|Anya Taylor-Joy & Olivia Cooke (r) star in Thoroughbreds|
Thoroughbreds - 4 Stars. Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy as two rich girls looking for thrills. The best horror film since "Get Out."
Lady Bird - 4 Stars. Greta Gerwig directs a spot-on mother/daughter battle, during a young woman's high school senior year. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf deliver award-worthy performances.
Darkest Hour - 4 Stars. Set in May 1940, as Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister and ignores the advice to negotiate with Hitler.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 4 Stars. Caustic, often shock comedy, starring Frances McDormand as a woman at war with the town police over the unsolved murder of her daughter.
I, Tonya - 4 Stars. Margot Robbie dazzles as hard scrabble Olympic skater and tabloid queen Tonya Harding.
Phantom Thread - 4 Stars. 1950s fashion artist Daniel Day-Lewis finds his match in waitress Vicky Krieps. Hitchcock would have loved this power struggle romance.
The Post - 3½ Stars. The Washington Post defies the government, and publishes the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Stirring newspaper drama, as well as inspiring rise of Katherine Graham as publisher/leader.
Call Me by Your Name - 3½ Stars. Beautifully filmed, languid Italian summer romance.
Black Panther - 3½ Stars. Chadwick Boseman breathes life into a new and exciting super hero. As king of a little known African nation, he can bring peace and power to the world; but first, he must settle a family score.
Coco - 3 Stars. Pixar takes a deep dive into Mexican culture, in this eye-popping story of a little boy searching for his roots.
Game Night - 3 Stars. Jason Bateman and Rachael McAdams get more than they bargain for, on a murder mystery night hosted by Kyle Chandler.
The Insult - 3 Stars. A construction worker and a mechanic get into an argument over a drainpipe. Set in Lebanon, it pits a Christian party member against a Palestinian. Deft storytelling, subtitled.
The Shape of Water - 3 Stars. Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning woman, who comes to the aid of a sea creature captured during the Cold War.
A Fantastic Woman - 3 Stars. A transgender woman cannot grieve the sudden death of her partner, because of his family and a repressive South American society. Dreamlike and beautifully made, but a little too coy at times.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 2½ Stars. Echoes the best elements of the earlier Star Wars films. Runs long and loud. Fans won't mind.
Molly's Game - 2½ Stars. Jessica Chastain spins a pretty good story about an Olympic hopeful, turned gambling queen. Aaron Sorkin's script starts interesting, but turns exhausting.
A Wrinkle in Time - 2 Stars. Disappointing all-star Disney version of beloved book. A father disappears and three unusual beings bring his children to space to search for him. Say What?
Death Wish - 2 Stars. Bruce Willis sleepwalks through remake of 1974 urban western. Tight editing, and short runtime help.
12 Strong - 2 Stars. Patriotic based-on-fact story of the special forces team that joined an Afghanistan warlord to fight the Taliban in the weeks following 9/11. Long and hard to follow.
Hostiles - 2 Stars. Christian Bale is ordered to escort Indian Chief Wes Studi back to his homeland to die. Slow and predictable.
Red Sparrow - 1 Star. Jennifer Lawrence missteps as a Russian ballet star-turned-spy. Her accent fades in and out over the course of an unbelievable plot.
Annihilation - 1 Star. Natalie Portman sci-fi mystery starts with a bang, but ends with a whimper.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - 1 Star. Same old, same old young adult dystopian flesh-eating zombies conclusion.