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Les Choristes

The French confection Les Choristes is now available on a skimpy, movie-only DVD —Matt Anderson (DVD review...)

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Recent Reviews

These are our latest reviews of movies at theaters, at the art house, or at festivals.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

***1/2

Put it all together and the setup for a fun summer romp is made and fulfilled.

The ol’ Jack magic is back, savvy?

There are several hallmarks to a Pirates movie: a great opening scene revealing Jack Sparrow’s latest predicament, witty humor, highly-quotable dialogue (“I am just as bent as ever, hellishly so,” and “Obstacles arose, ensued, were overcome” are merely two of Jack’s pearls of wisdom), fantastic — and wildly quirky — action set pieces, and a strong set of supporting characters.

Alien: Covenant

***

The Alien series has lost its fear factor.

Alien: Covenant holds together better than Prometheus, but it’s not exactly a frightfest.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

***1/2

Leave it to Guy Ritchie to take a Brexit from the traditional trappings of the King Arthur legend.

Leave it to Guy Ritchie to take a Brexit from the traditional trappings of the King Arthur legend and bring fresh energy to the story of Excalibur.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

**1/2

Vol. 2 is on the weaker end of Marvel’s remarkable string of successes.

Vol. 2 is on the weaker end of Marvel’s remarkable string of successes. A lot happens, but little of it really matters.

The Lost City of Z

***1/2

This movie rather elegantly captures Percy Fawcett, a true man among men.

“All that matters now is the future.” — Mr. Percy Fawcett
“Have fun — and be bold.” — Mrs. Nina Fawcett

Queen of the Desert

*1/2

Queen of the Desert isn’t worthy of audience.

Gertrude Bell’s life story deserves the royal treatment. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert is not it.

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

***

The soul behind Ghost in the Shell remains intact.

The soul behind Ghost in the Shell remains intact in this $110-million Hollywood-style art house extravaganza. That’s what matters most.

Personal Shopper

****

Personal Shopper is a multi-layered movie-going treat.

Personal Shopper is a multi-layered movie-going treat; it’s a fascinating, thoughtful story that takes unexpected turns while on its way to a haunting conclusion.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

***

This live-action fairy tale could’ve benefitted from more of the purely human element.

This tale as old as time gets dusted off once again for a generally satisfying, albeit uninspired, live-action remake.

Kong: Skull Island

***1/2

Skull Island is paws-down the best Kong movie since 1933.

Skull Island is paws-down the best Kong movie since 1933.

A United Kingdom

**1/2

There should’ve been more passion and power in A United Kingdom.

This true-life account of the racial divide between blacks and whites in the 1940s needs more color.

A Cure for Wellness

***1/2

A Cure for Wellness is a deliciously wild and twisted psychological horror thriller.

A Cure for Wellness is a deliciously wild and twisted psychological horror thriller that works on several levels.

The Great Wall

**1/2

It’s a big-budget B-movie featuring a cheap story.

Given the army of writers behind this big-budget B-movie, the story in this historical fantasy is pretty cheap.

The Lego Batman Movie

***1/2

When it comes to the Caped Crusader, there really isn’t much separating the men from the boys.

The Lego Batman Movie provides further proof that — at least when it comes to the Caped Crusader — there really isn’t much separating the men from the boys.

John Wick: Chapter 2

***1/2Chad Stahelski

Chapter 2 of John Wick’s story is a big, bad bullet opera.

John Wick. Whoa. That dude is cool and Chapter 2 of his story is a big, bad bullet opera that leads to one excellent demand: there better be a Chapter 3.