THE TOP 5
at the North American box office:
Crazy Rich Asians: This unabashed throwback to ’90s-era rom-coms is also a bold step forward in diversity, as the entire cast and many of the top crew are Asian or Asian-Americans. Rachel (Constance Wu) is dating Nick (Henry Golding) when she learns that he’s the scion of a super-wealthy Singapore family; she then has to win over his mom. Cue fireworks, and tears.
★★★★ Chris Knight
The Meg: Jason Statham plays a deepsea rescue rogue who’s recruited to save a new research team trapped in the ocean and at the mercy of the titular shark. Any deeper philosophical questions — such as whether they are justified in killing it to spare human lives — serve mostly as window-dressing for the action sequences. Some of these are admittedly exciting. But there at least two too many.
★★ (Tina Hassannia)
Mile 22: Director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg team up once again and decide to blow some things up. This time it’s a fictional story about a super secret spy that must help a foreign agent out of an unnamed country. Loud and rough around the edges, it’s what you would expect from this duo.
★★1/2 (Tina Hassannia)
Mission: Impossible — Fallout: Tom Cruise owns this film, from beginning to end. His overlapping identity as character and movie star override all other considerations in a film that, like its leading man, never says die. His fearless stunt work is epic in an action-jammed movie that lurches from one spectacular setpiece to the next.
★★★★★ (Sadaf Ahsan)
Alpha: Some amazing scientific accuracy can’t quite make up for lacklustre pacing and a narrow storyline, but this prehistoric boy-meets-canine survival tale (starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and a Czechoslovakian wolfdog named Chuck) is still a fun trip through stone-age Europe, and a fanciful exploration of how wolves became domesticated dogs.
★★★ Chris Knight
A Czechoslovakian wolfdog named Chuck stars in Alpha, which finished fifth in the box-office race this past weekend.