Movie Reviews http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/arts-and-culture/movie-reviews en Free Fire http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/free-fire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>An arms deal goes hilariously wrong in this spirited spoof</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>In the 1970s, the IRA needs weapons to fight the English. Chris (Cillian Murphy: <em>Anthropoid</em>) and Frank (Michael Smiley: <em>Rogue One</em>) are charged with procuring machine guns. Gun broker Justine (Brie Larson: <em>Kong: Skull Island</em>) makes arrangements with fellow broker Ord (Armie Hammer: <em>Nocturnal Animals</em>) to meet with notoriously odd gun dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley: <em>Powers</em>).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/free-fire" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/FreeFire-042717.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and Michael ­Smiley in Free Fire. &lt;&lt;© Protagonist Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/free-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/free-fire#comments Movie Reviews Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:36:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 37823 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Promise http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/promise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Silly romance mars an important subject</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>In the mountain villages of Turkey, Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac: <em>X-Men: Apocalypse</em>) is an apothecary with dreams of earning a medical degree. Financing his studies with the dowry from an arranged marriage, he promises to return to his fiancée in two years as a doctor.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/promise" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/The-Promise-042017.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Mikael (Oscar Isaac), Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) and Chris (Christian Bale). &lt;&lt;© Open Road Films&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/promise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/promise#comments Movie Reviews Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:04:27 +0000 bayweekly_master 37725 at http://www.bayweekly.com Smurfs: The Lost Village http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/smurfs-lost-village <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Bright colors and silly humor will entertain children but test <em><strong>adults&#39;</strong></em> fortitude</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>The Smurfs are pretty bored. Seeking adventure are best friends Brainy (voiced by Danny Pudi: <em>Powerless</em>), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer: <em>The Middle</em>), Hefty (Joe Maganiello: <em>Drunk Parents</em>) and Smurfette (Demi Lovato: <em>From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series</em>). Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin: <em>Homeland</em>) tries to keep them from getting into too much trouble. It&rsquo;s a simple life, until an accident shows the young Smurfs a world outside.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/smurfs-lost-village" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Smurfs-%20The%20Lost%20Village.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="52" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. &lt;&lt;© Sony Pictures Animation&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/smurfs-lost-village" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/smurfs-lost-village#comments Movie Reviews Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:32:56 +0000 bayweekly_master 37592 at http://www.bayweekly.com The Zookeeper’s Wife http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/zookeeper%E2%80%99s-wife <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Humans prove to be the real animals in this dramatic war film</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>In 1939 Warsaw, the Zabinski family &mdash; Jan (Johan Heldenbergh: <em>The Tunnel</em>) and Antonina (Jessica Chastain: <em>Miss Sloane</em>) &mdash; run a popular zoo.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Their world is destroyed by invading German tanks and planes. Carpet bombings of the city empty cages, loosing wild animals on the city to be shot down by the Nazis.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/zookeeper%E2%80%99s-wife" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/The%20Zookeepers%20Wife-040617.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When the invading Nazis lay waste to their family zoo, Johan Heldenbergh and Jessica Chastain use it as a sanctuary for Jews. &lt;&lt;© Focus Features&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/zookeeper%E2%80%99s-wife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/zookeeper%E2%80%99s-wife#comments Movie Reviews Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:12:53 +0000 bayweekly_master 37575 at http://www.bayweekly.com Life http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>With astronauts this dumb, it&rsquo;s hard not to root for the alien</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>The astronauts aboard the International Space Station expect to make history. Hurtling toward them is a probe that has collected what may be proof of life on Mars.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Station biologist Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare: <em>Rogue One</em>) finds a long-dormant single-cell organism among the dust samples. After cursory study, he tries to do the impossible: Resurrect a creature that has been dead for millennia. After a few tweaks to the shuttle&rsquo;s environment and some nourishment, the cell, named Calvin, comes to life.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/life" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/life-033017.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="57" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/life#comments Movie Reviews Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:00:15 +0000 bayweekly_master 37455 at http://www.bayweekly.com Beauty and the Beast http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/beauty-and-beast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>This remake is doomed by its very concept; transforming the characters from cartoons into actual people kills the magic</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> The original it isn&rsquo;t</p> <p> Belle (Emma Watson: <em>Regression</em>) is stifled in her provincial French town. She&rsquo;s smart, progressive and inventive. The village is repressive, and the villagers mock her. Only the town meathead Gaston (Luke Evans: <em>The Girl on the Train</em>) seems to appreciate Belle, though she repeatedly rejects his offers of marriage.