60-SECOND FILM REVIEWS

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

“Peter Rabbit” (PG) (4) [Some rude humor and action.] — After a stuffy, meticulous, blackberry-allergic British manager (Domhnall Gleeson) gets fired from Harrod’s in London and inherits a country house and garden from his curmudgeonly uncle (Sam Neill) suffers a fatal heart attack in this entertaining, family-oriented, funny, whimsical, adorable,  93-minute film adapted from Beatrix Potter’s classic tale and reminiscent of “Home Alone,” he finds himself falling for the comely, animal-loving next door neighbor (Rose Byrne) while trying to get rid of the jealous, mischievous, pesky, vegetable-loving rabbits (voiceovers by James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley,  Elizabeth Debicki, and Matt Lucas) and wildlife that have taken over the property.

On DVD

“The Contract” (R) (3.5) [Violence.] [DVD only] — While FBI agents (Alice Krige and William Tapley), a Washington police chief (Bill Smitrovich), and four killers (Corey Johnson, Thomas Lockyer, et al.) hunt down a ruthless, methodical assassin (Morgan Freeman) in the wilderness in this action-packed, suspenseful 96-minute, 2006 film, a widowed high school gym teacher/coach (John Cusack) and his teenage son (Jamie Anderson) end up spending their bonding vacation trying to keep the handcuffed assassin in custody and allude his tenacious trackers after he escaped the custody of a U.S. marshal.

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” (R) (3) [Drug and sexual content, language, and some nudity.] [DVD only] — An in-depth, fascinating, entertaining, and informative, 2-hour, 2008 Alex Gibney documentary that uses home movies, still photographs, and interviews with Tom Wolfe, Sandi Wright, Patrick Buchanan, Jann Werner, George McGovern, and Jimmy Buffet to detail the infamous life and career of gun-loving, drug-addicted, cynical, brilliant journalist and political reporter Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, who was noted for his acerbic wit and hard-hitting writing, including “Hell’s Angels” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” living life on the edge, running for sheriff in 1970 in Aspen, ferociously campaigning for Senator George McGovern during his 1972 presidential bid, and eventually committing suicide in 2005.

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” (PG) (3.5) [Intense adventure action and some scary moments.] [DVD only] — A fast-paced, action-packed, family-oriented, fun-filled, 3D, 93-minute, 2008 remake of the 1959 film based on the Jules Verne classic in which a scientist (Brendan Fraser), his 13-year-old nephew (Josh Hutcherson), and a cheeky Icelander (Anita Briem) end up on a perilous and fascinating journey of a lifetime in the center of the Earth when they fall miles down a lava tube.

“Laura” (NR) (3) [DVD only] — Otto Preminger’s engaging, black-and-white , 88-minute. 1944 film noir classic in which a handsome New York City police lieutenant (Dana Andrews) interrogates associates of a headstrong, ambitious advertising executive (Gene Tierney), including a pompous writer, (Clifton Webb), her shady playboy fiancé (Vincent Price), and a clingy socialite (Judith Anderson), after the beauty is found shot in the face with a shotgun in her Park Avenue apartment.

“Presto” (G) (3.5) [DVD only] — In this hilarious, witty, clever, 5-minute, 2008 Pixar cartoon that precedes the film “Wall•E,” carrot-crazed rabbit Alec turns the magic show of a magician into a hit when it interferes with the magic act in an attempt to get the carrot to satisfy its hunger.

“When Did You Last See Your Father?” (PG-13) (3) [Sexual content, thematic material, and brief strong language.] [DVD only] — When his silver-tongued, prankster, adulterous father (Jim Broadbent) is diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1989 in this heartbreaking, realistic, well-acted, 92-minute, 2007 somber film, a successful, resentment-filled British poet (Colin Firth) reminisces about his life growing up as a youngster (Bradley Johnson) and as a teenager (Matthew Beard) during the 1950s in England with his colorful dad and repressed mother (Juliet Stevenson).

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 2018 by Wendy Schadewald.

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