Friday, November 3, 2017

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (11/4/17)

Woody Harrelson & Michael Stahl-David (r) star in LBJ

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

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.

Battle of the Sexes - 3 Stars. Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the Billy Jean King/Bobby Riggs, male versus female tennis match of the early 70s.

Best New Bet LBJ - 3 Stars. Woody Harrelson creates a sympathetic portrait of the formidable politician, assuming power after the Kennedy assassination, and passing the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. Rob Reiner directs.

Thor: Ragnarok - 2½ Stars. Chris Hemsworth in a third Thor adventure, a family feud pitting him against his sister Hela (played by Cate Blanchett) and brother Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston.) Long and complicated, but satisfying for fans.

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.

A Bad Moms Christmas - 2 Stars. Mila Kunis and friends vow to prevent holiday hassle. Follows the formula set by 'The Hangover" and "Bridesmaids."

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.