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“10 Cloverfield Lane” worth addressing? “Eddie the Eagle,” “London Has Fallen’ & “Doris,” too. Popcorn Bag Home Video Reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It wasn't a great week, but it also wasn't a terrible week for the FOX 4 film critics. According to Russ and Shawn, things were pretty average. Watch the video above or keep reading for their thoughts on "10 Cloverfield Lane," "Eddie the Eagle," "London Has Fallen," and "Doris."

 

1) 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (PG-13)

Paramount

RUSS

Back in 2008, producer J.J. Abrams surprised audiences with a nifty sci-fi opus called, cryptically, “Cloverfield.” It arrived out of nowhere and went on to become a box office smash. The terrific suspense thriller "10 Cloverfield Lane" is the surprise follow-up.

First-time director Dan Tractenberg skillfully ratchets up the tension without ever giving away his hand. Like all of the best sequels, you don’t need to have seen “Cloverfield” to enjoy “10 Cloverfield Lane” because it stands on its own.

It’s like an intriguing full-length episode of “The Twilight Zone.” If you like taut and involving thrillers, then “10 Cloverfield Lane” is one address you’ll definitely want to visit.

Shawn says: Impressively clever. Completely suspenseful. An almost flawless suspense thriller that really works even after repeat viewings.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

2) LONDON HAS FALLEN (R)

Focus Features

RUSS

“London Has Fallen” is the sequel to the 2013 hit action thriller, “Olympus Has Fallen.” This time terrorists attack the funeral of the British Prime Minister and attempt to kill off all of the world’s leaders in one fell swoop.

It’s arguably jingoistic and exploitive, but “London Has Fallen” is a rousing, high-powered thriller the delivers the action goods.

Shawn says: Terrific action but simple story. Entertaining but please don't over think things.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

3) EDDIE THE EAGLE (PG-13)

20th Century Fox

RUSS

Although you’ll feel shamelessly manipulated by the cheery sports flick “Eddie the Eagle,” you probably won’t mind too much. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman star in the true story of a somewhat mentally challenged British ski jumper and the drunken ski bum who trains him to compete in the 1988 Olympics.

The movie so lightweight that it threatens to blow right off the screen, but the likable stars and good-natured spirit make it a painless time-waster.

Shawn says: It's criminally generic and shamefully “feel good.”

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

4) HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (R)

Roadside Attractions

RUSS

Two-time Oscar-winner Sally Field stars as an emotionally stunted older woman who falls in love with a much younger man, played by Max Greenfield, in the episodic comic drama, “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

It’s an oddball geriatric coming-of-age flick that stretches credibility to the limit, but is bolstered by an extremely appealing cast that makes the eye-rolling moments easier to take.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

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