KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Does "The Accountant" add up? "American Honey" sweet? "Kevin Hart: What Now?" have heart? FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have your answers in this week's Popcorn Bag movie reviews.
1) THE ACCOUNTANT (R)
In the high concept action flick “The Accountant,” Ben Affleck plays an autistic CPA who cooks the books for mobsters and drug kings. Luckily, this math genius is also an assassin with Jason Bourne-like skills.
And unlike Jason Bourne "The Accountant" is a fresh take on the action flick and espionage thriller. Lots of new and different things are attempted and most work.
While the concept is ludicrous and the plot is riddled with eye-rolling twists, “The Accountant” is more entertaining than it has any business being.
The concept is actually dope and Ben Affleck muscles up and carries the weight. Predictable it's not. Fictitious? Sure.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
2) AMERICAN HONEY (R)
“American Honey” is the Shia LaBeouf drama that was shot largely in the Kansas City area and won this year’s jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s an unusual coming of age drama about a hard-partying group of misfit teens selling magazines door to door. Newcomer Sasha Lane plays a young girl who falls in with these modern-day gypsies.
Well I definitely didn't fall in love with this movie. It's actually one of the worst movies I've ever seen. And what do they know in Cannes? I was at this year's festival and everyone was drunk.
British filmmaker Andrea Arnold offers up some interesting ideas in this drama that has won praise from many critics, but this viewer found it to be overlong, meandering and self-indulgent. May I say, “The emperor has no clothes?”
I don't know what that means. But this movie was too long. Too plotless. Too pointless. Too vulgar. There is zero character development and a script written in hieroglyphics. It was cool that large chunks were shot in KC. Not cool that the movie is so awful.
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 0 Popcorn Bag
3) KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? (R)
“Kevin Hart: What Now?” is a standup comedy performance piece shot in front of over 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.
But only moderately funny.
Hart’s high-energy routine is a profane and edgy hit-and-miss affair. But his personal appeal and the funny 007 spoof that bookends the concert give “Kevin Hart: What Now” a big boost.
I want a full-length spy movie. That was the best part by far.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
"A Man Called Ove” is a sentimental Swedish drama about neighbors who help an old man turn his life around. “Passage to Mars” is documentary about a NASA astronaut training mission in the Arctic that became a treacherous fight for life. “Harry and Snowman” is a documentary about a man who turned a rescued plow horse into a jumping champion. "Priceless" is a drama about human trafficking that stars KC area native, David Koechner ("Anchorman"). "Max Steel" is a superhero flick about an awkward 16-year-old and an alien that join forces to fend off an extraterrestrial threat.
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