FILM-POKEMON-REVIEW

Kathryn Newton and Justice Smith go to great lengths to travel in the HOV lanes in ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.’

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“ALADDIN” (PG) 2.75 STARS

Though this lacks the sparkle and wonder of the animated version, there’s enough spectacle, action and Will Smith to make this live-action take on the Disney animated classic a fun romp. Rated PG for some action/peril. 128 min. [MC]



“AVENGERS: ENDGAME” (PG-13) 3.5 STARS

This true marvel of a movie isn’t so much a film as a mammoth resetting of the Marvel universe, connecting and then expanding on the previous 21 films in a way that’s never been done before. Thankfully, there’s a mix of action and dramatic interaction among characters, with more than a few moments fans have long waited for. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language. 181 min. [MC, PV]

“POKÉMON:” DETECTIVE PIKACHU” (PG) 2.25 STARS

Youngsters who love the world of Pokémon will enjoy this story about a son who goes to find his missing father in a city where the little Pokémon critters live side by side with humans. Rated PG for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements. 104 min. [PV]

“JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3— PARABELLUM” (R) 2.25 STARS

Because Keanu Reeves has created a character that you can’t help but pull for as the film’s fictional hierarchy of assassins comes after him because of a $14 million bounty on his head. But the choreography of killing—and yes, most of the film is a dance of shootings, maimings, torture, pain, stabbings, slashings and neck-snappings—gets hard to watch fairly quickly. Rated R for pervasive strong violence, and some language. 131 min. [MC, PV]

—Rob Hedelt

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