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Genius
Genius   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
"Genius" is one of those movies where, 20 minutes in, you realize: So. It's one of those movies. Neat and tidy and well-mannered and dull, and not even Colin Firth and Jude Law and Laura Linney and Nicole Kidman and some very sharp fedoras can enliven it. more
Maggie's Plan
Maggie's Plan   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
Rebecca Miller, the writer and director of "Maggie's Plan" seems to have a sixth sense for knowing just what her audience might like. If you're interested in a dramedy starring Greta Gerwig about a young, single woman looking to become a mother, chances are the cameo from riot grrl Kathleen Hanna will delight you (Hanna's husband, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, is the music supervisor). Miller's film isn't trying to be all things to all people, it's just trying to be the right thing for specific people. more
Now You See Me 2
Now You See Me 2   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
"Now You See Me 2" is more fun than "Now You See Me," which says something, I guess. It fits snugly in the long list of easygoing nothings, the narrative equivalent of a Fruit Roll-Up, designed to be forgotten in as many minutes as they took to watch. more
The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring 2   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
Nothing else in "The Conjuring 2" is as terrifying as the 1977-era floral wallpaper lining the hallways of its dimly lit and plainly haunted North London flat, not to mention the fearsome edge on Patrick Wilson's sideburns. But despite being saddled with 20 minutes it doesn't need, the movie is a consistently nerve-wracking sequel to the even better 2013 haunted-house thriller directed by James Wan ("Saw," "Insidious," the forthcoming "Aquaman"). He is a man who knows how to tee up a jump-scare. more
The Music of Strangers
The Music of Strangers   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Kenneth Turan
With a documentary called "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble," there's no doubting that wonderful sounds will be in store. But that's not all that's on offer. more
Warcraft
Warcraft   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
The skepticism has been whirling around "Warcraft" since the first trailer dropped for the epic fantasy adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's massive multi-player online role playing game, directed by visionary sci-fi auteur Duncan Jones. Orcs with feelings? And pierced tusks? No good can come of this. Critics have been gleefully sharpening their knives and have wasted no time in eviscerating the blockbuster franchise-launching hopeful. With that context, this may come as a surprise, but "Warcraft" isn't all that bad. more
Me Before You
Me Before You   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
In many cases there's no sound defense for works of fiction that make millions weep. If there were, "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Miss Saigon" would be, in some way, defensible. more
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Michael Phillips
Maybe I'm still recovering from the trauma of Netflixing the Adam Sandler movie "The Do-Over," but I honestly enjoyed a lot of "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," a steadily funny mockumentary from the Lonely Island triad of Jorma Taccone (co-director, co-writer, co-star), Akiva Schaffer (same) and Andy Samberg (co-writer and star). more
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
If you're of a certain age (born in the early '80s) the best part of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" comes after the movie is over, when the credits morph into the bright, cartoon style of the TV show we knew and loved, soundtracked to that indelible theme song. Sing it with me: "Heroes in a half shell, turtle power!" That's the point when you finally recognize the beloved and bizarre turtles that somehow signify childhood. The preceding hour and 50 minutes, directed by Dave Green, written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, are just a befuddling and loud jumble of computer graphics and familiar character names crammed into a story that's overly busy but also too simple. more
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Alice Through the Looking Glass   ( of 4)

Chicago Tribune: Katie Walsh
When Tim Burton's 2010 live-action version of "Alice in Wonderland" raked in a billion dollars there was no question that Disney would pounce on the opportunity for a sequel. Helpfully, Lewis Carroll did write a second book about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, "Through the Looking-Glass," but it proves to be only a suggestion for the film, which arrives this weekend, to a very diminished return. It feels reverse-engineered to fit a release date, with a story that, though it takes wild liberties with the book's plot, manages to feel largely unimaginative and low-stakes. more
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