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Recent Reviews

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

Black Panther

***1/2

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

***1/22018

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

***1/2

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.

The Disaster Artist

***James Franco

Are Tommy Wiseau and his craptastic movie worthy of all this attention?

It’s not as endearing as Tim Burton’s tribute to Ed Wood, but The Disaster Artist is an entertaining — and affectionate — look at the making of a really bad movie by one Tommy Wiseau.

Coco

***1/2

Coco mines a richness and elegance that is simply incomparable.

After the Cars 3 lemon, Coco brings Pixar back to the Land of the New Classics.

Justice League

**

Justice League is a creative mess.

Instead of simply feeding the franchise, DC should hit pause, step back and find a good story to tell.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

***1/2

If there is justice for movies, Kenneth Branagh will return as Hercule Poirot.

All aboard for this exquisite production that brings a classic whodunit from the past into the present with a fresh dose of resonance.

Thor: Ragnarok

**1/2

Thor: Ragnarok is another superhero movie to chill to rather than thrill to.

Thor: Ragnarok is so good-natured, it’s a movie practically begging to be liked. Even so, it can go begging elsewhere.

American Made

***

The absurdity of it all makes post-movie fact-checking a virtual lock for many moviegoers.

American Made gets enough of a buzz going to make it an entertaining ride.