Capsule reviews of feature filmsSeptember 20, 2018 7:46pm

Sept. 20-- ALPHA. 3 stars. Old-fashioned adventure yarn with new-fangled special effects. A young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is left for dead on a prehistoric buffalo hunt, and must cross dangerous lands to find his home, with the help of a wounded wolf he meets along the way. In IMAX 3D. Directed by Albert Hughes. 1 hr. 36 PG-13 (violence)-Gary Thompson

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. 2.5 stars. So-so sequel to the funny original has Ant-Man helping Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) rescuing the latter's mother from a subatomic prison, with interference from a crook (Walter Goggins) and a mysterious woman known as Ghost (Hannah Kamen-Hones). Over-plotted, strains for laughs. Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne. 2 hrs. 5 PG-13 (violence)-Gary Thompson

BLACKKKLANSMAN. 3 stars. Spike Lee brings the amazing true story to the big screen of Ron Stallworth, a black man who integrated the Colorado Springs Police Department in the 1970s and while doing so infiltrated and disrupted a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a fellow officer. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, and Topher Grace. 2 hrs. 17 R (language)-Gary Thompson

CRAZY RICH ASIANS. 3 stars. An American woman (Constance Wu) goes to Singapore for a wedding and discovers her boyfriend (Henry Golding) is ultra-wealthy, and that not everybody is happy about their relationship. Frothy, sometimes superficial, but elevated by Wu's charming lead performance, and her scenes with Michelle Yeoh as her prospective mother-in-law. 2 hrs. 1 PG-13 (Language)-Gary Thompson

EIGHTH GRADE. 3.5 stars. Stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, who became famous as a teen on YouTube, wrote and directed this insightful and funny movie about a shy 13-year-old girl (Elsie Fisher), raised by a single dad (Josh Hamilton) who uses her optimistic internet profile to figure out who she is. 1 hr. 33 R (language)-Gary Thompson

JULIET, NAKED. 3 stars. Winning rom-com based on a Nick Hornby book about a woman (Rose Byrne) who begins an online relationship with the reclusive rocker (Ethan Hawke) worshipped by her boyfriend (Chris O'Dowd). Nicely written, beautifully performed by Byrne and Hawke. 1 hr. 38 R (language)-Gary Thompson

KIN. 2 stars. A Detroit teen (Myles Trutt) finds a ray-gun from another world and goes on the run from criminals (James Franco) with his ne'er-do-well older brother (Jack Reynor). They pick up a stripper (Zoe Kravatiz). Homage to 80s sci-fi is all over the place, a jumbled mix of tones and varied performances. With Dennis Quaid. 1 hr. 42 PG-13-Gary Thompson

THE LITTLE STRANGER. 2 stars. Tepid horror movie set on a failing British estate where a physician (Domhnall Gleeson) treats a family of threadbare aristocrats (Will Poulter, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling) who live in a haunted mansion. Some effective atmospherics, but few real scares in a movie over-populated with drab characters. 1 hr. 41 R (violence)-Gary Thompson

MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN. 2.5 stars. Amanda Seyfried is renovating the Greek hotel of her mother (Meryl Streep) ahead of a big reopening. More ABBA music, more sunny romance, as the movie splits time between its contemporary story and flashbacks to the lives of the characters 30 years earlier. Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth. Cher joins the party. 1 hr. 43 PG-13 (some suggestive material)-Gary Thompson

THE MEG. 3 stars. Adaptation of Steve Alten's best-selling book stars Jason Statham as a deep-sea rescue specialist who ends up doing battle with a gigantic shark thought to have been extinct. Borrows good-naturedly from "Jaws," "The Abyss," and "Deep Blue Sea," with some decent special effects as it positions itself as summertime popcorn entertainment. 1 hr. 47 PG-13 (violence)-Gary Thompson

MILE 22. 2 stars. In an Asian country, a group of U.S. covert agents (Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, Lauren Cohan) are assigned to escort a man (Ido Uwais) through a phalanx of assassins. Often ugly in tone and content, and although the final twist puts all of this in a new light, the movie still misses. By a mile. With John Malkovich. 1 hr. 30 R (violence)-Gary Thompson

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-FALLOUT. 3 stars. The globetrotting IMF team (Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg), assigned to work with a CIA guy (Henry Cavill), tries to keep stolen plutonium out of the hands of terrorists, confronting an old nemesis (Sean Harris) and a mysterious new figure (Vanessa Kirby). Lots of old-school action, plenty of outrageous plot turns, all in good fun. With Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett. 2 hrs. 27 PG-13 (violence)-Gary Thompson

OPERATION FINALE. 2.5 stars. Competent, thriller-style telling of Israeli agents (Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll, Melanie Laurent) in 1960 locating and capturing Nazi fugitive and war criminal Adolph Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), then in hiding in Argentina. Directed by Chris Weitz. 2 hrs. 2 PG-13-Gary Thompson

THE PREDATOR. 2.5 stars. A boy unwittingly brings about the return of the world's most deadly hunters to Earth. Their prey: the human race. 1 hr. 48 R (profanity, language)-Nick Vadala

A SIMPLE FAVOR. 3 stars. A blogger (Anna Kendrick) attempts to discover the secret behind her friend's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance. 1 hr. 56 R (profanity)-Gary Thompson

THE WIFE. 3 stars. A novelist (Jonathan Pryce) wins the Nobel Prize for literature, but when he goes to Stockholm to claim, his marriage (to Glenn Close) and life start to unravel. Well-acted, but a clumsy script tips the viewer to secrets meant to shock when revealed in crucial scenes. Based on the Meg Wolitzer novel. 1 hr. 40 R (language)-Gary Thompson


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