Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Weekend Movie Guide

Mark Wahlberg stars in Mile 22

RBG - 4 Stars. Inspiring life story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She's quirky, smart and determined.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 4 Stars. Touching biography of seminary student/turned television pioneer Fred Rogers.

Three Identical Strangers - 4 Stars. Identical triplets, separated at birth, discover each other, later learning why they were separated and how they were used as "lab rats." A chilling documentary.

BlacKkKlansman - 3½ Stars. Spike Lee combines the true story of a 1970s KKK sting with a history of American racism from the Civil War to present day.

Juliet, Naked - 3 1/2 Stars.  Romantic comedy delight with Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O'Dowd.  Byrne connects with washed up rocker Hawke whom O'Dowd idolizes.

Sorry to Bother You - 3½ Stars. Outrageous science fiction comedy satire, that starts in a telemarketing pit and goes from there.

Blindspotting - 3½ Stars. Brilliant mix of comedy, drama and hip-hop. Daveed Diggs must stay out of trouble, in order to complete probation, but his friends don't help.

Christopher Robin - 3½ Stars. Ewan McGregor as grown-up Christopher returns to the Hundred Acre Wood to learn a few life lessons from his childhood pals. Beautifully produced mix of live-action, animatronics, and animation.

Crazy Rich Asians - 3 Stars. Constance Wu meets the man of her dreams, not knowing he's Asia's catch of the century.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - 3 Stars. Irresistible sequel to the Meryl Streep/ABBA musical with an all-star cast.

Ocean's 8 - 3 Stars. Sandra Bullock masterminds a multi-million dollar heist with a gang of women you'd better not cross.

Eighth Grade - 3 Stars. A young girl struggles in the age of technology.

Puzzle - 3 Stars. Kelly Macdonald emerges from her drab life, when she discovers puzzles and enters a competition. A quiet awakening results.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - 2½ Stars. Tom Cruise barrels through another adventure, doing his own stunts and saving the world with one second to spare.

Dog Days - 2½ Stars. Romantic comedy about people and their dogs. Not great, but easy fun. 

The Equalizer 2 - 2 Stars. Run-of-the-mill spy thriller gets a lift from Denzel Washington, as an off-the-grid ex-CIA operative.

Ant-Man and the Wasp - 2 Stars. Uninspired sequel to the much better original.

Solo: A Star Wars Story - 2 Stars. Uninspired prequel to the 1977 original.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - 1 Star. Same old monster mash, only longer.

The Spy Who Dumped Me - 1 Star. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon try to breathe life into another trite plot about clueless girlfriends pulled into international intrigue.

Mile 22 - Zero stars. Ultra violent, over-the-top thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg as leader of an off-the-grid spy team.