|Zendaya and Tom Holland (r) star in Spider-Man: Far From Home|
Rocketman - 4 Stars. Elton John's life played out to his music in spectacular segments. R-rated with no holds barred.
The Farewell - 3 1/2 Stars. Awkwafina returns to China to say goodbye to her terminal grandmother. Funny, sad, and surprising.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco - 3½ Stars. Extraordinary visual poem about friendship, love, loss, and relation to home & place.
Yesterday - 3½ Stars. Himesh Patel as a struggling songwriter in a world where no one remembers The Beatles. Comedy mixes with science fiction and romance, just for fun.
Apollo 11 - 3 1/2 Stars. Amazing footage of the amazing feat.
The Perfection - 3½ Stars. Thrilling horror/revenge extravaganza with Allison Williams & Logan Browning as cello prodigies. A worthy companion to "Get Out."
Booksmart - 3½ Stars. Pushes the edge of the usual last night in high school formula. Director Olivia Wilde keeps the energy high with a winning young cast.
Spider-Man: Far From Home - 3 Stars. Further adventures of the Marvel Universe. Kudos to Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya and Samuel L. Jackson and a creative plot.
Toy Story 4 - 3 Stars. More adventures of the gang we loved, in the almost 25-year-old original.
Shaft - 3 Stars. Sly update on the 1971 classic, with Jesse Usher as a third-generation millennial heir, to his tough guy father (Samuel L. Jackson) and equally tough grandfather (Richard Roundtree.)
Late Night - 3 Stars. Emma Thompson turns in a hilarious performance as a toxic late night host, who hires Mindy Kaling to satisfy diversity and gender concerns.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu - 3 Stars. Fans will love this rambunctious live-action comedy, with Ryan Reynolds voicing the furry star.
The Highwaymen - 3 Stars. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play the Texas Rangers who hunt down Bonnie and Clyde. A fascinating twist on the 1967 classic.
Avengers: Endgame - 3 Stars. Fans will love this curtain call for all of the Marvel characters. Casual viewers will leave confused.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - 3 Stars. Violent as Hell. I tried to resist, but I couldn't. Keanu Reeves as the hit man to end all hit men.
Aladdin - 2 Stars. Will Smith tries hard to recreate Robin Williams' iconic role in this live-action remake of the animated classic. The cartoon was fun: This remake feels like work.
Didn't See it, Don't Wanna See it: In honor of my increasing grumpiness toward the new world of movies.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Not in my world.
Men in Black International - Been there, seen that.
Crawl - See you later, alligator.
Stuber - No room in my brain for another dumb comedy.
The Lion King - Back for more cash.