A roundup of the new films opening in the Triangle this week. Most will open here on Friday.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2’
In James Gunn’s sequel to his swashbuckling space Western, the Guardians of the Galaxy do their version of “The Empire Strikes Back,” complete with daddy issues but with a considerably more anarchic spirit and enough acerbic interplay among its interstellar gang to make Obi-Wan blush. The sequal – featuring Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel – is said to be even better than the first one (which was huge).
Opening at: Raleigh: North Hills, AMC 15, Marbles IMAX, Mission Valley, Grande, Six Forks, Brier Creek, Wakefield. Cary: Crossroads, Cinebistro, Parkside. Morrisville: Park West. Garner: White Oak. Apex: Beaver Creek. Holly Springs: AMC Dine-In. Durham: Southpoint, AMC Classic, Northgate. Chapel Hill: Silverspot, Lumina, Timberlyne. Smithfield: Smithfield.
‘Chasing the Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
In “Chasing the Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” documentarian John Scheinfeld shows that the music of one of jazz’s most experimental saxophone players still speaks to audiences today. Trane was born in Hamlet, N.C., in 1926. The movie uses archival footage and talks to famous fans, such as former president Bill Clinton, but in the end, it’s the music, and not the testimonials, that makes the movie.
Opening at: Chapel Hill: Chelsea.
An unappetizing meal of class anxiety, politics, mental illness and delinquent children, writer-director Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner” – starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney – has plenty of dramatic potential. Unfortunately, the dish is all but inedible.
Opening at: Durham: Carolina Theatre.
The title character in “Truman” is a dog belonging to Julián (Ricardo Darín), a veteran stage actor in Madrid who is in worse health than his animal companion, an ancient, lumbering giant of a beast who seems to do little other than sleep. The film explores the notion that the final resolution of life’s mysteries – and the awareness of its preciousness – involves the power to let go of it.
Opening at: theaters