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Recent Reviews

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

Jungle Cruise

***1/2Jaume Collet-Serra

What starts as a high-level lark gradually gets more and more detailed with the history.

Buoyed by the chemistry between Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, Jungle Cruise takes full advantage of its humor-filled source material as it grows into a fun ride all its own.

The Green Knight

***2021, David Lowery

Lowery seems determined to keep the material inaccessible rather than embracing the popular aspects.

This yarn of knights in not-so-shining armor is not for everybody, but the taxing tale is tenacious enough to claw its way to an impactful conclusion.

Old

*1/22021, M. Night Shyamalan

Unfortunately, nothing happens that’s particularly scary.

Old disproves the adage “with age comes wisdom.”

Summertime

****2021

There is a message or two here that can apply to everybody.

In its most raw moments, Summertime displays a powerful and rare level of authenticity.

Black Widow

**1/22021, Cate Shortland

Much of the story is uninspired and revolves around concepts that have been seen before.

While Black Widow has some entertainment value, it’s one of the weaker entries in the MCU.

The Forever Purge

**2021, Everardo Valerio Gout

The Forever Purge is an exercise in desensitization.

It could’ve been a movie of the times, but The Forever Purge turns into nothing more than an empty calorie sour sucker.

F9

**1/22021, Justin Lin

Maybe the FF series needs to get back on course and stay in its lane, so to speak.

This absurdist series about gearheads working in a James Bond world keeps jumping bigger and bigger sharks and — like the characters — it somehow finds a way to survive.

The Sparks Brothers

***2021, Edgar Wright

“Retirement” is a notion that — happily — has no place here.

It’s a testament to the Sparks Brothers that viewers can walk away from a 140-minute documentary about their career — spanning five decades — with one irresistible and vital message: stay hungry.

In the Heights

***2021, Jon M. Chu

It seemingly misses its own dreams in moving from stage to screen.

In the Heights features a rather flat story that’s elevated by a likable cast and spirited music.

Cruella

***1/22021, Craig Gillespie

Cruella holds up well as a standalone work that lives and breathes in its own world.

Cruella is everything The Devil Wears Prada should’ve been — and then some.

Profile

***1/22021, Timur Bekmambetov

Profile hangs together surprisingly well.

Director Timur Bekmambetov effectively puts his Screenlife filmmaking process to work in this nerve-wracking tale of a journalist going undercover to expose an ISIS recruiting ring.

Wrath of Man

***2021

Ritchie hits the marks with a precision that can easily go unappreciated.

Guy Ritchie slims down the style in this straight-on action caper.

At its core, Wrath of Man is a revenge flick. Saying it’s a Jason Statham revenge flick sounds almost oxymoronic, but there’s a back story that drives his character’s actions — and he’s a character who’s not entirely what he presents himself to be. This isn’t “stretch” material for Statham, but he is good at his game.

The Virtuoso

**2021

It’s fixated on trying to bring the hardboiled detective tropes of the 1940s into the new millennium

Given it’s a story about people whose profession requires the planning of every painstaking detail, The Virtuoso is a strikingly sloppy production.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

**2021

This reboot is mostly a dud, but at least the cast tries mightily to make something of it.

It’s the kind of movie where you go for the laughs (some intentional) and stay for the gratuitous bloodshed.

Godzilla vs. Kong

***1/2Adam Wingard

Team Kong knows how to entertain.

In the Titans Cinematic Universe, Godzilla vs. Kong is a knock-out.