Friday, October 27, 2017

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (10/27/17)

Beulah Koale, Joe Cole & Miles Teller (r) star in Thank You for Your Service

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

The Big Sick - 4 Stars. Pakistani comic Kumail Nanjiani hits the sweet spot of tension between culture, generations, and romance in a serious rom-com about his relationship with his wife. Charming!

Best New Bet Thank You for Your Service - 3½ Stars. Miles Teller as an Iraq war veteran, struggling with PTSD. Includes a break out performance by little-known actor Beulah Koale. Based on a veteran's memoir.

Wind River - 3½ Stars. Modern Western/thriller from Taylor Sheridan, screenwriter of "Hell or High Water." Tracker Jeremy Renner helps FBI agent Elizabeth Olsen solve the rape/murder of a young American Indian girl. Tense and explosive.

Blade Runner 2049 - 3 Stars. Sequel to the classic runs long, but packs in the special effects around a thick & juicy plot.

It - 3 Stars. Stephen King thriller delivers.

Arch Campbell with Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis (r)

American Made - 3 Stars. Tom Cruise is winning, in the memoir of a bored pilot who goes to work for the CIA.

Dunkirk - 3 Stars. Christopher Nolan recreates the stirring British retreat, aided by civilian boats at the beginning of World War II.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - 3 Stars. Easy-to-like reboot of the comic book character, thanks to Tom Holland's delightful take on the superhero as a high school geek, and Michael Keaton's delicious villain.

Battle of the Sexes - 2½ Stars. Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the Billy Jean King/Bobby Riggs, male versus female tennis match of the early 70s.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - 2½ Stars. Not as good as the original, but full of cameo shocks and over-the-top comedy. The action doesn't hit the highs of the comedy. Long and uneven, but still fun.

Loving Vincent - 2 Stars. Beautifully animates Van Gogh's masterpieces, but sets them to a back engineered hokey story.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women - 2 Stars. Oddball story of the man who dreamed up "Wonder Woman" and his three way romance. Veers from intellectual to soft porn and back again.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House - 2 Stars. Dour story of the FBI agent who passed information on Watergate to Woodward & Bernstein.

Victoria & Abdul - 2 Stars. Judi Dench (as Queen Victoria) grows fond of an Indian commoner, shocking her royal household. Lightweight stuff.

Suburbicon - 1 Star. George Clooney directs a dark tale of white suburbia in the late 1950s. The result is unfunny and unsubtle, without a shred of enlightenment.

American Assassin - 1 Star. Based on the thriller series by Vince Flynn, the movie doesn't come close.

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.