Tony Toscano spoke to the stars of Hacksaw Ridge about the upcoming film.
Plus, new movies are out today on DVD. See what ones you should see and which ones you should skip:
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS Gen. Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler. “Anthropoid” offers up an intimate look at war and sacrifice, as two Czech soldiers are ordered into an impossible situation and have to face their fear and death. The film speaks of comradeship, honor, duty and service in such a personal and unflinching way that the audience cannot leave the theater unchanged.
“Anthropoid” gets an A and is rated R.
A woman with a seemingly perfect life and a great marriage is really over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap.
Fed up, she joins forces with two other overstressed moms, played by Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahan, on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities and take down a PTA Queen Bee and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
“Bad Moms” is from the same writers that gave us “The Hangover,” so you’d expect a bit of harsh bad taste jokes riddled with sight gags and lots of language. And although, there’s some of that going on, “Bad Moms” is foremost a forgettable comedy that offers just a few really laughable moments and then crashes into a kind of sentimental limbo. Overall the film is an adult diversion film with mostly chuckles and grins.
It gets a C and is rated R.
Star Trek Beyond
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
The third installment of the recent reboot of “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Beyond” has a few problems. The film is a mashup of plots we’ve seen a few times before. The main plot has Kirk and company fighting an angry alien whose sole purpose is to wreak havoc on The Federation.
This plot was already been used in pretty much all the “Star Trek” films and TV shows. “Star Trek Beyond” is the same film with a different wrapper.
There’s a secondary plot about Spock and Uhura, and other plot devices to fill the gaps in the story, but nothing new added to the “Star Trek” formula.
That being said, “Star Trek Beyond” is an audience-pleasing film with enough drama, special effects and humor to involve the audience, making it a very likable movie while you’re watching it.
However, when you leave the theater ask yourself, “What was different about the film?” I bet your answer is the same as mine.
For refusing to stretch itself and try to do anything different, “Star Trek Beyond” gets a very average C and is rated PG-13.
The Christmas Project
Even with Christmas around the corner, for the Buckley boys, payback almost always wins out over brotherly love. That is until the four brothers join forces against a common adversary… the Hagbarts, the meanest bullies at their school.
But now Mom has decided that the Buckley family is going to ‘Elve’ the Hagbarts this year for Christmas.
The film is heavily formulated and strictly aimed at little kids, with the plot devices being a bit too convenient and overall extremely sappy and saccharine.
“The Christmas Project” gets a C and rated G.
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