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

MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE. 2 stars. Liam Neeson stars in this timely but tepid drama about the man better known as deep throat, an high-ranking FBI man who leaks information on the Watergate investigation to the press in order to combat the dangerous overreach of the Nixon administration. 1 hr. 43 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

MARSHALL. 3 stars. Chadwick Boseman stars as a young Thurgood Marshall trying in 1940 to clear a black man (Sterling K. Brown) of rape. Featuring Josh Gad and Kate Hudson. 1 hr. 58 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson


THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US. 1.5 stars. A strange lack of chemistry between leads Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in this story of two people stranded by a plane crash on a snowy mountain peak, hiking to safety. With Beau Bridges. 1 hr. 40 PG-13 (sexuality) -- Gary Thompson

ONLY THE BRAVE. 3 stars. Based on the tragic true story Arizona firefighters battling a deadly fire in 2013. Josh Brolin gives a solid, subtle performance as their leader, heading a good cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. Impressively photographed. 2 hrs. 10 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN. 2.5 stars. Historical drama about William Marston (Luke Evans) who invented Wonder Woman and had a secret three-way marriage to two women (Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcoat). With Connie Britton, Oliver Platt. 1 hr. 48 R (sexuality) -- Gary Thompson

SNOWMAN. 1 star. A mutilated thriller about dismembered women, starring Michael Fassbender as a detective in Oslo on the trail of a serial killer. The badly edited story is nonsensical, which makes the movie's lurid flourishes seem grotesquely cruel. With Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, Chloe Sevigny, and Toby Jones. 1 hr. 59 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

SUBURBICON. 1.5 stars. Misfired black comedy from director George Clooney, adapting a Coen brothers script, about a post-war suburban father (Matt Damon) reacting brutally to a home invasion. Related storylines about racism are poorly handled, and the movie's garish tonal shifts are jarring. With Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac. 1 hr. 45 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

THOR: RAGNAROK. 3 stars. Mercifully funny diversion into a quirky corner of the Marvel universe, with Cate Blanchett has the vengeful and power mad sister of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ascending the throne, banishing her brother to a prison planet, where he recruits the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to his cause. With Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston. 2 hrs. 10 PG-13 (violence) -- Gary Thompson

TYLER PERRY'S BOO 2: A MADEA HALLOWEEN. (Not previewed) Madea and the gang go on vacation and end up at a haunted campground, pursued by ghosts and goblins. Starring Tyler Perry, Cassie Davis, and Patrice Lovely. 1 hr. 40 PG-13 (sexual references, drug content, language, some horror images)

VICTORIA & ABDUL. 3 stars. Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria, who late in life develops a rejuvenating friendship with an Indian servant (Ali Fazal) who teaches her about the customs of his native land, to her delight and to the consternation of her scandalized staff. With Eddie Izzard, Olivia Williams. Directed by Stephen Frears. 1 hr. 52 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

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