Friday, July 29, 2016

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (7/29/16)

Dave Franco & Emma Roberts (r) star in Nerve

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

The Jungle Book - 4 Stars. Dazzling Disney live-action update of the classic animated cartoon.

Finding Dory - 3½ Stars. Pixar’s follow-up to “Finding Nemo” provides fine and funny moments, and even a tear or two.

Café Society - 3½ Stars. Nostalgic Woody Allen story of lost love in glamorous 1930’s New York and Los Angeles. Nice roles for Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.

Arch with Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis (r)

Weiner - 3½ Stars. The documentary of the year on Anthony Weiner’s disastrous campaign for New York City Mayor. A cringe-worthy story, that speaks volumes.

Love & Friendship - 3 Stars. Jane Austen adaptation of seductive, conniving Kate Beckinsale looking for a new husband for both her and her daughter.

Ghostbusters - 2½ Stars. Update of the 80’s comedy with Melissa McCarthy & Kristen Wiig and breakout performers Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones. The first hour sparkles with hilarious one-liners. The last hour sags with tiresome CGI effects.

Captain America: Civil War - 2½ Stars. Marvel Comics parade of superheroes. A fan's delight, even when it runs way long.

Best New Opening > Nerve - 2 Stars. Emma Roberts joins an online thrill contest with Dave Franco as her partner. A zippy 90 minutes.

Jason Bourne - 2 Stars. Matt Damon Bourne again. Not enough.

The Infiltrator - 2 Stars. Based on Robert Mazur’s memoir about his year working undercover in the drug wars. Brian Cranston and John Leguizamo add spark, but the story feels familiar and more than a little forced.

Equals - 2 Stars. It's the future, and they've outlawed love. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult can't save this.

Visit Arch's website for his (unrivaled) take on movies. He remains the only other (we're not self-hating) critic, whose opinion we admire and respect.'