60-SECOND FILM REVIEWS

New movies showing in Minneapolis

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

“After” (PG-13) (3) [Sexual content and some college partying.] — When a beautiful, virginal college freshman (Josephine Langford), who has a controlling mother (Selma Blair and a longtime boyfriend (Dylan Arnold), starts her freshman year school in this risqué, intense, romantic, love-it-or-leave-it, star-dotted (Jennifer Beals, Peter Gallagher, and Pia Mia), 105-minute film based on Anna Todd’s popular 2014 novel, she finds herself drawn to a brooding, sultry, bad boy” British student (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) who unfortunately begins the relationship with a secret.

“Avengers: Endgame” (PG-13) (4) [Sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and some language.] — After evil, power-hungry demigod Thanos (Josh Brolin) destroyed much of Earth and the universe and millions of people disappeared five years earlier in this riveting, highly anticipated, action-packed, fast-paced, entertaining, well-acted,  violent, humorous, 3D, cameo-packed (Brie Larson, Stan Lee, Michael Douglas, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Winston Duke, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Sebastian Stan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Linda Cardellini, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman, Thomas Hiddleston, Vin Diesel, James D’Arcy, Rene Russo, William Hurt, Anthony Mackie, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Chadwick Boseman, Kerry Condon, Benedict Wong, Cobie Smulders, Carrie Coon, Ty Simpkins, Letitia Wright, Hiroyuki Sanada, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery, Terry Notary, and Danai Gurira), 182-minute concluding Marvel film highlighted by terrific special effects, doggedly determined Avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, and Jeremy Renner) along with Rocket (voiceover by Bradley Cooper) join forces to build a time machine to gather six powerful infinity stones to try and revert the horrific damage, decimation, and death on Earth.

“Penguins” (G) (3.5) — Stunning cinematography dominates this educational, family-friendly, humorous, well-paced, coming-of-age, 76-minute, DisneyNature documentary narrated by Ed Helms that follows an adorable 5-year-old Adélie penguin (voiceover by Ed Helms) that looks for a mate in the Antarctic after spending months in the Southern Ocean and together they fight the harsh elements and predatory leopard seals, sea lions, Orcas, and birds as they raise their two chicks until they can survive on their own.

“Stockholm” (R) (3.5) [Language and brief violence.] — Terrific acting, dialogue, and soundtrack highlight this quirky, factually inspired, entertaining, hilarious, well-written, unpredictable, 92-minute, 2018 crime drama based on Daniel Lang’s 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” and reminiscent of “Dog Day Afternoon” in which a Swedish police chief (Christopher Heyerdahl) tries to negotiate over a 6-day period with a robber (Ethan Hawke) who has entered a Stockholm bank in 1973, has taken three employees (Noomi Rapace, Bea Santos, and Mark Rendall) hostage, and then demands that his best friend (Mark Strong) be released from prison and that they be given unmarked bills, food and drink, and a getaway Mustang.

On DVD

“Eldorado” (NR) (2) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — After a wimpy, heroin-addicted, petty thief (Fabrice Adde) breaks into his house in this wacky, dark, 80-minute, road-trip comedy, an unlikely friendship develops between the troubled burglar and an overweight Belgian vintage car salesman (Bouli Lanners), who offers to drive his new friend to see his parents near the French border in his 1979 Chevy car.

“Fighting” (PG-13) (2.5) [Intense fight sequences, a sex scene, and brief strong language.] [DVD only]— An engaging, gritty, action-packed, 105-minute, 2009 film in which a streetwise New York City hustler (Terrence Howard) arranges underground fighting matches for a hungry, tenacious counterfeiter (Channing Tatum) from Alabama, who is attracted to a pretty waitress (Zulay Henano), and eventually agrees to a bare-fisted fight with his arrogant high school rival (Brian J. White).

“Four Boxes” (NR) (1) [DVD only] — A boring, strange, nonsensical, self-indulgent film in which two longtime friends (Sam Rosen and Justin Kirk), who scour funerals in order to peddle the belongings of the deceased through internet auctions, and a wannabe singer (Terryn Westbrook) get caught up into watching a creepy website that shows what purports to be the clandestine activities of a terrorist.

“Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (PG) (3) [Mild action and brief language.] [DVD only] — When the stuffy curator (Ricky Garvais) and the board of a natural history museum decide to ship off their lively historical artifacts (Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader, Christopher Guest, Patrick Gallagher, Alain Chabat, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Jon Bernthal, et al.) to the bowels of the Smithsonian archives in Washington D.C., and a long-dead Egyptian pharaoh (Hank Azaria) ends up threatening their lives in this family-friendly, entertaining, cameo-studded (Robin Williams, Amy Adams, et al.), but inferior sequel, the former night security guard (Ben Stiller) and his son (Jake Cherry) come to their rescue.

“Terminator Salvation” (PG-13) (2.5) [Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language.] [DVD only] — Non-stop action and occasional humor dominates this fast-paced, suspenseful, cameo-dotted (Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Ironside, et al.), open-ended sequel about military man John Connor (Christian Bale) who leads a former death-row inmate (Sam Worthington) and a motley crew of resistance fighters (Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin, Jane Alexander, Common, et al.) in 2018 to take down Skynet and the menacing machines.

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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