Friday, June 16, 2017

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (6/16/17)

Naomi Watts (r) stars in The Book of Henry

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 3½ Stars. Delightful follow-up to the original summer blockbuster action movie starring Chris Pratt. Funny, ironic and a lot of fun.

Wonder Woman - 3 Stars. Gal Gadot makes a thrilling debut as the iconic superhero. A super script combines origin story, humor, and superhero action.

Arch with Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis (r)

Best New Bet The Book of Henry - 3 Stars. Impressive story about a genius kid, his single mom and brother, the bad guy next door, and directions from beyond the grave. Excellent!

Beatriz at Dinner - 3 Stars. Healer/therapist Salma Hayek winds up at a dinner party for the one percent, and exposes the ugly side of wealth & privilege, in unexpected and even otherworldly ways.

Norman - 3 Stars. Richard Gere as a New York sharpie. A brilliant character study in the style of "Being There," about a guy who just has to be in the action, and the price he pays,once he gets in it.

My Cousin Rachel - 3 Stars. Old school thriller romance. Rachel Weitz plays the widow of a young man's guardian. Did she do him in? The plot thickens, as the kid falls for the older woman.

Paris Can Wait - 2 Stars. Diane Lane travels the French countryside with Arnaud Viard, while her husband (Alec Baldwin) goes to Budapest for business. Will she or won't she?

Cars 3 - 2 Stars. Great animation and voice work in a totally unnecessary sequel.

Rough Night - 1 Star. Girls gone wild in Miami, with Scarlett Johansson looking very uncomfortable.

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.