LOS ANGELES — Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of “Avengers: Infinity War” Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn’t be coming at a better time.
A goofy sense of inconsequentiality is an underappreciated trait in comedies. There’s an abiding charm to movies so low in their stakes and so loose in their order that they feel as if at any moment they might fall apart. Films like “Caddyshack” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” are good examples, but outside of the loose absurdities of some of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s films (“Step Brothers,” ”Anchorman”) most of today’s big-screen comedies are more conceptually tidy.
Cinema might have a worthy successor to early Terrence Malick in Chloe Zhao, whose second feature “The Rider ” is a spiritual and poetic journey into the fading world of the Lakota cowboy, starring the real people who inspired her film.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six months after a mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, the genre’s biggest stars are heading back to the city with a purpose and a message beyond just country music’s biggest night to party.