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Bridge to Terabithia

Don't be misled by the advertising; Terabithia is firmly rooted in the real world —Andrea Birgers (DVD review...)

Hutcherson and Robb discover the Bridge to Terabithia

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Recent Reviews

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

The Mummy (2017)

**

Poor character chemistry. Who knows? Maybe the antidote is one monster of a wedding.

This muddled mummy movie could’ve used a little more influence from Boris Karloff and a little less from Brendan Fraser (and Tom Cruise).

Wonder Woman

***

Here’s to hoping the best is yet to come for this Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman benefits from having an emotional core, a rarity in the DC universe these days.

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.