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)

“Once upon a Time…in Hollywood” (R) (3.5) [Language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references.] — While an alcoholic, popular, aging television star (Leonardo DiCaprio) deals with his own insecurities and inner demons and resorts to making spaghetti westerns in Italy on the advice of a casting agent (Al Pacino) in 1969 in this corny, hilarious, well-acted, entertaining, well-written, star-studded (Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch,Zoë Bell, Olyphant, Damien Lewis, Michael Madsen, Scoot McNairy, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Perry, Rumer Willis, Mike Moh, Rebecca Gayheart, et al.), drawn out, 165-minute Quentin Tarantino comedic satire, his supportive, loyal, war veteran, right-hand best friend and stunt double (Brad Pitt), who lives in a rundown trailer with his pitbull in Van Nuys, tries to keep his volatile friend on the straight and narrow and eventually vindictive Manson family hippies (Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Margaret Qualley, and Lena Dunham) plot a night of terror and a few head to the star’s home with murder on their messed up minds.

“Wild Rose” (R) (3) [Language throughout, some sexuality, and brief drug material.] — After being released from a Glasgow prison, hooking up with her boyfriend (James Harkness), and visiting her estranged children (Daisy Littlefield and Adam Mitchell) who are being cared for by her disapproving mother (Julie Walters) in this entertaining, realistic, well-acted, down-to-earth, evenly paced, 101-minute film highlighted by upbeat country music, an ambitious, talented, energetic, cheeky Scottish singer (Jessie Buckley) is torn between her responsibilities as a mother and going to Nashville to make it as a country singer when she unexpectedly gets support and financial backing from a well-to-do African-American (Sophie Okonedo) for whom she cleans part time that permits her to go to London to meet with a music broadcaster (Bob Harris).

On DVD

“11:14” (R) (3) [Violence, sexuality, and pervasive language.] [DVD only] — After a flying body (Blake Heron) strikes the roof of an unlicensed driver (Henry Thomas) on a dark road and a patrolman (Clark Gregg) begins to investigate the accident scene in this deliciously wacky, entertaining, well-written, cleverly intertwined, unpredictable, 86-minute, 2003 film, three reckless, joyriding teenagers (Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, and Stark Sands) get themselves into a hit-and-run accident while parents (Patrick Swayze and Barbara Hershey) worry about the whereabouts of their promiscuous teenage daughter (Rachel Leigh Cook), and a desperate teenager (Shawn Hatosy) robs and shoots a cashier (Hilary Swank) at a convenience store to pay for his girlfriend’s abortion.

“(500) Days of Summer” (PG-13) (3) [Sexual material and language.] [DVD only] — Morgan Freeman narrates this quirky, chuckle-producing, down-to-earth, 95-minute, 2009 romantic comedy about a trained-architect greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in Los Angeles who commiserates with his two best friends (Geoffrey Arend and Matthew Gray Gubler) and younger sister (Chloe Moretz) when he falls for his boss’s new assistant (Zooey Deschanel).

“Dinosaurs Alive” (NR) (3) [DVD only] — Michael Douglas narrates this educational, realistic, 3D, 40-minutem, 2007 IMAX documentary that recreates dinosaurs such as the protoceratop, the plant-eating sizemasaurus, the armored tarchia, the tarbosaurus, the egg-thieving avoraptor, the sharp-clawed velociraptor, coelohysis, and the crocodile-like effigia as American Museum of Natural History paleontologists and graduate students search the Ghost Ranch of New Mexico for dinosaur fossils and follow in the footsteps of Roy Chapman Andrews as they explore beneath the sands at the Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

“Eden” (NR) (3) [DVD only] — While a frustrated Irish housewife (Eileen Walsh), who has two children (Carolyn Murray and Brendan Kelleher) and confides her troubles to her best friend (Lesley Conroy), knows her 10-year marriage to an emotionally-crippled telephone company employee (Aidan Kelly) is at the crossroads and has high hopes of reconnecting and healing their relationship on their anniversary in this realistic, moving, heartbreaking, 83-minute, 2008 film, her husband is out gallivanting and making unwelcomed passes at a sexy party girl (Sarah Greene).

“Just Buried” (NR) (3) [DVD only] — After a nervous, nerdy, nose-bleeding-afflicted grocery store delivery man (Jay Baruchel) inherits a bankrupt funeral home from his eccentric, estranged father (Jeremy Akerman), who leaves his priestly older brother (Sergio Di Zio) and his much-younger wife (Reagan Pasternak) out of his will entirely, to the surprise of his longtime employees (Rose Byrne and Graham Greene) in this deliciously dark, hilarious, 94-minute, 2007 comedy, bodies (Brian Downey, Thomas Gibson, and Nigel Bennett) begin dropping like flies when he accidentally kills a cantankerous Swiss man (Slavko Negulic) alongside a dark road and the ambitious mortician sees it as an opportunity to take business from a snobbish rival mortuary owner (Christopher Shore).

“Personal Effects” (R) (3) [Language, some violence, and disturbing images.] [DVD only] — While an angry, grieving, 24-year-old wrestler returns home to Iowa to help his mother (Kathy Bates) after his sister is murdered and to attend the trial of the alleged killer in this moving, heartbreaking, 106-minute, 2007 film, a frustrated, sad widow (Michelle Pfeiffer) has her hands full dealing with the tragic loss of her husband and a rebellious, bullied, deaf, teenage son (Spencer Hudson).

“Tetro” (NR) (3) [Partially subtitled] [DVD only] — Painful childhood memories and long-kept dark secrets are exposed in this intriguing, somber, black-and-white, 127-minute, 2009 Francis Ford Coppola film punctuated with color when a lonely, virginal, 17-year-old cruise ship waiter (Alden Ehrenreich) visit his estranged, testy, melancholy, guilt-ridden brother (Vincent Gallo) who has changed his name and given up writing while living with his steadfast, supportive girlfriend (Maribel Verdú) in Buenos Aires and harboring resentment for his coldhearted, world-famous symphony conductor father (Klaus Maria Brandauer) after the death of his mother and the loss of his lover years earlier.

“Treeless Mountain” (NR) (3) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — After a Korean mother (Soo-ah Lee) leaves her two resourceful, resilient daughters (Hee-yeon Kim and Song-hee Kim) in the neglectful hands of her boozing sister-in-law (Mi-hyang Kim) in order to look for her estranged husband and tells them that she will return when the pink piggy bank that she has given them is full in this low-key, heartbreaking , 89-minute, 2008 bfilm, the two tenacious sisters begin collecting and selling roasted grasshoppers to quickly fill the bank in the hopes of their mother’s quick return.

“Yesterday” (R) (2) [DVD only] — Nifty futuristic gadgets and flying bullets dominate this dark, convoluted, action-packed, stylish, 121-minute, 2002 sci-fi thriller about a government coverup involving genetic experiments and kidnapped children and a grieving, guilt-ridden Korean detective (Seung-woo Kim) in 2020 who teams up with a comely profiling criminologist (Yunjin Kim) to find a prolific serial killer (Min-su Choi) he blames for his son’s death after he kidnaps the police commissioner.

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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