|Lakeith Stanfield & Armie Hammer (r) star in Sorry to Bother You|
First Reformed - 4 Stars. Grieving minister Ethan Hawke tries to counsel an environmental activist on the value of bringing children into our world. Tension-filled and thought-provoking.
RBG - 4 Stars. Inspiring life story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She's quirky, smart and determined.
Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 4 Stars. Touching biography of seminary student/turned television pioneer Fred Rogers.
Sorry to Bother You - 3½ Stars. Outrageous science fiction comedy satire, that starts in a telemarketing pit and goes from there.
Blindspotting - 3 1/2 Stars. Brilliant mix of comedy, drama and hip hop. Daveed Diggs must stay out of trouble to complete probation.
The Death of Stalin - 3½ Stars. Funny but painful history lesson of the dance for power to replace the Soviet dictator, with outstanding performances by Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, and Simon Russell Beale.
A Quiet Place - 3½ Stars. Wildly creative horror story. A family must stay quiet, lest they get eaten by blind, sound-sensitive space monsters.
Mamma Mia! Here we go Again---3 Stars---Irresistible sequel to the Meryl Streep/Abba musical with all star cast.
Deadpool 2 - 3 Stars. More of the wisecracking, anti-hero superhero played by Ryan Reynolds.
Ocean's 8 - 3 Stars. Sandra Bullock masterminds a multi-million dollar heist with a gang of women you'd better not cross.
Avengers: Infinity War - 3 Stars. All of the characters in the Marvel Universe fight Thanos, who plans to depopulate the world. A Grand Opera approach to comic books, fans will love.
Hearts Beat Loud - 3 Stars. Single father Nick Offerman sadly and nostalgically sends his daughter into the world after one final bonding attempt through music. Touching and gentle.
Eighth Grade - 3 Stars. A young girl struggles in the age of technology.
Book Club - 2½ Stars. Four mature women begin reading "50 Shades of Grey" and things change. Great cast includes Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen.
The Catcher Was a Spy - 2½ Stars. Based on true story of 1930s baseball player Mo Berg, who left sports for the CIA during World War II.
The Equalizer 2 - Run of the mill spy thriller gets a lift from Denzel Washington as an off the grid ex CIA operative.
Ant-Man and the Wasp - 2 Stars. Uninspired sequel to the much better original.
Tag - 2 Stars. Childhood friends carry on a game of tag into middle age. Feels tedious, until the credits show video of the real guys involved.
Solo: A Star Wars Story - 2 Stars. Uninspired prequel to the 1977 original.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - 1 Star. Same old monster mash, only longer.
SICARIO: Day of the Soldado - Zero Stars. Violent sequel to a much better original. The ending made the audience laugh.