at the North Amer­i­can box of­fice:

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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.

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