Summer blockbuster screen shifting can cause some funny things. With theaters hoping to take advantage of each week's new major films by opening up screens for them — three to five screens per multiplex seems the usual in Waco — movies come and go with not much warning.
Case in point: While filmgoers' attention is on "Despicable Me 3" and four other films opening this week, leaving Waco by Thursday are some smaller films of note: "It Comes At Night," "Meagan Leavey" and "Paris Can Wait."
Three other films of lower profile also are opening: "Beatriz At Dinner" with Salma Hayek as a massage therapist who calls white privilege as she sees it when invited to a wealthy client's dinner party; "The Hero," with Sam Elliott as an aging film star facing his final years; and — this surprised me — "Krisha," the first film by director Trey Shults ("It Comes At Night"). The latter, an Indie Movie Monday selection at the Waco Hippodrome this Monday, July 3, is the story of a woman who comes back one Thanksgiving to the extended family she helped mess up some 10 years earlier.
Just because it's summer doesn't mean all movies have to be cotton candy . . .