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)

“Birds of Passage” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] Gorgeous cinematography and terrific acting highlight this somber, dark, factually inspired, Oscar-nominated, gritty, violent, 122-minute crime thriller that chronicles the beginning of the Colombian drug trade in 1960 in which an ambitious businessman (José Acosta) starts a marijuana venture with his reckless best friend (Jhon Narváez) to raise a dowry of thirty goats, twenty cows, and five necklaces to marry the beautiful daughter (Natalia Reyes) of the respected family matriarch (Carmiña Martínez).of the indigenous Wayuu tribe (José Vicente, Greider Meza, et al.) and follows the proud family’s rise to power and wealth leaving behind their simpler way of life and their eventual destruction in 1980 when their rival partner (Juan Bautista Martínez) goes over the edge in seeking revenge for the rape of his daughter.

“Captain Marvel” (PG-13) (3.5) [Sequences of sc-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.] When a gutsy American Air Force pilot (Brie Larson), who is a new member of the alien military Starforce (Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Chan, et al.) returns to Earth in 1995 with superhuman alien powers and finds herself unexpectedly in the middle of a vicious war between two races in this attention-grabbing, humorous, twist-filled, action-packed, well-paced, entertaining, star-studded (Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Mckenna Grace, Lee Pace, Colin Ford, and, Stan Lee), 3D, 124-minute prequel dominated by terrific special effects, she teams up with a detective (Samuel L. Jackson) and a former colleague (Lashana Lynch) to help alien shape shifters (Ben Mendelshon, et al.) and ultimately to protect Earth.

“Five Feet Apart” (PG-13) (3) [Thematic elements, language, and suggestive material.] A heartbreaking, well-paced, down-to-earth, heartwarming, star-dotted (Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra, Claire Forlani, and Gary Weeks), predictable, romantic, 116-minute film in which an OCD-afflicted, 17-year-old teenager (Haley Lu Richardson) who suffers from cystic fibrosis connects and falls in love with a cynical teenage patient (Cole Sprague) who also suffers from the debilitating lung disease while they are hospitalized and enrolled in an experimental drug trial that has the potential to cure them of the horrific disease if a lung transplant cannot be performed as they desperately try to keep a pool cue length apart.

“Gloria Bell” (R) (3) [Sexuality, nudity, language, and some drug use.] Sebastián Lelio’s low-key, quirky, well-acted, evenly-paced, star-studded (Sean Astin, Rita Wilson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor, Brad Garrett, Chris Mulkey, and Alanna Ubach), 102-minute, 2018 remake of the 2013 film “Gloria” in which a feisty, dance-loving, free-spirited, divorced, insurance company executive (Julianne Moore) in Los Angeles, who has two absentee adult children (Michael Cera and Caren Pistorius), begins a relationship with a newly divorced recreational park manager (John Turturro) who cannot separate himself from his dysfunctional, grownup daughters who interfere with his love life.

“Triple Frontier” (R) (3.5) [Violence and language throughout.] After a highly skilled former operative (Oscar Isaac) convinces four of his special forces colleagues (Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund) to plan a risky heist of millions of dollars stashed in the house of a ruthless drug dealer (Reynaldo Gallegos) in the middle of the jungle with the help of a South American woman (Adria Arjona) and her brother in this intense, suspenseful, engaging, violent, action-packed, unpredictable, 125-minute thriller, the heist and its aftermath get out of control and tensions and danger escalate as they try to get out of South America alive.

On DVD

“Crank 2: High Voltage” (R) (1) [Frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity, and pervasive language.] [DVD only]— Foul language, flying bullets, and gratuitous nudity dominate this violent, action-packed, idiotic, preposterous, tongue-in-cheek, star-dotted (Amy Smart, David Carradine, Bai Ling, Dwight Yoakum, Corey Haim, and Clifton Collins, Jr.), 96-minute, 2009 sequel in which a frantic mob driver (Jason Statham) scrambles around Los Angles trying to find his “strawberry tart” while recharging his ticker by any means possible after a Chinese hoodlum (Art Hsu) and his gang harvest his heart.

“Everlasting Moments” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only]— A captivating, down-to-earth, factually inspired, 131-minute, 2008 film about an abused Finnish seamstress (Maria Heiskanen) with a handful of mouths to feed in Sweden in 1907 who finds solace in taking pictures with her Contessa camera and escapes the tirades of her adulterous, alcoholic husband (Mikael Persbrandt) after a kind and charming Danish photographer (Jesper Christensen) and studio owner befriends her and shows her the art of photography.

“Paris 36” (PG-13) (3) [Some sexuality and nudity, violence, and brief language.][Subtitled] [DVD only]— A compelling, sentimental, beautifully photographed. 2-hour, 2008 French film in which a hardworking cabaret director (Gérard Jugnot), who tries to get his accordion-playing son (Maxence Perrin) back after his wife (Élisabeth Vitali) walks out on him, teams up with his impoverished coworkers, including a handsome union organizer (Clovis Cornillac), a feisty ingénue singer (Nora Arnezeder), and an impersonator (Kad Merad), to revive a Paris music hall in 1936 when a ruthless real estate developer (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) closes down the theater after the original owner committed suicide on New Year’s Eve.

“State of Play” (PG-13) (3) [Some violence, language including sexual references, and brief drug content.] [DVD only]— An engaging, suspenseful, twist-filled, star-studded (Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Viola Davis, Jeff Daniels, Jason Bateman, et al.), 127-minute, 2009 political thriller in which a veteran, street-savvy Washington, D.C journalist (Russell Crowe) teams up with a greenhorn reporter (Rachel McAdams) to investigate the suspicious death of a congressional aide (Maria Thayer), who was having an affair with a married Pennsylvania congressman (Ben Affleck), and its connection to the seemingly random attack of a junkie (LaDell Preston) and a pizza deliveryman (Dan Brown) by a military-trained killer (Michael Berresse).

“Tricks” (NR) (3) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — Gorgeous photography dominates this critically acclaimed, low-key, 95-minute, 2007 Polish film about a young boy (Damian Ul) who spends his days wondering whether the businessman (Tomas Sapryk) he spots daily on the train station platform is his estranged father and hanging out with his ambitious sister (Ewelina Walendziak) who currently works as a dishwasher, her mechanically inclined boyfriend (Rafal Guzniczak), and a comely neighbor (Joanna Liszowska).

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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