New and Noteworthy

Jessica Rothe in “Happy Death Day 2U”. Photo: Universal

Quick Take: Happy Death Day 2U

It is severely overbaked and wants to be a lot of things.

“Alita: Battle Angel”. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Quick Take: Alita: Battle Angel

Alita’s charm and fighting skills, part of the visual effects, compensate for weak villains and an unsatisfying conclusion.

Frida Gustavsson in “Swoon”. Photo: Nordisk Film

Quick Take: Swoon

The two leads are weak and the romance unsatisfying, not helped by contrived moments of magical realism. 

Albert Finney. Photo: History Nebraska

Albert Finney, 1936–2019

Albert Finney spent his career delivering explosive but natural performances.

Johan Widerberg and Marika Lagercrantz in “All Things Fair”. Photo: Columbia Tristar

Review: All Things Fair

Bo Widerberg’s last film proved what a talent he was.

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”. Photo: Warner

Quick Take: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

An intense 3D sequel that can’t quite deliver the freshness of the original.

Liam Neeson in “Cold Pursuit”. Photo: Summit Entertainment

Quick Take: Cold Pursuit

Has a lot of fun with the genre and Liam Neeson’s screen persona.

Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo in “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Michel Legrand, 1932–2019

Legrand came from a musical family and also studied music, becoming an accomplished pianist and composer.