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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- Time to cozy up to a bowl of popcorn and a check out the latest films coming to your home. But which latest DVD is worth your time? FOX 4's Russ Simmons gives his reviews in the Screening Room.

 

1) BRIDGE OF SPIES (PG-13)

Dreamworks

 

Team up director Steven Spielberg, actor Tom Hanks and screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and something special is bound to happen. Their Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” lives up to its considerable potential and is an Oscar nominee for Best Picture of the Year.

 

In this true story, Hanks plays an insurance lawyer who is recruited to serve as a negotiator in talks between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in spy swap talks involving U-2 pilot Gary Powers and Soviet operative Rudolf Abel. It’s a snappy cloak-and-dagger flick.

 

Shawn calls "Bridge of Spies,"...workmanlike and interesting. Steven Spielberg still has it. Just wish he took more chances with this one."

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

 

2) THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (PG-13)

Summit Entertainment

 

Vin Diesel's latest big screen adventure arrives on home video. It's called, "The Last Witch Hunter...and let’s just HOPE this truly is the last one. Diesel plays the title role, a warrior who is cursed with immortality and spends centuries fighting all manner of evil folk. It's a one-note spook-fest.

 

Shawn says, "If Vin Diesel is isn't behind the wheel of a fast moving car why bother?" Good point.

 

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 1 Popcorn Bag

 

3) OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (R)

Warner Brothers

 

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in “Our Brand is Crisis” a fictionalized political satire based on the 2002 Bolivian election. In that contest, consultants from the U.S. were imported to implement American-style political dirty tricks to help a wealthy businessman defeat the socialist candidate.

 

The cast is appealing and the movie has moments that hit the satiric bull’s-eye, but director David Gordon Green doesn’t seem to have the right touch for this sort of acerbic, cynical comedy, so the tone is all over the place. “Our Brand is Chaos” may have been the better title.

 

Shawn say, "Why watch this misguided movie when the real political drama is so much more fun and interesting to watch?"

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

4) TRUTH (R)

Sony Pictures

 

What is truth? After seeing the movie “Truth,” you probably won’t still know the answer.

 

“Truth” is a compelling but troubling adaptation of journalist Mary Mapes’ book about her ill-fated experience at CBS News.

 

Cate Blanchett gives an impassioned performance as Mapes, whose career came to a screeching halt after a botched story questioning the military service record of George W. Bush. Her missteps led to career ruin for Dan Rather, played with stoic dignity by Robert Redford.

 

It’s fascinating, but somehow lacks the honest introspection “Truth” demands.

 

Shawn says, "The truth is 'Truth' should have been much better. Pretty pedestrian."

Yawn.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags

 

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