Friday, October 30, 2015

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (10-30-15)

Inside Out

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

Best Bet > Inside Out - 3½ Stars. Pixar examines the emotional life of a young girl. A worthy companion of “Up” and the “Toy Story” series.

Black Mass - 3½ Stars. Impressive gangster epic with Johnny Depp reviving his acting chops and Joel Edgerton as good cop, turned bad cop.

The Martian - 3½ Stars. In the great tradition of rescue movies, likable Matt Damon gets left behind on Mars and must figure out his survival.

Arch with Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis (r)

Bridge of Spies - 3 Stars. Tom Hanks stars in solid, true life Cold War drama.

Steve Jobs - 3 Stars. I wanted to love Aaron Sorkin’s biography of Steve Jobs. I liked this treatment; but it’s awfully talky, feels like a play, and Jobs comes off as even more of a jerk than expected.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 3 Stars. Works overtime to provide thrills and a twisty plot. Tom Cruise aided by fearless double (or triple) agent Rebecca Ferguson.

Sicario - 3 Stars. Mysterious law enforcement officers join Benicio Del Toro in the Arizona border drug wars. Emily Blunt plays an FBI innocent, tricked into compliance. Put my stomach in a knot for the entire movie.

Suffragette: 2½ Stars. Harsh history lesson of the fight for women to gain the vote in England more than 100 years ago.

The Intern - 2½ Stars. Robert De Niro comes out of retirement to learn and teach Anne Hathaway. Sweet. Sometimes too sweet.

Our Brand is Crisis - 2 Stars. Sandra Bullock’s perky comedy about South American politics tries to turn serious, with mixed results.

Truth - 2 Stars. Producer Mary Mapes tells her side of the “60 Minutes” story, that got her fired and ended Dan Rather’s career. A little less self righteousness would have helped.

Burnt - 1 Star. Bradley Cooper channels Steve Jobs, if he were a chef. Too salty for me.

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.