Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weekend Movie Guide

Fred Rogers stars in Won't You Be My Neighbor?

First Reformed - 4 Stars. Grieving minister Ethan Hawke tries to counsel an environmental activist on the value of bringing children into our world. Tension-filled and thought-provoking.

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.

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.

Deadpool 2 - 3 Stars. More of the wisecracking, anti-hero superhero played by Ryan Reynolds.

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

Avengers: Infinity War - 3 Stars. All of the characters in the Marvel Universe fight Thanos, who plans to depopulate the world. A Grand Opera approach to comic books, fans will love.

Hearts Beat Loud - 3 Stars. Single father Nick Offerman sadly and nostalgically sends his daughter into the world after one final bonding attempt through music. Touching and gentle.

Book Club - 2½ Stars. Four mature women begin reading "50 Shades of Grey" and things change. Great cast includes Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen.

Disobedience - 2½ Stars. Rachael Weitz returns to her conservative Orthodox community after the death of her father.

Tag - 2 Stars. Childhood friends carry on a game of tag into middle age. Feels tedious, until the credits show video of the real guys involved.

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

Life of the Party - 2 Stars. Melissa McCarthy as a newly divorced mom going back to the same college as her daughter.

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