Movie News & Reviews

Capsule reviews of feature films

BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON. 3 stars. A hard-partying woman (Jillian Bell) gets a wakeup call from her doctor and begins running, with the ultimate goal of entering the New York City Marathon. Sometimes, it's more about going the distance than winning. 1 hr. 44 R (language, drugs, sex) – Gary Thompson

THE DAY SHALL COME. 3 stars. Tricky comedy about a poor preacher (Philly native Marchant Davis) who is offered cash to avoid his family's eviction. He doesn't realize the money's source is the FBI, which has nefarious reasons for handing it out. 1 hr. 28 No MPAA rating – Gary Thompson

DOWNTON ABBEY. 3 stars. In this big-screen adaptation of the TV series, excitement runs high when the Crawley family and the Downton Abbey staff learn that the king and queen will be stopping by for a visit. Screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creative soul of the show, has delivered a knottily plotted story as tasty (and probably as nourishing) as a Pimm's Cup. 2 hrs. 01 PG (speaking out of turn) – Gary Thompson

THE FAREWELL. 3.5 stars. A Chinese family gathers for a fake wedding to give their dying grandmother, who is unaware of her dire situation, a grand sendoff. 1 hr. 38 PG (thematic material, brief language, some smoking) – Gary Thompson

HOBBS & SHAW. 2.5 stars. In this "Fast & Furious" spinoff, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stratham return as a lawman and a lawless outcast who form an unlikely partnership to take on a genetically enhanced force that threatens humanity. 2 hrs. 17 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

JOKER. 2 stars. Joaquin Phoenix stars in this tale of how a down-on-his-luck clown and comedian evolved into the super-villain who would torment Gotham City. Phoenix's emotional intensity pushes his character beyond the usual limits of comic-book movies. 2 hrs. 2 R (violence, language) – Gary Thompson

JUDY. 2.5 stars. Entertainer Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger) arrives in London in 1969 to play a series of shows while her life spirals downward. Not always effective, but at its best when Zellweger hits the stage. 1 hr. 58 PG-13 (substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, smoking) – Gary Thompson

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON. 3.5 stars. A man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) runs away from his adult-care home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and finds help from an unexpected source in this affecting, appealing piece of Americana. Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson also star. 1 hr. 33 PG-13 – Gary Thompson

READY OR NOT. 2.5 stars. A new bride (Samara Weaving) is welcomed to her husbands family in terrifying fashion by her new in-laws in this comic-horror effort at class-war commentary. 1 hr. 35 R (violence, profanity) – Gary Thompson

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. 2.5 stars. Spooky things happen when teens tell scary stories in an old mansion with a dark history. 1 hr. 47 PG-13 (terror, violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language, including racial epithets, brief sexual references) – Nick Vadala

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. 3 stars. Claims that the movie rom-com is dead are somewhat exaggerated: Like most everything else in Hollywood, it has relocated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this sequel to "Avengers: Endgame," our hero faces a new series of threats. Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal star. 2 hrs. 9 PG-13 (sci-fi action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments) – Gary Thompson