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)

“Deadpool 2” (R) (3.5) [Strong violence and language throughout, sexual references, and brief drug material.] — After his girlfriend (Morena Baccarin) is killed and a vindictive soldier (Josh Brolin) from the future is bent on killing an abused, pudgy, 14-year-old boy (Julian Dennison) who can set fire with his hands in this outrageously funny, highly entertaining, action-packed, fast-paced, extremely violent, pun-filled, satirical, cameo-studded Terry Crews, Brad Pitt, Bill Skarsgård, Matt Damon, Leslie Uggams, T. J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Rob Delaney, and Brianna Hildebrand), 119-minute sci-fi sequel where mayhem and great dialogue reign, the grieving, burned mutant (Ryan Reynolds) with extraordinary rejuvenation powers ends up with the remains of his X-Force crew (Zazie Beetz, Stefan Kapičić, et al.) to stop the widowed soldier from killing the teenager and the revenge-driven teenager from killing his abusive headmaster (Eddie Marsan).

“On Chesil Beach” (R) (3) [Some sexual content and nudity.] — After a British history major (Billy Howle), who lives with his parents (Anne-Marie Duff and Adrian Scarborough) and twin sisters (Anna and Mia Burgess), maries a talented violinist (Saoirse Ronan), who lives with her upper class parents (Emily Watson and Samuel West) and younger sister (Bebe Cave), in 1962 in this touching, heartbreaking, touching, well-acted, 110-minute, 2017 film adapted from Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel and highlighted by terrific cinematography, the virginal English couple find themselves having difficulty consummating the marriage at an idyllic seaside hotel, which has unfortunate consequences.

“Show Dogs” (PG) (3) [Suggestive and rude humor, language, and some action.] — An entertaining, funny, family-oriented, star-dotted (voiceovers by Alan Cumming, Shaquille O’Neal, Jordin Sparks, RuPaul, and Gabirelle Iglesias), predictable, 92-minute, pratfall comedy in which a clumsy FBI agent (Will Arnett) and a smart New York City Rottweiler cop (voiceover by Ludacris) go undercover at a prestigious dog show in Las Vegas and are aided by a dog handler (Natasha Lyonne), a Papillion  (voiceover by Stanley Tucci), a pug, and three pigeons to nab an animal smuggler (Omar Chaparro) and to return a young panda to its mother.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) (3.5) [Sequences of sci-fi/action/violence.] — An entertaining, action-packed, fast-paced, thrilling, twist-filled, star-studded (Warwick Davis, Jon Favreau, and Thandie Newton), 135-minute Ron Howard sci-fi prequel filled with terrific special effects that chronicles the back story in which ambitious, clever, tenacious pilot Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) teams up with larger-life-than-life fury Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) after they escaped from prison, an Imperial captain (Woody Harrelson) and mentor, smuggler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), and a former girlfriend (Emilia Clarke) to steal eleven powerful energy canisters for a ruthless crime boss (Paul Bettany).

 

On DVD

 

“Bab’Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul” (NR) (1.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] Colorful costumes and wind-blown, sand-filled landscapes dominate this slow-moving, hard-to-relate-to, poetic, 96-minute, 2005 film about a dark-eyed Iranian girl (Maryam Hamid) who is eager to hear the ancient tale that her blind grandfather (Parviz Shahinkhou) weaves while they cross the Iranian and Tunisian deserts to attend a gathering of dervishes that occurs once every 30 years.

“The Flock” (R) (2) [Perverse content involving aberrant sexuality and strong violence, and language.] [DVD only] After a tenacious, unbalanced, rage-fueled, obsessive, 18-year veteran (Richard Gere) of the department of public safety is forced to retire when his boss becomes fed up with his abusive and unorthodox behavior toward his “flock” of registered sexual deviants with a wide range of fetishes and he reluctantly ends up mentoring a new recruit (Claire Danes) in this intense, violent, downbeat, 96-minute, 2007 thriller, he and his new protégé investigate the disappearance of a beautiful blonde teenager (Kristina Sisco) and try to link a paroled serial rapist and a duplicitous widow (Kadee Strickland) to the case.

“Hounddog” (R) (2) [Disturbing sexual assault of a young girl, and brief sexuality.] [DVD only] A controversial, unimaginative, symbolism, 102-minute, 2007-heavy film in which a gifted, wide-eyed, tomboyish, twelve-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) in Alabama tries to find solace in flighty childhood friends (Cody Hanford and Isabelle Fuhrman) and a caring African-American horse trainer (Afemo Omilasmi) and singing the songs of her idol Elvis Presley (Ryan Pelton) to escape growing up with her dysfunctional, abusive, alcoholic father (David Morse), who has taken up with a new slip-sporting girlfriend (Robin Wright Penn), and her strict, God-fearing grandmother (Piper Laurie) during the 1950s.

“The Legend of Johnny Lingo” (G) (2) [DVD only] — A lackluster, family-geared, 91-minute, 2003 film based on the story “Johnny Lingo’s Eight Cow Wife” in which a legendary South Pacific trader (George Henare) mentors a rebellious, unhappy orphan (Joe Folau) who washes up on his beach and grows up to return to his childhood love (Kayte Ferguson) after an 8-year absence.

“Mysteries of the Great Lakes” (NR) (3) [DVD only] Gordon Pinsent narrates this fascinating, educational, 45-minute, 2008 IMAX documentary that captures the gorgeous scenery of Lake Huron’s Georgia Bay, Lake Superior’s Slate Islands, and the Benjamin and Apostle Islands; shows a myriad of wildlife, including beavers, endangered bald eagles, woodland caribou, turtles, and birds; presents interesting historical facts about the Great Lakes region, including the six to ten thousand ships (such as the Edmund Fitzgerald on Nov. 10, 1975) that ran aground or sank in its waters; and showcases the diligent efforts of biologists and conservationists to save the prehistoric, fresh water lake sturgeon from extinction and repopulate the Great Lakes with this species that has survived virtually unchanged for more than 100 million years.

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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