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By Wendy Schadewald (Rating system: 4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)

“The Kid Who Would Be King” (PG) (3) [Fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements, including some bullying, and language.] — An entertaining, dark, action-packed, well-paced, creative, modern-day interpretation of the Arthurian legend in which a bullied English student (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), who lives with his single mother (Denise Gough), removes the Excalibur sword from a cement pillar and with the help of shape-shifting wizard Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart/Angus Imrie), his best friend (Dean Chaumoo), and two former bullying schoolmates (Tom Taylor and Rhianna Dorris) save Earth from the evil, power-hungry sorceress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) and her demonic knights during a lunar eclipse.

 

 

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“Before Tomorrow” (NR) (2) [Subtitled] [DVD only] Barren wind-blown and snow-whipped landscapes highlight this slow-moving, somber, but beautifully photographed, 93-minute, 2008 Canadian film, which is based on the novel “Før Morgendage” and follows “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner” and “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen” in the trilogy, about an elderly, storytelling Intuit woman (Madeline Invalu) in 1840 who tries to protect her grandson (Paul-Dylan Invalu) after the unexpected death of family members (Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Mary Qulitalik, Tumasie Sivuarapik, et al.).

 

“Big Man Japan” (PG-13) (3.5) [Sci-fi action and crude humor.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — A hilarious, wacky, creative, 113-minute, 2007 pseudo documentary about an unassuming, umbrella-loving Japanese man (Hitosi Matumoto) living in a rundown shack in Tokyo who becomes a gargantuan giant when he is zapped by electricity and is kept on retainer by the Japanese Department of Defense to kill unwanted alien monsters, such as the Child and Stink monsters, that continually attack Japan and is hired by companies to promote their products by placing logos on his body.

 

“The Great Buck Howard” (PG) (3) [Some language, including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference.] [DVD only] — An engaging, well-acted, cameo-studded (Tom Hanks, Tom Arnold, Steve Zahn, Griffin Dune, Jon Stewart, George Takei, Martha Stewart, B. J. Hendricks, et al.), 90-minute, 2008 film about an eccentric, demanding, handshake-loving, over-the-hill mentalist (John Malkovich) who dreams of making a comeback while headlining at podunk venues across the country and makes life frustrating for his wannabe-writer road manager (Colin Hanks) and reluctant publicist (Emily Blunt).

 

“Monsters vs. Aliens” (PG) (2.5) [Sci-fi action, some crude humor, and mild language.] [DVD only] — When a menacing, tentacle-sprouting alien (voiceover by Rainn Wilson) sends a gigantic probe to Earth and threatens mankind in this silly, family-friendly, action-packed, fast-paced, star-dotted (voiceovers by Renée Zellweger, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and Jeffrey Tambor), 3D, 90-minute, 2009 animated film, the president (voiceover by Stephen Colbert) and a general (voiceover by Kiefer Sutherland) illicit the help of five monsters (voiceovers by Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan, Hugh Laurie, and Will Arnett) to save Earth; may be too scary for young kids.

 

“Revanche” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] After a Ukrainian prostitute (Irina Potapenko) leaves her Vienna pimp (Hanno Pöschl) and is accidentally shot by a cop (Andreas Lust) in this gritty, unpredictable, award-winning, 121-minute, 2008 Austrian film, her guilt-ridden boyfriend (Johannes Krisch) hides out with his grandfather (Johannes Thanheiser) and ends up befriending the unhappy wife (Ursula Strauss) of the police officer in an attempt to seek revenge.

 

“Shuttle” (R) (4) [Strong violence, terror, language, and brief nudity.] [DVD only] — A knuckle-biting, suspenseful, unpredictable, well-written, 107-minute, 2008 thriller about two best friends (Cameron Goodman and Peyton List) and two hunky dudes (Dave Power and James Synder) who end up on a hell from hell when they join a seemingly milquetoast passenger (Cullen Douglas) on an airport shuttle bus after accepting a discounted ride to downtown from the driver (Tony Curran).

 

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 2019 by Wendy Schadewald.

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