Is “Miss Peregrine” peculiar? “Queen of Katwe” regal? “Deepwater Horizon” have depth? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Is "Miss Peregrine" peculiar? "Queen of Katwe" regal? "Deepwater Horizon" have depth? FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards share their thoughts on the films.

 

1) MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (PG-13)

20th Century Fox

RUSS

The title for “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a case of truth in advertising. The bestselling YA novel about a group of strangely gifted kids trapped in a time loop is given the eccentric Tim Burton treatment.

SHAWN

Director Tim Burton is back with a pitch perfect adaptation of this popular children's book. Moppy yet cheerful the movie is energized by Burton's creativity and an exercise of brilliant casting.

RUSS

It plays a bit like Goth version of “The X-Men meet the Time Machine.” It’s visually arresting but may be too scary for little kids and bit gimmicky for adults.

SHAWN

It's a creepy mix of weirdness, playful tones and somewhat frightening themes. But it all nicely works. Thank you Tim Burton. His best in a while.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE QUEEN OF KATWE (PG)

Walt Disney

RUSS

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” may be the sunniest view of Uganda you’re likely to see. David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga star in the true story of a brilliant young girl who escapes her difficult circumstances when she discovers the world of competitive chess.

SHAWN

"Queen of Katwe" is a beautiful movie. It's a beautiful story and a beautiful cast. And for those who say beauty only gets you so far you would be wrong in this case.

RUSS

While this story is told in a pedestrian way, the terrific cast and never-say-die spirit make it work.

SHAWN

"Queen of Katwe" is engaging enough. And the type of movie all families should see. Great message. And I love the positive imagery of Uganda. What positive images coming out of Africa. How often do you see that?

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

3) DEEPWATER  HORIZON (PG-13)

Summit Entertainment

RUSS

“Deepwater Horizon” is a well produced disaster movie based on the tragic true story of the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg lead a solid cast in what is essentially an exercise in chaos.

SHAWN

Politics be damned! "Deepwater Horizon" is less about the political fallout of millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico and all about how it happened. Director Peter Berg comes across as Michael Bay Jr. and Mark Wahlberg who starred in the last Transformers movie basically duplicates that performance here.

RUSS

The jargon-laden dialogue is very hard to take in, but you could watch this one without the sound and not miss a thing. There’s not much depth in “Deepwater Horizon,” but it successfully immerses the audience in the midst of disorienting mayhem.

SHAWN

"Deepwater Horizon" is a standard issue disaster movie but a very good one....even if it all seems a bit over-exaggerated.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

4) MASTERMINDS (PG-13)

Relativity Media

RUSS

The true story of some dim-witted criminals is given an eccentric treatment by director Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"). Zach Galifanakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson star in this goofy farce about an armored car heist that netted $17 million. They may have gotten away with it if they'd used some common sense. The chaos that ensues could have been depicted in "America's Dumbest Criminals."

The terrific supporting cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones (yes, this was produced by "Saturday Night Live" mogul Loren Michaels).

It's so broadly done that it's hard to believe it's based on a true story, but has just enough laughs to appeal to most SNL fans.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK: "Little Men" is a New York family disfunction drama starring Greg Kinnear, directed by Ira Sachs ("Love is Strange"). "Operation Avalanche" is a faux documentary about a fake moon landing. Natalie Portman stars in "A Tale of Love and Darkness," based on author Amoz Oz's bestselling memoir about his youth in 1940s Jerusalem. "Shocktoberfest" kicks off at the Screenland Theaters with a month-long series of horror films. The Universal Film Festival, a showcase for short films from around the world, takes place this weekend at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. More information is available at http://www.universalfilmfestival.com.

 

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