The Hustle

NEW YORK  — “The Hustle” (MGM) suffers from being a mechanical ride, punctuated by occasional attempts at crass humor, through a plot based on outdated notions of … Read More

Pokemon Detective Pikachu

NEW YORK  — Devotees of the global media juggernaut that takes its name from the Japanese for pocket monsters will no doubt welcome “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” (Warner … Read More

The Intruder

NEW YORK — A routine thriller for most of its running time, director Deon Taylor’s “The Intruder” (Screen Gems) becomes increasingly trashy before ending with the justification … Read More

Avengers: Endgame

NEW YORK  — Aficionados of the Marvel Comics universe are likely to be thrilled by the sweeping epic “Avengers: Endgame” (Disney). Even moviegoers less committed to that … Read More

Shazam!

NEW YORK (CNS) — Family life is exalted over egotistical self-reliance in “Shazam!” (Warner Bros.), director David F. Sandberg’s DC Comics-based origin story. Though there’s a warm … Read More

Dumbo

NEW YORK  — The sight of a cuddly baby elephant taking to the skies is clearly meant to send spirits soaring in “Dumbo” (Disney), director Tim Burton’s … Read More

Captive State

NEW YORK  — With the sci-fi drama “Captive State” (Focus), director and co-writer Rupert Wyatt has set out to tell a thoughtful, complex story and to comment … Read More

Five Feet Apart

NEW YORK  — “Five Feet Apart” (Lionsgate), a generally engaging young-adult romantic drama about the redeeming power of sacrificial love, is aimed, with the precision of a … Read More

Wonder Park

NEW YORK  — The most frequently used word in the animated adventure “Wonder Park” (Paramount) is “splendiferous.” But the constant, eventually annoying, repetition of the term only … Read More

Captain Marvel

NEW YORK — Wit, positive messages and lavish production values buoy the origin story “Captain Marvel” (Disney). While some of the mythos in this adaptation of various … Read More