Alita: Battle Angel ★★★ “It’s good popcorn fun without a dull moment in sight, and the action sequences will knock you out of your seat.” Read more»

Captain Marvel ★ 1/2 Unfortunately, Captain Marvel doesn’t bring the same creativity to the table, instead folding back into familiar, overplayed territory to tell the first woman-led story in its cinematic universe.” Read more»

Climax (pictured) ★★ “Gaspar Noé’s never met a drug he didn’t like—and he doesn’t like much else. In Climax, the provocateur’s psychoactive substance of choice is LSD, secretly dripped into a bowl of sangria at the sprawling French schoolhouse where the film’s dance troupe is rehearsing, but the drug may as well be lust, or sin, or time itself.” Read more»

Glass  ★ 1/2 “If you hear that M. Night Shyamalan has released a new superhero movie and don’t let out an audible groan, you’re likely one of two people—someone who hasn’t seen many movies since 1999, or someone who enjoyed Split…” Read more»

Gloria Bell  ★★★ 1/2 “This mixture of the magical and the mundane carries Gloria Bell to the very end, and although its conclusion isn’t free of rom-com cliche (see: a killer green dress, a wedding and revenge), Lelio’s lens and Moore’s performance make it fresh—and tinged with melancholy.” Read more»

High Flying Bird ★★★ It’s a story of money and mind games, sure, but don’t expect Ocean’s Eleven. High Flying Bird is much colder, at times even clinical, and more interested in the long-term work of resistance than heist plots and celebrations.” Read more»

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ★★ “Rounding out the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy is The Hidden World, an artfully designed yet poorly written finale to one of DreamWorks’ most beloved franchises. Read more»

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part ★★ 1/2 It’s a sequel that’s well aware of the dangers of sequels, announcing them left and right with a wink and a nod toward the adults in the audience, and yet it can’t seem to avoid paling in comparison to its remarkable predecessors, particularly 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie.” Read more»

Serenity ★ “Packed to the gills with parody-level dialogue that is only later explained by a silly jaw-to-the-floor twist, Steven Knight’s new film operates more like a meta movie-within-a-movie than something that’s actually in theaters this very moment.” Read more»

Velvet Buzzsaw ★ Dan Gilroy directs Jake Gyllenhaal as an unhinged, self-obsessed profiteer who circles LA like a vulture in this excellent, high-stakes drama. Wait, sorry, that was 2014’s Nightcrawler—this is Velvet Buzzsaw, Gilroy’s latest venture that proves lightning doesn’t strike twice. Read more»

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