Is “The Light Between Oceans” illuminating? “Louis” and “Morgan” worth meeting? Popcorn Bag Home Video Reviews!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- FOX 4 film critics Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards say of all the holiday weekends this year, Labor Day has the weakest films hitting theaters.

 

1) THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (PG-13)

Dreamworks

RUSS

“The Light Between Oceans” comes tantalizingly close to being a great movie. Sadly, its missteps derail the efforts of an impeccable cast and a stunning production. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander play a troubled Australian lighthouse keeper and his dutiful wife who face an ethical dilemma when a baby washes ashore in a rowboat.

SHAWN

This movie falls apart from the very beginning. It's gorgeousness is washed away by the somber tone. And the acting why well executed is never interesting. It is romantic but never at steamy levels which is too bad. About as engaging as anything you might catch on the Hallmark channel.

RUSS

This slow-moving but involving drama turns into a soap opera that becomes almost too painful to watch.

SHAWN

Yes, by the end I halfway expected Jerry Springer to pop up. There was a lot of attention paid to detail but in the end "The Light Between Oceans" is nothing more than an empty shell.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE 9th LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX (R)

Summit Premier

RUSS

“The 9th Life of Louis Drax” is a bizarre art film that combines elements of mystery, thriller, romance, psychological drama and sci-fi. Jamie Dornan plays a doctor who falls for the mother of a young boy in a coma. This intriguing movie loses its footing in the final reel when it is undone by its own absurdities.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

3) MORGAN (R)

20th Century Fox

RUSS

“Morgan” is a sci-fi thriller that hopes to be another “Ex Machina.” The directorial debut of Luke Scott, son of Ridley, stars Kate Mara as a corporate investigator who tries to determine if an artificially created super human poses a threat to humanity. It’s sufficiently creepy, but ultimately predictable.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

4) SEA OF TREES (R)

A24

RUSS

What do you get when you combine Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and acclaimed director Gus Van Sant of “Good Will Hunting” fame? “Sea of Trees” is a well-meaning and well-acted drama about a suicidal man who contemplates his troubled marriage. It’s thought-provoking, but also long, meandering and pretentious.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:

“Lo & Behold” is a documentary from Werner Herzog about the effect the Internet has had on people. “Phantom Boy” is a hand drawn animated fantasy from France. “I am Not a Serial Killer” is a supernatural thriller about a disturbed teen. “In Order of Disappearance” stars Stellan Skarsgard in an action black comedy revenge tale. “Our Little Sister” is a Japanese entry about three women who meet their half-sister.

 

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