New movies showing in Minneapolis

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

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” (R) (3) [Language, drug material, and brief nudity.] — A. J. Eaton’s captivating, insightful, informative, candid, 93-minute documentary in which 76-year-old, attention-seeking, legendary singer/songwriter David Crosby, who grew up with his parents Floyd and Aliph and musician brother Ethan in California, reflects on his personal life and long-lasting career and includes nostalgic music, archival home movies, photographs, concert clips from his 2017 U.S. tour, and interview snippets with singer Graham Nash, devoted wife Jan, The Byrds cofounders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, musicologist Enrico Merlin, photographer Henry Diltz, sound engineer Stephen Barncard, and musician Glenn Frey.

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (PG-13) (3.5) [Prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material, and some strong language.] — After an skilled MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby) injects herself with a potentially deadly virus that can be programmed into a highly lethal bio weapon in an attempt to protect it and is then accused of murdering several MI6 agents in this frenetic-paced, entertaining, violent, humor sprinkled, well-choreographed, star-dotted (Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Eddie Marsan, Kevin Hart, Charlize Theron, and Eiza González), 136-minute sequel filled with nonstop action, a muscle-bound federal Diplomatic Security Service agent (Dwayne Johnson), who has a smart 9-year-old daughter (Lori Pelenise Tuisano), trades barbs with a former English military Special Forces operative and mercenary (Jason Statham) as they reluctantly try to work together to retrieve the virus and to find the allegedly rogue London agent while a tenacious, cyber-engineered former British agent (Idris Elba) turned terrorist and his fleet of henchmen soldiers also desperately try to retrieve the virus. 

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” (G) (3) — A rerelease of Hayao Miyazaki’s family-friendly, entertaining, delightful, star-studded (Janeane Garofalo, Martin Lawrence, Debbie Reynolds, Phil Hartman, et al.), 103-minute, 1989 animated film in which a 13-year-old, greenhorn, apprentice witch (voiceover by Kirsten Dunst) and her black cat leave the seaside and head to the big city on a broom and deliver packages to earn a living and to gain self-confidence.

 “The Mountain” (NR) (2) [Plays at MSP Film Society at St. Anthony on Main Theater.] — After the sudden death of his cantankerous, skating coach father (Udo Kier) in the 1950s in this quirky, somber, painfully slow-paced, confusing, arty, disconnected, 106-minute, 2018 film, a quiet, introverted, sexually-numb, Zamboni operator and skating rink employee (Tye Sheridan) goes on the road in the scenic Pacific Northwest as an assistant and photographer for a controversial, antics-prone, pipe-smoking, well-known doctor (Jeff Goldblum) who is traveling to various insane asylums promoting his lobotomies for mentally ill patients (Hannah Gross, et al.) despite that the procedure has garnered negative responses.

“Paris Is Burning” (R) (3) [Language and sexuality.] — A rerelease of Jennifer Livingston’s engaging. enlightening, entertaining, 71-minute, 1990 documentary about the New York gay subculture in the 1980s and follows various flamboyant African-American and Hispanic gay transvestites or transsexual drag queens who sadly are often ridiculed and ostracized in their daily life but find acceptance when they perform and compete on the costume ball circuit, which began in the 1920s.

“Sword of Trust” (R) (2) [Language throughout.] — When a granddaughter (Jillian Bell) inherits an antique sword from her grandfather that allegedly proves that the Confederacy won the Civil War and she and her partner (Michaela Watkins) try to convince a gruff Alabama pawnshop owner (Marc Maron) to buy it as his dimwitted, flat-Earther employee (Jon Huss) observes the transaction banter in this wacky, low-key, intermittently funny, low-budget, improvisational, 88-minute comedy, things get dicey after a mysterious middleman (Toby Huss) enters the picture offering the parties $40,000 and then drives them to the Tennessee countryside to meet a Civil War collector (Dan Bakkedahl) while inept conspiracy theorists (Whitmer Thomas and Timothy Paul) try to get their hands on the saber.


