Trying to dress nice in Humboldt. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
win a(nother) knife/hatchet fight with a couple of villains and, oh yeah, outrun assassins on Ducatis with a carriage horse. That’s basically just the opening salvo. Provided he survives all of that, John might have to meet up with Sofia (Halle Berry) in Casablanca in an attempt to climb the ladder to the head of the High Table. The two of them might have to fight their way out of a Moroccan stronghold, aided by her Malinois attack dogs. I wouldn’t say one way or the other, but it might be the greatest action sequence ever assembled. And I haven’t even mentioned the ninja. Parabellum advances both the world-creation/story-construction and the standard for action commensurately with the series to date. Which is to say it outdoes itself at every turn and is giddily satisfying, all for a budget one-sixth that of Endgame. PS: The Chapter Four release date has already been announced. R. 130M. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK. — John J. Bennett See showtimes at www. northcoastjournal.com or call: Broadway Cinema 443-3456; Fortuna Theatre 725-2121; Mill Creek Cinema 839-3456; Minor Theatre 822-3456; Richards› Goat Miniplex 630-5000.
ALADDIN. Live-action Disney remake with (hopefully) less racism and a hotter Jafar than the original. Starring blue Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari. PG. 128M. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK MINOR. BOOKSMART. Olivia Wilde’s comedy about a pair of high school overachievers (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein) trying to make up for four years of not partying. R. 102M. BROADWAY, MILL CREEK, MINOR. BRIGHTBURN. Sometimes you find a crash-landed alien baby and instead of growing up to be Superman he makes a hard turn to the dark side. Starring
Elizabeth Banks and Jackson Dunn. R. 91M. BROADWAY, MILL CREEK. GREASE (1978). Checking my phone if Rizzo’s not in the scene. PG13. 110M. BROADWAY.
AMAZING GRACE. A documentary with footage of Aretha Franklin singing with a choir in Watts in 1972. G. 89M. MINOR. ASK DR. RUTH. Documentary about the 90-year-old sex therapist, Holocaust survivor and petite suit icon. NR. 100M. MINOR. AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Joe and Anthony Russo’s vast, multi-faceted, three-hour finale is a project management master-class with tragedy, triumph and leavening comedy. Compelling performances are hampered by the requisite climactic battle and antiseptic aesthetic. PG13. 181M. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK . A DOG’S JOURNEY. Oh, so now reincarnated pets are a good thing? Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid and Kathryn Prescott. PG. 108M. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK. HAIL SATAN? Documentary on the Satanic Temple, religious freedom, the separation of church and state, and serving looks in black leather. R. 95M. MINIPLEX. THE HUSTLE. A weak, unfunny script and poor pacing in this gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels wastes its leads (Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway) and only reinforces outdated gender norms it could be skewering. PG13. 94M. BROADWAY. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Ryan Reynolds voices the cuddly CGI creature, thus precluding a Deadpool crossover. BROADWAY, FORTUNA, MILL CREEK. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. Romance about a young woman (Yara Shahidi) who’s about to be deported with her family when she meets a charming stranger (Charles Melton) on the street in New York. PG13. 100M. BROADWAY. — Jennifer Fumiko Cahill l
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Eleven Weeks Till Curtain: From auditions to preview with the cast of Cabaret, by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill