Is “Hail, Caesar!” regal? “45 Years” worth the wait? “The Choice” worth choosing? Popcorn Bag reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was a tough week in the FOX 4 screening room. Watch the video above to find out why the films got such low ratings.

 

1) HAIL, CAESAR (PG-13)

Universal Pictures

RUSS

In the wacky new comedy “Hail, Caesar,” the terrific parts don’t necessarily add up to a satisfying whole. An all-star cast appears in this oddball entry written and directed by the Coen Brothers that serves as both homage and a poke in the eye to the 1950s Hollywood system.

 

SHAWN

When the Cohen Brothers hit it's always a bull's eye. But when they miss they miss wildly. Wildly like picking someone from the crowd of a baseball game and asking them to throw the first pitch blind folded. That ball ain't never going to hit the mitt even if George Clooney is catching.

 

RUSS

The relatively unknown actor Alden Ehrenreich steals the movie with his skillful comic performance as a slow-witted singing cowboy star. The movie is just a bit too silly and rambling. “Hail, Caesar” will appeal mainly to hardcore movie buffs, but others may well say, “Hail, No.”

 

SHAWN

Watch your mouth. But I know you are talking about "Hail, Caesar" which is such an inside job the Cohen Brothers should have just held a series of private screenings at their home and called it a day.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

 

2) 45 YEARS (R)

Bureau (U.K.)

 

RUSS

Charlotte Rampling’s Oscar-nominated performance is the main draw of the heartbreaking drama “45 Years.” Days before her wedding anniversary celebration, a woman makes a discovery that leads her to believe that her whole marriage may have been a sham. Rampling and Tom Courtenay are both terrific in this sad but quietly observant enterprise.

 

SHAWN

Beautifully told and terrifically acted. The sophisticated and hush vibe is powerfully effective.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

  1. THE CHOICE(PG-13)

Lionsgate Films

 

SHAWN

"The Choice" is vintage Nicholas Sparks. The cast is sexy, the locations are gorgeous and the story is light as feathers on a windy day.

 

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

Also opening this week: 

-"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (PG-13) is an adaptation of the parody novel starring Lily James ("Cinderella").

 

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