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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: 1 1/2 stars out of 4



My expectations were pretty low going into the second (and final) Aquaman film, but I hoped that at least maybe Jason Momoa could inject some energy into “Lost Kingdom” the way he did with “Fast X” earlier this year. Sadly, there was no underwater equivalent to his flowing purple Fast


"Napoleon" - 2 1/2 stars out of 4



Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” traces the life of the iconic French emperor from the time of theFrench Revolution through his final exile after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. His rise andfall as a military leader is paired against his tumultuous relationship with his wife Josephine,and though Scott’s film features powerful moments, as


"The Creator" - 3 Stars out of 4



It seems rare nowadays for a science fiction film to come along that isn’t part of an existingfranchise. Even “Blade Runner” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” had sequels, and many sci-fi filmsare adaptations of well-known books or comics.



Near as I can tell, Gareth Edwards’ “The Creator” is an original, standalone project. Thedirector’s follow-up


Transformers: Rise of the Beasts – 2 stars out of 4



Thanks to 2018’s “Bumblebee,” the bar for “Transformers” movies was raised after a decade of overstuffed schlock. Unfortunately, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” takes the franchise back toward Bayhem.



I went into “Rise of the Beasts” with mixed expectations. “Bumblebee” was so good—really, the “Transformers” movie I think fans of the


Fast X: 2 1/2 stars out of 4



“Fast X” might be the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen, but when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise, that may be beside the point. The tenth installment of this joyously bizarre saga suffers from all of the maladies that have plagued its recent releases, and is getting dangerously close to “Sharknado”


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 3 Stars out of 4



It’s too long, the plot’s a mess, and it’s pretty moody for one of Marvel’s “funny” franchises, but given the quality of the post-“Endgame” era, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is surprisingly good, and an appropriate capstone for one of the more unique trilogies to come out of the


Super Mario Brothers was the first and last video game I ever passed. I was never much of agamer, but for a brief window in the malaise of junior high school, I got good enough atNintendo’s signature game that I was able to pass it with a single life.



That’s probably the biggest reason I was interested in seeing Illumination’s new

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