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)

“Adrift” (PG-13) (3) [Injury images, peril, language, brief drug use, partial nudity, and thematic elements.] — When Englishman Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) and his free-spirited American fiancée Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) agree to sail a luxurious 44-foot yacht from Tahiti to San Diego, Calif., for an English couple (Jeffrey Thomas and Elizabeth Hawthrone) in 1983 in this harrowing, factually based, inspirational, gut-wrenching, 96-minute thriller told in flashbacks and based on Tami Ashcraft’s 2002 memoir “Sky in Mourning: The True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea,” the trip does not go as planned when they are slammed by Hurricane Raymond and the 41-day struggle begins.

“American Animals” (R) (3) [Language throughout, some drug use, and brief crude/sexual material.] — Bart Layton’s oddball, well-acted, hilariously entertaining, 116-minute true story reenactment based on the “Transy Book Heist” in which four reckless, foolhardy, entitled Transylvania University students (Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson) in Kentucky concoct a harebrained scheme in December 2004 to subdue a librarian (Ann Dowd) and rob the special collections of valuable rare books to allegedly sell to a collector (Udo Kier) in Amsterdam and eventually end up in federal prison for seven years after being nabbed by the FBI.

“The Misandrists” (NR) (1.5) — When a German criminal (Til Schindler) is shot  in 1999 and hides out in the basement of a rural Catholic school that is a front for the Female Liberation Army in this highly disturbing, sexually graphic, violent, Bruce La Bruce’s 91-minute, 2017 sequel to his 2005 film “The Raspberry Reich” and is somewhat based on the 1971 film “The Beguiled,” he ends up surrounded by radical lesbian terrorists (Kita Updike, Viva Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Caprice Crawford, Grete Gehrke, Victoire Laly, Olivia Kundisch, and Lina Bembe) who are controlled and manipulated by a dangerous, delusional, handicapped “headmistress” (Susanne Sachße) who is bent on eradicating the male species.

“Ocean’s 8” (PG-13) (3.5) [Language, drug use, and some suggestive content.] — Funny one-liners highlight this highly entertaining, twist-filled, well-paced, thrilling, cameo-dotted (Katie Holmes, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Dakota Fanning, Olivia Munn, Jamie King, Kim Kardashian West, Carl Reiner, Zac Posen, Anna Wintour, Adriana Lima, Kylie Jenner, Marlo Thomas, Elizabeth Ashley, Kendall Jenner, Dana Ivey, Hailey Baldwin, Mary Louise Wilson, Griffin Dunne, and Deidre Goodwin), 110-minute sequel in which a just-released clever ex-con (Sandra Bullock), who spent more than five years planning a heist, works with her former partner (Cate Blanchett), an Indian jeweler (Mindy Kaling), a computer/tech wiz (Rihanna), a wacky fashion designer (Helen Bonham Carter) down on her luck, a slight-of-hand pickpocket (Awkwafina), and a married fence (Sarah Paulson) to rob a snooty actress (Anne Hathaway) of a dazzling Cartier necklace worth a cool $150 million at the New York City Met Gala on the first Monday in May and then frame a former backstabbing boyfriend (Richard Armitage) for the robbery while a tenacious British insurance agent (James Corden) breaths down her neck.

 

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“All Roads Lead Home” (PG) (2.5) [Thematic material and brief language.] While a strong-willed, rebellious, grieving 12-year-old girl (Belle Lawlor), her animal control officer father (Jason London), and her obstinate grandfather (Peter Coyote) in Kansas City try to deal with the aftermath of a tragic car accident in this factually inspired, family oriented, heartwarming, 108-minute, 2008 film, a veterinarian (Vanessa Branch) searches for the culprit in the death of several animals and a well-worn motel keeper (Peter Boyle) looking for customers.

“Ghost Town” (PG-13) (3) [Some strong language, sexual humor, and drug references.] After a lonely, stuffy, regimented Manhattan dentist (Ricky Gervais) dies for 7 minutes during a routine colonoscopy and then finds himself conversing with ghosts in this funny, heart-tugging, 108-minute, 2008 romantic comedy, he falls for a comely archeologist (Téa Leoni) when he agrees to help her deceased, two-timing, guilt-ridden husband (Greg Kinnear) break up her engagement to a curry-cooking human rights lawyer (Billy Campbell).

“I Served the King of England” (R) (3.5) [Sexual content and nudity.] [Subtitled.] Beautiful women (Zuzana Fialová, Petra Hrebícková, et al.) and tantalizing food dominate this delightfully charming, whimsical, critically acclaimed, dark, 113-minute, 2006 comedy in which a just-released, short-statured prisoner (Ivan Barnev) in Prague chronicles his fascinating career during the early 1900s as an ambitious, opportunistic, coin-tossing waiter and maitre’d (Oldrich Kaiser) working at various fancy hotels and brothels in Czechoslovakia, his dream of being a millionaire, and his marriage to a brainwashed, Hitler-obsessed German (Julia Jentsch).

“The Lucky Ones” (R) (3) [Language and some sexual content.] — When an idealistic, middle-aged Army sergeant (Tim Robbins) returning home from Iraq finds himself sharing a rental car with two injured privates (Rachel McAdams and Michael Peña) on leave and becomes despondent after learning that his apathetic wife (Molly Hagan) wants a divorce and his teenage son (Mark L. Young) immediately needs $20,000 for college in this engaging, compelling, down-to-earth, 115-minute, 2008 film, the three soldiers form a tight, supportive bond and lifelong friendship while on an insightful and healing cross-country road trip.

“My Best Friend’s Girl” (R) (.5) [Strong language and sexual content throughout, including graphic dialogue and some nudity.] A haphazard, foolish plan backfires in this painfully unfunny romantic, 101-minute, 2008 comedy filled with vulgar language and crude humor when a smitten man (Jason Biggs) asks his uncouth, obnoxious best friend and rebound expert (Dane Cook), who is unfortunately a chip off the old block (Alec Baldwin), to coerce a date with his girlfriend (Kate Hudson) of five weeks to make him look good as a boyfriend.

“Trouble the Water” (NR) (4) — A gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, eye-opening, mind-blowing, inspirational, 93-minute, 2008 documentary that incorporates riveting hand-held camera footage shot by aspiring African-American rap artist Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband, who lived in the 9th ward in New Orleans, as they struggled to survive Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and depicts the horrific and devastating aftermath, including the lackadaisical government response and bureaucratic red tape and mismanagement, and its effects on the lives of thousands of people on the Gulf Coast.

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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