Movie News & Reviews

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMAZING GRACE. 4 stars. This documentary – many years in the making – looks at the late Aretha Franklin's gospel roots. 1 hr. 27 G – Dan DeLuca

AVENGERS: ENDGAME. 3 stars.In this sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers reunite in an attempt to restore order to the universe. Marvel raps this up well after the tedium of Infinity Wars. 3 hrs. 1 )PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

CAPTAIN MARVEL. 2 stars. Brie Larson stars as the superhero, who is caught in a battle between two alien races. The script gives our hero attributes, but no personality. 1 hr. 56 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

DUMBO. 2 stars. Mostly live-action and overly dark remake of the Disney classic about a beloved young elephant is missing the endearing quality of the original. 1 hr. 55 PG – Gary Thompson

HIGH LIFE. 2.5 stars. A father and daughter – the only survivors of a failed mission – struggle for survival while isolated deep in outer space. 1 hr. 50 R (disturbing violent and sexual content, including sexual assault, graphic nudity, profanity) – Gary Thompson

THE HUSTLE. 1.5 stars. Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in this weak Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake about a pair of con artists who team up in pursuit of revenge against the men who wronged them. 1 hr. 33 PG-13 (crude sexual content, profanity) – Gary Thompson

THE INTRUDER. 2 stars. The Napa Valley dream home of a young couple (Meagan Good and Michael Ealy) turns into a nightmare when the lonely former owner (Dennis Quaid) begins to intrude upon their lives. 1 hr. 42 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

LITTLE. 2.5 stars. In this reversal of Big, a woman magically transforms into her 13-year-old self when the pressure of business becomes too much. 1 hr. 19 PG-13 (suggestive content) – Gary Thompson

LONG SHOT. 3 stars. A struggling journalist (Seth Rogen) catches a break when his first crush (Charlize Theron) runs for president and hires him as a speech writer in this Pretty Woman role-reversal. 1 hr. 55 R (profanity) – Gary Thompson

MISSING LINK. 2.5 stars. Gentle giant Mr. Link recruits an explorer to help him find his long-lost relatives in this animated family feature. 1 hr. 35 PG (action/peril and some mild rude humor) – Gary Thompson

THE MUSTANG. 3.5 stars. A violent convict is given the opportunity to participate in a rehabilitation program involving training wild horses. Nicely acted and ultimately moving. 1 hr. 36 R (violence) – Gary Thompson

PET SEMATARY. 2.5 stars. A doctor moves his family to rural Maine, near a pet cemetery where dark secrets are buried. Based on a book by Stephen King. 1 hr. 51 R (horror violence, bloody images, some profanity) – Gary Thompson

POKEMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU. 2 stars. A young man teams up with Detective Pikachu to uncover the mystery behind his father's disappearance. 1 hr. 44 PG (action/peril, rude and suggestive humor, thematic elements) – Gary Thompson

SHAZAM! 3 stars. A streetwise 14-year-old is able to transform into a superhero by shouting one magic word in this family-friendly movie with the feel of a 1980s adventure comedy. 2 hrs. 12 PG-13 (intense sequences of action, profanity, suggestive material) – Gary Thompson

TOLKIEN. 2.5 stars. This biopic examines the great author's (Nicholas Hoult) formative years, when he gains inspiration for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 1 hr. 52 PG-13 (some sequences of war violence) – Gary Thompson

US. 3 stars. A woman and her family are terrified by masked home invaders at the beach home where she grew up. But the real shock occurs when the masks come off. 1 hr. 54 R (violence) – Gary Thompson

WINE COUNTRY. 2.5 stars. Buried tensions rise to the surface when a group of longtime friends gather in Napa Valley to celebrate a 50th birthday. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Erskine star. 2 hrs. 23 R (profanity, druge use) – Gary Thompson