Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood roars back into action

In this image released by Lucasfilm, Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo appear in a scene from "Solo: A Star Wars Story," in theaters on May 25. (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP)

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.

The prank-loving cops of ‘Super Troopers’ return

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Paul Soter, from left, Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan in a scene from "Super Troopers 2." (Jon Pack/Fox Searchlight via AP)

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.

A spiritual Western in Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Brady Jandreau in a scene from "The Rider." (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

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.

ACMs return to Las Vegas with a purpose beyond the party

This combination photo shows, from left, Carrie Underwood, Bebe Rexha, Keith Urban and Julia Michaels who will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)

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.

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