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Recent Reviews

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

Tomb Raider


Please, dear movie gods, bring Alicia back for another episode.

Alicia Vikander is fantastic as Lara Croft. But the famed adventurer’s greatest mission is still out there: finding the ultimate Tomb Raider screenplay.


*1/2Nash Edgerton

It’s destined to be streaming for free on Prime Video.

Gringo is half-baked Tarantino.

Let’s get one thing straight up front: Gringo is not a stoner comedy (and Tarantino had nothing to do with it). Never mind the clever placement of the green dispensary logo in the marketing materials. The drug influence is merely a catalyst for the action, with the story revolving around a major pharmaceutical company’s dippy-doodle plan to offer medical marijuana in a pill called Cannabax.

A Wrinkle in Time


It gives the impression the filmmakers gave up on the story’s logic and simply skipped to the end.

It’s a wrinkle in tone. The messages are solid, but the fantasy is a little cheesy and the execution is a little clunky.

Red Sparrow

**1/2Francis Lawrence

Shock value can only go so far when there isn’t enough of a connection established with Dominika.

Given all the sex and violence, it’s a shame Red Sparrow doesn’t generate much excitement.

Game Night


Game Night proves to be one comedy worth playing again.

Jason Bateman finally ups his big-screen game with this winning story of suburbanites in a not-so-trivial pursuit.



Alex Garland guts some of the source material’s most intriguing facets.

Annihilation implodes.

Annihilation is a movie that’s fascinating for all the wrong reasons.

Black Panther


There’s a pretty beautiful storyline crafted by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole.

Black Panther is mighty good, but, like Wonder Woman, it’s also an easy target for hype and hyperbole.

Peter Rabbit


Peter Rabbit is an all-ages crowd-pleaser about a hero in a blue coat and no pants.

James Corden’s take on Peter Rabbit is the hare apparent to rein over gently irreverent family comedy-fantasy.

I, Tonya

****Craig Gillespie

The ice shavings from the skategate incident were merely the core of what’s become a huge snowball.

This movie about a bunch of losers is a real winner.

Molly’s Game


It’s clear Molly Bloom will continue to come up aces, no matter the odds.

Molly’s Game is music to the ears — it’s the music of crackling-good dialogue delivered by a spectrum of colorful personalities.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


Maybe the inevitable sequel will power-up the smarts.

It’s goofy fluff, but Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has enough heart to earn a recommendation.

The Post


The Post serves as a seamless prequel to a J-school classic, All the President’s Men.

The story takes place in the 1970s and its spirit of an independent press must be resurrected today.

Darkest Hour


To understand the full depth and breadth of Churchill requires a lot more words.

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
Winston Churchill

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi


A better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this enduring mythology is hard to imagine.

The Last Jedi is a wild ride that sends beloved characters — old and new — on unexpected arcs with a mighty Force.

The Shape of Water

***1/2Guillermo Del Toro

Sally Hawkins’ terrific performance makes it all work.

The Shape of Water is intoxicating with its lush, seductive storytelling magic.