Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weekend Movie Guide

Rory Scovel & Amy Schumer (r) star in I Feel Pretty

Black Panther - 3½ Stars. Chadwick Boseman breathes life into a new and exciting super hero. As king of a little known African nation, he can bring peace and power to the world; but first, he must settle a family score.

The Death of Stalin - 3½ Stars. Funny but painful history lesson of the dance for power to replace the Soviet dictator, with outstanding performances by Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, and Simon Russell Beale.

A Quiet Place - 3½ Stars. Wildly creative horror story. A family must stay quiet, lest they get eaten by blind, sound-sensitive space monsters.

Lean on Pete - 3½ Stars. Charlie Plummer gives an outstanding performance as a homeless teen, searching for a family.

Game Night - 3 Stars. Jason Bateman and Rachael McAdams get more than they bargain for, on a murder mystery night hosted by Kyle Chandler.

The Shape of Water - 3 Stars. Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning woman, who comes to the aid of a sea creature captured during the Cold War.

Blockers - 2½ Stars. Parents vow to prevent their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. Wickedly funny.

Ready Player One - 2½ Stars. Steven Spielberg's very commercial take on the world of virtual reality.

I Feel Pretty - 1 Star. A good idea, poorly executed. Amy Schumer hits her head and suddenly believes she is extraordinarily beautiful.

Super Troopers 2 - 1 Star. Sequel to 18-year-old comedy arrives too late.

You Were Never Really Here - Zero Stars. Almost unwatchable Joaquin Phoenix hitman bloodfest.