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AFTERMATH An Englishwoman (Keira Knightley) has an affair with the German man (Alexander Skarsgård) whose home she’s occupying in postwar Hamburg in this cold, often ridiculous adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s novel. R (sexual content/nudity and violence including some disturbing images). 108 mins. C ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL With tonal inconsistencies and poorly written characters, any awe inspired by this overthetop manga adaptation is replaced with a profound sense of confusion. PG13 (sequences of scifi violence and action, and language). 122 mins. A APOLLO 11 This documentary about NASA’S first lunar landing doesn’t profess to offer new information or insights. What it does offer is a wealth of fresh images and sound, assembled into an immersive IMAX journey by director and editor Todd Douglas Miller. G. 93 mins.
AQUAMAN This actionfantasy starring Jason Momoa is just sincere enough where it counts — the family stuff, featuring Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s selfless mom — to float this soggy mediocrity for a global audience. PG13 (sequences of scifi violence and action, and language). 143 mins. C THE BEACH BUM Watching this “stoner comedy,” which stars Matthew Mcconaughey as a washedup Florida poet, is a little like being sober around your highasakite friend — by turns amusing and alienating. R
(pervasive drug and alcohol use, language throughout, nudity and some strong sexual content). 95 mins.
D+ THE BEST OF ENEMIES
This drama — based on the 1971 true story of school desegregation wherein a Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops locked horns with a black sharecropper’s daughter and community organizer — has a serious perspective problem, with the story weighted heavily toward the journey of the redeemed Klansman. PG13 (thematic material, racial epithets, some violence and a suggestive reference). 133 mins. C+ BUMBLEBEE This movie, a prequel to the
Transformers saga rather than a continuation, mercifully finds producer Michael Bay’s wreckingball aesthetics little in evidence. Compared with its bigger, noisier brethren,
Bumblebee turns out to be a mercifully short, smooth ride. PG13 (sequences of scifi action violence). 114 mins. B+
Marvel’s first female standalone title character makes quite an entrance of her own, with a luminous and powerful Brie Larson starring as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who is infused with special powers. Watching Danvers’ story play out is hugely entertaining, and it can’t be overemphasized how central Larson is to the enterprise. PG13 (sequences of scifi violence and action, and brief suggestive language). 132 mins. B
COLD PURSUIT Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s remake of his 2014 thriller about a snowplow driver avenging the death of his son preserves the original’s dance of tone, which is bonedry, darkly violent and laughoutloud funny. R (strong violence, drug material and language including sexual references). 118 mins.
A DOG’S WAY HOME Bryce Dallas Howard voices Bella, a good dog who traverses tall peaks, faces wolves, survives an avalanche and befriends a mountain lion on his journey to return to his beloved home. PG (thematic elements, some peril and language).
DUMBO Disney’s 1941 animated feature, about the little circus elephant who could fly, has been given a liveaction retrofit courtesy of offbeat auteur Tim Burton. Stretched thin, this dramatically inert film tries, but ultimately says almost nothing at all. PG (peril/action, some thematic elements and brief mild language). 112 mins. B
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY
Recounting the reallife rise of Sarayajade Bevis — a.k.a. Paige — from workingclass Norwich, England, to WWE Divas Champion at age 21, this comedy may not be an Oscar contender, but it has enough wit, heart, energy and good cheer to make it fun even for nonwrestling fans. PG13 (crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content). 107 mins. B
FIVE FEET APART This romantic drama about two teens with cystic fibrosis feels like a real evolution in the sick teen movie genre, because it’s actually a great movie that just happens to be about sick teens. There are no bucket lists — just an authentic portrait that feels real and livedin. PG13 (thematic elements, language and suggestive material). 116 mins. C
GIANT LITTLE ONES
Longtime best buddies wind up in bed together in this earnest teensexualidentity comingout drama in which no one actually comes out. R (violence, sexual situations, obscenity, drugs and alcohol, all involving teens). 94 mins. CGLASS
M. Night Shyamalan is back on top of the Hollywood heap after delivering a couple of surprisingly great lowexpectations thrillers, but the script for his highprofile
Unbreakable trilogy ender is both overwrought and undercooked. PG13 (violence including some bloody images, thematic elements and language).
