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Recent Reviews

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

Skyscraper

*1/2

It’ll take more affectation than a Scandinavian accent to make a truly evil foil to Will Sawyer.

Skyscraper could’ve been the greatest action movie parody ever made. Instead, it’s just stupid.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

***

The overwhelming playfulness is a key distinguishing factor in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is as buzzy and harmless as a fly.

The best part of this romp is one of the smaller elements – and “smaller” in this case is not a reference to Ant-Man or the Wasp. What works best here is the relationship between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd, Our Idiot Brother) and his 10-year-old daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson, Forever My Girl). Early on, Scott and Cassie are on a whimsical treasure hunt involving lots of cardboard and a huge dose of imagination.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

***1/2

Soldado’s lack of predictability is merely one factor in its success.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is both a summer movie potboiler and a heated conversation starter.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

**1/2

There are so many stupid people doing so many stupid things.

Jurassic World was a funhouse. Fallen Kingdom is a madhouse.

Tag (2018)

**1/2

Tag pales in comparison to another comedy winner, the recently-released Game Night.

Tag isn’t nimble enough to touch its full potential.

Yeah. Tag is “inspired” by a true story, with its source material pulled from a 2013 Wall Street Journal article by Russell Adams (It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It, still available online behind a WSJ subscriber paywall). But plenty of liberties were taken while stretching out the newspaper story to fill 100 minutes of screen time. And that includes changing the journalist from Russell to Rebecca (Annabelle Wallis, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).

Incredibles 2

***1/2

Plenty of that famous Pixar heart enters the picture as Bob sharpens his powers as a super dad.

It’s worth the wait.

Waiting 14 years for this follow-up is a double-edged sword for Pixar. On the plus side, there’s plenty of pent-up interest in seeing more of the Parr family and their friends. On the flip side, 14 years is a long time of compounding fondness for the original, introducing it to a couple generations worth of the planet’s newest citizens and setting already lofty expectations ablaze as to what a sequel should be like.

Hotel Artemis

***1/2

Purely from a raw filmmaking perspective, there’s a lot to admire in Hotel Artemis.

Hotel Artemis is a clever, subversive look at the flip side of action movies.

Ocean’s Eight

***

The action and themes extend well beyond the headline-grabbing all-female leads.

Ocean’s Eight smoothly cracks the code for sequelitis.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

***Ron Howard

The ending works so well, it’s unfortunate the bulk of the movie doesn’t pack a similar punch.

Solo isn’t top-shelf Star Wars, but it is an enjoyable ride.

Book Club (2018)

**

Book Club is nothing more than a harmless, generic bit of bumper sticker philosophy.

Maybe read a book instead.

Book Club is the kind of movie that would feel at home on the Hallmark Channel — perhaps as one of those extra-special, high-profile movies that kicks off a typical Hallmark season, such as Spring Love or Love Blossoms Again. In fairness, it’d be even better offered under something new, something like a theme called Hallmark After Dark, serving up a slightly more risqué view of love and dating and romance “after hours” (such as at 7 p.m. Mountain Time).

Rampage (2018)

**

Alas, the fun-o-meter registers only a wee amount of fun.

Rampage is big and dumb and not much fun.

Sometimes it seems like zero consideration is given to how a lead character actually plays out on screen.

Ready Player One

***1/2Steven Spielberg

The advice is simple: Get outside. Live in the real world.

Power-up for a whiz-bang ride through the 1980s and beyond, with Steven Spielberg serving as the nimble navigator.

Pacific Rim Uprising

**

As a result of del Toro’s departure, the world can now relish The Shape of Water.

Pacific Rim Uprising is a big, splashy noisemaker with no resonance.

Tomb Raider

***2018

Please, dear movie gods, bring Alicia back for another episode.

Alicia Vikander is fantastic as Lara Croft. But the famed adventurer’s greatest mission is still out there: finding the ultimate Tomb Raider screenplay.

Gringo

*1/2Nash Edgerton

It’s destined to be streaming for free on Prime Video.

Gringo is half-baked Tarantino.

Let’s get one thing straight up front: Gringo is not a stoner comedy (and Tarantino had nothing to do with it). Never mind the clever placement of the green dispensary logo in the marketing materials. The drug influence is merely a catalyst for the action, with the story revolving around a major pharmaceutical company’s dippy-doodle plan to offer medical marijuana in a pill called Cannabax.