Capsule reviews of feature films

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ALL I SEE IS YOU. 1.5 stars. Botched thriller about a blind woman (Blake Lively) who has her sight restored, leading to problem in her marriage (to Jason Clarke). Interesting visual presentation gives way to ham-fisted thriller about marital discord and eye-drops. 1 hr. 50 R (nudity) -- Gary Thompson

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

A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS. 2 stars. The three R-rated moms (Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn) must put up with their own mothers (Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon) over the fraught holidays. What once was transgressive has become reflexive. With Peter Gallagher. 1 hr. 44 R (language) -- Gary Thompson

BATTLE OF THE SEXES. 2.5 stars. Women's tennis champ Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and aging male star Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) square off in a publicity stunt tennis match that ends up proving King's point about the value of female athletes. Some fun moments, but aside from the two leads, is given to caricature and some on-the-nose dialogue. With Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, and Bill Pullman. 2 hrs. 1 PG-13 (nudity) -- Gary Thompson

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL. 3 stars. Japanese action gore-meister Takashi Miike makes his 100th movie, this one (based on a manga comic) about an undead samurai (Takuya Kimura) who uses his zombie powers to help a young woman Sota Fukushi) take revenge on an evil warlord. Lots of action, some of it numbing, but the photography is gorgeous. 2 hrs. 20 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

BLADE RUNNER 2049. 3.5 stars. An imaginative, visually stunning if overlong sequel from Denis Villeneuve that embraces and embellishes Ridley Scott's original 1982 dark vision of a future Los Angeles where police (Ryan Gosling) hunt down synthetic humans, even as the latter grow more like us. With Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas and MacKenzie Davis. 2 hrs. 44 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson


THE FLORIDA PROJECT. 3 stars. Engaging slice-of-life look at residents of an Orlando motel, the adults living paycheck-to-paycheck, their free-range kids having an improbably wonderful time on the ragged fringe of the Magic Kingdom. Written and directed by Sean Baker. With Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince. 1 hr. 45. R (language) -- Gary Thompson

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. 2 stars. Hello, nap. Stultifying story of A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his creation of Winnie the Pooh, which broadens into a story of the way the Milne's exploited their own son to cash on the Pooh phenomenon. With Margot Robbie. 1 hr. 47 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. 2 stars. Yorgos Lanthimos provocation about a prosperous surgeon (Colin Farrell) with a young fan who turns out to be a stalker and a sociopath, forcing the physician into a sick game of gruesome choices. The movie's icy affections and snarky asides get in the way of whatever humanity it's intended to have. With Nicole Kidman. 1 hr. 59 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE. 2.5 stars. Has some of the wit and energy of the original film, but has come down with a case of sequel-itis. It's too long and overstuffed with CGI and cameos. 2 hr. 20 R (language, sexuality) -- Gary Thompson


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