129 mins. B GLORIA BELL Julianne Moore delivers a fearless, unshowy performance as a woman fighting fears of loneliness, poverty and undesirability, and persevering in her relentless pursuit of happiness. R (sexuality, nudity, strong language and some drug use). 102 mins. C+ HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U
Beware the babymask killer in this sequel to 2017’s horror hit Happy Death Day ,inwhicha young woman dies and returns repeatedly — Groundhog
Daystyle — to save her friends. Plotting, pacing and logic are weak points, and the source material — this time it’s Back to the
Future — seems like a less inspired theft. PG13 (violence, language,
sexual material and thematic elements). 100 mins. B
HOTEL MUMBAI Anthony Maras makes his directorial debut with this gripping, nearly minutebyminute account of the carnage that unfolded in the grand Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai during the terrorist attacks of November 2008. R (disturbing violence throughout, bloody images and language). 123 mins. B
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD The franchise is brought to a close with an affectionate chapter that continues the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), the Viking boyturnedchief, and his faithful dragon Toothless. PG (adventure action and some mild rude humor). 104 mins. B
ISN’T IT ROMANTIC Anew York architect whose life is far from glam wakes up in a romcom in this twist that gleefully makes fun of the genre’s wellknown tropes while also satisfying our desire to delight in said tropes. PG13 (language, some sexual material and a brief drug reference). 88 mins. D+ THE KID Vincent D’onofrio’s soapy and overwrought Western is a total disappointment, from the structural storytelling issues to the offensive treatment of its
female characters as nothing more than helpless abuse victims. R (violence and language). 100 mins. B THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Aliens from outer space attack in this computeranimated sequel, which captures the fun and charm of the original if not the originality. PG (mild action and rude humor). 106 mins. C+ MARY POPPINS
RETURNS The sequel’s storyline follows the narrative and musical beats of the original. This time, the plot deals with a threatened foreclosure on the Banks family home, and Mary (Emily Blunt) arrives via kite. You can enjoy bits and pieces of the film and a lot of the performers, even as you roll your eyes at some parts. PG (some mild thematic elements and brief action).
131 mins. CMISS BALA A woman visiting Mexico (Gina Rodriguez) is abducted by a drug gang and plans a gutsy escape while under suspicion by both the criminals and U.S. drug agents. Rodriguez’s winning persona is the only bright spot in this disappointingly bland and formulaic Hollywood remake of a much grittier and bleaker Mexican thriller. PG13 (sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language). 104 mins.
B THE MUSTANG A violent convict (Matthias Schoenaerts) tries to tame a wild mustang in a prison rehabilitation program in this brief, gorgeous film about untamed and forgotten outcasts. R (language, some violence and drug content). 96 mins.
NO MANCHES FRIDA 2 The gang returns for weddingday drama and a highstakes aquatic competition in this comedy sequel. Not rated. 104 mins. B PET SEMATARY The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a place where dead things come back to life proves to be a solid if not earthshaking horror pic built around notably good performances. R (horror violence, bloody images and some language). 101 mins. B
THE PUBLIC Emilio Estevez’s scrappy, feelgood drama tells the story of a head librarian who becomes an accidental hero when temperatures plunge below freezing and he sides with dozens of homeless men who occupy the library. PG13 (thematic material, nudity, language and some suggestive content). 122 mins.
B+ SHAZAM! This origin story about a jaded 14yearold Philadelphia foster kid who is bestowed with superpowers is a lightning bolt of unexpected joy that is certainly worth your time and money. PG13 (intense sequences of action, language and suggestive material). 132 mins. A
SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE This animated actioncomedy — which shares no DNA with the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is terrific, quickwitted entertainment, daring and familiar by turns, that also proves to be sweet, serious and irreverent in all the right doses. PG (frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements and mild language). 116 mins. B
STORM BOY Colin Thiele’s 1963 children’s novel about a boy and his beloved pelican receives tender and touching treatment in its second film adaptation. PG (some thematic elements, mild peril and brief language). 98 mins.
TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA
FAMILY FUNERAL Tyler Perry is at it again. When a family reunion turns into a funeral gathering, Madea steps in to organize the ceremony through mishaps and mayhem. PG13 (crude sexual content, language and drug references throughout). 102 mins.
UNPLANNED The director of a Planned Parenthood clinic has a change of heart about abortion in this film from the writers of faithbased film God’s Not Dead. R (some disturbing/bloody images). 106 mins. A US The latest from comedianturnedfilmmaker Jordan Peele (Get
Out) is a family horror melodrama that ponders huge philosophical questions about our own existence and identity. But it doesn’t just pose conspiracy theories and ask “what if?” Us brings all those nightmares to life and visualizes the worstcase scenario. R (violence/terror and language). 116 mins. D
WHAT MEN WANT Taraji P. Henson tries a little too hard in a predictable, genderswitching remake of the Nancy Meyersled 2000 romantic comedy What Women
Want. The answer to what men want is probably the same as what women want: Not to be ripped off by yet another dubious romcom like this. R (language and sexual content throughout, and some drug material). 117 mins. C
WONDER PARK This animated romp through an amusement park operated by talking animals has some imaginative set pieces and excellent voice performances, but the tone is odd as the gravity of reallife issues invades their wonderful world. PG (mild thematic elements and action). 85 mins.