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★★★★ Su­pe­rior | ★★★ Rec­om­mended | ★★ OK | ★ Time-waster | * Re­viewed to­day | NR Not rated

7500 ★★ Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt does some of his best work as a co-pi­lot at­tempt­ing an emer­gency land­ing while fend­ing off hi­jack­ers. It should be holding us in its grips but is so fix­ated on de­tails that it be­comes more drain­ing than sus­pense­ful. See it: On de­mand. (R, 92 min.) —Richard Roeper

Bad Boys for Life ★★★ Though their buddy cop characters have slowed down some, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are great to­gether as the crime fight­ers who re­main part­ners al­most 20 years af­ter “Bad Boys II.” Put re­al­ity on hold and just go with it. See it: On dig­i­tal plat­forms. (R, 123 min.) —Richard Roeper

Da 5 Bloods ★★★★ Del­roy Lindo should be a best ac­tor Os­car con­tender for his sear­ing work here as one of a group of Viet­nam vets who re­turn to the bat­tle­ground to find the re­mains of their leader and some lost gold. This is one of the best movies of the year. See it: On Net­flix. (R, 154 min.) —Richard Roeper

Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test ★★★ Will Fer­rell and Rachel McA­dams as an Ice­landic singing duo de­ter­mined to win the fa­mous Euro­pean mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion. This is a goofy, broad satire filled with won­der­fully aw­ful pop songs and in­fec­tiously over-the-top per­for­mances. See it: On Net­flix. (PG-13, 123 min.) —Richard Roeper

Force of Na­ture ★★ This lurid, pre­dictable ac­tion film repli­cates the “Die Hard” frame­work more faith­fully than most knock­offs, with a cop (Emile Hirsch) en­list­ing a doc­tor (Kate Bosworth) and an ex-cop (Mel Gib­son) to fight apart­ment com­plex in­vaders. See it: On de­mand. (R, 91 min.) —Richard Roeper

Four Kids and It ★★ Chil­dren find a beach crea­ture that grants wishes in a fam­ily fan­tasy light on magic and heavy on dumb­ness.The cast in­cludes Michael Caine (dis­tract­ing as the voice of the crea­ture) and Rus­sell Brand (em­bar­rass­ing as the vil­lain). See it: On de­mand. (PG, 110 min.) —Richard Roeper

Hamil­ton ★★★★ Filmed as it ap­peared on stage with its orig­i­nal cast, led by writer Lin-Manuel Mi­randa as the in­ge­nious war­rior Alexan­der Hamil­ton, this ver­sion of one of the great­est of all mu­si­cals makes for im­mer­sive, ex­hil­a­rat­ing, mag­nif­i­cent cinema. See it: On Dis­ney+. (PG-13, 161 min.) —Richard Roeper

The High Note ★★★½ Tracee El­lis Ross plays a glob­ally fa­mous and fic­tional diva in an old-fash­ioned Hol­ly­wood story about dream­ers and stars and the trap­pings of fame. This a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing, sun­nier take on “A Star Is Born.” See it: On de­mand. (PG-13, 107 min.) —Richard Roeper

Ir­re­sistible ★★★ Steve Carell gives a finely honed per­for­mance as a slick po­lit­i­cal strate­gist vis­it­ing a Wis­con­sin town to con­vince a re­tired Marine (Chris Cooper) to run for mayor. Writer-di­rec­tor Jon Ste­wart has cre­ated a timely and en­ter­tain­ing satire. See it: On de­mand. (R, 101 min.) —Richard Roeper

John Lewis: Good Trou­ble ★★½ This doc­u­men­tary uses a mass of in­cred­i­ble archival footage to flesh out the life of the vet­eran con­gress­man and civil-rights cru­sader. But it stays oddly sur­face level, de­spite hav­ing what looks like a lot of ac­cess to him and his fam­ily. See it: On de­mand. (PG, 96 min.) —Lind­say Bahr, AP

The King of Staten Is­land ★★★½ There’s no small re­sem­blance be­tween Pete David­son and his char­ac­ter in Judd Apa­tow’s sharp, funny and in­sight­ful slice of life. Still, David­son de­liv­ers a fully re­al­ized per­for­mance, tack­ling dark com­edy and raw drama with equal aplomb. See it: On de­mand. (R, 137 min.) —Richard Roeper Mu­cho

