.Movie Reviews

Friday, July 20–Thursday, July 26

Ant-Man and the Wasp (1:58) More Marvel superheroes go celluloid as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly impersonate two very tiny world-savers.

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake (2:40) Odette and Siegfried are more graceful than ever in the Bolshoi’s gorgeous production of the Tchaikovsky classic.

The Catcher Was a Spy (1:38) True tale of renaissance man Moe Berg, the erudite, multilingual major league catcher who spied for the OSS during WWII; Paul Rudd stars.

Deconstructing The Beatles: Birth of The Beatles (1:28) Filmed multimedia presentation by musicologist Scott Freiman focuses on the Fab Four’s prehistory from Liverpool teenhood to Hamburg near-stardom.

Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical! (2:25) Filmed performance of the hit musical about a band of turn-of-the-century New York news kids who lead a strike against Hearst and Pulitzer.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (1:53) Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, the real-life envelope-pushing paraplegic cartoonist; Gus Van Sant directs.

Equalizer 2 (2:09) Denzel Washington’s back as the moody and mysterious righter of wrongs; Melissa Leo costars.

The First Purge (1:37) Dystopian horror flick about a not-so-distant United States where rampant, violent lawlessness is celebrated one night per year.

The Gardener (1:28) Eye-filling documentary about Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents, an enchanted 20-acre English garden, and its creator, legendary horticulturalist Frank Cabot.  

Hearts Beat Loud (1:37) Sweet-natured musical about an aging hipster who bonds with his teenage daughter when they start an indie rock band.

Hereditary (2:07) Escalatingly unsettling horror flick stars Toni Collette as an heiress who delves too deeply into her fraught family heritage; Ari Aster directs.

Hermitage Revealed (1:23) Take an eye-filling tour through the 250-year-old St. Petersburg museum and its priceless collection of everything from prehistoric artifacts to Old Masters to Catherine the Great’s private jewels.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (1:25) The monstrous cartoon innkeepers are back and looking for fun on a spook-filled ocean cruise; Mel Brooks, Steve Buscemi and Fran Drescher vocalize.

Incredibles 2 (1:58) The super-family is back with Mama Helen saving the world and Papa Bob staying home with the kids; Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson lend voice.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2:09) Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt head to Isla Nubar to rescue the local dinosaurs from a life-devouring volcano!

Leave No Trace (1:48) Poignant tale of a father and daughter’s idyllic life in the Oregon wilds and the encroaching urban Zeitgeist that threatens it.

Macbeth (2:33) Niamh Cusack stars as Lady Macbeth in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s immersive contemporary production of the Bard’s horrific tragedy.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (1:50) Prequel/sequel mashup about young Donna’s lovers and Sophie’s impending motherhood reassembles Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters and Amanda Seyfried.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (1:55) Mari Okada anime about an eternally adolescent girl who dares to raise a child she knows she’ll outlive.

Mission: Impossible–Fallout (2:27) Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and the rest of the IM crew return in an action-packed, race-against-time summer frolic.  

Mountain (1:14) Panoramic documentary celebrates the world’s most awesome alps and the climbers who scale their death-defying heights.

OUT on Stage (1:30) Zach Noe Towers, A. B. Cassidy, Julian Michael, Janine Brito and a dozen other gay and lesbian comics discuss everything edgy in a no-boundaries comedy free-for-all.

Paddington 2 (1:45) The benevolent bear is back and going all Sherlock in foggy London town; Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters are among his posse.

The Rider (1:43) Neorealist modern Western about an Oglala Lakota Sioux rodeo rider and his family and friends features nonprofessional actors and the epic setting of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Sandlot (1:41) The new kid in town finds friendship with a posse of baseball-playin’ funsters; James Earl Jones and Karen Allen cameo.

Skyscraper (1:43) Security expert Dwayne Johnson goes all Die Hard when he finds himself in the world’s tallest skyscraper with a stem-to-stern inferno and several hundred people who want to kill him.

Sorry to Bother You (1:45) Boots Riley absurdist fantasy satire about an Oakland telemarketer striving his way through a netherworld of big-tech billionaires and anti-Zeitgeist revolutionaries.

Three Identical Strangers (1:36) Cascadingly astonishing documentary about identical triplets separated at birth, reunited decades later and . . .  

Uncle Drew (1:43) Aging hoopsters round up a team of superstars and enter a Harlem street ball tournament; Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller and Nate Robinson star.

Unfriended: Dark Web (1:28) Horror flick for the Zuckerberg age as a doofus twenty-something realizes that an evil presence has been watching his every move through his laptop.

The Vatican Museums (1:45) Explore the Vatican’s dazzling collection of paintings, sculptures and frescoes by the likes of Michelangelo, da Vinci, van Gogh and Dali on a high-definition behind-the-scenes tour.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (1:33) Loving tribute to Fred Rogers, the soft-spoken star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, features interviews and clips from the show’s 30-year run.   



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