It’s a serviceable thriller at best although Christopher Plummer’s late-to-the-party performance is worthy of praise.
It starts slowly but eventually develops into something that is in equal parts fascinating and disturbing.
The movie is all about the nonstop dialogue but, as a result of the way the words flow, they function as momentum builders.
The central character is as small figuratively as he is literally, and that limits the movie’s capacity to enthrall and engage.
A family film whose infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers justify a 105-minute running length when the pedestrian story can’t.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Cartoon Violence, Profanity, Mild Sexual Content)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Mason Gussione
An improvement over the 1995 original, this quasi-sequel mixes adventure with humor, fun performances, and a canny understanding of late 1990s-style video games.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-04-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Christian Bale, Peter Mullan, Timothee Chalamet, Jesse Plemons, Jonathan Majors, Ben Foster, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher, Wes Studi, Rosamund Pike, Stephen Lang
A morality play that has much in common with the so-called “revisionist” Westerns of recent years.
"The Post" offers a stirring reminder of the importance of unsung heroes in protecting the American way of life.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Billie Lourd, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro, Andy Serkis
Standout, signature scenes make for moments of great viewing power but can’t hide the flaws of an untidy, overlong story.
Perhaps the “Wonder” in "Wonder Wheel" is that anyone agreed to produce something so tired, joyless, and uninspired.