Are “Minions” despicable? “The Gallows” worth hanging around for? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo -- Looks like it's time to hit the theater! Check out what FOX 4 film critics Shawn and Russ had to say about "Minions," "Gallows" and "Amy."

 

  1. MINIONS (PG)

Universal

RUSS
Let’s face it. Minions are great. They’re cute, funny and appealingly yellow. It’s too bad their movie isn’t quite as engaging. "Minions" provides the back story for the pint-sized lackeys introduced in the "Despicable Me" movies.

SHAWN
But the movie is fun…which is the goal of this delightfully brilliant animated feature. And the only goal.

RUSS
The action is frenetic, the slapstick humor should keep the kids engaged and some of the 60s references will work for grandparents. But while amusing, “Minions” lacks the charm and heart of the “Despicable Me” movies.

SHAWN
True. But this movie is less about story and more about just entertaining audiences for a couple of hours. So let the Minions have their fun and let the guys at Pixar write the clever stories.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

  1. THE GALLOWS(R)

New Line Cinema

RUSS
“The Gallows” is the latest in a line of low-budget ‘found-footage’ horror flicks. High school kids break into their school at night and face an evil force. You’ve got to admire the entrepreneurial spirit behind “The Gallows,” but it adds nothing new to the genre.

SHAWN
But is scary. Very. Authentic and real. "The Gallows" is a true set-jumper. And takes the found footage concept to a new level. There are many original elements and the set-up is actually near genius.

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

  1. AMY (R)

A24

RUSS
Before she became a breakout star, the uber-talented but self-destructive singer Amy Winehouse said, “I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad.” Those words proved to be tragically prophetic.

SHAWN
Not the best produced documentary but one of the most engaging you'll ever see. The fascinating subject is what elevates this movie. An Amy Winehouse is a tour de force that you can't take your eyes off as you just want to learn more and more about this tragic pop star's life.

RUSS
The intriguing documentary “Amy” presents a heartbreaking account of her short life captured mostly through a rich mine of home video, interviews and news footage. “Amy” is a painfully intimate portrait of an extremely fragile soul.

SHAWN
It is all very painful but also beautifully told.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 5 Popcorn Bags

Also opening this week: 

-"Self/less" is a sci-fi thriller starring Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds about a terminally ill industrialist who has his consciousness transferred into the body of a young man. Complications ensue.

 

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