Is “A Walk in the Woods” a trek worth taking? “Jimmy’s Hall” too narrow? Popcorn Bag reviews!

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1) A WALK IN THE WOODS (R)
Broad Green Pictures

RUSS:
Robert Redford has been trying for years to produce a film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s bestseller, “A Walk in the Woods” as a vehicle for himself and the late Paul Newman. Alas, that big screen reunion never occurred. Instead, we have Redford and Nick Nolte as two geriatric former friends who attempt to hike the grueling Appalachian Trail.

SHAWN:
Not every book is meant to be a movie. Case in point the stilted and generic "A Walk in the Woods" which is what I had fathered been doing than watching this movie.

RUSS:
It’s a lightweight comedy that wastes the talents of a lot of good actors. It’s good-natured and the stars are likable, but the movie’s charms are modest at best.

SHAWN
Not sure where you found the charm but I agree. Talk about a waste of talent. And I didn't really find the humor unless the joke is on people who will unfortunately pay money to see this lackluster movie.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

2) JIMMY'S HALL (PG-13)
Sony Pictures Classics

RUSS:
“Jimmy’s Hall” is the latest from British filmmaker Ken Loach, famous for his realistic kitchen sink dramas. Although it’s set in Ireland during the 1930’s, its themes about economic and social injustice are still very relevant. Inspired by a true story, “Jimmy’s Hall” is about a man who ran afoul of the church and wealthy landowners when he set up a rural social hall. It’s impeccably acted and produced. Politically, “Jimmy’s Hall” is a movie that Bernie Sanders would love.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

3) 7 CHINESE BROTHERS (Unrated)

Screen Media Films

RUSS

If quirkiness alone is a virtue, then the oddball comedy "7 Chinese Brothers" is downright righteous. Jason Schwartzman plays a thirtysomething slacker with a twisted sense of humor who just can't seem to be able to keep a job. Depending on your point of view, he's either wacky or whacked out. Filmmaker Bob Byington's featherweight farce aims for eccentric Wes Anderson territory, but "7 Chinese Brothers" is more annoying than charming.

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
-"Phoenix" is a mystery from Germany about a WWII concentration camp survivor who, after reconstructive surgery, takes on a phony identity to ascertain if her ex-husband gave her up to the Nazis.

-"Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine" is a documentary about the late Apple CEO.

-"Transporter: Refueled" is the fourth film in the action franchise, but this time without Jason Statham.

-"Meru" is a mountain-climbing documentary.

 

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