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)

“Beautiful Boy” (R) (3.5) [Drug content throughout, language, and brief sexual material.] Terrific acting dominates this gut-wrenching, factually based, dark, realistic, slow-paced, 2-hour film based on David Sheff’s bestselling memoir “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” and Nic Sheff’s memoir “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines” that chronicles the struggle of a desperate magazine writer (Steve Carell), who lives with his artistic wife (Maura Tierney) and two young children (Christian Convery and Oakley Bull) in San Francisco, as he tries with his ex-wife (Amy Ryan) to help his smart, 19-year-old son (Timothée Chalamet) who is addicted to a slew of drugs, including crystal meth.

 

“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” (PG) (2) [Scary creature action and images, some thematic elements, rude humor, and language.] After an inventive student (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and his Africa-American friend (Caleel Harris) inadvertently bring an evil, mischievous ventriloquist’s dummy (voiceover by Mick Wingert) back to life that is desperate to have a family in this lackluster, sappy, wacky, non-scary, star-dotted (Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell), 99-minute horror comedy sequel, his college-bound sister (Madison Iseman) helps the boys stop the monstrous ghouls and goblins from terrorizing the townsfolk on Halloween.

 

“Living in the Age of Airplanes” (NR) (3.5) [Plays Oct. 12-Jan 3. at the Omnitheater as part of the Year of the Engineer at the Science Museum of Minnesota.] Harrison Ford narrates this educational, inspirational, thought-provoking, 47-minute IMAX documentary, which is filled with striking cinematography and gorgeous scenery from 18 countries across all seven continents, that examines the history of transportation from the invention of the wheel that led to automobiles, the stream engines that led to trains, and the airplane that led to modern-day flight and explores the countless effects that airplanes have had on everyday life due to the extraordinary technological advancements that allowed people to explore this awesome planet with relative ease and the ability to deliver goods from all corners of Earth to all over the globe in a short amount of time.

 

“The Oath” (R) (3) [Language throughout, violence, and some drug use.] After a liberal-minded businessman (Ike Barinholtz), who has an African-American wife (Tiffany Haddish) and young daughter (Priah Ferguson), refuses to sign the patriot loyalty oath to POTUS that the government is silently strong arming citizens to sign by Black Friday in this well-acted, political, poignant, unpredictable, 93-minute comedic satire, feathers are ruffled during Thanksgiving dinner with the family (Nora Dunn, Carrie Brownstein, Chris Ellis, Matt Corboy, and Meredith Hagner) when a discussion becomes heated and secrets are revealed and when two Citizen Protection Unit agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) show up at the house unexpectedly the next day, all hell breaks loose.

 

 

On DVD

 

“Doubt” (PG-13) (3.5) [Dramatic material.] [DVD only] Infuriating, infectious, crippling doubt runs rampant in this powerful, riveting,, 104-minute, 2008, superbly acted film, which is nominated for five Golden Globe awards, in which a strict, stern, commanding, tenacious, and highly feared principal (Meryl Streep) at a private Catholic school in the Bronx becomes convinced that a well-liked priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is sexually abusing a bullied African-American student (Joseph Foster), who is already tormented and abused at home by his judgmental father while his hardworking mother (Viola Davis) is helpless to prevent it, after a compassionate, mild-mannered nun (Amy Adams) fuels her suspicions in 1964.

 

“Delgo” (PG) (2) [Sequences of fantasy action violence.] [DVD only] When a winged princess (voiceover by Jennifer Love Hewitt) is kidnapped by her murdering, evil aunt (voiceover by Anne Bancroft) and her worried father (voiceover by Louis Gossett, Jr.) erroneously blames an innocent two-toed, dinosaur-like teenager (voiceover by Freddie Prinze, Jr.) in this colorful, complex, star-dotted (Malcolm McDowell, Burt Reynolds, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Kelly Ripa), 94-minute, 2008 animated film narrated by Sally Kellerman, the smitten teenager, his best friend (voiceover by Christ Kattan), and a warrior (voiceover by Val Kilmer) team up to save the princess and to prevent war.

 

“Elite Squad” (R) (3) [Strong violence, pervasive language, and drug content.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] Corruption runs rampant on both sides of the law in this violent, gritty, 115-minute, 2007 Brazilian film in which a hardnosed, stressed-out captain (Wagner Moura) of an elite squad of policemen (André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Marcelo Valle Caio Junqueira, et al.), who is being pressured by his scared pregnant wife (Maria Ribeiro) to retire from his dangerous job, is preoccupied with patrolling the slums of Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the pope’s visit and eliminating the threats of gun-toting drug dealers (Fábio Lago, et al) by gunning them down in 1997.

 

“Nothing Like the Holidays” (PG-13) (2) [Thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references.] Tension and bickering escalate in this downbeat, uneven, 98-mnute, 2008 film when an injured solider (Freddy Rodríguez), a struggling Hollywood actress (Vanessa Ferlito), and an unhappy husband (John Leguizamo) eager to have children with his ambitious stockbroker wife (Debra Messing) return to Chicago to spend Christmas with their Puerto Rican parents (Alfred Molina and Elizabeth Peña) and cousins (Luis Guzmán, et al.).

 

“Seven Pounds” (PG-13) (2.5) [Thematic material, some disturbing content, and a scene of sensuality.] [DVD only] Slow pacing hinders this somber, complex, well-acted, 123-minute, 2008 film about a depressed, guilt-ridden, MIT-educated IRS auditor (Will Smith) who desires to give of himself to others and begins the process of finding worthy recipients (Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, et al.).

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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