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)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (PG-13) (4) [Sci-fi action violence, some language, and brief suggestive comments.] — After Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes 15-year-old Spider-Man (Tom Holland) under this wing in preparation for his becoming a full-fledged Avenger, builds him a million-dollar suit, and invites him to participate in a Tony Stark internship in this entertaining, riveting, humorous, superbly acted, well-paced, surprise dotted, action-packed, star-studded (Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Chris Evans, Tony Revolori, Hannibal Buress, Tyne Daly, Kenneth Choi, Angourie Rice, Garcelle Beauvais, Zach Cherry, Amadeus Cho, Gary Weeks, Jennifer Connolly, and Kerry Condon), 3D, 133-minute sequel, the zealous, eager teenager, who lives with his aunt (Marisa Tomei) in Queens, hangs out with his excitable best friend (Jacob Batalon), and has a crush on one of his gorgeous decathlon teammates (Laura Harrier), is desperate to prove himself by taking on an unapproved mission and going after a tenacious small-time contractor (Michael Keaton) turned villain known as the Vulture and his henchmen (Bokeem Woodbinem, Michael Chernus, Logan Marshall-Green, et al.) who are selling alien technology and weapons to the highest bidders (Donald Glover, Michael Mando, et al.).

 


On DVD

 

“Bonneville” (PG) (3) [Some mild language and innuendo.] [DVD only] — After the insensitive, catty, snobbish, blackmailing daughter (Christine Baranski) of her deceased husband insists on burying his ashes in the family plot in this touching, sentimental, occasionally humorous. 93-minute, 2006 chick flick, the grieving Idaho widow (Jessica Lange) hits the open road in a red 1966 Bonneville convertible with her two supportive best friends (Kathy Bates and Joan Allen) where they meet a delightful Mexican teenager (Victor Rasuk) searching for his father and a widowed, charming truck driver (Tom Skerritt) while visiting her old haunts as she reminiscences about the past and struggles with fulfilling her husband’s last wishes.

“Catch Me If You Can” (PG) (2.5) [DVD only] — When their Minnesota high school is in danger of closing and fundraisers selling pies does not raise enough dough in this uplifting, engaging, family-oriented, 106-minute, 1989 film, three passionate students (Loryn Locklin, Matt Lattanzi, and Grant Heslov) go behind the back of their jukebox-loving, secret-keeping principal (Geoffrey Morrissette) to earn quick money in illegal street racing controlled by a crooked businessman (M. Emmet Walsh).

“City of Men” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — While a teenage Brazilian father (Douglas Silva) ends up caring for his young son (Vinícius and Vitor Oliveira) after his wife (Camila Monteiro) leaves for San Paulo to try and provide them a better life and his 17-year-old best friend (Darlan Cunha) searches for the father (Rodrigo dos Santos) he never knew in this gritty, violent, disturbing, and engaging, 106-minute, 2007 sequel to “City of God,” they both try to survive when rival, gun-toting gang members (Luciano Vidigal, Eduardo ‘BR’ Piranha, Pedro Heneique, et al.) begin a war to take over Dead End Hill in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

“Madonnas” (NR) (1.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A choppy, bleakly realistic, and somber, 125-minute, 2007 Maria Speth film about a pathologically-lying, emotionally empty, single mother (Sandra Hüller) in Germany who desperately and clumsily tries to build a family unit with an infatuated American Marine (Coleman Orlando Swinton) and her five children (Luisa Sappelt, et al.) despite and because of her traumatic childhood with her emotionally-distant mother (Susanne Lothar) and her absentee father (Olivier Gourmet).

“The Other Boleyn Girl” (PG-13) (3.5) [Mature thematic elements, sexual content, and some violent images.] [DVD only] — Gorgeous costumes and exquisite sets dominate this engrossing and intriguing, 115-minute, 2008 historical drama that depicts an uncommonly known piece of English history in which the ruthless, power-hungry Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) uses his ambitious brother-in-law (Mark Rylance) as a pawn against the wishes of his sister (Kristin Scott Thomas) to benefit himself and the Boleyn family by trying to prostitute his headstrong niece, Ann Boleyn (Natalie Portman), but the greedy plan backfires when King Henry VII (Eric Bana) becomes smitten with her younger, married sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson), which eventually leads to a jealous sibling rivalry, the downfall of the Boleyns, and England’s break from the Catholic Church after the king annuls his marriage to Katherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent).

“The Signal” (R) (3) [Strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, and brief nudity.] [DVD only] — Bloody mayhem ensues in this gory, graphically violent, gruesomely imaginative, occasionally tongue-in-cheek, 103-minute, 2007 horror film when subliminal signals from televisions, cell phones, and radios trigger extreme paranoia and indiscriminate killings among Terminus citizens, including a jealous husband (A.J. Bowen) searching for his adulterous wife (Anessa Ramsey) with her smitten lover (Justin Welborn) also desperate to find her and a traumatized New Year’s Eve host (Cheri Christian) trying to entertain unusual guests (Scott Poythress, Jim Parsons, and A.J. Bowen) at a surreal party after killing her husband (Christopher Thomas) in self-defense.

“Witless Protection” (PG-13) (1.5) [Crude and sex-related humor.] [DVD only] — Crude, groan-inducing humor and visuals dominate this silly, star-studded (Eric Roberts, Peter Stormare, Richard Bull, et al.), 97-minute, 2008 comedy about a vocabulary-challenged, donut-packing, small-town deputy sheriff (Larry the Cable Guy) who, despite resistance from his girlfriend waitress (Jenny McCarthy) and his dimwitted buddies (Will Clinger, Omar Dykes, and Reno Collier), snatches a key government witness (Ivana Milicevic) from under the noses of four FBI agents (Yaphet Kotto, Dan Waller, Rick LeFevour, and Joseph Luis Caballero) who are escorting her to a trial in Chicago when he believes that she is in imminent danger.

 

©1986 through 2017 by Wendy Schadewald. The preceding films were reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who has been a Twin Cities film critic since 1986. To see more of her film reviews, log on to 60-Second Film Reviews.

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