DVD Tuesday: Aquaman joins a cast of other films releasing this week

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Film critic Tony Toscano joins Good Morning Utah to talk about a wide variety of movies releasing this week, including an underwater superhero film and the story of two classic comedians.

Here is Tony’s full reviews of the films:

Second Act

A worker at a big box store reinvents herself and her life-story to nab a better job.

Second Act is basically a TV movie released on the big screen. The film is likable although the plot is nothing new. There are a few confusing moments in the script, but everyone in audience knows where this is going. 

In the end, Second Act is a typical ‘fish-out-of-water’ formula movie which is trying very hard to be relevant but falling way short of its goal.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13.


Stan & Ollie

Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland.

Stan & Ollie is, simply put, a love letter to Hollywood’s greatest comedy team.

Both John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan are spot on in their performances as the kings of comedy who are facing the downside of their careers.

The film is a statement on love, friendship and loyalty.

Stan & Ollie is a genuine pleasure and a must see film.

It gets an A and is rated PG.


If Beale Street Could Talk

A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancĂ© is innocent of a crime.

If Beale Street Could Talk is a deeply eloquent and thought-provoking character study. The film is slow to boil but ends up a truly satisfying story with terrific performances by the cast, including Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Regina King.

If your tastes lean more toward an intricate paced film, this one’s for you.

If Beale Street Could talk gets a B and is rated R.


Aquaman

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

Aquaman takes much too long to get to the point as the film keeps tacking on plot devices and characters giving the audience a sense the script was unfinished when production began. 

Despite its terrific special effects, Aquaman is mostly a lackluster, uneven and unsatisfying film begging for one more re-write.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13.

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