Is “Tomorrowland” a wild ride? “Poltergeist” hair-raising? Popcorn Bag reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo --- It was a tough week in the screening room. None of the movies received more than three popcorn bags. Watch the video above to find out what FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons had to say about the movies.

 

  1. TOMORROWLAND (PG-13)

Walt Disney Pictures

 

RUSS:

Since the “Pirates of the Caribbean” adaptations were hits, Disney opted to try the same thing with another Disneyland attraction, “Tomorrowland.” George Clooney and Brittany Robertson play brainy science nerds go on a journey into another dimension where geniuses have created a futuristic utopia. At least, I think that’s what happens in this convoluted tale. The visuals are appropriately spectacular, but the plot is confusing and the pace is erratic. Interesting ideas and well-staged action scenes get bogged down by jumbled storytelling. "Tomorrowland" will son be yesterday's news.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

  1. POLTERGEIST(PG-13)

20th Century Fox

 

RUSS:

If the subject of unnecessary sequels arises, "Poltergeist" might come to mind. Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt lead a capable cast, but the filmmakers fail to add anything new or interesting to this update of the 1982 classic.

 

SHAWN

I say fraud alert. Not like the original was a great work of cinema. But this remake is just atrocious. Talk about a waste of time. Almost felt like a student film with the lame gotcha tricks and Apple watch effects. It's scary how bad this movie really is.

 

RUSS

Those who've never seen the original might find it intriguing, but this workmanlike remake is uninspired.

 

SHAWN

Naw, even fans of horror are gonna want a refund. It's just all too juvenile.  And poorly executed.

 

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 1 Popcorn Bag

 

  1. PIXELS (PG)

Sony

 

SHAWN

Gotta give a big fat happy birthday shout out to Pack-Man today. The iconic video game is 35 years old. And this summer finally gets its own movie -- Pixels -- starring Adam Sandler. How many quarters did I spend back in the day? Too many! Happy birthday Pac-Man, you the man. "Pixels" opens on July 24th.

 

3) KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (Unrated)

Amplify

 

“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” is a slow moving art house flick about a disturbed Japanese woman who believes the movie “Fargo” is real. She embarks on a harsh journey halfway around the world to find the briefcase full of cash that Steve Buscemi’s character buried in the North Dakota snow. Rinko Kikuchi is terrific and the film has some beautifully realized scenes. “Kumiko” is an odd character study that is a well-intentioned near miss.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

4) THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (R)

Music Box Films

 

RUSS

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is an offbeat Swedish comedy based on the popular novel. When the title character escapes his retirement home and goes on a bizarre road trip, we learn about his life story in flashbacks. It’s sort of like a slapstick Swedish take on Forest Gump, filled with gallows humor. Perhaps something was lost in translation, but this one tries a bit too hard to be whimsical.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:

-"Good Kill" stars Ethan Hawke in a drama about drone warfare.

-"Drunk Wedding" is a low-budget gross out comedy where the title tells all.

-"Slow West" is a 'suspense Western' starring Michael Fassbender.

-"Felix and Meira" tells a tale of romance between a Hasidic woman and an Gentile man.

 

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