|Gurinder Chadha stars in Blinded by the Light|
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 4 Stars. Quentin Tarantino pays hilarious tribute to 1969 Hollywood. Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio at their buddy movie best.
Rocketman - 4 Stars. Elton John's life played out to his music in spectacular segments. R-rated with no holds barred.
The Farewell - 3½ Stars. Awkwafina returns to China to say goodbye to her terminal grandmother. Funny, sad, and surprising.
Blinded by the Light - 3½ Stars. A young immigrant finds his creative calling with the help of Bruce Springsteen's music.
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 - 3½ Stars. Amazing footage of the amazing feat.
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.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu - 3 Stars. Fans will love this rambunctious live-action comedy, with Ryan Reynolds voicing the furry star.
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.
The Peanut Butter Falcon - 2½ Stars. Down syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen debuts in a "Huck Finn" style adventure.
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.
The Kitchen - 1 Star. Melissa McCarthy can't quite pull off mob wife, who takes over when her husband does to jail.
Didn't See it, Don't Wanna See it: In honor of my increasing grumpiness toward the new world of movies...
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - I saw the first eight.
Crawl - See you later, alligator.
The Lion King - Back for more cash.