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Capsule reviews of feature films

ALADDIN. 2.5 stars. Will Smith is a genie who grants wishes to a young man who's fallen in love with a princess in Disney's live-action "Aladdin." 2 hrs. 8 PG (thematic elements) – Gary Thompson

ALL IS TRUE. 3 stars. In his final days, Will Shakespeare returns to the town of his birth to reconcile with his family in "All Is True," starring Kenneth Branagh, and directed by him. 1 hr. 41 (thematic elements, suggestive material, and language) – Gary Thompson

AMAZING GRACE. 4 stars. This documentary – many years in the making – looks at the late Aretha Franklin's gospel roots. 1 hr. 27 G – Dan DeLuca

AVENGERS: ENDGAME. 3 stars. In this sequel to "Avengers: Infinity War," the Avengers reunite in an attempt to restore order to the universe. Marvel wraps this up well after the tedium of Infinity Wars. 3 hrs. 1 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM. 3.5 stars. The filmmaker documents the effort of his wife and him to create a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. 1 hr. 31 PG – Gary Thompson

BOOKSMART. 3.5 stars. Two studious high school seniors (Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever) try to pack four years of partying into one night in the comedy "Booksmart." 1 hr. 45 R (language, drug use, sex) – Gary Thompson

BRIGHTBURN. 1.5 stars. An red-eyed alien kid arrives with plans to destroy earth. 1 hr. 31 R (violence, gore, language) – Gary Thompson

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. 2.5 stars. A crypto-zoological agency faces off against a series of havoc-wreaking monsters in this oversized retread. 2 hrs. 12 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

THE HUSTLE. 1.5 stars. Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in this weak "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" remake about a pair of con artists who team up in pursuit of revenge against the men who wronged them. 1 hr. 33 PG-13 (crude sexual content, profanity) – Gary Thompson

THE INTRUDER. 2 stars. The Napa Valley dream home of a young couple (Meagan Good and Michael Ealy) turns into a nightmare when the lonely former owner (Dennis Quaid) begins to intrude upon their lives. 1 hr. 42 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM. 2.5 stars. A contract on his life makes John (Keanu Reeves), who went rogue at the end of the series' previous installment, the object of desire of the world's top hit men and women. 2 hrs. 11 R (violence) – Gary Thompson

MA. 2 stars. A lonely woman befriends a group of teens and invites them to party at her home in this horror-thriller. Octavia Spencer and Juliette Lewis star. 1 hr. 50 R (violence) – Gary Thompson

POKEMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU. 2 stars. A young man teams up with Detective Pikachu to uncover the mystery behind his father's disappearance. 1 hr. 44 PG (action/peril, rude and suggestive humor, thematic elements) – Gary Thompson

ROCKETMAN. 3 stars. This endearing look at the breakthrough years of Sir Elton John (Taron Egerton) is less interested in musical influences than exploring the way performing and songwriting helped John make sense of his life. 2 hrs. 1 R (sex, drugs) – Gary Thompson

THE SOUVENIR. 3 stars. A young film student becomes involved with a charismatic older man who isn't what he seems to be. 1 hr. 59 R (sexuality, graphic nudity, drug material, profanity) – Gary Thompson

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX. 2 stars. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) develops superpowers that turn her into a Dark Phoenix, leaving the X-Men with a life-or-death quandary. Weak send-off for lame-duck X-Men cast. 1 hr. 54 PG-13 (violence) – Gary Thompson

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