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)

“Detroit” (R) (3.5) [Strong violence and pervasive language.] — A gut-wrenching, anger-producing, factually based, well-acted, violent, star-studded (John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, and Jeremy Strong), 143-minute Kathryn Bigelow film set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in 1967 in which trigger-happy cops (Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, et al.) terrorized innocent civilians (Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, et al.) and murdered three of them in cold blood at the Algiers Motel when trying to force them to reveal the location of a sniper gun that was shot out the window at National Guard troops and eventually culminated in an infamous trial in 1969.

“Kidnap” (R) (2.5) [Violence and peril.] — Car chases and crashes dominate this intense, suspenseful, action-packed, fast-paced, well-acted, love-it-or-hate-it, 94-minute thriller in which a tenacious, divorced, distraught, desperate, and determined waitress (Halle Berry) goes after an ugly couple (Lew Temple and Chris McGinn) after they kidnap her six-year-old son (Sage Correa) from an amusement park in New Orleans.

“Strange Weather” (R) (2) [A scene of sexuality.] — Seven years after the tragic suicide of her adult son (Ransom Ashley) in this somber, low-key, star-dotted (Kim Coates, Glenn Headley, Ted Ferguson, Johnny McPhail, and Lucy Faust), 92-minute, 2016 film a divorced, small-town university administrator assistant (Holly Hunter) in Georgia tries to make sense of her son’s death by speaking with various friends (Walker Babington, Craig Boe, and Turner Crumbley) and then heading to New Orleans with her lesbian friend (Carrie Coon) when she learns that a friend (Shane Jacobsen) of her son stole his business idea about opening a hot dog restaurant that turned out to be a huge success.

 


On DVD

 

“College Road Trip” (G) (2) [DVD only] — A silly, slapstick, pratfall, family-friendly, 83-minute, 2008 Walt Disney comedy in which an obsessed, worry-wart, and scheming Chicago police chief (Martin Lawrence) escorts his college-bound daughter (Raven-Symoné) and unknowingly his sneaky, precocious, pig-loving son (Eshaya Draper) on a frenzied weekend road trip to Georgetown while his real estate agent wife (Kym E. Whitley) holds down the fort at home.

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” (G) (3) [DVD only] — When water-loving Horton the elephant (voiceover by Jim Carrey) hears the voice of the Whoville Mayor (voiceover by Steve Carell) coming from a speck of dust and frantically tries to save the precarious community in this whimsical, imaginative, fanciful, animated, 86-minute, 2008  classic story, a meddling kangaroo (voiceover by Carol Burnett) coaxes a vulture (voiceover by Will Arnett) to get rid of the speck and then incites Horton’s jungle companions to lock him up after believing that he has gone crazy.

“Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield” (R) (1) [Strong violence and disturbing graphic images.] [DVD only] — A poorly executed, gory, factually based, 90-minute, 2007 thriller about a small-town sheriff (Tim Oman) and his deputy (Shawn Hoffman) who uncover grisly, unspeakable murders by infamous, deranged, flesh-wearing serial killer Ed Gein in Wisconsin when a tavern owner (Caia Coley), a shopkeeper (Priscilla Barnes), and a beautiful blonde (Adrienne Frantz) disappear in 1957.

“Funny Games” (R) (1) [Terror, violence, and some language.] [DVD only] — An initially promising, edgy, 111-minute, 2007 dark remake of the 1997 psychological thriller that soon becomes preposterous, gimmicky, and incredibly disappointing as a summer vacation goes horribly awry for an uppercrust couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) and their 10-year-old son (Devon Gearhart) when two creepy, preppie, glove-wearing sociopaths (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbert) come to borrow eggs at their Long Island home.

 

©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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