Is “Sully” sullen? “The Wild Life” lively? “When the Bough Breaks” a shambles? Popcorn Bag Movie Reviews!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- Undecided on which film to check out at the theater? FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards share their thoughts on this week's newest releases.

 

1) SULLY (PG-13)

Warner Brothers

 

RUSS

Tom Hanks is an actor who, like the late Jimmy Stewart before him, has a natural aura of decency that comes through in his characters. That makes him the ideal person to portray a modest American hero, airline Captain Sully Sullenberger. In “Sully,” he plays the man who, in 2009, steered a disabled jet into the Hudson River saving the lives of all 155 passengers.
SHAWN

"Sully" is a well-intended movie. Well-made. Somewhat informative. And guided by a terrific performance by Tom Hanks. But it's slow. Dull in spots. And often so flat that you don't care. This my friends is director Clint Eastwood's fault. His directing style is so old fashion it belongs in the Smithsonian.

 

RUSS

Clint Eastwood’s movie focuses on some intriguing aspects of the story that most people probably don’t know. Like the man himself, “Sully” the movie has an unassuming, low-key integrity.

 

SHAWN

It's too low-key and void any real tension. It's somewhat insane that such an incredible event gets such a muted movie. We really never get to know who Sully is. It's basically a portrait of the man painted with one color. Yep, this movie feels monochromatic.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE WILD LIFE (Not rated)

Studio Canal

 

RUSS

What would it be like if the animals told the story of shipwreck victim “Robinson Crusoe?” That must have been what the makers of “The Wild” said in their studio pitch. Too bad they got the green light. "The Wild” is one of the weakest computer animated entries in recent memory. If the makers of this desert island adventure had spent as much time on the script as they did on the colorful animation, then they might have had some success. “The Wild” might be a reasonable distraction for the youngsters, but is squirm-worthy for the rest of the family.

 

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

3) WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (PG-13)

Screen Gems

 

SHAWN

"When the Bough Breaks" staring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall and newcomer Jaz Sinclair -- who is really good -- is a predictable thriller but man is it fun to watch. A couple hires a surrogate who eventually falls in the love with the husband. It's Tyler Perry meets Alfred Hitchcock.

 

RUSS: Did Not Screen

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

4) THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK- THE TOURING YEARS (Not rated)

Abramorama/Hulu

 

RUSS

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard turns his attention to the Fab Four with his compelling and immersive documentary about The Beatles' during their heyday. There is a wealth of archival footage, catchy music and talking head memories from everyone involved, plus celebrity interviews with folks like Elvis Costello and Whoopie Goldberg. If you needed a reminder of how great this band was, this is it.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

Also opening this week, “Life, Animated” is an acclaimed documentary about an autistic boy whose family members discovered that they could communicate with him through Disney movies. “When the Bough Breaks” is a drama about a married couple who hire a surrogate to carry their baby…and she turns out to be a wacko. “The Disappointment Room” is a haunted house thriller. “Complete Unknown” is a drama about a woman whose attempts to change her identity but runs into someone at a party she once knew. “Dough” is a British comedy about a kosher baker, a Muslim employee and some missing marijuana. And finally, “Antibirth” is a comic horror flick about a very unusual pregnancy.

 

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