Capsule reviews of feature filmsApril 25, 2019 9:46am

April 24-- THE AFTERMATH. 2 stars. A British officer and his wife have difficulties with the former owners of their home in post-World War II Hamburg. Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke star. An overpowering tone of soap opera is given to a worthy subject: the aftermath of World War II in Germany. 1 hr. 48 R (nudity)-Gary Thompson

AMAZING GRACE. 4 stars. This documentary-many years in the making-looks at the late Aretha Franklin's gospel roots. 1 hr. 27 G-Dan DeLuca

CAPTAIN MARVEL. 2 stars. Brie Larson stars as the superhero, who is caught in a battle between two alien races. The script gives our hero attributes, but no personality. 1 hr. 56 PG-13 (violence)-Gary Thompson

DUMBO. 2 stars. Mostly live-action and overly dark remake of the Disney classic about a beloved young elephant is missing the endearing quality of the original. 1 hr. 55 PG-Gary Thompson

FAST COLOR. 2 stars. A young woman with supernatural powers mends family relationships while hiding out from government agents. 1 hr. 40 PG-13 (violence, brief strong language)-Gary Thompson

GLORIA BELL. 3 stars. A free-spirited divorcee (Julianne Moore) works by day and dances at Los Angeles clubs by night. 1 hr. 44 R (sex)-Gary Thompson

HIGH LIFE. 2.5 stars. A father and daughter-the only survivors of a failed mission-struggle for survival while isolated deep in outer space. 1 hr. 50 R (disturbing violent and sexual content, including sexual assault, graphic nudity, profanity)-Gary Thompson

HOTEL MUMBAI. 2.5 stars. Dramatic retelling of the bloody 2008 terrorist attack on a luxury Indian hotel that is melodramatic at times, but positively celebrates ordinary heroes. 2 hrs. 3 R (violence)-Gary Thompson

LITTLE. 2.5 stars. In this reversal of Big, a woman magically transforms into her 13-year-old self when the pressure of business becomes too much. 1 hr. 19 PG-13 (suggestive content)-Gary Thompson

MISSING LINK. 2.5 stars. Gentle giant Mr. Link recruits an explorer to help him find his long-lost relatives in this animated family feature. 1 hr. 35 PG (action/peril and some mild rude humor)-Gary Thompson

THE MUSTANG. 3.5 stars. A violent convict is given the opportunity to participate in a rehabilitation program involving training wild horses. Nicely acted and ultimately moving. 1 hr. 36 R (violence)-Gary Thompson

PET SEMATARY. 2.5 stars. A doctor moves his family to rural Maine, near a pet cemetery where dark secrets are buried. Based on a book by Stephen King. 1 hr. 51 R (horror violence, bloody images, some profanity)-Gary Thompson

PETERLOO. 3 stars.Topical account of a debate over labor and voting rights that ended in the 1819 massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in Manchester by British troops. 2 hrs. 33 PG-13 (violence)-Gary Thompson

SHAZAM! 3 stars. A streetwise 14-year-old is able to transform into a superhero by shouting one magic word in this family-friendly movie with the feel of a 1980s adventure comedy. 2 hrs. 12 PG-13 (intense sequences of action, profanity, suggestive material)-Gary Thompson

THE UPSIDE. 2.5 stars. Competent if pat remake of the French hit "The Intouchables" about a streetwise guy (Kevin Hart) who bluffs his way into a job as caregiver to a wealthy man (Bryan Cranston) who paralysis has left him depressed. The story is predictable, but the two leads work well together, and Hart gets to add emotional sincerity to his brand of antic comedy. With Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies. 2 hrs. 6 PG-13 (language)-Gary Thompson

US. 3 stars. A woman and her family are terrified by masked home invaders at the beach home where she grew up. But the real shock occurs when the masks come off. 1 hr. 54 R (violence)-Gary Thompson



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