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Recent Reviews

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

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.

The Space Between Us

*

The Space Between Us isn’t worth exploring.

The Space Between Us is a cluttered mess. The Space Between Us is full of holes. The Space Between Us is a title — and a movie — that’s easy to mock.

Gold

***

Matthew McConaughey mines another rich characterization in Gold.

Matthew McConaughey mines another rich characterization in this offbeat tale of misfortune and glory.

Split

**1/2

Split earns a divided review.

Everything that works in Split is James McAvoy.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

***

Xander Cage’s return is absurd and he knows it.

xXx’s latest save-the-world adventure is absolutely, completely and utterly preposterous. But it’s also disarming in its exuberance and the joy with which it relishes in the comic absurdity of the whole thing.

Silence

***

Silence is a hard movie to dismiss.

The reward at the end of Silence is enough to justify the long, arduous journey.