Elvis is a celebration of his music and enduring influence. Presented with loads of panache, it’s a wildly entertaining and ultimately poignant film…for fans, non-fans and newcomers alike.
It goes without saying that The Rise of Gru will appeal primarily to kids, but like Minions, this one has some fun with the decade in which it takes place. Numerous styles, pop culture references, and slang terms from the era should amuse the older folks, as will the impressive line-up of voice talent.
The narrative is a little draggy during the first act, but there’s more action in the film than its concept would suggest, especially once Anna attempts to take control of her dire circumstances. Featuring a solid performance by Hopkins under confined conditions, and a bit of timely social commentary thrown in for good measure, Tin Can is a dark, gruesome good time.
Murder at Yellowstone City is one of those movies you watch and forget about. It’s a passable time killer if one’s hankering for a horse opera – or a horse soap opera – but the murder mystery aspects of the story come up short.
White Elephant never challenges the intellect, nor is it teaming with originality, but Michael Rooker makes the most of a rare leading role. He elevates the film a notch or two higher than the usual direct-to-video drivel.
Deja vu runs through nearly every aspect of The Lost City – even the title – but you could say that about any AC/DC song you’ve ever heard. Seldom laugh-out-loud hilarious and bereft of any narrative surprises, it’s nevertheless an agreeable spin on a tried-and-true formula, slickly assembled and performed by a band that knows the formula pretty well.