New movies showing in Minneapolis

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

“Acrimony” (R) (3) [Language, sexual content, and some violence.] — After marrying a smooth-talking, charming, mechanical engineering student (Antonio Madison/Lyrig Bent) against the advice of her sisters (Jazmyn Simon and Ptosha Storey), spending her inheritance she got from her mother supporting his dreams of inventing a self-sufficient battery, and then eventually being fed up with the sacrifices she made during the marriage in Tyler Perry’s captivating, heartbreaking, well-paced, unpredictable, 2-hour psychological thriller, a frustrated, disillusioned, angry office worker (Ajiona Alexus/Taraji P. Henson) in Pittsburgh expresses her jealousy when she learns that her ex-husband has become successful and is sharing the opulent life she should have had with a another woman (Crystle Stewart).

“Chappaquiddick” (PG-13) (3) [Thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking.] — After inebriated, fast-driving Senator Edward M. Kennedy (Jason Clarke) accidentally drove off a bridge in Chappaquiddick, Ma., on July 18, 1969, and Robert Kennedy’s secretary of four years Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) is tragically killed in this intense, factually based, engaging, well-acted, star-studded (Bruce Dern, Ed Helms, Clancy Brown, Jim Gaffigan, Taylor Nichols, and Olivia Thirlby), 101-minute, 2017 film, a scandal erupts and a chaotic aftermath ensues when the senator did not report the accident until nine hours later and then tries to curtail the damage to his political career and family name.

“Final Portrait” (R) (3.5) [Language, some sexual references and nudity.] [Partially subtitled] — Stanley Tucci’s meandering-paced, arty, quirky, well-acted, insightful, star-studded (Tony Shalhoub and James Faulkner), 90-minute, 2017 film adapted from James Lord’s memoir in which a handsome American writer and art lover (Armie Hammer) from New York spends 18 frustrating and enlightening days in Paris sitting for a portrait for a perfectionist friend and world-renowned Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), who cheats on his wife (Sylvie Testud) with a model muse (Clémence Poésy), in 1964 while he continually starts the painting over.

“Krystal” (R) (3) [Language throughout, drug use, some nudity, and brief sexuality.] — A hilarious, entertaining, quirky, star-studded (Kathy Bates, William Fichtner, Rich Fox, Amy Parrish, and Trip ‘T.I.’ Harris), 93-minute comedy in which a bright, sweet, squeaky-clean 18-year-old art gallery worker (Bick Robinson), who has a heart condition and lives with his parents (William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman) and artistic brother (Grant Gustin), joins A member when he falls head over heels for a recovering alcoholic divorcee (Rosario Dawson) who cares for her handicapped 16-year-old son (Jacob Latimore).




“Death Race” (R) (2.5) [Strong violence and language.] [DVD only] — After a speed-savvy, unemployed steel mill worker (Jason Statham) is framed for the murder of his wife in 2012 by a cutthroat, manipulative warden (Joan Allen) and is offered his freedom from Terminal Island if he agrees to drive as Frankenstein in a web telecasted race in this gruesome, violent, action-packed, fast-paced, futuristic, 105-minute, 2008 thriller based on the film “Death Race 2000,” he is supported by three mechanics (Ian McShane, Frederick Koehler, and Jacob Vargas) who outfit his vehicle with machine guns, napalm, and steel armor and a comely navigator (Natalie Martinez) as he races against other desperate, tenacious drivers (Tyrese Gibson, Robert LaSardo, Justin Mader, Robin Shou, et al.).

“Dirty Laundry” (PG-13) (2) [Language, some sexual content and thematic elements.] [DVD only] — After his 10-year-old son (Aaron Shaw) he did not know he had shows up at his apartment in New York City in this predictable, family-oriented, 100-minute, 2006 comedy, a gay, African-American magazine writer (Rockmond Dunbar) leaves his lover (Joey Costello) and returns to his hometown in Georgia where he butts heads with his estranged domineering mother (Loretta Devine) and siblings (Maurice Jamal and Terri J. Vaughn).

