Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/4 The Lion King (2019) Chris Hewitt Even if it were good, the best this movie could have hoped for was to be an imitation of something that was already perfect to begin with. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) Neal Justin The comedian's first stand-up special in 23 years, feels like little more than a collection of pitches that were a little too risque for "Everybody Loves Raymond..." EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019) Neal Justin Jeong's enthusiasm and interplay with the audience make up for the lack of punchlines. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 Stuber (2019) Chris Hewitt Brevity is the soul of "Stuber," which is smart enough to realize that its goals are modest (make us chuckle every minute or so) and to call it quits as soon as that's accomplished. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) Neal Justin "David Cross Making America Great Again!" is a shining example of how far the comic is willing to go to avoid familiar banter. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Chris Hewitt I like that "Far From Home" is trying something new and that its humor feels more real than the ironic cracks in most superhero movies. I just wish its good pieces all came together more satisfyingly. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) Chris Hewitt "Midsommar" is an upsetting movie, and I mean that word in pretty much every way you can think of... But the truth is that he's just two movies into his career, and it's probably only a matter of time before he figures out how to stick the landing. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Neal Justin "At the Heart of Gold: Inside the U.S.A. Gymnastics Scandal," shows she [Erin Lee Carr] has the same keen eye for detail and gift for storytelling that made her father, the late David Carr, a celebrated print journalist. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 Ophelia (2018) Chris Hewitt Watts is the real star, her intelligence and calm creating new insight into one of the least-explicable characters in the Shakespeare canon. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Chris Hewitt The toybox gets even larger in "Toy Story 4," a busy but entertaining entry in the best animated franchise the movies have. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 Pavarotti (2019) Jeff Strickler As "Pavarotti" demonstrates, while the music was mesmerizing, so was the man. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Chris Hewitt What does work - a lot - is Thompson, who conveys wit, intelligence and capability better than just about anyone in the movies today. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Jeff Strickler It's another solid chapter in a franchise that continues to chug along by providing what its fans want. There's nothing more than that here, but, the good news is, nothing less, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/4 Rocketman (2019) Chris Hewitt "Rocketman" is as weird, brazen and stylish as the man at its center. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
() Neal Justin [Reminds] us of the punch simple narration and stark photographs can deliver when presented by a master. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/4 Aladdin (2019) Jeff Strickler This telling doesn't need a magic carpet; it's Smith who makes the movie take flight. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 All Is True (2018) Chris Hewitt A fake schnoz significantly alters Branagh's appearance as the Bard of Avon, but his career-long interest in Shakespeare shines through. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 The White Crow (2018) Chris Hewitt Ultimately, "The White Crow" seems tailored to appeal to moviegoers who are already fans of Nureyev's idiosyncratic dancing and want to know more about how it got that way. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Chris Hewitt Despite the gender flip, there's something painfully retro about "Long Shot." EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Chris Hewitt It's an episodic movie, so it shines in parts, rather than as a whole, but there are plenty of good parts. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 Peterloo (2018) Jeff Strickler There's a universality to the issues "Peterloo" explores. And, once you get through all the speechmaking, it provides an emotional kick that will resonate anywhere. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 High Life (2018) Chris Hewitt Many head-scratching things occur, but Denis' calm approach indicates that what interests her is not outer space but how living in it might affect behavior. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 () Jon Bream You don't need to be a churchgoer to find "Amazing Grace" a soul-stirring, foot-stomping, hand-raising experience. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Chris Hewitt "Dumbo" expands on the original with enough new ideas to justify itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Chris Hewitt We don't get many horror movies with better performances than the ones Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss give in "Us." EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Chris Hewitt A movie that says the stories of average women deserve to be told, as do the stories of people who grapple with big challenges but still face each day with hope and wonder. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Chris Hewitt The audience for "Knife + Heart" is narrow, but I suspect it'll be deep. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Chris Hewitt Captain Marvel is such a welcome and appealing addition to the Marvel universe that I wish she could be added, retroactively, to all of the extant "Avengers" movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 Greta (2018) Chris Hewitt Isabelle Huppert commits wholeheartedly to every bonkers moment in "Greta," and that's what makes the movie thrilling. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 Todos lo saben (2018) Chris Hewitt The people in the movie are keeping secrets from each other, and "Everybody Knows" is keeping secrets from us. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 Never Look Away (2018) Chris Hewitt Somewhere in the decision to alter Richter's life, von Donnersmarck has invented plot details that are simply too hard to swallow. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Chris Hewitt The Chris Pratt/Elizabeth Banks duo remains a very appealing protagonist pair, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, the sheer volume of non sequitur cameos is astonishing and the moral is another sweet one. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 Serenity (2019) Chris Hewitt There are too many pieces for all of them to fit - but "Serenity" does succeed at reminding us of some classic movie tropes and then stripping them bare. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/4 Cold War (2018) Chris Hewitt If Kulig, who resembles Jessica Chastain, were American, Hollywood would be offering her everything. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 Glass (2019) Chris Hewitt It is a frequently clever elaboration of the "Unbreakable" morality tale and, to me, that feels like enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2.5/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Neal Justin I'm nuts about Laurel and Hardy, but the folks behind the bioflick "Stan & Ollie" clearly adore them more. Blame that love on creating a nice mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 Capernaum (2018) Chris Hewitt Labaki does beautiful work with her nonprofessional cast, most of whom are refugees, and her non-chronological structure builds unhurried suspense into the travails of Zain. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Jeff Strickler "A Dog's Way Home" doesn't do anything new with the formula, but it does deliver exactly what it promises - a movie that's cute, with just enough tension to not scare youngsters. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Chris Hewitt If it pleases the court, I'd argue that there's one big problem with this honorable attempt to tell us who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is: There's too much material. RBG's life is not a movie; it's a miniseries. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jeff Strickler If a powerful kick to your gut's sense of social justice is what you're looking for, you can't do any better. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 Vice (2018) Chris Hewitt From the man who brought us "The Big Short" comes "Vice," a movie a lot like "The Big Short" that comes up a little short. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Neal Justin Wan has a great visual eye or, at very least, a master's degree in CGI. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 Ben Is Back (2018) Jeff Strickler This is an intimate, incredibly tense drama about a troubled family battling raw emotional pains, a bare-bones and bare-knuckled look at the destructive powers of addiction. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Cynthia Dickison Carell fully taps into the needy outsider that has informed more than a few of his roles. A viewer's tolerance for such a sad sack might vary, but he's believably touching as a yearning and damaged soul. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jeff Strickler "Mary Poppins Returns" is 50 percent sequel, 50 percent reboot and 100 percent charming. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Chris Hewitt Look, I get it. I'm weary of superhero movies, too. But "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" isn't just a superhero movie. It's also a great movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Chris Hewitt I started jotting down clever dialogue from "The Favourite" in my notepad but I had to stop when I realized I was essentially transcribing the entire script. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 Creed II (2018) Chris Hewitt "Creed II" deftly pulls together threads from all of the "Rocky" movies, underscoring that it's time to acknowledge that Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa is one of the greatest of all Hollywood characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/4 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Chris Hewitt Dafoe's elegiac quality hints at why the artist was ahead of his time: because he saw more than anyone else could. It's a towering performance in a movie that casts a magnetic spell. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Jeff Strickler Having Ralph show up may not solve all our problems, but at least it makes us forget about them for a while. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" breaks us up. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018