What to Watch in the Theater:
Isle of Dogs (PG13) is in theaters now. This stop-motion animation is about dogs exiled to a Japanese island full of garbage, and the boy who attempts to rescue his dog. It’s presented in an interesting way, with the pairing of English-speaking dogs and subtitled/translated humans speaking Japanese, with a taiko drum soundtrack. The adventure is full of twists and turns, and some great artistry. We just wish we knew what the little pilot was saying!
Our rating: 4 out of 5
Super Troopers 2 (R) is in theaters now. We didn’t feel we missed too much by not seeing the first installment. There were plenty of funny bits here (and some naughty bits as well), although the American/Canadian rivalry wore a little thin by the end. The slapstick, pranks and adolescent humor won’t be for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the genre, go for it – eh?
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5
What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Call Me By Your Name (R) This film may has been lauded for its groundbreaking subject matter in mainstream film, but it’s not the easiest watch. The romance is at times sweet and sometimes bordering on creepy. It feels like a European film – with beautiful scenery and an incredibly slow pace (clocking in at a painful 2 hours and 12 minutes). It’s not something to watch for entertainment, but more for the messages. Though nudity was limited and situations were handled with discretion, it could be an uncomfortable watch for some.
Our rating: 3 out of 5
The Week Of (TV14) Oh Netflix, please stop throwing money at Adam Sandler! There are some funny situations and characters here, but it just feels forced. The premise is that Long Island small-time remodeler Sandler’s daughter is marrying Beverly Hills surgeon Chris Rock’s son. There’s a lot of class- and race-based stuff here. If this were the first Adam Sandler movie we watched, we would probably not watch another. Luckily, we’ve seen his earlier, really good stuff, so we keep hanging on, hoping for more of that.
Our rating: 2 out of 5
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