2017-07-13 / Arts & Entertainment News


War for the Planet of the Apes ..

(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.

Despicable Me ..

(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.

Transformers: The Last Knight ..½

(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.

Cars 3 ..

(Voices of Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Cooper) Old and nearing retirement, Lightning McQueen (Wilson) undergoes a new training regiment that will help him keep up with younger, faster cars. Much of the story is adult-themed, so it may be a tough sell for kids, but then this is Pixar, which never seems to have trouble selling anything. Rated G.

Spider-Man: Homecoming ...

(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.

The Mummy ..½

(Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe) Treasure hunter Nick (Cruise) accidentally wakes a mummified princess (Boutella), and she’s not in a good mood. It’s lighthearted horror fun with one heckuva plane crash sequence that’s just about worth the price of admission alone. Rated PG-13.

The Hero ..

(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.

The Beguiled ...

(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.

Megan Leavey ...

(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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