Movie News & Reviews

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALADDIN. 2.5 stars. Will Smith is a genie who grants wishes to a young man who's fallen in love with a princess in Disney's live-action "Aladdin." 2 hrs. 8 PG (thematic elements) – Gary Thompson

THE FAREWELL. 3.5 stars. A Chinese family gathers for a fake wedding to give their dying grandmother, who is unaware of her dire situation, a grand sendoff. 1 hr. 38 PG (thematic material, brief language, some smoking) – Gary Thompson

HOBBS & SHAW. 2.5 stars. In this "Fast & Furious" spinoff, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stratham return as a lawman and a lawless outcast who form an unlikely partnership to take on a genetically enhanced force that threatens humanity. 2 hrs. 17 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

THE KITCHEN. 1.5 stars. When New York mobsters are jailed by the feds, their wives keep the "family" businesses running. This very kitschy movie an attempt to re-create a 1970s Big Apple gangland milieu comes off as a cross between the Liberty Mutual LiMu emu commercials and a dinner theater production of "GoodFellas." 1 hr. 46 R (violence, profanity) – Gary Thompson

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. 3 stars. In a changing city where he no longer feels at home, a young man (Jimmy Fails) attempts to claim a home built by his grandfather many years earlier. The film makes brilliant use of its soundtrack. 2 hrs. R (profanity) – Gary Thompson

ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD. 3 stars. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a fading movie star and his stunt double during the dying days of Hollywood's golden age. Quentin Tarantino directs. 2 hrs. 39 R (violence) – Gary Thompson

ROCKETMAN. 3 stars. This endearing look at the breakthrough years of Sir Elton John (Taron Egerton) is less interested in musical influences than exploring the way performing and songwriting helped John make sense of his life. 2 hrs. 1 R (sex, drugs) – Gary Thompson

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. 2.5 stars. Spooky things happen when teens tell scary stories in an old mansion with a dark history. 1 hr. 47 PG-13 (terror, violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language, including racial epithets, brief sexual references) – Nick Vadala

SWORD OF TRUST. 2.5 stars. A married couple attempt to make something off an inherited sword that purportedly holds proof that the South won the Civil War. 1 hr. 28 R (language) – Gary Thompson

TOY STORY 4. 3 stars. Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with a new friend. If Pixar is getting bored with its franchise-extending chores for Disney, it certainly doesn't show in this funny, freaky, often profound animated adventure that is certainly the best movie ever made about a spork. 1 hr. 30 G – Gary Thompson

YESTERDAY. 3 stars. A struggling English musician awakens after an accident to a new reality in which The Beatles never existed and their song catalog is free for him to use as his own. 1 hr. 52 PG-13 (suggestive content, language) – Gary Thompson