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)

“The Beach Bum” (R) (0) [Pervasive drug and alcohol use, language throughout, nudity, and some strong sexual content.] — When his wealthy, cheating wife (Isla Fisher) suddenly dies in a car accident and wisely leaves his $50 million inheritance in the control of her daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen) and with stipulations in this boring, pointless, lame, crude, vulgar, painfully unfunny, stupid, star-studded (Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence, Jimmy Buffet, and Joshua Ritter), 95-minute comedy, a boozing, pot-smoking, once-respected poet (Matthew McConaughey) in the Florida Keys continues his partying ways but eventually between the marijuana haze pens some poetry on his portable typewriter.

“The Highwaymen” (R) (3) [Some strong violence and bloody images.] — A gritty, compelling, factually based, violent, star-studded (John Carroll Lynch, William Sadler, Thomas Mann, Kim Dickens, Dean Denton, W. Earl Brown, and Jesse C. Boyd), 132-minute film that follows retired Texas Rangers Francis Augustus Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Benjamin Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) as they crisscross the states trying to take illusive, notorious, public-loving gangsters Bonnie Parker (Emily Brobst) and Clyde Barrow (Edward Bossert) in 1934 after they are sanctioned by the Texas governor (Kathy Bates).

“The Mustang” (R) (3) [Language, some violence, and drug content.] — An inspirational, well-acted, factually inspired, predictable, star-dotted (Bruce Dern, Connie Britton, Jason Mitchell, and Josh Stewart), 96-minute film in which a solitary, angry, guild-ridden inmate (Matthias Schoenaerts), who has an estranged, pregnant, teenage daughter (Gideon Adlon), in a Nevada prison for murder finds some meaning and redemption in his life when he agrees to participate in a therapy program taming and training wild horses to get them ready for auction.

“Sunset” (R) (3) [Some violence.] [Subtitled] — Gorgeous cinematography and costumes highlight this unusual, bleak, well-acted, violent, 143-minute, 2018 film in which a withdrawn, tenacious, taciturn, orphaned milliner (Juli Jakab) goes to Budapest in 1913 to secure a position as a hat designer at her family’s once-owned, prestigious hat shop now owned by a secretive, well-respected businessman (Vlad Ivanov) who carters to royalty (Susanne Wuest, Julia Jakubowska, et al.) and surprisingly learns that she has an outlaw brother (Marcin Czarnik) who viciously murdered a count and is hell bent on destroying the current shop owner.

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” (PG-13) (2) [Crude sexual content, language, and drug references throughout.] — After the adulterous patriarch (Derek Morgan) dies of a heart attack while in bed with another conquest (Quin Walters) at an Atlanta hotel in this lackluster, sporadically funny, silly, star-dotted (Mike Tyson, Aeriél Miranda, et al.),109-minute Tyler Perry comedy, his widow (Jen Harper) quickly decides to bury her husband and the family suddenly must attend a drawn-out funeral rather than celebrating at an anniversary party as tensions arise among family members (Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Vermyttya Erahn, David Otunga, Rome Flynn, Courtney T. Burrell Jr., Ciera Payton, and KJ Smith) because of secrets that are not kept close to the vest.

On DVD

“Angels & Demons” (PG-13) (3) [Sequences of violence, disturbing images, and thematic material.] [DVD only] — After the pope dies and a fanatical member (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) of the ancient order of persecuted scientists and freethinkers known as the Illuminati kidnaps and threatens the lives of four cardinals in Rome in this action-packed, fast-paced, complex, twist-filled, 128-minute, 2009 thrilling sequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” the head of the Swiss security guard (Stellan Skarsgård) and the pope’s right-hand priest (Ewan McGregor) call in a Harvard symbology professor (Tom Hanks) to help find the cardinals and an anti-matter bomb developed by an Italian physicist (Avelet Zurer) that threatens Vatican City.

“The King of Ping Pong” (NR) (2.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A poignant, heartbreaking, down-to-earth, 107-minute, 2008 film in which an overweight ping pong player (Jerry Johansson), who lives with his divorced mother (Ann-Sofie Nurmi) and 13-year-old brother (Hampus Johansson) in Sweden, must deal with high school bullies and his overwhelming feelings when he learns that the alcoholic (Georgi Staykov) he believes is his father actually is not.

“JCVD” (R) (3.5) [Language and some violence.] [Partially subtitled] [DVD only] — When over-the-hill, financially strapped, real life, Belgian action movie star the “Muscles from Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme ends up a hostage in the middle of a post office robbery ineptly masterminded by three thugs while visiting his family in Brussels in this tongue-in-cheek, entertaining, hilarious, satirical, 97-minute, 2008 film, he tries to figure out how to get himself out the mess after the commissioner (François Damiens) and police erroneously believe he is one of the perpetrators.

“Jerichow” (NR) (3) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A twisted ending punctuates this engaging, well-crafted, 93-minute,2008 film about a down-on-his luck, dishonorably discharged military man (Benno Fürmann) in Germany who falls for the lovely wife (Nina Hoss) of an abusive, alcoholic, Turkish snack bar entrepreneur (Hilmi Sözer) after the husband hires him as a driver working for his expanding restaurant business.

“Mozart and the Whale” (PG-13) (2) [Sexual content, language, and some thematic material.] [DVD only] — A satisfying, factually inspired, romantic, 94-minute, 2006 film about the tumultuous relationship that develops between a Washington bird-loving taxi driver (Josh Hartnett) with a gift for numbers, who runs a support group for people (John Carroll Lynch, Rusty Schwimmer, Allen Evangelista, et al.) suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, and a beautiful, rabbit-loving artist (Radha Mitchell) who has just joined the eclectic group.

“Mutum” (NR) (3) [Subtitled] [DVD only]— A somber, earthy, moving, 95-minute, 2007 Sandra Kogut Brazilian film that focuses on an imaginative and sensitive 10-year-old boy (Thiago Da Silva Mariz) growing up with his impoverished family and grandmother (Paula Regina Sampaio Da Silva) on an isolated farm in western Brazil who must deal with an abusive and angry father (João Miguel), the death of his brother (Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso), and ultimately leaving his mother (Izadora Cristiani Fernandes Silveira) to be schooled in the city.

“Tokyo Sonata” (PG-13) (3.5) [Thematic elements and brief strong language.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — The comfortable, predictable, mundane world of a proud, middle-aged, emotionally distant and crippled Japanese administrative director (Teruyuki Kagawa) goes into a tailspin for him and his long-suffering, unhappy wife (Kyôko Koizumi) and their two sons (Yû Koyanagi and Inowaki Kai) when he loses his job in this heartbreaking, heartfelt, and eventually uplifting, 2-hour, 2008 film.

“Tyson” (R) (2.5) [Language, including sexual references.] [DVD only] — A one-sided, self-promoting, skewed, controversial, self-indulgent, 90-minute, 2008 documentary that consists of film snippets of boxing matches with the one-time world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and his opponents and the father of six children supposedly talking honestly to the camera about himself regarding his childhood in Brooklyn, his tumultuous and well-documented love life, his fighting bouts in the ring, and his desire to live a better, more honorable life.

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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