60-SECOND FILM REVIEWS

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By Wendy Schadewald (Rating system: 4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)

“Arctic” (PG-13) (3) [Language and some bloody images.] [Partially subtitled] — After a tenacious, strong-willed Icelandic pilot (Mads Mikkelsen) crashes near the Arctic Circle and then finds himself caring for an injured, comatose woman (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) when the pilot of a rescue helicopter dies in this riveting, captivating, heart-wrenching, 97-minute film highlighted by minimal dialogue, he must make the agonizing decision to stay with his downed plane or to start a dangerous, arduous trek to somehow find help.

 

“Never Look Away” (R) (4) [Graphic nudity, sexuality, and brief violent images.] [Subtitled] — Exceptional acting and gorgeous cinematography dominate this captivating, critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated, thought-provoking, haunting, 189-minute film, which is inspired by the life and career of German avant-garde painter Gerhard Richter, that begins in 1937 in Dresden, Germany, in which an artistic 5-year-old boy (Cai Cohrs) witnesses his beloved aunt (Saskia Rosendahl) suddenly hauled away by ambulance due to her mental instability, then follows the talented painter (Tom Schilling) from 1945 to 1961 as he falls for the beautiful fashion student (Paula Beer) and daughter of a prominent gynecologist (Sebastian Koch) and his wife (Ina Weisse) not realizing that her father was the Nazi SS doctor responsible for his aunt’s sterilization and eventual murder in a gas chamber along with other inferior people by placing a red plus sign by their names, and then escapes with his now devoted wife to the West in Düsseldorf where he continues his art studies at a prestigious academy run by an eccentric professor (Oliver Masucci) and finds his unique artist expression and success as a painter.

 

“What Men Want” (R) (2.5) [Language and sexual content throughout, and some drug material.] — After meeting with a psychic (Erykah Badu) with her three best friends (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Phoebe Robinson, and Tamala Jones) and then hitting her head while out partying in this funny, risqué, predictable, star-studded (Richard Roundtree, Kellan Lutz, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Max Greenfield, Shaquillle O’Neal, and Mark Cuban), 117-minute comedy, a savvy, ambitious sports agent (Taraji P. Henson), who has a cheeky, gay assistant (Josh Brener), in Atlanta finds herself able to read men’s thoughts and uses her newfound skill to try and break the glass ceiling when she is looked over for a promotion by her boss (Brian Bosworth).

 

On DVD

 

“17 Again” (PG-13) (3) [Language, some sexual material, and teen partying.] [DVD only] — After a disgruntled pharmaceutical employee (Matthew Perry) is fired after 16 years on the job and he blames his wife (Leslie Mann) for his unhappiness in this funny, touching, family-oriented, 102-minute, 2009 comedy, he finds himself miraculously a teenager (Zac Efron) again where his eccentric best friend (Thomas Lennon) poses as his dad, and he ends up attending high school where he once was a popular basketball star in 1989 and finds himself trying to help his two kids, a bullied son (Sterling Knight) trying to fit in and his daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg) who is dating the snooty basketball star.

 

“Adventureland” (R) (3) [Language, drug use, and sexual references.] [DVD only] — A touching, down-to-earth, coming-of-age, 107-minute, 2009 comedy about a virginal high school graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) who takes a summer job at a Pittsburgh amusement park in 1987 to earn money for college when he learns that his parents (Jack Gilpin and Wendie Malick) are experiencing financial troubles and quickly finds himself smitten with a pretty coworker (Kristen Stewart) who is having an affair with a married carnie repairman (Ryan Reynolds).

 

“Dragonball: Evolution” (PG-13) (1.5) [Intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language.] [DVD only] — Lackluster special effects and snappy martial arts dominate this disappointing, futuristic, 85-minute, 2009 sci-fi thriller based on a popular Japanese graphic novel in which an orphaned high school student (Justin Chatwin), who was raised by his Japanese grandfather (Randall Duk Kim), teams up with a master martial artist (Yun-Fat Chow), a teenage scientist (Emmy Rossum), and a petty thief (Joon Park) to find and keep seven dragonballs from the hands of an evil men (James Masters and Ian Whyte) before a total eclipse and to prevent an apocalypse.

 

“Hannah Montana: The Movie” (G) (3) [DVD only] — After his famous singer-songwriter teenage daughter, Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus), disappoints her best friend (Emily Osment) on her birthday and she has a snooty shoe fight with Tyra Banks while a tenacious British tabloid reporter (Peter Gunn) doggedly trails her to learn her alterego secret in this cute, tweener, family-oriented, cameo-dotted (Barry Bostwick, Taylor Swift, Rachel Woods, and Brooke Shields), 102-minute, 2009 film in which art imitates life and life imitates art, her concerned and protective widowed father (Billy Ray Cyrus) ignores the advice of her publicist (Vanessa Williams) and sends his daughter home to Tennessee for the birthday of her squash-loving grandmother (Margo Martindale), where she reconnects with a childhood hunk (Lucas Till) and he with the comely mechanically inclined ranch hand (Melora Hardin).

 

“Sin Nombre” (R) (3.5) [Violence, language, and some sexual content.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A powerful, gritty, violent, gut-wrenching, seemingly realistic. 96-minute, 2009 film about the difficult journey of a Honduran teenager (Paulina Gaytan) illegally traveling through Mexico by train with her father (Gerardo Taracena) and uncle (Guillermo Villegas) in the hopes of crossing the border to reunite with family in New Jersey and her prophetic meeting and subsequent friendship with a marked Mara gang member (Edgar M. Flores) on the run after his young protégé (Kristian Ferrer) reported that he murdered the gang leader (Tenoch Huerta) out of revenge for the killing of his girlfriend (Diana Garcia).

Film Critic Wendy Schadewald reviewed films in the Twin Cities since 1986, and has been a guest critic on KARE-11’s Showcase Minnesota, WCCO radio, and AMC-950 radio. She reviews more than 250 films annually and has been a film buff for as long as she can remember. To see more of her film reviews, log on to shortredheadreelreviews.com.

©1986 through 2019 by Wendy Schadewald.

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