SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) Our favorite movie critic Tony Toscano joined Good Morning Utah to talk DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday. Here’s what he has for movie reviews:
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killer clowns, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
“Boo! A Madea Halloween” is an annoying film.
For the entire length of the 1 hour and 43 minutes of the movie, the main characters basically whine and bicker their way through Halloween night. There is an undercooked plot about Madea’s 17-year old grandniece trying to sneak out to a college party, but it just goes nowhere.
In fact the film showcases Madea and company moving from one insipid gag to the next while laughing at their own jokes and off-the-cuff comedy.
“Boo! A Madea Halloween” offers no treats, just stale, old, worn-out tricks. It gets an F and is rated PG-13.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, he uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” stars Tom Cruise in his second outing as Jack Reacher, the former special ops soldier. Cruise offers up a well-intended performance, but the script isn’t pushing into anything new. The film is sluggish in its pacing, and the action is ho-hum at best. Nothing in this film is memorable or surprising.
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” gets a C and is rated PG-13.
Queen of Katwe
In the film, a Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. “Queen of Katwe” is an unexpected treasure. The film uses breathtaking cinematography as it chronicles the harsh reality of Ugandan poverty and the human spirit to transcend itself above the harshness as young Phiona begins her journey to learn to play the game of chess.
She discovers the true potential of her intellect when the game changes her life forever.
“Queen of Katwe” is a wonderfully inspirational film and deserves an audience. It gets an A and is rated PG.