Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekend Movie Guide

Tom Hardy stars in Dunkirk

The Big Sick - 4 Stars. Pakistani comic Kumail Nanjiani hits the sweet spot of tension between culture, generations, and romance in a serious rom-com about his relationship with his wife. Charming!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 3½ Stars. Delightful follow-up to the original summer blockbuster action movie starring Chris Pratt. Funny, ironic, and a lot of fun.

Dunkirk - 3 Stars. Christopher Nolan recreates the stirring British retreat, aided by civilian boats at the beginning of World War II.

Baby Driver - 3 Stars. "La La Land" as a crime story. Ansel Elgort drives a getaway car, listening to nonstop music (the film is shot to fit the music, rather than the other way around.) Violent, but exhilarating.

Wonder Woman - 3 Stars. Gal Gadot makes a thrilling debut as the iconic superhero. A super script combines origin story, humor, and superhero action.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - 3 Stars. Easy-to-like reboot of the comic book character, thanks to Tom Holland's delightful take on the superhero as a high school geek, and Michael Keaton's delicious villain.

War for the Planet of the Apes - 3 Stars. This series continues to turn out surprisingly good (and even thoughtful) stories based on intelligent apes taking over the world from humans.

Beatriz at Dinner - 3 Stars. Healer/therapist Salma Hayek winds up at a dinner party for the one percent, and exposes the ugly side of wealth & privilege, in unexpected and even otherworldly ways.

Cars 3 - 2 Stars. Great animation and voice work in a totally unnecessary sequel.

The Exception - 2 Stars. Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm exiled during World War II, with Lily James as a servant/spy. Interesting historic sidebar, but stretches things just a tad too much.

A Ghost Story - 1 Star. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in a slow-as-molasses, shaggy dog story. I'm not buying it.

The Little Hours - 1 Star. Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza as nuns gone wild, when Dave Franco joins the convent as a handyman. Plays like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch.

The Beguiled - 1 Star. Sophia Coppola remake of an early 70s Clint Eastwood thriller, about a Union soldier taken in by a Confederate girl's school during the Civil War. Slow and unbelievable.