Thursday, December 14, 2017
Movies

New movies for April 6

New movies this week

American Reunion

The gist: The whole gang — even Oz — returns to East Great Falls for a high school reunion to face the cold, stark fact that the best years (and the best film roles) of their lives were more than a decade ago. Wait, is this a comedy or a horror movie? R

The cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy and Chris Klein.

The buzz: If you really think this one is funny, you're probably as stuck in 1999 as these guys are. "Being pantsless in the kitchen isn't quite as endearing for a thirtysomething dad, and kicking the joke up a notch with frontal nudity — updating it for the Apatow age — just emphasizes how old this franchise is," the Hollywood Reporter says.

In Darkness

The gist: Imagine if Oskar Schindler was a Polish thief who hid Jews in the sewers underneath the Lvov ghetto and you have an idea what this movie is about. It's also based on a true story, and you'll likely only be able to bear watching it once, just like Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winner. R

The cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup and Kinga Preis.

The buzz: Dark and claustrophobic, and still moving despite what some may call Holocaust fatigue at the movies. "The film is a morally challenging examination of the vexed Polish Catholic-Jewish relations of the era and a rich portrait of a man moving almost reluctantly toward righteousness," the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says.

Chico & Rita

The gist: A festive jazz love story following a piano player and a singer from 1948 Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and beyond. There's a great soundtrack featuring musicians who get cameos in the flick, like Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente and Charlie Parker. Did we mention it's animated? It's animated. No MPAA rating

The cast: Voices of Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Ona, Mario Guerra, Bebo Valdes, Idania Valdes and Estrella Morente.

The buzz: Given the ingredients, it's pretty obvious this is a lot of fun. "Chico & Rita is that rare thing, a cartoon for adults, with a bittersweet take on love and fate and a romantic's view of the night," Newsday says.

Titanic 3-D

The gist: You know the story: Big boat, big iceberg, big oops, dead Leonardo DiCaprio. Plus a naked Kate Winslet, but now in 3-D! PG-13

The cast: DiCaprio, Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and a bunch of doomed tourists and immigrants.

The buzz: It won a million Oscars and made eleventy billion bucks, and the reviews were pretty good. You'll have to decide if it's worth paying the premium to watch 15-year-old virtual ice chunks fall in your lap.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

Comments
Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

NEW YORK — Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology compa...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Now isn’t a good time for Woody Allen to make a bad movie but ‘Wonder Wheel’ is awful

Now isn’t a good time for Woody Allen to make a bad movie but ‘Wonder Wheel’ is awful

Now isn’t a good time for Woody Allen to make a bad movie, while broken silence resurrects whispers of his own alleged sexual misconduct.Wonder Wheel (PG-13) is exactly what the 82-year-old Oscar winner doesn’t need, a reason beyond social outrage fo...
Published: 12/13/17
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everything The Force Awakens was missing

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everything The Force Awakens was missing

When The Force Awakens landed two years ago, it was everything Star Wars fans wanted yet not entirely what we needed. It was a rousing tribute missing its own vision, introducing new characters and crises hinting at old ones. Star Wars: The Last Jed...
Published: 12/12/17
13 new movies you have to see over the holiday season

13 new movies you have to see over the holiday season

Hollywood has enough movies left to get everyone through the holidays plus any New Year’s hangover. Many are aiming for awards glory, a few are just here for the party. The really serious contenders won’t open nationwide until early 2018...
Published: 12/12/17
Six places to see a movie and eat dinner at the same time

Six places to see a movie and eat dinner at the same time

Back in my day ...Go on. Say the words. Apply it to the cost of movies. Once a casual weekend outing, seeing a flick can be an enormously expensive experience in streaming-happy 2017. Tickets can climb upwards of $15 these days, depending on the thea...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/13/17
Golden Globe-nominated movies and when to see them in Tampa Bay

Golden Globe-nominated movies and when to see them in Tampa Bay

Guillermo Del Toro’s romantic creature feature The Shape of Water soaked up seven Golden Globes nominations Monday, kicking off another marathon awards season. The Shape of Water is nominated for best dramatic motion picture alongside Christop...
Published: 12/11/17
Updated: 12/12/17
‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale "The Shape of Water" swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama "Big Little Lies" led television nominees with six nods. In what’s being viewed as a wide-open Osc...
Published: 12/11/17
Five offbeat movie choices to get you away from the multiplex this week

Five offbeat movie choices to get you away from the multiplex this week

Hollywood is backloading December, waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to bring moviegoers back to multiplexes. After no major releases last week, only James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is making any new impression at box offices this weekend. (Cli...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/12/17
Olaf is being let go: Olaf short is being dropped from Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Olaf is being let go: Olaf short is being dropped from Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Winter is still weeks away but everyone’s favorite snowman is already melting from view.In a cruel twist on Frozen’s showstopper, Olaf is being let go.Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, the 21-minute animated "short" preceding Disney-Pixar’s Coco in theaters w...
Published: 12/05/17
‘The Disaster Artist’ takes us inside ‘The Room’ as it notoriously happened

‘The Disaster Artist’ takes us inside ‘The Room’ as it notoriously happened

James Franco found a kooky, kindred spirit in Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist whose 2003 cine-trocity The Room is hailed as one of the worst movies ever.Like Wiseau, Franco can be accused of stretching his talent way too far. Unlike Wiseau, Franco ...
Published: 12/04/17