Knives Out

Daniel Craig’s Southern accent fits him like a pair of wacky, colorful socks in ‘Knives Out.’

“1917” (R) 3.5 STARS

The gutsy power of this movie grabs you and barely lets you breathe. It’s a tale of two World War I soldiers who trek through hell in an attempt to cancel a raid that could claim the lives of thousands of fellow British soldiers. Rated R for violence, some disturbing images and language. 119 min. [MC, PV, RF]

“BAD BOYS FOR LIFE” (R) 2.5 STARS



Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have fun on screen as detective partners Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, who this time out are facing a battle in Miami led by a crime family trying to muscle its way back into business. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references, brief drug use. 123 min. [MC, PV, RF]

“DOLITTLE” (PG) 1.75 STARS

The best thing that can be said about this leap into the life of a doctor who talks to animals is that it will work well for small children. Everyone else will quickly tire of a film that wastes the talents of Robert Downey Jr. and wanders from one silly scene to the next. Rated PG for some action, rude humor and brief language. 101 min. [RF]

“FANTASY ISLAND” (PG-13) 1.5 STARS

This film tries to make a PG–13 horror movie out of the old TV series in a way that makes no sense and isn’t scary. Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, drug content, suggestive material and brief strong language. 109 min. [MC, RF]

“THE GENTLEMEN” (R) 3 STARS

Aside from a few moments when director Guy Ritchie can’t keep himself from making blood fly, this is a fun and sometimes funny look at battling British criminals and drug lords. It helps that he’s working with a talented cast: Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Charlie Hunnam, Jeremy Strong, Henry Golding and Colin Farrell. Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexual references and drug content. 113 min. [MC RF]

“HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY” (R) 2.5 STARS

Dragged down by a ragged and overly violent first 45 minutes, this comic book tale built around Harley Quinn eventually finds its girls-gone-bad groove. Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, and sexual and drug material. 109 min. [PV, RF]

“JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL” (PG-13) 2.75 STARS

Though it doesn’t plow much new ground for the series, this return to the land of the epic video game creates the same fun and excitement as the 2017 film. Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language. 114 min. [MC, PV]

“KNIVES OUT” (PG-13) 3 STARS

This tale of a rich patriarch’s death and an investigation into whether it was murder is a confident Southern helping of “Clue” for the modern day. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references and drug material. 130 min. [RF]

“PARASITE” (R) 3 STARS

Brilliant in stretches where it shows the lengths one poor family goes to in order to bamboozle and live off a rich one, this is some unique filmmaking. Director Bong Joon-ho’s decision to rely on bloodshed at the film’s climax is somewhat disappointing—something totally unnecessary to either the story or the commentary on class divides. Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content. 132 min. [RF]

“THE PHOTOGRAPH” (PG-13) 3 STARS

Though the two leads don’t totally sell the spark of romance, they make their characters and this story of two great romances feel compelling in this tale of a very different mother and daughter. Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief strong language. 106 min. [PV, RF]

“SONIC THE HEDGEHOG” (PG) 2.5 STARS

This comedy works well because James Marsden—a small-town deputy named Tom—is the perfect straight man to the computer-generated Sonic. Rated PG for action, some violence, rude humor, mild language. 98 min. [MC, PV, RF]

—Rob Hedelt

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