The Aftermath ★★ 1/2 It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that The Aftermath is another Keira Knightley paycheck movie, a post-war period piece where the actress wears tailored cardigan sets and cries in bathtubs and has an affair with a man taller than her husband. But, isn’t that the dream? Read more»

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 ★★ “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»

Five Feet Apart ★★ Five Feet Apart is a young-adult tear-jerker bogged down by cliche and a lack of vision, buoyed only by a fresh performance from lead actress Haley Lu Richardson (Support the Girls, Columbus) and an honest conversation about the loneliness of disease.” 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»

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»

Us (pictured) ★★★ “When you’re not marveling at the acting abilities of [Lupita] Nyong’o, you’ll be spinning your wheels trying to put together a puzzle that can’t be solved.” Read more»

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