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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ review: Here’s one infestation we can get behind
BaltimoreSun.com / 1530871803

The unlimited breadsticks approach of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ensures that we remain full of carbs, all year, as each franchise rolls out another metaphorical Olive Garden. Some of the movies offer veritable superhero conventions — most recently the ensemble blowout “Avengers: Infinity War,”...

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ review: Raptors delight while humans make a mess of things
BaltimoreSun.com / 1529662202

Of all the terrors on view in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the sight of Toby Jones’ toupee bobbing up and down, when his character (a sniveling dinosaur auctioneer) dashes into an elevator to alleged safety, with the camera and something called the “Indoraptor” scrambling behind him — reader,...

‘Tag’ review: Don’t these guys have anything else to do?
BaltimoreSun.com / 1529143803

Subjects of a 2013 Wall Street Journal feature, the real-life friends who provoked the new comedy “Tag” are, let’s assume, decent guys, fun-loving and supportive and appreciative of having the time and money to keep the same elaborate prankster version of tag going for nearly 30 years.

But I kind...

‘Superfly’ review: One last score, this time in Atlanta
BaltimoreSun.com / 1529143803

The grungy, fairly entertaining remake of “Superfly” borrows a few key narrative hooks from the 1972 original, along with key elements of its fantastic Curtis Mayfield soundtrack (notably “Pusherman”). But for better or worse, the new version has no interest in fashioning the same sort of mashup...

‘Incredibles 2’ review: Piling on the action in a 14-years-later sequel
BaltimoreSun.com / 1529143803

When writer-director Brad Bird made “The Incredibles” (2004), the superhero movie genre looked nothing like the overcrowded youth hostel it does today. The “X-Men” movies, the fledgling “Spider-Man” franchise and that was about it. This was pre-“Iron Man.” This preceded the entire Marvel Cinematic...

‘Hereditary’ review: Toni Collette reveals a sixth sense for icy terror
BaltimoreSun.com / 1528539002

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, as Tolstoy noted in a sentence so right, by the time you started arguing with it “Anna Karenina” was off and suffering.

If Tolstoy got a look at “Hereditary,” he might’ve added: “Well. There’s unhappy, and then there’s...

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ review: Celebrating a gentle giant of children’s TV
BaltimoreSun.com / 1528539002

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a depressingly good documentary about a singularly empathetic television personality. Fred Rogers (1928-2003) knew what he was up against in a culture, and an economy, built on marketable aggression. Against long odds he prevailed. Now he belongs to another time....

‘Hotel Artemis’ review: Sterling K. Brown checks into Criminal Hospital, and Jodie Foster’s on duty
BaltimoreSun.com / 1528539002

Apart from a few exteriors and some flashbacks, the pungent, eccentric “Hotel Artemis” confines its story to a single night, 10 years in the future, inside a beautiful ruin of a downtown Los Angeles hotel. Outside, the worst riots in the city’s history rage on; Angelenos are thirsty, punished for...

Review: Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett pull off an enjoyable, low-fizz heist in ‘Ocean’s 8’
BaltimoreSun.com / 1528539002

The big heist in “Ocean’s 8” — the theft of a $150-million diamond necklace, daringly scheduled to take place at the Met Gala — is predicated on the careful manipulation of a “blind spot” outside a women’s restroom. Amid heightened security at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a merry girl gang of...

Punk-rock alien-invasion comedy ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ doesn’t have much to say
BaltimoreSun.com / 1527934204

If you’ve ever wanted to do tai chi, play Twister and/or conduct a sexual experiment with a cult of color-coded-rubber enthusiasts, the first big set-piece in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” should serve you nicely.

It’s 1977, the year of the queen’s Silver Jubilee and a pivotal moment in the...

‘Upgrade’ review: Digital cockroaches replace human brains in this extremely gory thriller
BaltimoreSun.com / 1527934204

The fairly peppy, extremely gory science fiction thriller “Upgrade” was originally titled “Stem,” referring to a digital cockroach (“a new, better brain,” its pale inventor notes) implanted in the body of the protagonist. The time is the near future. The place is a world of driverless cars and...

‘Adrift’ review: Trouble off Tahiti with Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin and a hurricane
BaltimoreSun.com / 1527934204

A highly seaworthy star performance from “Divergent” trilogy captain Shailene Woodley battles an onslaught of Category 4-level flashbacks in “Adrift.” This is the fact-based drama of what happened to Tami Oldham (now Tami Oldham Ashcraft) when she set sail in 1983 from Tahiti to San Diego with...

Review: Moving ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ lets its subject ask the tough questions
BaltimoreSun.com / 1526724601

German director Wim Wenders has recently devoted himself to profiling artists — the late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch in “Pina” (2011), the Brazilian war photographer Sebastião Salgado in “The Salt of the Earth” (2014) — and celebrating their art under the grand spotlight of the...

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