Aquaman ★ 1/2 After the travesty of Justice League, now there’s Aquaman to sink the DCEU even further into the murky depths, no matter how colorful Furious 7 director James Wan has made the movie” Read more »

Bumblebee ★★★ Finally freed from the directorial clutches of Michael Bay, a man who never tires of blowing things up, director Travis Knight’s wonderful Bumblebee is the film we should have gotten to begin with.” Read more »

Creed II ★★★ “With Coogler unavailable to helm Creed’s inevitable sequel, one might worry that this film would be the embarrassing rehash expected in the first go-around. But that would be for naught.” Read more»

The Favourite ★★★ 1/2 Emma Stone appears as a servant who befriends Queen Anne’s right hand lady in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite Read more »

If Beale Street Could Talk ★★★ 1/2 An adaptation of a 1974 novel by late literary giant James Baldwin (the subject of 2016’s Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro), it’s also the latest bittersweet romantic drama from Barry Jenkins, whose Moonlight won Best Picture a couple of years ago.” Read more »

Mary Poppins Returns ★★ “If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, then you might consider bringing a fistful of the utensils to Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, since Rob Marshall’s sequel plays like a heaping bottle of bad medicine…” Read more »

Mary Queen of Scots ★★ 1/2 “Pity the tragic figures of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), but not because of the roles that life thrust them into. But rather because the latest movie to detail their rivalry in both power and love has the misfortune of opening on the heels of The Favourite...” Read more »

The Mule ★★★ “Eastwood plays Earl Stone, another Korean War veteran who’s trying to set things right during his twilight years—and he’s all-too-believable as a 90-year-old, looking and sounding more frail than you could ever envision the Man with No Name to be.” Read more »

Roma ★★★ “…the Oscar-winning director of Gravity has utilized nearly every technique in his technical arsenal to recreate the Mexico of his youth, using bleeding-edge technology to compose an intimate love letter to his nanny, played by acting novice Yalitza Aparicio. ” Read more »

Shoplifters ★★★★ “Shoplifters, winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Kore-eda has wandered into the slightly messier neighborhood of Mikio Naruse, who frequently dealt with women living on the fringe.” Read more »

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ★★★ 1/2 Dimensions collide in an animated adventure that proves anyone can be a hero. Read more »

Widows ★★★ 1/2 Viola Davis leads a strong female cast in a heist movie for the here and now. Read more »

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