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)

“Creed II” (PG-13) (3.5) [Sports action violence, language, and a scene of sensuality.] When his Russian nemesis (Dolph Lundgren) challenges the legendary, Philadelphia boxing trainer (Sylvester Stallone) to convince the world lightweight boxing champion (Michael B. Jordan), who has a deaf, pregnant, singer wife (Tessa Thompson), to fight his son (Florian Munteanu), who has a chip on his shoulder, in this entertaining, well-acted,  critically acclaimed, gritty, star-studded (Phylicia Rashad, Russell Hornsb, Brigitte Nielsen, Andre Ward, and Milo Ventimiglia), 130-minute sequel, the confident boxer agrees, but the fight does not go as hoped and then he must decide what to do next.

 

“Robin Hood” (PG-13) (1.5) [Extended sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive references.] After returning to England from the Crusades to find his manor in disarray, his lands seized, and his beautiful girlfriend (Eve Hewson) in love with his best friend (Jamie Dornan) in this disappointing, lackluster, unoriginal, action-packed, 116-minute film dominated by a weak script and dialogue and strange costumes, an arrow-wielding British lord (Taron Egerton) joins a one-handed Arab (Jamie Foxx) in trying to steal from the rich and to give to the poor and feigns friendship with the greedy, powerful sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) to prevent his plan with the ungodly cardinal (F. Murray Abraham) from succeeding with the help of the defrocked friar (Tim Minchin) and fed-up townsfolk.

 

“Tea with the Dames” (NR) (3) [On Demand] An insightful, low-key, fascinating, 94-minute documentary in which legendary, widowed, 80-something, stage and screen actors Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright gather at an English manor in the countryside to gossip and reminisce about their careers and childhood and consists of archival photographs and snippets from plays (such as “The Merchant of Venice,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “The Duchess of Malfi,” “Othello,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Master Builder,” “A Fine Romance,” “Cabaret,” and “The Recruiting Officer”) and films, including “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “Godsford Park,” “The Three Sisters,” “Her Majesty Mrs. Brown,” and “Tea with Mussolini”.

 

 

On DVD

 

“Food of Love” (R) (1.5) [Sexual content, nudity, and language.] [DVD only] — When an 18-year-old Julliard music student (Kevin Bishop) goes on a trip to Barcelona with his bitter, divorced mother (Juliet Stevenson) in this dull, coming-of-age, 112-minute, 2002 film based on the novel “Tale of Love,” the impressionable page turner finds himself smitten with an older, handsome classical pianist (Paul Rhys) to the chagrin of his jealous, longtime agent (Allan Corduner).

 

“He’s Just Not That into You” (PG-13) (3) [Sexual content and brief strong language.] [DVD only] — Every woman can relate to this romantic, predictable, chick-flick, 129-minute, 2009 comedy in which an adorable copywriter (Ginnifer Goodwin) looks for love with a know-it-all restaurant manager (Justin Long) in Baltimore, an advertising writer (Jennifer Aniston) looks for marriage from her commitment-phobic lover (Ben Affleck) of 7 years, an ambitious yoga instructor (Scarlett Johansson) looks to tempt a businessman (Bradley Cooper) who is married to his college sweetheart (Jennifer Connelly) by asking for help with her singing career, and a feisty executive (Drew Barrymore) looks for a connection with a just-dumped real estate agent (Kevin Connolly).

 

“The Pink Panther 2” (PG) (2.5) [Some suggestive humor, brief mild language, and action.] [DVD only] — After the globe-trotting “tornado” thief steals the Magna Carta in England, the Shroud of Turin in Italy, an imperial sword in Japan, and the pink panther diamond in France in this pratfall, wacky, star-filled (Jeremy Irons, Jean Reno, Lily Tomlin, Emily Mortimer, et al.), 92-minute, 2009 comedic sequel, the jealous French chief inspector (John Cleese) reluctantly reassigns clueless, clumsy, and infamous inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) from his parking ticket duty to an international team of detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki, and Aishwarya Rai) to find the priceless relics.

 

“Push” (PG-13) (1.5) [Intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking, and a scene of teen drinking.] — Unempathetic and annoying characters dominate this nonsensical, loophole-filled, convoluted, action-packed, futuristic, 111-minute. 2009 thriller about two Americans (Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans) in Hong Kong with unusual paranormal abilities, such as telekinesis and clairvoyance, who are brought together to protect the only survivor (Camilla Belle) of their kind who escaped from the clutches of the Division, a secretive government agency, whose leader (Djimon Hounsou) wants to turn them into weapons.

 

“Spark” (NR) (2) [DVD only] — When an angry, hotheaded African-American (Terrence Howard) and his girlfriend (Nicole Ari Parker) become stranded in a small desert town on their way from Chicago to California in this lackluster, 103-minute, 1998 film, the couple find themselves befriended by the bitter son (Brendan Sexton III) of an alcoholic mechanic (Tom Gilroy).

 

“Under the Sea 3D” (G) (4) [DVD only] — Jim Carrey narrates this educational, fascinating, 3D, 35-minute, 2009, IMAX documentary filled with stunningly gorgeous cinematography and colorful and diverse aquatic sea life roaming the coral triangle of the Pacific, particularly Southern Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, including frogfish, crocodile fish, stonefish, blue damsel fish, striped cat fish, stingray, crown jellyfish, shrimp, crab, cuttlefish, squid, garden eels, convict fish, potato cod, cleaner fish, green sea turtles, chambered nauticals, whales, great white sharks, sea lions, and leafy sea dragons.

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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