It’s the end of the week, so you know what that means: time for the Friday Movie Pile & Pictures of Chris Evans As Captain America! (It may be time for other things as well, but they are of no concern to us.) We’ve provided this same combination of services — a rundown of the weekend’s new films accompanied by photographs of Chris Evans as Captain America — every Friday for the last seven years, so why stop now?
Blockers (R, 1:42)
Plot: Three teenage girls pledge to lose their virginity (not to each other) on prom night, and their parents try to thwart their efforts. Based on the Bible story.
Director: Kay Cannon, making her directorial debut after writing Pitch Perfect and working on 30 Rock and New Girl.
Stars: John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ramona Young, Kathryn Newton
Buzz: This has been getting good reactions since its SXSW premiere, with critics saying it’s surprisingly progressive, funny, and filthy (that part’s not a surprise). It’s at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes (average score: 6.8/10), 73/100 at Metacritic.
A Quiet Place (PG-13, 1:30)
Plot: There are blind monsters that hunt based on sound, so everybody has to be really quiet. Important lessons are taught about how to behave in movie theaters.
Director: John Krasinski, who’s directed a couple of things (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, The Hollars) but whom you probably know as Jim on The Office.
Stars: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
The Miracle Season (PG, 1:40)
Plot: Based on the true story of a high school volleyball team that was sad after their coach suddenly died, but then they overcame being sad and played volleyball.
Director: Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer, Bratz)
Stars: Erin Moriarty, Helen Hunt, Tiera Skovbye, William Hurt
Chappaquiddick (PG-13, 1:46)
Plot: Based on the the true story of the time Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) drove a car off a bridge into a lake, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) — which sounds like one of those insane Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories, but it actually happened.
Director: John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore)
Stars: Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Clancy Brown, Olivia Thirlby, Ed Helms
Buzz: This premiered at Toronto last fall and has garnered respectful reviews. It’s at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes (average score: 7/10); at Metacritic it’s 69/100 (which Sen. Kennedy would have approved of).
You Were Never Really Here (R, 1:30)
Plot: Joaquin Phoenix plays a former FBI agent and war veteran who now works as a hitman who rescues girls from traffickers.
Director: Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), adapting Jonathan Ames’ novel
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola, Judith Roberts, John Doman