2017-07-13 / Arts & Entertainment News


(Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer) After his wife and child are murdered, Caesar (Serkis), the leader of the apes, vows vengeance on the man who killed them (Harrelson). That’s right: Caesar only wants revenge on one guy, so there’s not much “war” here at all. It’s one of the many letdowns in this third part of the new “Apes” trilogy. Rated PG-13.

(Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton) Spider-Man (Holland) must stop a black market arms dealer (Keaton) from selling alien technology to criminals. Solid action, humor, and a winning performance from Holland in the title role make this thoroughly enjoyable summer fare. Rated PG-13. 

(Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker) Gru (Carell), his long-lost brother Dru (Carell again) and Lucy try to stop ‘80s inspired villain Balthazar Bratt (Parker) from destroying Hollywood. Too much focus on Carell’s two characters and not enough on the villain and story make this an uneven disappointment. Rated PG. 

(Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning) During the Civil War, a wounded Union soldier is taken in by Confederate women who subsequently compete for his attention. It starts slow, but it’s fun to watch the story twist and the third act packs a wallop. Rated R.

(Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock) Once again the Autobots get Mark Wahlberg’s help in saving the world from the Decepticons. It’s understandable if you’re expecting this fifth installment to be terrible, but it’s actually pretty amusing. The story is cleverer than you expect, and the visual effects and action are strong. Rated PG-13.

(Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman) An aging former movie star (Elliott) tries to reconcile his disappointing life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Elliott’s performance is stellar, but the story is underdeveloped and some important characters barely register. Rated R.

(Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton) A masseuse’s (Hayek) car breaks down at her wealthy client’s (Britton) home, so she’s invited to stay for a dinner party that night, where she butts heads with a real estate mogul (Lithgow). The script wants to say a lot, yet it never figures out how to say it. The ambition for ripe social commentary is here, but not the execution. Rated R.

(Kate Mara, Common, Edie Falco) A Marine (Mara) and her bomb-sniffing dog bond and save lives in Iraq. It’s a touching story that also shows how in many ways the dog saves her life as well. Rated PG-13. ¦

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