Opening this week:
Captain Marvel It's usually easy for Marvel to hide how derivative its source material can be, simply because DC is much slower to capitalize on its own assets. Two Ant-Man movies in, there's still no sight of the Atom on the big screen, so does it really matter who got there first? Damn, by the time we saw the Flash in a feature, Marvel had already shown us two Quicksilvers. They even killed one, just to show off! But it's going to be hard for Marvel to pretend it's at the vanguard of anything with Captain Marvel. DC actually managed to strike first with Wonder Woman, which racked up major critical and commercial acclaim while reminding everybody which "house of ideas" invented the whole enhanced-estrogen thing in the first place. Captain Marvel certainly has a nice setup going for it, with the title character having been positioned at the end of Infinity War as, like, the salvation of life throughout the universe and stuff. And a release just weeks before Endgame means extra promotional advantage. Hey, maybe box-office success here will mean female-fronted comic book films no longer have to be considered an anomaly on any level. And then I'll have to spend two paragraphs talking about pure trivia. Like plotlines. (PG-13)
Ruben Brandt, Collector In this Hungarian animated feature, a psychotherapist is haunted by characters from famous paintings. So a bunch of his patients try to help him by ... stealing the artworks in question? Hey, I'm sure it would make sense to Winona Ryder.
The movie is said to be chockablock with art-world references, which means that whatever currency you earned for knowing the back story of Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, now counts for exactly shit. Things move fast these days in the genre of animated art films, so Brandt has some heavy lifting to do to outdo the likes of Into the Spider-verse and Loving Vincent. Illustration styles that change not just from sequence to sequence but within the frame itself indicate it may indeed be up to the task. Next up: Pablo Pikachu, a One-Sided Pokemon Adventure. (R; opens Friday at Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20 & RPX)
Apollo 11 The first moon landing is chronicled in never-before-seen documentary footage. Or so Stanley Kubrick would have us believe! (NR; playing at Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 & IMAX)
The Samuel Project Hal "Barney Miller" Linden plays a Holocaust survivor who becomes the subject of his grandson's animation project. Opening question: "Is it true we can't eat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham?" (PG-13; playing at Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 & IMAX and Regal Oviedo Mall Stadium 22)
A Star Is Born Encore You have until Friday to catch this magnum edition, which boasts 12 minutes' worth of expanded scenes and songs. And 147 minutes of you listening to your friends whisper, "This is where you can tell he's bonin' her." (R)