directed by Nick Park
(PG, 1 hour, 29 minutes)
Stop-motion animation time-travels to the prehistoric era in this visually adept, simply told tale from Nick Park, creator of the adored Aardman Animation duo of Wallace and Gromit. Here we have backward hunters who get kicked out of their homes by a superior tribe of front-runners from a far-away civilization that has caught on to the benefits of bronze-making.
But one of the hunters, Dug (voice of Eddie Redmayne), refuses to go quietly. He decides to try to win his home back by challenging the invaders to a game of soccer.
Yeah, soccer. Turns out this isn't a cultural study or an emotional journey. It's a sports movie.
Unlike many of the Aardman Animation films, Early Man is aimed squarely at an audience of children. Nothing offensive here, but nothing much to talk about after the show. It's no Shaun the Sheep, but it comes in handy when touting the benefits of being a good sport.
Animated with the voices of Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall, Maisie Williams.
Game Night (R, 1 hour, 40 minutes) Clever, ludicrous, and adult in its humor, this attractive comedy concerns a weekly game night for a group of friends that turns weird when one of them organizes a murder mystery party that gets just a little too real. With Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, Rachel McAdams, Sharon Horgan; directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13, 12 hours) Hey, we all have bad days and projects that don't turn out well. This movie is one of those days and projects for director Clint Eastwood. Although the story is based on a thrilling real-life event -- the attempted terrorist attack in 2015 on Thalys train No. 9364 bound for Paris which is prevented by three traveling Americans --it never rises to the level of tension and excitement that would make it worth watching. With Anthony Sadler, Jenne Fischer, Alek Skarlatos, Judy Greer.
A Fantastic Woman (R, 1 hour, 40 minutes) A moving, honest and transcendent story of a waitress and wannabe singer who, while happily planning her wedding to a businessman 20 years her senior, faces a frightening new future when he sickens and dies on the night they're celebrating her birthday. Now she must struggle for the right to be herself: a trans woman. With Daniela Vega, Aline Kuppenheim, Francisco Reyes; directed by Sebastian Lelio. Subtitled.
Wonderstruck (PG, 1 hour, 57 minutes) Directed by Todd Haynes (2007's I'm Not There), this uniquely conceived but hit-and-miss drama (which switches from black-and-white to color depending on whether the action is taking place in the 1920s or the 1970s) concerns two children, both deaf, who magically connect across time while searching to fill in the blanks about their family histories. With Julianna Moore, Michelle Williams, Tom Noonan, Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley, Jaden Michael.
I Kill Giants (not rated, 1 hour, 44 minutes) An unexpectedly tender and unusual look into the un-sunny side of young girls is revealed here. A lonely outsider of a child who totes a Norse war hammer to her middle school lives largely in an imaginary world where she is an adept killer of giants, a preoccupation that keeps her from fretting about her disordered family life. With Imogen Poots, Noel Clarke, Zoe Saldana, Madison Wolfe, Jennifer Ehle; directed by Anders Walter.
MovieStyle on 05/25/2018
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