KANSAS CITY, Mo -- It's a big week as one of Hollywood's most anticipated sequels heads to theaters. Watch the video above to find out if the films live up to their hype.
1) JURASSIC WORLD (PG-13)
There's only one major movie release to talk about this week. I guess only art house movies dared to go up against a box office monster called Indominous Rex.
Yes, twenty-two years after the minor mishaps at “Jurassic Park,” the dinosaur zoo is back up and running in “Jurassic World.” This time, to up the ante on thrills, the operators have used genetic engineering to create a scarier, more intelligent star attraction. What could possibly go wrong?
Chris Pratt from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and TV's "Parks and Rec" stars as a former military man who has some minor success trying to train raptors. All of his skills are put to the test when the new dino slips its pen.
“Jurassic World” is a terrific movie thrill ride, beautifully produced and packed with action and dazzling visuals. It provides precisely the movie mayhem summer was meant for.
Shawn says: A ton of new and improved looking dinosaurs but overall feels like a long commercial for the new theme park ride based on the movie.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
2) ABOUT ELLY (Not rated)
What’s special in “About Elly” has nothing to do with special effects. Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who won the Oscar for “A Separation,” returns with a thought-provoking mystery about a young woman who goes missing during a weekend outing at the Caspian Sea. In self-preservation mode, the people she was with begin to spin a web of lies about the incident. “About Elly” is a whip-smart, low-key psychological thriller.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
3) MADAME BOVARY (R)
Two movies open this week that are inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s classic 1857 tragedy, “Madame Bovary.” Mia Wasikowska stars in a straightforward, if severely truncated adaptation about the depressed woman from rural France who married a country doctor, had multiple affairs and overspent into financial ruin. Although Wasikowska gives a solid performance, this is a surprisingly bloodless, perfunctory version of the story.
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bag
4) GEMMA BOVARY (R)
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The second movie opening this week derived from Flaubert's novel is "Gemma Bovary," based on a contemporary graphic novel.
Gemma Arterton is quite good as British woman whose life begins to mirror Flaubert’s tragic heroine when she and her husband move to France. This is also an oddly passionless version of what should be a riveting story.
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