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NEW IN THEATERS

Rave Cinemas, Davenport, and Regal Cinemas, Moline: "Stuber" (R), "Crawl" (R)

Blue Grass Drive-In: "Crawl" (R), "Annabelle Comes Home" (R) and "Crawl" (R)

Central Theater, Geneseo: "Men in Black: International" (PG-13)

MINI REVIEWS

"Midsommar" (R, 140 min.). A nightmare taking place mostly in the light of day, this gorgeous and weird and ludicrous horror film is set largely in an isolated Swedish village of wide-eyed locals and paganlike rituals. It tests our patience more than once before delivering some seriously grisly and wonderfully twisted material in the final act. Rating: Three stars.

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" (PG-13, 135 min.). Tom Holland, the best movie Spider-Man of the bunch, stars in this refreshing, down-to-earth chapter in the Avengers saga. It's a zesty, not overly dark slice of entertainment, bursting with pyrotechnics, sharp humor and just enough life-and-death ingredients to keep you interested throughout. Rating: Three stars.

CURRENTLY ON VIDEO

"Shazam!" (PG-13, 132 min.). The elevator pitch of "'Superman' meets 'Big'" perfectly describes this movie, the origin story of a 14-year-old foster child who can transform himself into a handsome, superpowered grown man in a red suit with a gold cape. I loved the spirit and the heart of this film. Rating: Three and a half stars.

"Pet Sematary" (R, 101 min.). A really smart guy commits one idiotic act after another in this second adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel. Though far superior to the tone-deaf 1989 version, the film ultimately comes across as more grisly and grotesque than scary and involving and thought-provoking. Rating: Two stars.

"The Best of Enemies" (PG-13, 133 min.). As you might expect, we get powerful work from Taraji P. Henson as a civil rights activist and Sam Rockwell as a KKK leader forced to work with each other on school desegregation in 1971. But the film falls into such a predictable rhythm, it doesn't quite carry the emotional resonance such a powerful true-life story should convey. Rating: Two and a half stars.

"Dumbo" (PG, 112 min.). With his typically eye-popping visuals, director Tim Burton remakes the Disney classic in CGI for a look closer to live action. It's more complex and darker than the original, but the baby elephant with the oversized ears is so brave that we never stop caring. With Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. Rating: Three stars.

"Captive State" (PG-13, 109 min.). Like every major city in 2027, Chicago is under the control of alien invaders, but a ragtag band of human insurgents is putting up resistance. Despite plenty of action, it's more cerebral social commentary than blood-and-guts sci-fi thriller. Rating: Three stars.

"The Upside" (PG-13, 125 min.). Kevin Hart delivers a sincere and relatively low-key performance as a convict hired to assist a billionaire business genius (Bryan Cranston) paralyzed from the neck down. He and Cranston mesh well together, but the overlong story is stuffed with unnecessary and momentum-blocking detours. Rating: Two stars.

"Happy Death Day 2U" (PG-13, 100 min.). There's a surprisingly sweet heart lurking beneath all the bloody rinse-and-repeat hijinks in this cheerfully twisted sequel, following up on the college student (Jessica Rothe) who relives her murder over and over. Rating: Three stars.

 

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