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/beauty-and-beast" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Beauty%20and%20the%20Beast-032317.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the un-animated Beauty and the Beast. &lt;&lt;© Walt Disney Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/beauty-and-beast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/beauty-and-beast#comments Movie Reviews Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:29:42 +0000 bayweekly_master 37332 at http://www.bayweekly.com Kong: Skull Island http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/kong-skull-island <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>If only the people were as interesting as the monsters</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Bill Randa (John Goodman: <em>Patriots Day</em>) believes in monsters. Now he&rsquo;s got the funding to prove it. Joining the Vietnam War-era exploration of an uncharted island in the Pacific are geologists, biologists and former S.A.S. officer James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston: <em>The Night Manager</em>). Anti-war photographer (Brie Larson: <em>Room</em>) manages to crash the top-secret mission, for no apparent reason. Completing the company is a helicopter platoon led by Col. Packard (Samuel L.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/kong-skull-island" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Kong-Skull-Island-031617.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="42" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kong isn’t bad, he’s just misunderstood, protecting Skull Island from mosters and soldiers alike. The human actors? They&#039;re bad. &lt;&lt;© Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/kong-skull-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/kong-skull-island#comments Movie Reviews Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:32:33 +0000 bayweekly_master 37233 at http://www.bayweekly.com Get Out http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/get-out <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Meeting the parents is a real nightmare</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Chris (Daniel Kaluuya: <em>Sicario</em>) is a successful photographer with a promising future and a beautiful girlfriend. Rose (Allison Williams: <em>Girls</em>) is hip, culturally aware and unafraid to call out other people&rsquo;s racial biases. Still, Chris is nervous when Rose wants to take him home to meet her folks.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Rose promises her parents are as liberal as they come. They voted for Obama! They protested in the 1960s! They&rsquo;re supporters of the ACLU! Hoping that Rose is right, Chris agrees to spend the weekend at their country home.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/get-out" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/GetOut-030917.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="62" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When a young African American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a truth more sinister than he could have ever imagined. &lt;&lt;© Universal Pictures&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/get-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/get-out#comments Movie Reviews Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:05:18 +0000 bayweekly_master 37140 at http://www.bayweekly.com Logan http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/logan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Wolverine finally finds his purpose in this excellent action drama</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>In the year 2029, mutants are dying out. None have been born in decades, and survivors hide from the world. They live on in comic books that fictionalize their powers and exploits.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/logan" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Logan-030217.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="45" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the near future, the X-Men are gone, and what mutants remain are in hiding. But when Logan (Hugh Jackman) meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) being pursued by dark forces he recalims his place as Wolverine to win her safety. &lt;&lt;© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/logan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/logan#comments Movie Reviews Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:05:38 +0000 bayweekly_master 37066 at http://www.bayweekly.com Salesman http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/salesman <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>An actor playing Willy Loman descends into madness as he fixates on revenge</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Diana Beechener </div> </div> </div> <p>Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti: Shahrzad) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini: Shahrzad) wake in the middle of the night as their house crumbles. In the midst of producing Arthur Miller&rsquo;s Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman, they must make time to find a new home.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A costar seemingly solves their problem by offering an apartment in a building he manages.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;There the last tenant, and her profession, come back to haunt Rana and Emad. A former client looking for the prostitute finds Rana alone and assaults her in the shower.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/movie-reviews/article/salesman" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/The-Salesman-022317.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="68" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) is assaulted Emad (Shahab Hosseini) sinks into madness as he fixates on revenge. &lt;&lt;© Amazon Studios&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/salesman" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/movie-reviews/article/salesman#comments Movie Reviews Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:49:44 +0000 bayweekly_master 37049 at http://www.bayweekly.com