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)

“The Favourite” (R) (3.5) [Strong sexual content, nudity, and language.] — Extraordinary sets and costumes and a wonderful classical soundtrack highlight this engaging, factually based, well-acted, unusual, risqué, witty, star-dotted (Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, James Smith, and Robert Harley), 2-hour, baroque period piece in which jealousy, bitterness, and tensions arise when the beautiful, ambitious Baroness Abigail Masham (Emma Stone), who has fallen on hard times, reconnects with her influential, bisexual cousin Lady Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), at the British court in London during the war with France to seek a servant’s job and quickly tries to compete with her cousin to vie for the affections and attention of disabled, sickly Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in the early 1700s.

 

“The Last Suit” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] — After his family sells his home in Buenos Aires and wants to put him in a retirement home in this captivating, poignant, gut-wrenching, heartwarming, well-acted, humor-dotted, 92-minute, 2017 film, a proud, stubborn, 88-year-old, Jewish tailor and Holocaust survivor (Miguel Ángel Solá), who has a bum leg, leaves Argentina and heads to Warsaw, Poland, where he is bound and determined to keep a promise to deliver a blue suit to a kindhearted neighbor (Jan Mayzel) who saved his life in 1945 and is helped along the way by a pianist (Martín Piroyansky), a divorced hostel clerk (Ángela Molina), a multilingual German anthropologist (Julia Beerhold), a nurse (Olga Boladz), and eventually his estranged daughter (Natalia Verbeke).

 

 

On DVD

 

“The Class” (PG-13) (3.5) [Language.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — An insightful, compelling, Oscar-nominated, 128-minute, 2008 quasi-documentary that focuses on a dedicated, well-intentioned, but frustrated French language teacher (François Bégaudeau) as he tries to teach, to inspire, and to control a diverse, unruly, multinational group of teenage high school students in Paris.

 

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” (PG) (2) [Some mild language and thematic elements.] [DVD only] — A wacky, irresponsible, predictable, teenage-geared, romantic, star-studded (Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Lynn Redgrave, Julie Hagerty, Nick Cornish, and Leslie Bibb), 104-minute, 2009 chick-flick comedy based on “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan” in which a shopping-addicted, indebt, wannabe fashion journalist (Isla Fisher) with an eclectic sense of style and living with her best friend (Krysten Ritter) reluctantly accepts a job from a handsome editor (Hugh Dancy) at a Manhattan financial magazine to get her foot in the door of a fashion rag run by a snobbish editor (Kristin Scott Thomas).

 

“Friday the 13th” (R) (2) [Strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language, and drug material.] [DVD only] — When a worried brother (Jared Padalecki) searches for his sister (Amanda Righetti) who went missing with four other campers (Jonathan Sadowski, Nick Mennell, Ben Feldman, and America Olivio) at Crystal Lake in this gruesome, violent, and graphic, 97-minute, 2009 12th installment of the 1980 horror flick in which bloody bodies drop like flies, scar-faced Jason Vorhees (Derek Mears) continues his murderous killing spree when a clueless group of friends (Travis Van Winkle, Danielle Panabaker, Julianna Guill, Aaron Yoo, Willa Ford, Arlen Escarpta, and Ryan Hansen) heads to a posh vacation home for the weekend.

 

“The Go-Getter” (R) (1.5) [Language, some sexual content, and drug use.] [DVD only] — After the death of his mother and stealing a car from an Oregon cook (Zooey Deschanel) in this strange, disconnected, coming-of-age, cameo-studded (Maura Tierney and Jena Malone), 93-minute, 2007 film, a grieving 19-year-old dropout (Lou Taylor Pucci) goes on a road trip that takes him to Nevada, California, and to Mexico to search for his estranged brother (Jsu Garcia).

 

“The International” (R) (2) [Some sequences of violence and language.] [DVD only] — Exotic locales and unsympathetic characters dominate this disappointing, unevenly paced, complicated, factually inspired, bullet-ridden, 118-minute, 2009 political thriller in which an Interpol agent (Clive Owen) and a Manhattan assistant district attorney (Naomi Watts) doggedly pursue an elusive assassin (Brian F. O’Byrne) from Berlin, to Milan, and finally to New York City who is connected to nefarious and corrupt executives (Armin Mueller-Stahl, et al.) at the powerful International Bank of Commerce and Credit (IBCC) in Luxembourg that is involved in money laundering and illegal, underhanded weapon sales to third-world countries.

 

“The Seat Filler” (PG-13) (2) [Sexual dialogue and a drug reference.] [DVD only] — After a comely Hollywood pop singer (Kelly Rowland) falls for a hunky seat filler (Duane Martin) she meets at a concert and ends up erroneously believing that he is a high-powered entertainment attorney in this low-key, funny, romantic,, 90-minute, 2005 comedy, the smitten, bus-riding law student (Duane Martin), who is diligently studying for the California bar, and his wacky best friend (Deray Davis) try to figure out how to tell her the truth.

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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