1) FINDING DORY (PG)
It’s taken Pixar 13 years to come up with a sequel to the smash animated hit, “Finding Nemo.” But even after all these years, this fish is still fresh. Ellen DeGeneres again provides the voice for the forgetful blue tang in the high seas adventure, “Finding Dory."
"Finding Dory" is more fun than it is good. That's no knock. "Finding Dory' is terrific movie. It's just not a great movie. But the Pixar bar is extremely high. All of the Pixar core values are present. Clever story, fantastic animation and engaging voice work. But all of the usual Pixar negatives are present as well. Too long, dull in spots and moments that may be too intense for the very young.
While the movie lacks the strong story of its predecessor, there’s still an ocean of imagination on display, from the amazing visuals to the snappy sense of humor. And, yes, you may need a Kleenex or two. It may be lesser Pixar, but it's still better than most movies, animated or otherwise. “Finding Dory” may well rescue this summer’s floundering box office.
I agree. "Finding Dory" isn't nearly as good as "Finding Nemo." It just lacks that movies heart and soul. But it is adequate enough to charm most. It's just no classic.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
2) CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (PG-13)
The standard buddy comedy gets a big boost from two charismatic stars in “Central Intelligence.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart are unlikely friends who reunite on the eve of their 20th high school reunion. But The Rock has some secret agent surprises for Kevin, a morose accountant.
The premise is standard issue but Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson with their superb comedic timing make the premise almost fresh. And who knew that Dwayne Johnson could actually be funnier than Kevin Hart.
Hart and Johnson display the same terrific comic chemistry that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito had back in the day with “Twins.” There isn’t really much intelligence on display in “Central Intelligence,” but it’s a goofy, mindless pleasure.
There are actually more than a few hilarious moments. And Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson really are perfect together. Mindless is a bit harsh
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
-““Genius” tells the true story of the professional relationship between acclaimed book editor Maxwell Perkins and famed author Thomas Wolfe. The impressive cast includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.
-“Dark Horse” is a documentary about a group of working class Brits who breed a championship racehorse.
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