Capsule reviews of feature films

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AMERICAN MADE. 3 stars. Tom Cruise stars in this fun but heavily fictionalized portrait of Barry Seal, a drug smuggler who found himself at the intersection of drug cartels and CIA adventurism in Central and South America in the 1970s and '80s. Directed by Doug Liman. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

ATOMIC BLONDE. 2.5 stars. Charlize Theron is a rampaging British agent in Berlin as the wall collapses in 1989, teaming with another agent (James McAvoy) to help a defector and find a traitor. Works well as actioner, not so well as espionage thriller. 1 hr. 55. R (violence, nudity) -- Gary Thompson

BRAD'S STATUS. 2 stars. A man (Ben Stiller) takes his son (Austin Abrams) on a tour of prestigious university, prompting comic introspection. A few laughs and some insights, but in the end it's a movie examining the problems of a man who really doesn't have any. Written and directed by Mike White. 1 hr. 40 R (language) -- Gary Thompson

BRIGSBY BEAR. 3 stars. Kyle Mooney is James, a young man raised in captivity in an underground bunker who obsessively watches his parents'-produced kiddie show starring a bear named Brigsby. After his liberation, he struggles in the real world, but the real world is more than willing to meet him halfway. 1 hr. 37 PG-13 (drug use) -- Gary Thompson

CROWN HEIGHTS. 2.5 stars. Poetic but muted true story of a man (former NFL player-turned-actor Nnamdi Asomugah) who devotes his life to freeing a friend (LaKeith Stanfield) wrongly convicted of murder. 1 hr. 39 R (language) -- Gary Thompson

FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER. (Not previewed) Angelina Jolie's film based on the memoir of Loung Ung, whose family fled the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh when the Khmer Rouge army stormed the city in April 1975 and settled in a labor camp. 2 hr. 16 No MPAA rating

FLATLINERS. (Not previewed) Medical students start to experience spooky, terrifying things after playing a game where they revive each other from near death experiences. Based on the 1990 Joel Schumacher thriller. 1 hr. 48 PG-13 (violence, terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, some drug references)

FRIEND REQUEST. (Not previewed) A popular college woman (Alycia Debnam-Carey) accepts a social media friend request from a disturbed individual who begins to target actual friends for harm. 1 hr. 32 R (horror violence, disturbing images, language)

GIRLS TRIP. 3 stars. Malcolm Lee's vulgar but good-natured comedy about four women (Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish) reuniting for a wild weekend in New Orleans. Lots of star cameos, including Kevin Hart, for a split second. 2 hr. 2 R (nudity, obscene language) -- Gary Thompson

THE GLASS CASTLE. 2 stars. An adaptation of Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir about growing up with extreme poverty and parents who both inspired and damaged her. Events that she could convey through the eyes of a child whose instincts re-ordered reality to create the illusion that she was safe instead come across as flat and messy. With Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson. 2 hr. 7 PG-13 (mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, language, smoking) -- Gary Thompson


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