Critical Mass: ‘Fate of the Furious’ zooms ahead, ‘Lost City of Z’ finds critics’ affection

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Read the full review here. The Fate of the Furious

Now playing. (It helps, perhaps, that several main players have no hair to singe.) The movie ends with more than one literal bang, but the series’ fate is hardly sealed; it’s merely to be continued: There are two more sequels due by 2021. Major’s search for her identity; the reason the bad guys are bad and the good guys do good; the future they’re all fighting for: None of it matters much, beyond that we’re told to accept that it does. They smoke pot with a gangster and get the munchies. B
Read the full review here. EW’s Joey Nolfi   says:

For how topical its inclinations are, it’s still wrapped in a ridiculous package hand-delivered by cyan humanoids. Though of course some of them will be, and that’s where A Quiet Passion finds its most transcendent moments: in the immortal, extraordinary verses Dickinson left behind. Thankfully, it never came. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Metacritic: 77
Norman

Now playing. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
If there’s anything Sander’s ravishing set pieces fail to sufficiently color in, it’s the story’s emotional stakes. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Metacritic: 65
Smurfs: The Lost Village

Now playing. Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Metacritic: 80
A Quiet Passion

Now playing. Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Metacritic: 52

Show Full Article Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Metacritic: 50
Ghost in the Shell

Now playing. It’s a bittersweet, heartfelt, and very funny movie (go rent it instead of seeing this) mainly because the heist is almost beside the point. They attempt a practice heist on a supermarket and get away on a motorized old-folks scooter. And then there’s   The Boss Baby, merely mediocre yet disturbingly familiar, for we   are all Boss Babies now. C
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Metacritic: 50
Beauty and the Beast

Now playing. B
Read the full review here. Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Metacritic: 76
The Boss Baby

Now playing. B
Read the full review here. More than movies or theme parks, Disney has always been in the business of selling magic. Absurdity isn’t always the mark of simplicity, however. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical numbers are peppered throughout along with some new ones by Menken and Tim Rice. Consider the whole quotemarky “It’s just a joke!” tone of online discourse, the rise of smirking insincerity as a political mode   and   an intellectual dialectic. But the movie is also hobbled by its insistent lack of naturalism; characters don’t so much engage each other as speechify in grand, self-aware paragraphs as if every dinner-table musing is being recorded for posterity. What should have stayed a modest, small-scale character study balloons into an unbelievable and far-fetched whopper with too many soap-opera twists and hokey flourishes in the homestretch. B
Read the full review here. EW’s Darren Franich   says:
But there are worst case scenarios, instances where empty cynicism dissolves into sour snark, where the pretense at self-awareness becomes its own retrograde stupidity. EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:
Writer-director Davies (The House of Mirth) manages to capture at least some of the metaphysical swoon of Dickinson’s work in a series of beautifully composed images, which is a feat in itself. Consider the cultural devolution from something like   Wicked —   a lacerating female-first deconstruction of an old children’s story — to   Oz, The Great and Powerful, the story of a money-obsessed con man with a heart of gold who gets the good girl by vanquishing all the bad girls. C
Read the full review here. It’s a character movie, not an action movie. B–
Read the full review here. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Once in the castle, Belle and Beast both quickly (too quickly) change: He goes from cruel captor to fellow booklover; she goes from fiery inmate to besotted Stockholm Syndrome victim in time for their love to save the day. Still, Gere soars. But Cedar doesn’t seem to trust the depth and width of his story. EW’s Chris Nashawaty   says:
Going in Style is, of course, a remake of a 1979 comedy that starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg as a trio of old coots who decide to spice up their Geritol years by sticking up a bank in Groucho schnozzes. Ambitious films like Inside Out and Zootopia   — about personified emotions living inside a girl’s brain and a city populated by talking animals — prove sharp wit and kid-friendly appeal don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I kept waiting for someone to make a joke about the size of his prostate. In the new version, Joe, Willie, and Albert watch The Bachelorette and get really invested the outcome. While Norman the man only knows how to dream big, Norman   the film would have been better served had it stayed small. And we’re always laughing with the characters, not at them and how old they are. It’s more about the bedrock friendship between three lonely old men. Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Metacritic: 56
The Lost City of Z

Now playing. EW’s Chris Nashawaty says:
[Director Joseph] Cedar has created a classic cautionary tale in Norman, and Gere flawlessly turns his tragic hero into someone who’s sympathetic and human. And Nixon vividly telegraphs both her character’s convictions and her deep physical and emotional suffering. Ann-Margret even pops up as a horny, hot-to-trot grandma to lob lusty innuendos at Arkin. Eventually the movie gives up the   Ghost, and settles for a gorgeous shell. The Lost Village buckles under the pressure of the bar set by far superior titles that have come before it, skimping on narrative nuances in favor of a showy fireworks display that’s bound to distract the little ones on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but might leave mommy and daddy blue in the face. EW wants you to make good choices at the movies in the days ahead, so consult our Critical Mass reviews guide below before heading to the multiplex. The deep-dive mythologies and intriguing moral quandaries raised by the script aren’t so much explored as exploded in a flurry of high-gloss action sequences and vaguely deep koan-of-the-day dialogue. The Fate of the Furious   sped   off with one of the year’s top debuts at the box office this weekend, but a handful of fellow newcomers — while unlikely to gross even a fraction of F8‘s premiere haul — are clamoring for attention in its dust. I wish there was just a little bit more of it in this   Beauty and the Beast. EW’s Leah Greenblatt   says:
It wouldn’t be a   Furious   climax if there weren’t inordinately expensive moving objects to destroy (in this case, a military submarine), a remarkably one-sided barrage of high-grade weaponry (bad guys, dead; good guys, ricochet!), and an explosive hail-Mary finale so sublimely ridiculous it defies both good sense and gravity. Like so much about Condon’s film, the new songs are perfectly fine, but they’re just not transporting. Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Metacritic: 40
Going in Style

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