Sunday, April 21, 2019

Weekend Movie Guide

Julianne Moore stars in Gloria Bell

They Shall Not Grow Old - 4 Stars. Peter Jackson combines World War I survivor interviews with brilliantly restored footage. A powerful meld of technology and art.

Us - 3½ Stars. Jordan Peele's follow-up to "Get Out" spins a great jump-out-of-your-seat story with a message about those who are left behind.

Apollo 11 - 3½ Stars. New footage of the 1969 Moon voyage, assembled in eye-popping, jaw-dropping style.

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.

Gloria Bell - 3 Stars. Julianne Moore copes with divorce, middle age, and the chance to connect. A marvelous performance.

Transit - 3 Stars. Fantasy about society closing borders. Those who leave, must obtain letters of transit. Oddly compelling.

Pet Sematary - 2½ Stars. Stephen King remake does the job. The family cat comes back to life with unintended consequences.

Diane - 2½ Stars. Mary Kay Place works hard, helping friends and community while dealing with a problem son and a past regret. A sad, sometimes depressing, musing on life.

Shazaam! - 2 Stars. DC Comic origin story bogs down, and gets in the way of the humor of a 14-year-old kid turned superhero.

The Upside - 2 Stars. Wealthy quadriplegic Bryan Cranston hires ex-con Kevin Hart as his aide. Cute, sometimes funny life lessons ensue.

Dumbo - 2 Stars. Live-action remake of the Disney classic runs long, thanks to too much plot and atmosphere.

The Aftermath - 1 Star. Clich├ęd romance in post-World War II Germany. Nice cast (including Keira Knightley) can't save this.

Glass - 1 Star. Three characters from two movies face off for a superhero showdown. Yawn.