmaker to hang it up, or at least take a break. More on that here.
  • And this week’s art-house picks include Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, Laura Israel’s loose-limbed portrait of the influential photographer and filmmaker (capsule review in this month’s indie guide) and Equals, director Drake Doremus’s moody slice of sci-fi, with ace performances by Kristen Stewart – who’s also quite good in Café Society – and Nicholas Hoult (more on that one in the indie guide).

Happy viewing!