Mu­cho Amor: The ★★★½ A fas­ci­nat­ing and up­lift­ing Net­flix doc­u­men­tary re­counts the rise to fame of ac­tor-turned-astrologer Wal­ter Mer­cado and de­tails his last­ing im­pact Le­gend of Wal­ter Mer­cado on His­panic cul­ture and the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. See it: On Net­flix. (NR, 96 min.) —Richard Roeper

My Spy ★★ A CIA op­er­a­tive (Dave Bautista) agrees to stand in for the mom of a 9-year-old girl (Chloe Cole­man) in ex­change for the kid not blow­ing his cover. This dopey ac­tion-com­edy is too rough for younger kids and too stupid for the grown-ups. See it: On Ama­zon. (PG-13, 101 min.) —Richard Roeper

The Out­post ★★★½ With a dis­tinc­tive docu­d­rama look, this heart-stop­ping film in­tro­duces us to the U.S. sol­diers sta­tioned at a vul­ner­a­ble base in Afghanista­n, then re-creates their fight against hun­dreds of Tal­iban in the Bat­tle of Kamdesh. See it: On de­mand. (R, 123 min.) —Richard Roeper

Palm Springs ★★★½ Like Bill Mur­ray in “Ground­hog Day,” Andy Sam­berg is play­ing a man con­stantly re­peat­ing the same day. But he in­ad­ver­tently brings some­one else (Cristin Mil­i­oti) into the vor­tex. One of the fun­ni­est and most ro­man­tic movies of the year. See it: On Hulu. (R, 86 min.) —Richard Roeper

Shirley ★★★½ Elis­a­beth Moss de­liv­ers yet an­other as­ton­ish­ingly au­then­tic per­for­mance play­ing a ver­sion of au­thor Shirley Jack­son, be­ing ma­nip­u­lated by her de­testable hus­band (Michael Stuhlbarg, mag­nif­i­cent) and bond­ing with a young helper. See it: Hulu, on de­mand. (R, 107 min.) —Richard Roeper

The Short His­tory ★★★ Sud­denly on her own in a VW camper van, teenage Nola (Sab­rina Car­pen­ter) goes on the road in this lyri­cal and melan­choly film. Filled with of the Long Road beau­ti­ful shots, it re­tains a hope­ful vibe while never gloss­ing over Nola’s predica­ment. See it: On de­mand. (NR, 97 min.) —Richard Roeper

Some­times, Al­ways, Never ★★★ The search by a Bri­tish tai­lor (Bill Nighy) for his miss­ing son has him on the road with his youngest (Sam Ri­ley) and read­ing a lot into his on­line Scrab­ble games. The sub­tly ef­fec­tive char­ac­ter piece is sure to leave you smil­ing. See it: On de­mand. (PG-13, 91 min.) —Richard Roeper

Sonic the Hedge­hog ★★★½ A feel-good adap­ta­tion of the video games de­picts the speedy lit­tle blue alien as a sweet, funny teenager. Jim Car­rey dons a Civil War mus­tache to play the bad­die as only he can — ab­so­lutely un­hinged. See it: On dig­i­tal providers. (PG, 99 min.) —Mark Kennedy, AP

Tom­maso ★★★ Play­ing a ver­sion of Abel Fer­rara, the film’s writer-di­rec­tor, Willem Dafoe stars with Fer­rara’s real-life wife and daugh­ter in a semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal, in­die-style slice of life. It feels as if we’re eaves­drop­ping on th­ese lives. See it: At siskelfilm­cen­ter.org. (NR, 116 min.) —Richard Roeper

Trolls World Tour ★★ Just as brightly col­ored as the orig­i­nal, this se­quel threat­ens Poppy (Anna Ken­drick) and Branch (Justin Tim­ber­lake) with a heavy-metal queen bent on world dom­i­na­tion. The sug­ary highs are pleas­ant and oc­ca­sion­ally tune­ful. See it: In the­aters, on de­mand. (PG, 110 min.) —Jake Coyle, AP

You Should Have Left ★★★ Weird things hap­pen at the im­pos­ing Welsh va­ca­tion house rented by a cou­ple (Kevin Ba­con, Amanda Seyfried). This lit­tle hor­ror gem is no means ground­break­ing, but it pro­duces more than enough jolts to have you jump­ing off the couch. See it: On de­mand. (R, 93 min.) —Richard Roeper

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