Will “SPECTRE” and “The Peanuts Movie” be hits?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The warm weather is gone and so are the days of outdoor activities. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards shares his thought on Hollywood's latest films and which ones you should go see the next time you're looking for something fun to do.

 

1) SPECTRE (PG-13)

Sony Pictures

SHAWN

The new James Bond movie Spectre, the 24th in the franchise, is definitely top tier Bond. It's been rumored that this is the last time Daniel Craig will play the spy licensed to kill. But you wouldn't know it because Craig seems to be in a nice groove playing Agent 007. Whether or not he likes doing it is a different story. But he's good at it. And so is "Spectre."

All the things you want from a Bond movie are there: terrific action sequences, exotic set pieces, cool car chases and a deliciously evil villain played superbly by two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz.

But Spectre is a more thoughtful and forward leaning Bond. It's well written and superbly structured. There isn't much camp or fat. This is a lean excercise that actually offers some depth.

"Spectre" goes surprisingly out of it's way to respectfully pay tribute to women by featuring a multi-dimensional Bond girl and other sophisticated female characters that are actually developed and play a key part of the stories plot development.

Russ says, "It may be overlong and the plot may be like kite dancing in a hurricane," but Daniel Craig is solid, the women are beautiful and cars incredible. “Spectre” delivers all of the big screen mayhem a big budget movie can offer.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE PEANUTS MOVIE (G)

20th Century Fox

Russ says, "The Peanuts characters may be 65-years old, but they’ve never looked better thanks to the 3-D computer animation of 'The Peanuts Movie.' Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang are back with a simple story that is in keeping with the sincere tone and low-key charm and of Charles Schulz’s beloved characters. It serves as a likable introduction for youngsters and a nostalgia buzz for their parents and grandparents."

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

3) THE ASSASSIN (Unrated)

Central Motion Picturec Corporation

RUSS:

The Chinese martial arts epic “The Assassin” won the best director prize at Cannes this year. It’s easy to see why. This historical drama is visually stunning, each beautifully designed scene a work of art. But it may also be the slowest moving, least exciting martial arts film ever. For patient viewers, it’s a contemplative visual tone poem. If you’re looking for action, however, stick with Bond.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

4) MISS YOU ALREADY (PG-13)

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette star in “Miss You Already,” a four-hankie tearjerker about the ups and downs experienced by lifelong best friends, one of whom comes down with breast cancer. There are plenty of manipulative and cloying moments but the actors give sincere performances that make wading through the maudlin moments bearable.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

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