Friday, August 5, 2016

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (8/5/16)

Margot Robbie & Jared Leto (r) star in Suicide Squad

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.

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.

New Opening Suicide Squad - 2 Stars. Fun at first, but gradually tedious. The government recruits a group of super bad comic book characters to save the world. Yawn.

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.'