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Recent Reviews

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

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

**1/2

With all its ambitions, it kinda hurts to kick Valerian to the curb.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has a lot in common with outer space. Both can be colorful and weightless.

Dunkirk

****Christopher Nolan

A timely look at patriotism and unity in the face of adversity.

Dunkirk is virtuoso filmmaking.

Simply on the strengths of its technical execution alone, Dunkirk is a movie that should be experienced on the largest screen possible (ideally with IMAX 70mm film projection). Indeed, Christopher Nolan has taken his experiments in filming with IMAX cameras, first ventured with select scenes in The Dark Knight (2008), to filming the majority of Dunkirk in the extra-large format.

Despicable Me 3

***

The story’s decent enough, but it carries a slight sense of being rushed.

It’s as light and fluffy as one of Agnes’ stuffed unicorns, but Despicable Me 3 still packs enough goofy charm to earn a modest recommendation.

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.