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Recent Reviews

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

Aladdin (2019)

***1/2Guy Ritchie

Narrative nudges include Jasmine’s leadership ambitions and a romantic entanglement for the genie.

This time, it’s not so much the music as the cast that’s pitch perfect.


***1/2Olivia Wilde

This is Olivia Wilde’s feature film debut as director. She’s got this. Looking forward to more.

Booksmart is a funny, agreeably subversive, fairly radical and wildly inventive directorial debut from Olivia Wilde.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

***1/2Chad Stahelski

The fight sequences are relentless. Brutal. Beautiful.

Chapter 3 is an exhilarating ride through John Wick’s ever-expanding world of gritty action.

The Hustle (2019)


There are the requisite tweaks to the material, but it’s nearly a 1:1 gag swap.

Considering it’s a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), which was in turn a remake of Bedtime Story (1964), The Hustle starts off feeling mighty fresh and modern.



Tolkien offers a satisfying, multi-course meal for the uninitiated.

This biographical account of J.R.R. Tolkien’s formative years requires a little bit of patience, but it offers some inspirational rewards in return.

Long Shot

***2019, Jonathan Levine

Long Shot misses the bull’s eye, but it still hits the target on occasion.

It’s every bit as rough and ugly as a romantic comedy pairing Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen would suggest. But, turn a blind eye to a couple glaring miscues and Long Shot mostly works.

Avengers: Endgame

****2019, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo

It’s virtually an invitation to go back and explore with fresh eyes all that preceded it.

It’s a marvelous conclusion to an unprecedented cinematic feat that’s been 11 years in the making.

Teen Spirit

**1/2Max Minghella

It’s been done before — and with much more finesse.

The drama is as hollow as a guitar’s body, but at least Teen Spirit has a soul.

Dumbo (2019)


It’s a fantastical world that’s perfectly suited for Burton’s visual and storytelling sensibilities.

Check it out and let it sink in. This Dumbo is smart.

While Tim Burton’s live-action version of Dumbo doesn’t quite soar, it actually might be too smart for its own good. Give this one some time to be fully appreciated; it’s one of those rare movies that gets better as it lingers in the memory.

Hotel Mumbai


The Mumbai siege has taken on an eerie, unanticipated resonance a decade later.

Hotel Mumbai is a fascinating movie to watch, both as a harrowing portrayal of the siege and as a powerful study of the differences that both divide and unite.

Apollo 11 (2019)

****Todd Douglas Miller

Monumental history unfolding with quiet, understated humanity and humor.


Apollo 11 is a brilliant documentary.

It’s so brilliant, it doesn’t even remotely feel like a documentary. It’s on par with Damien Chazelle’s First Man in terms of atmospherics and cinematography. And Apollo 11 trades in Ryan Gosling for the real deal, Neil Armstrong.

Captain Marvel


Too much is thrown to the trite and the tame instead of leaning forward into the bold and the brave.

Captain Marvel is a busy — but uninvolving — misfire.

Fighting with My Family


Getting ahead of the pack involves more than self-perception. It takes that “something extra.”

Fighting with My Family is a heartwarming tale of piledrivers and half nelsons.

They Shall Not Grow Old

****Peter Jackson

The voices speak of human character, courage and pluck - traits that are fading away over time.

By breathing new life into 100-year-old war footage, Peter Jackson delivers one of the best documentaries about World War I.

The Kid Who Would Be King


The performances from the young actors can either make or break a movie like this.

The Kid Who Would Be King brings chivalry back into the conversation. Whoa. Dude. Right on!