KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whether it's a date or a family night at the theater, FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have the latest on Hollywood's new releases. Watch the video above to find out which films were their favorite.
1) THE FINEST HOURS (PG-13)
Walt Disney Pictures
After attending a screening of the latest disaster epic from the folks at Disney, you may feel the urgent need to towel off.
Set in 1952, “The Finest Hours” is based on the heroic true story of one of the Coast Guard’s most celebrated ocean rescue missions. The movie features plenty of wholesome derring-do and a production design that seems inspired by the work of Norman Rockwell.
Chris Pine stars as Bernie Webber, the Boatswains Mate First class who, along with three colleagues, bravely sailed a small rescue boat directly into the teeth of one of the fiercest winter storms on record in a desperate attempt to save the crewmen of an oil tanker that split apart and rested precariously on a shoal.
This workmanlike adventure thriller has an appealing cast and terrific special effects. What it lacks is a strong emotional core that would have made it riveting.
Still, “The Finest Hours” is much like another current film about heroism, “13 Hours.” It may have its dramatic problems, but it serves as a fitting tribute to those who risked their lives to help others
Shawn calls "The Finest Hours," "an old-fashioned and standard issue action thriller."
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
2) KUNG FU PANDA 3 (PG)
20th Century Fox
Fox goes back to the animated well once again with "Kung Fu Panda 3."
Shawn says, "It is beautifully animated and playfully told. It is a movie for kids that's actually a kids' movie. Most of all it's a celebration of culture done with respect and creative reverence. Jack Black as Po is fun, too."
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
3) FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK (R)
Open Road Films
While in LA, " Shawn was able to snag the KC exclusive review of the movie parody, "Fifty Shades of Black."
Shawn says, "Comedy ain't easy and Marlon Wayans perfectly pokes fun at a subject matter ripe for satire. Ferociously funny, albeit raunchy. It's actually better told than 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and far more entertaining."
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
-"Jane Got a Gun"(R) is a troubled and long-delayed production. Oscar-winner Natalie Portman stars in this Western about a woman protecting her property from some bad guys, led by Ewan McGregor.
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