Detective Pikachu finds a solid lead for fans in theaters this weekend


This weekend brings a wide variety of new movies to theaters. Film critic Tony Toscano joined Good Morning Utah to say what is worth your time and money and what is best avoided.

The Hustle

Two female scam artists, one high class the other low-brow, team up for revenge against the men that wronged them.

“The Hustle” is a redress and gender reverse of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” the 1988 comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The difference between the two films is the first one was good. This one … not so much.

Both Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson forgot to bring their comic timing and abilities to this film. What they did bring was a total lack of engagement and energy to ingratiate themselves to the audience.

“The Hustle” is seriously devoid of good comic writing and is as forgettable as a used toothpick.

Miss it. It gets an F and is rated PG-13


Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

An amazingly well done bio-pic revolving around one of the best read authors of the 20th century as begins to form the characters he will create in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” based on the people he knew.

“Tolkien” is a well paced, well acted film and very much worth seeing.

It gets a B and is rated PG-13.


A group of elderly women decide to create a cheerleading team in their retirement home.

“POMS” is another in a long line of geriatric comedies that just aren’t funny. Nothing in “POMS” works and most of it is just predictable sight gags.

Don’t waste your time. It gets a D and is rated PG-13.

Detective Pikachu

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a young man comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

If you do not know one Pokemon from another, you’ll be a bit lost in this mis-matched buddy film. 

But, even if you’re not a fan, the movie moves a brisk pace and has some great humor throughout.

Ryan Reynolds sounds like he’s having a blast as the voice of the sarcastic Pikachu, while Justice Smith plays the levelheaded son looking for his missing father.

“Detective Pikachu” is simply a fun film. It gets a B and is rated PG.


“The Sun is Also a Star” VIP Pass for 10 Give Away! 

This special screening is Monday the 13th 7PM at the Gateway. For your chance to win a VIP pass for you and 9 of your friends log onto Talking Pictures website and enter for a chance to win… and one winner will win a special prize a set of headphones.

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