What to Watch in the Theater:
Avengers: Endgame (PG13) is in theaters now. Giving a spoiler-free review of this movie is next to impossible, but we try. The first scene shows another view of the effects of “the snap” featured at the end of Infinity War, and then we see the remaining Avengers dealing with the aftermath and how to bring the rest back. Time passes, with some moving on and others finding that impossible. Then there’s a new piece to the puzzle, and we’re off on a new adventure, with renewed hope. This movie didn’t feel like it was 3 hours long. It was full of action and emotion, with some expected – and quite a few unexpected – outcomes. It serves as a fitting conclusion to 22 films over 11 years. Stan Lee would be proud. Now, to watch the entire saga again, from start to finish!
Our rating: 4.83 out of 5
Long Shot (R) opens today. The pairing of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen had us concerned, but it totally works. She’s a classy workaholic who is Secretary of State (about to announce her presidential candidacy) and he’s a shlumpy outspoken journalist. This is probably Seth’s most likable (and smartest) character to date, keeping the awkwardness but losing just enough of the stoner personality. Charlotte’s accidental reunion with Fred ignites an interesting relationship, when she hires him to write speeches for her, and accompany her on a tour to promote and environmental initiative. As their romance blossoms, we get lots of comedic moments, some great chemistry and great messages about making choices in life. This is a fun one!
Our rating: 4.67 out of 5 (Max’s 6 adjusted to 5 scale)
What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Holmes & Watson (PG13) is available on DVD. Our team was split on this one, with two-thirds feeling this was a fun romp, and the other disliking Will Ferrell in this role. It’s definitely a silly re-telling of the Sherlock Holmes story, with Ferrell in the title role and John C. Reilly as a very put-upon Dr. Watson. Holmes is very self-centered, and Watson would like some recognition for the work they do. The latest case involves what Holmes claims is a copycat of his nemesis, Moriarty. The female characters from America add a nice touch, bringing a little distraction (and romance) to the case.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5
The Last Movie Star (R) is available on DVD and Amazon Prime. This is Burt Reynolds’ final film, and it serves as a fitting swan song. Former box office draw, Vic Edwards, decides to accept an honor in person at a film festival in Tennessee. Upon arrival, he discovers it’s not the prestigious event he expected, and pulls out of the event. With an unlikely sidekick, Lil (played by Ariel Winter), he revisits parts of his past and rediscovers his fans. Clips of Burt’s earlier films are included, as part of the film festival, daydreams, and there’s even a clever film where Vic converses with his younger self. It’s a beautiful homage to a man who was truly a movie star.
Our rating: 4 out of 5
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