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— Dougray Scott, Mission: Impossible 2

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Recent Reviews

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

Operation Finale

***

It should’ve studied up on Spielberg’s Mossad masterpiece, Munich.

Operation Finale is based on an intense true story, but it could’ve been told with a little more passion.

The Happytime Murders

*

If only this exercise in pushing puppet boundaries had the guts to include some substance.

This turkey’s all stuffing and no meat.

Alpha

***1/2Albert Hughes

This elegantly-crafted adventure story certainly deserves a good home.

Alpha is one of the year’s biggest and best surprises.

The Meg

**

There’s nothing fine here. And there’s nothing to blow the mind.

The Meg’s another summer movie extravaganza that winds up dead in the water.

Christopher Robin

***

Thanks to the CGI magic, Christopher Robin stumbles into a mild recommendation.

Like Winnie the Pooh’s favorite honey, Christopher Robin is a little sticky and a little sweet, and it’s certainly not served to everyone’s taste.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

****

It’s the best so far, and that’s possibly this episode’s biggest odds-defying accomplishment.

This is what great summer movies are all about.

It’s the best so far, and that’s possibly the biggest odds-defying accomplishment in this sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, which debuted on the big screen 22 years ago. Time flies when you’re busy saving the world.

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.