“12” (PG-13) (3.5) [Violent images, disturbing content, thematic material, brief sexual and drug references, and smoking.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — While an eclectic group of twelve Russian jurors (Sergey Makovetsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Garmash, Valentin Gaft, Alexey Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergey Gazarov, Mikhail Efremov, Alexey Gorbunov, Sergey Artsybashev, Victor Verzhbitsky, and Roman Madyanov), including a stomach-queasy surgeon, an abusive and racist taxicab driver, a cheating cemetery manager, a business executive, a television producer, a touring musician, and a successful inventor, deliberate about the guilt or innocence of a Chechen teenager (Apti Magamaev) on trial in Moscow for the murder of his foster father in this well-acted, tension-filled, 159-minute, 2007 remake of the 1957 film “12 Angry Men,” the prisoner reminiscences about his past as he waits in his cell.

“Betty Blue: The Director’s Cut” (NR) (3) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — Superb acting dominates this compelling, sexually explicit, 3-hour, 1986 Jean-Jacques Beineix film based on Philippe Dijan’s novel about the tumultuous, co-dependent relationship and love affair between a handsome French handyman and wannabe crime writer (Jean-Hugues Anglade) and a sexy, hot-headed, free-spirited woman (Béatrice Dalle) as she slides into madness.

“Grey Gardens” (NR) (3.5) [DVD only] — A fascinating, well-acted, insightful, 104-minute, 2009 HBO film that chronicles the lives of an aunt and cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Jeanne Tripplehorn), eccentric Edith Bouvier Beale (Jessica Lange) who was married to a wealthy lawyer (Ken Howard) and her equally eccentric, brooch- and scarf-wearing daughter Edie (Drew Barrymore) who dreams of acting and singing, from their heyday in Manhattan in 1936 to starring in the Maysles brothers (Ayre Gross and Justin Louis) documentary during the early 1970s that exposed their disorderly, co-dependent lives while living at a filthy, rundown East Hampton mansion filled with trash, raccoons, and felines.

“The Sensation of Sight” (R) (2.5) [Some language.] [DVD only] — Wonderful photography highlights this slow-paced, somber, arty, poetic, 134-minute,  2006 film in which a traumatized English schoolteacher (David Strathairn) is haunted by the tragic death of a high school student in his classroom and tries to escape his life by separating from his worried wife (Ann Cusack) and 9-year-old son (Tony Swingle) and by resigning himself to selling encyclopedias door-to-door in New Hampshire while an unemployed mother (Jane Adams) tries to raise her precocious daughter (Cassidy Hinkle), an angry ex-con (Daniel Gillies) tries to sort out his life and to reconnect with his child, a grief-stricken guitarist (Ian Somerhalder) tries to get over the death of his brother, and a teenager (Elizabeth Waterston) tries to console her widowed dad (Scott Wilson).

“Séraphine” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — Wonderful cinematography highlights this engaging, award-winning, factually based, 125-minute, 2008 biopic French film in which German art critic and dealer Wilhelm Unde (Ulrich Tukur) discovers the beautiful paintings of frumpy, narrowly focused, middle-age Séraphine Louis (Yolande Moreau) in 1914 in Senlis, France, and after WWI, he arranges an exhibition of her captivating and colorful artwork in Paris.

“Sex and Death 101” (R) (1) [Strong sexual content and language.] [DVD only] — After a handsome, womanizing restaurant entrepreneur (Simon Baker) discovers a strange, anonymous email accidently sent by three odd men (Robert Wisdom, Tanc Sade, and Patton Oswalt) that lists all of his past and future sexual conquests and breaks up with his beautiful fiancée (Julie Bowen) in this lame, stupid, unfunny, satirical, 117-minute, 2007 comedy, he becomes obsessed with finding the women (Winter Ave Zoli, Jessica Kiper, et al.) on the list to the concern of his friends (Dash Mihok, et al.) and his gay secretary (Mindy Cohn) until he gets to the last conquest (Winona Ryder) on the list.

“The Ugly Truth” (R) (3) [Sexual content and language.] [DVD only] — After a crass, sexy, straight-shooting, chauvinistic television host (Gerard Butler), who spews manly love advice, is hired to give no-nonsense commentary alongside married, sex-starved co-anchors (Cheryl Hines and John Michael Higgins) on a Sacramento morning news television show in a desperate attempt to boost ratings in this funny, entertaining, predictable, romantic, 96-minute, 2009 comedy, a neurotic, controlling, smart producer (Katherine Heigl) surprises herself when she accepts his love tips and strategies to hook a hunky surgeon (Eric Winter) who has just moved in next door.

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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