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Recent Reviews

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

Toy Story 4

***1/2Josh Cooley

Toy Story 4 ends with the greatest plot twist in the history of G-rated fare.

Toy Story 4 delivers a fresh batch of good ol’ fashioned Pixar magic brushed up with a reinvigorated sense of adventure.

Pavarotti

***Ron Howard

Leave it to Bono to put a spark into things.

Ron Howard tells the story of the larger-than-life tenor who introduced opera to the masses, but this documentary struggles to find its own voice.

Rocketman

****Dexter Fletcher

It’s all done with artistic license. And at times the result is downright glorious filmmaking.

Rocketman is the new benchmark for bio-pics.

In the run-up to Rocketman’s release it was hard to miss how supportive Elton John was of the movie and its promotion — going so far as to appear with his big-screen incarnation, Taron Egerton, at various engagements around the world.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

**1/2

Pacific Rim remains king of the modern kaiju movies.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is better than the 2014 reboot of Japan’s hugest export. But it’s a mighty small step up for such a ginormous monster.

Aladdin (2019)

***1/2Guy Ritchie

Narrative nudges include Jasmine’s leadership ambitions and a romantic entanglement for the genie.

This time, it’s not so much the music as the cast that’s pitch perfect.

Booksmart

***1/2Olivia Wilde

This is Olivia Wilde’s feature film debut as director. She’s got this. Looking forward to more.

Booksmart is a funny, agreeably subversive, fairly radical and wildly inventive directorial debut from Olivia Wilde.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

***1/2Chad Stahelski

The fight sequences are relentless. Brutal. Beautiful.

Chapter 3 is an exhilarating ride through John Wick’s ever-expanding world of gritty action.

The Hustle (2019)

**1/2

There are the requisite tweaks to the material, but it’s nearly a 1:1 gag swap.

Considering it’s a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), which was in turn a remake of Bedtime Story (1964), The Hustle starts off feeling mighty fresh and modern.

Tolkien

***

Tolkien offers a satisfying, multi-course meal for the uninitiated.

This biographical account of J.R.R. Tolkien’s formative years requires a little bit of patience, but it offers some inspirational rewards in return.

Long Shot

***2019, Jonathan Levine

Long Shot misses the bull’s eye, but it still hits the target on occasion.

It’s every bit as rough and ugly as a romantic comedy pairing Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen would suggest. But, turn a blind eye to a couple glaring miscues and Long Shot mostly works.

Avengers: Endgame

****2019, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo

It’s virtually an invitation to go back and explore with fresh eyes all that preceded it.

It’s a marvelous conclusion to an unprecedented cinematic feat that’s been 11 years in the making.

Teen Spirit

**1/2Max Minghella

It’s been done before — and with much more finesse.

The drama is as hollow as a guitar’s body, but at least Teen Spirit has a soul.

Dumbo (2019)

***1/2

It’s a fantastical world that’s perfectly suited for Burton’s visual and storytelling sensibilities.

Check it out and let it sink in. This Dumbo is smart.

While Tim Burton’s live-action version of Dumbo doesn’t quite soar, it actually might be too smart for its own good. Give this one some time to be fully appreciated; it’s one of those rare movies that gets better as it lingers in the memory.

Hotel Mumbai

***1/2

The Mumbai siege has taken on an eerie, unanticipated resonance a decade later.

Hotel Mumbai is a fascinating movie to watch, both as a harrowing portrayal of the siege and as a powerful study of the differences that both divide and unite.

Apollo 11 (2019)

****Todd Douglas Miller

Monumental history unfolding with quiet, understated humanity and humor.

Wow.

Apollo 11 is a brilliant documentary.

It’s so brilliant, it doesn’t even remotely feel like a documentary. It’s on par with Damien Chazelle’s First Man in terms of atmospherics and cinematography. And Apollo 11 trades in Ryan Gosling for the real deal, Neil Armstrong.