Does”Bridget Jones’s Baby” deliver? “Blair Witch” bewitching? “Snowden” scandalous? Popcorn Bag Reviews!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Does"Bridget Jones's Baby" deliver? "Blair Witch" bewitching? "Snowden" scandalous?  FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have your Popcorn Bag Reviews.

1) BRIDGET JONES'S BABY (R)

Universal

RUSS

It's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie. It’s amazing how little she’s evolved in the meantime. Rene Zellweger and Colin Firth are back, this time joined by Patrick Dempsey in a love triangle involving Bridget’s pregnancy and her doubts about the identity of the baby’s father.

 

SHAWN

But the good news is the movie doesn't stink. And I thought it would. And she's not supposed to evolve. If she did there would be no need for a movie. And this movie is a fun and nostalgic trip down memory lane with just a few new elements to make it fresh.

 

RUSS

Bridget's antics were amusing when she was young and stupid. At middle age, they seem a bit embarrassing. The cast is likable, but “Baby” is labored.

 

SHAWN

Man! That's a bit harsh. James Bond has been doing the same misogynistic antics for 50 years and ain't nobody complaining.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

2) SNOWDEN (R)

Open Road Films

SHAWN

"Snowden" is an extremely smart and confident movie directed by Oliver Stone. And "Snowden" is one of his most conventional movies to date. It’s informative and often engaging. The problem is the movie is probably going to be a better experience if you have seen the documentary "CitizenFour." I know it isn't supposed to work like that but trust you will want to make this prerequisite happen.

 

RUSS: Didn't screen

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

3) BLAIR WITCH (R)

Lionsgate

RUSS

Seventeen years ago, "The Blair Witch Project" created a new movie genre, the "Found Footage Film." The reboot “Blair Witch” comes from Columbia, Mo., screenwriter Simon Barrett and his frequent collaborator, director Adam Wingard.

 

SHAWN

The horror reboot can go either way. Be really great or a colossal disaster and total rip-off. The Blair Witch is the later -- a total fail.

 

RUSS

There is nothing new here, but horror fans may enjoy a few familiar shocks in this creepy entry.

 

SHAWN

No. Just watch the original. Seriously.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

 

4) HILLSONG: LET HOPE RISE (PG)

Pure Flix

 

RUSS

The concert documentary, "Hillsong: Let Hope Rise,” focuses on the phenomenon known as Hillsong United, a Christian pop band that sprang from an Australian mega church. Fans should love the inspiring music and candid behind the scenes footage.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: Did Not Screen

 

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

Abramorama/Amazon

 

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. “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week –The Touring Years” boasts a wealth of archival footage, catchy music and talking head memories from everyone involved, plus celebrity interviews with Beatles fans 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, “Mr. Church” stars Eddie Murphy in a drama about a cook becomes something of a surrogate father for the little girl whose family he serves. “Hieronymous  Bosch, Touched by the Devil” is a documentary about the early Dutch painter.

 

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