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  • Five Feet Apart

    Five Feet Apart

    ★★★½

    Young love and terminal illness make a strong combination, like they usually do, this time in “Five Feet Apart,” which rises and falls on the considerable charm of its romantic leads.

    In a hospital in an unnamed wintry city (the movie was filmed in New Orleans), Stella Grant (played by Haley Lu Richardson) is a 16-year-old getting treated for cystic fibrosis. For those not up on their genetic diseases, and as the movie explains, cystic fibrosis causes the sufferer’s lungs…

  • Wonder Park

    Wonder Park

    ★½

    Pity the poor children who are left at the theater to watch the tedious animated tale “Wonder Park,” and take comfort in knowing that there won’t be many of them.

    Even with a corporate tie-in to Nickelodeon, and probably an ad campaign saturating “SpongeBob SquarePants” reruns, my critic-sense tells me kids in the target demographic won’t much care about this uninspired mess.

    Read the full review at The Movie Cricket: moviecricket.net/blog/2019/3/13/wonder-park

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★★

    How powerful is Captain Marvel? She made the internet’s foulest minds explode, and prompted a major website to alter a longstanding policy — and that was before people saw the movie “Captain Marvel,” easily one of the most fun, exciting and important chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    There are fanboys itching to attack me for that last sentence. They’ll say I’m getting paid off by the Disney/Marvel oligarchy. Or they’ll say I’m “virtue signaling,” a repellent insult hurled at…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

    Any movie bearing the “Star Wars” label — like “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which presents the origins of one of the franchise’s favorite characters — is a sure thing at the box office, but it faces long odds in pleasing the legions of fans who will pick apart details like a Wookiee tearing into his lunch.

    As Harrison Ford’s rogue pilot once said, never tell him the odds.

    Thanks to a charismatic cast and the sure-footed direction of Hollywood…