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

“Cold Pursuit” (R) (3) [Strong violence, drug material, and some language, including sexual references.] When his non-addicted son (Michael Richardson) is found dead of an heroin overdose in this engaging, violent, body-splattered, stat-dotted (Michael Eklund, Raoul Trujillo, John Doman, and Benjamin Hollingsworth),118-minute remake of the 2014 Norwegian film “In Order of Disappearance,” a grieving, angry Colorado snowplow driver (Liam Neeson), whose wife (Laura Dern) becomes severely despondent and emotionally detached, goes after a creepy, controlling, ruthless drug kingpin (Tom Bateman) and his henchmen (Michael Eklund, Bradley Stryker, Michael Adamthwaite, Domenick Lombardozzi, Wesley MacInnes, Ben Cotton, et al.) responsible for his son’s death and inadvertently begins a turf war between the Denver drug dealer and his Indian rival (Tom Jackson) in the Rocky Mountains while the small-town cop (Emmy Rossum) tries to figure out what is going on.

“Everybody Knows” (R) (3) [Some language.] [Subtitled] When a woman (Penélope Cruz) leaves her former alcoholic husband (Ricardo Darin) in Buenos Aires and goes to Spain with her two children (Ivan Chavero and Carla Campra) for the wedding of her sister (Inma Cuesta) and her fiancé (Roger Casamajor) in Asghar Farhadi’s well-acted, engaging, overly long, 132-minute, psychological crime thriller, her feisty, asthmatic, 16-year-old daughter is kidnapped during the wedding reception and tension among the family (Ramón Barea, Sara Sálamo, Eduard Fernández, Elvira Mínguez, et al.) escalates and long-held secrets are revealed while her former lover (Javier Bardem) contemplates selling his share of a winery to raise the money for the ransom to the chagrin of his wife (Bárbara Lennie).

“Fighting with My Family” (PG-13) (3) [Crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence, and drugs.] When tenacious English wrestler Saraya “Paige” Bevis (Florence Pugh) tries out with her brother (Jack Lowden) for a chance to be in the World Wrestling Entertainment arena to the delight of her parents (Nick Frost and Lena Headey) and the American coach (Vince Vaughn) picks only her to train in Florida in this entertaining, funny, heartwarming, enjoyable, inspirational, family-oriented, star-studded (Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Merchant, John Cena, and Paul Wright), 108-minute comedy based on the 2014 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family,” she initially struggles with leaving her family in Norwich, England, and finding her identity as a WWE fighter.

“Greta” (R) (3.5) [Some violence and disturbing images.] Superb acting highlights this intense, captivating, suspenseful, star-dotted (Stephen Rea, Colm Feore, Thaddeus Daniels, and Jane Perry), 98-minute Neil Jordan psychological thriller in which a New York City waitress (Chloë Grace Moretz), who lives with a spunky roommate (Maika Monroe) and is mourning the death of her mother, returns a purse she finds on the subway to an eccentric, lonely, mentally unstable, widowed, French piano instructor (Isabelle Huppert) and quickly regrets the friendship that develops when she discovers something disturbing at the woman’s Brooklyn home.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (PG) (3.5) [Adventure action and some mild rude humor.]  When a fearsome, ruthless, power-seeking dragon killer (voiceover by F. Murray Abraham) threatens his utopia and his faithful Night Fury dragon becomes smitten with a beautiful Light Fury dragon in this entertaining, action-packed, family-friendly, colorful, bittersweet, imaginative, funny, star-studded (voiceovers by Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and David Tennant), 3D, 104-minute animated sequel, the compassionate, kindhearted Viking ruler (voiceover by Jay Baruchel) and his beloved partner (voiceover by American Ferrera) led their people and the dragons from their longtime mountain home to protect them and to search for the hidden world of the dragons.

“Isn’t It Romantic” (PG-13) (2.5) [Language, some sexual material, and a brief drug reference.] After a cynical Australian architect (Rebel Wilson) living in New York City is mugged in the subway and suffers a head injury in this funny, entertaining, predictable, star-studded (Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Tom Ellis, Brandon Scott Jones, and Jennifer Saunders), 88-minute comedy, she reluctantly ends up in an alternate universe and stars in her own rom-com, musical fantasy where she learns to love herself while being pursued by a handsome, egotistical billionaire businessman (Liam Hemsworth) and finally realizes that she is attracted to a smitten project manager (Adam DeVine) at her firm.

“Ruben Brandt, Collector” (R) (3) [Rude images and some violence.] [Partially subtitled] Gorgeous animation and a memorable musical score highlight this quirky, imaginative, colorful, artistic, 96-minute animated film noir in which a former CIA agent turned psychotherapist (voiceover by Iván Kamarás) is haunted by paintings of famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Goya, and Botticelli and feels compelled to steal artworks from famous museums, including the Louvre, the Tate, the Uffizi, the Hermitage, the Musée d’Orsay, New York’s MoMA, and Chicago’s Art Institute, with the help of his sticky-fingered patients (voiceovers by Gabriella Hámori, Matt Devere, Henry Grant, and Christian Niels Buckholdt) and once he possesses the painting for his collection the nightmares subside while a detective (voiceover by Csaba Márton/Zalán Makranczi) is hot on the their trail of the thieves.

On DVD

“The Haunting in Connecticut” (PG-13) (2) [Some intense sequences of terror and disturbing images.] [DVD only] — When a cancer-stricken teenager (Kyle Gallner) moves into a haunted funeral home in Connecticut with his three siblings (Amanda Crew, Sophi Knight, and Ty Wood) and his stressed-out mother (Virginia Madsen) who is estranged from their alcoholic father (Martin Donovan) in this creepy, factually inspired, 92-minute, 2009 thriller, he and his family find themselves terrorized by menacing spirits.

“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” (R) (3) [Strong sexuality, nudity, and language.] [DVD only] — When the handsome son (Jon Foster), who is studying to be a stockbroker, of a high-powered and feared crime boss (Nick Nolte) in 1980s Pittsburgh meets a beautiful violinist (Sienna Miller) through a partying friend (Omid Abtahi) and her wild, reckless, spirited boyfriend (Peter Sarsgaard) who thrives on the edge in this powerful, unpredictable, poignant, 95-minute 2008 film, the summer he spends with his two new friends changes the course of his life.

“Observe and Report” (R) (2) [Pervasive language, graphic nudity, drug use, sexual content, and violence.] [DVD only] — A raunchy, intermittently funny, politically incorrect, over-the-top, 86-minute, 2009 comedy reminiscent of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” but more dark, in which an obnoxious, foul-mouthed, zealous, pudgy, wannabe-cop security officer (Seth Rogen) at a shopping mall, who lives with his alcoholic mother (Celia Weston), becomes the Achilles hell of a detective (Ray Liotta) when he applies to join the police force and wants to lead the investigation with his incompetent coworkers (Michael Peña, John and Matt Yuan, and Jesse Plemons) to search for a flasher who exposed himself to a sexy, airhead salesclerk (Anna Faris).

“Shall We Kiss?” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — When a married French furniture fabric designer (Julie Gayet) accepts a ride from a handsome Frenchman (Michaël Cohen) while on business in Nantes, France, and they are tempted to kiss before they say goodbye in this charming, well-written, sensitive, surprising, 96-minute, 2007 French comedy, she tells him a cautionary tale about two close friends, a lab technician (Virginie Ledoyen) married to a pharmacist (Stefano Accorsi) and an enamored math teacher (Emmanuel Mouret) dating a flight attendant (Frédérique Bel), in Paris whose kiss leads to heartache.

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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