It’s that time of year again when the movie industry heaps tons of praise on itself via award shows. Here is my take on what I’ve seen lately:
Uncharted, starring Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland is an ultra-light “Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean.” Unfortunately, there’s not enough here to merit your attention unless you’re watching with your 12 to 16 year-old son.
6 Minutes to Midnight
Minutes to Midnight, starring Eddie Izzard and the normally reliable Judi Dench has a decent enough plot: 20 German girls, all daughters of German officers or dignitaries are students at a finishing school in England. In the late summer of 1939, they become potential political pawns as Hitler’s designs on Poland become clear to the world.
The Fabelmans, with Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, and a personal best by Paul Dano, is an overly long semi-biographical depiction of Steven Spielberg’s upbringing and artistic origins. It’s fine in some spots, tedious in others. The overall question is, if it wasn’t about Spielberg would you watch for two and a half hours? Would any anybody care? Possibly.
The Banshees Of Inisherin
Reuniting Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), this flick is a reasonably fine character study, one-third of the way. Then it enters the theater of the absurd, with a warped plot and premise like you might encounter in a John Irving novel made into a movie. Mixing the ridiculous with the horrible, this flick is not worth watching. Nevermind the rave reviews that it’s receiving worldwide, you don’t want to see this and you don’t need to see this.
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This article by Jeff Davidson originally appeared on PolitiCrossing.com and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.
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