“Hamlet 2” (R) (3) [Language, including sexual references, brief nudity, and some drug content.] [DVD only] — An amusing, imaginative, uneven, star-peppered (Elizabeth Shue, Amy Poehler, et al.), 92-minute, 2008  comedy in which a second-rate actor (Steve Coogan), who teaches drama in Tucson and lives with his unhappy wife (Catherine Keener) and an introvert border (David Arquette), writes an irreverent musical version of Shakespeare’s tragedy that inspires his high school thespians (Natalie Amenula, Sian Bird, Joey Montoya, Jessica Daniels, Gabe Romero, Hannah Rodananta, et al.) but riles the school principal and the parents (Thomas Sanchez, et al.).

“Henry Poole Is Here” (PG) (3) [Thematic elements and some language.] [DVD only] — When a sad, angry, and despondent Texan (Luke Wilson), who is filling his emotional void with Krispy Krème donuts, pizza, and alcohol, returns to his childhood neighborhood in California and buys a rundown, modest home in this touching and somber, 99-minute, 2008 film, he reluctantly finds his stucco house the center of attention after a religious, well-meaning neighbor (Adrianna Mitchell) notices a bleeding, Christ-like stain on his house, which soon fascinates her priest (George Lopez), a grocery store cashier (Rachel Seiferth) with coke bottle glasses, and the traumatized, mute daughter (Morgan Lily) of a comely next door neighbor (Radha Mitchell).

“Mirrors” (R) (2) [Strong violence, disturbing images, language, and brief nudity.] [DVD only] — Commonplace mirrors become a medium for murder in this creepy, tension-filled, 110-minute, 2008 horror film filled with graphic violence when a former NYPD detective (Kiefer Sutherland), who is estranged from his wife (Amy Smart) and kids (Cameron Boyce and Erica Gluck) and lives with his bartending sister (Paula Patton), begins to experience strange, terrifying, and mind-boggling occurrences at his night job as a security guard at a burned out department store in Manhattan.

“The Rocker” (PG-13) (2.5) [Drug and sexual references, nudity, and language.] [DVD only] — Funny moments and occasional gross humor pepper this lighthearted, star-studded (Jayne Lynch, Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Jane Krakowski, et al.), 102-minute, 2008 comedy about a klutzy, sweat-prone, immature, unemployed rocker (Rainn Wilson) in Cleveland who was unceremoniously dumped 20 years earlier by his now highly successful heavy metal Vesuvius band and then gets a chance at redemption and fame and to live his dream when his teenage nephew (Josh Gad) asks him to join his A.D.D. band (Teddy Geiger and Emma Stone) as a drummer and play at his high school prom, which unexpectedly leads to a recording deal.

“The Secret” (R) (2.5) [Language including sexual references, and drug and alcohol use involving teens.] [DVD only] — After his rebellious teenager daughter (Olivia Thirlby) is injured and his beloved wife (Lili Taylor) dies in a tragic car accident in this strange, intriguing, 92-minute, 2007 film based on the Japanese thriller “Himitsu,” a grieving ophthalmologist (David Duchovny) becomes concerned, scared, and frustrated when his daughter claims to be his wife.

“Stargate: Continuum” (NR) (3) [DVD only] — When evil System Lord Ba’al (Cliff Simon) builds a time machine that ultimately threatens Earth and Teal’C (Christopher Judge) and Vala (Claudia Black) suddenly disappear during an extraction ceremony in this captivating, convoluted, 98-minute, 2008 sci-fi- thriller based on the popular television series, two SG-I lieutenant colonels (Ben Browder and Amanda Tapping) and a scientist (Michael Shanks) travel back in time to change the timeline and to try and convince the U.S. president (William Devane) and a major general (Beau Bridges) that Earth is danger from the Goa’uld.

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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