“The Book of Henry” (PG-13) – Colin Trevorrow exhibited his heart in the right place and yet, his latest film is freaking absurd, engaging in questionable twists and morals. C-
“Rough Night” (R) – Freaking ridiculous from start to finish; however, Kate McKinnon’s hilarious Australian accent saved the day. In general, McKinnon slightly redeems the absurd mess. D
“Cars 3” (G) – Lightning McQueen is forced to consider retirement. The “Cars” franchise ran out of fuel a long time ago. Retire once and for all. C
“All Eyez on Me” (R) – The initial hour or so is a snoozefest. The final hour and thirty minutes are slightly intriguing. The point is “All Eyez on Me” begs to be another “Straight Outta Compton” (2015) and never achieves the goal when all is said and done. D+
“47 Meters Down” (PG-13) – Lacks a coherent narrative, just some sharks yearning to bite two close knit sisters. Despite a few moderately tense moments, you cannot escape the one dimensional screenplay. D-
“Band Aid” (NR) – Despite necessitating the emotional oomph, Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally respectably examines relationships among the couples and the neighbors. C+
“Dean” (PG-13) – Poignant and endearing, the director-writer-actor Demetri Martin impeccably examines grief, parenthood, and friendships. The film strikes a chord when you least expect it. B
“Beatriz at Dinner” (R) – Salma Hayek is brilliant here. Moreover, the director Miguel Arteta provides the mostly unsuccessful political statement, pointing the middle finger to the President Donald Trump. Despite slightly tapping into the zeitgeist, the abrupt conclusion may piss you off. C
“The Mummy” (PG-13) – Universal’s Dark Universe is off to a rough start – provides the one dimensional script and characters. Not even remotely entertaining to boot. D-
“Megan Leavey” (PG-13) – The dog lovers will adore the narrowly inspirational film. Nonetheless, Kate Mara marginally redeems the film. C
“My Cousin Rachel” (PG-13) – Rachel Weisz is brilliant as the cousin Rachel; however, the narrative lacks mystery and suspense – causing a snoozefest in the process. Brilliant production and costume design, though. D+
I will not be able to review “All Eyez on Me”, “47 Meters Down”, “Rough Night”, “Cars 3”, “The Book of Henry”, and “Dean” during the opening weekend due to the family vacation. There are plenty of upcoming reviews to be published in about one week.
“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (PG) – Mr. Underpants provides inventive yet repetitive toilet humor. It is nearly impossible to produce a toilet humor driven film without disgusting overkill and silliness. Amusing until it is not anymore. B
“Churchill” (PG) – It’s difficult to enjoy this film, providing the grouchy characters and the tedious narrative. D
“The Wedding Plan” (PG) – Hebrew with the English subtitles. Provides the unconventional wedding narrative (the bride Michal, portrayed by Noa Koler boasts thirty days to discover the groom) with plenty of charm and suspense. B
“Paris Can Wait” (PG) – Provides the picture-esque travelogue than the substantial narrative. Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard are just delightful, regardless. B-
I am introducing the Thirty Second Film Reviews due to I’ve been busy with several commitments as of late.
“Snatched” (R) – Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s talent are neglected from start to finish and yet, results in a tolerable yet stale comedy. C
“King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword” (PG-13) – A tedious period drama that delivers the ultimate snooze fest. D-
“Everything, Everything” (PG-13) – Provides the tried and true young adult romance narrative resulting in another “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014) wannabe. C
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (PG) – Lacks a coherent narrative, consisting of humorless toilet jokes. Do not travel with the Heffley Family. F
“A Quiet Passion” (PG-13) – In an otherwise underwhelming narrative, Cynthia Nixon’s performance as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson prevails. C+
“The Lovers” (R) – Incredible performances and chemistry among Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, but not up to the standard of the prior A24 films. B
“Baywatch” (R) – Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are adorable eye candy; however, you may not dismiss the predictable buddy narrative. C
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (PG-13) – The screenplay is as foolish as the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Only genuinely entertaining during three brief sequences. D
Review Structure Key
Regular reviews ~ Word count varies.
Mini reviews ~ Positives and negatives (+/-) analysis.
Brief reviews ~ One hundred words, more or less.
Thirty Second reviews ~ Multiple films will be reviewed all at once, hence the editions. One sentence to three sentences. Primarily utilized for when I have personal commitments (may or may not be stated).