Does “Ghostbusters” get slimed? “The Infiltrator” worth investigating? These and more Popcorn Bag Movie Reviews!

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- FOX 4 film critics Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards took a break from the heat of summer to check out some of Hollywood's most talked about films of the summer. Watch the video above to find out what they thought.


Sony Pictures


When you wanna laugh, who you gonna call? Guess what all you misogynistic Gamergate internet trolls who were certain that an all-female version of "Ghostbusters" would be a disastrous rip-off...the new "Ghostbusters" is actually good, goofy fun.

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones have teamed with "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig for a whimsical if uninspired update of the 1984 hit. Yes, they're still battling paranormal entities bent on destroying Manhattan and the humor is still dopey, but it's fast paced, the cast is likable and the special effects are up-to-date.

What the original "Ghostbusters" had going for it was originality and Bill Murray's spot-on, deadpan performance. This new version lacks both. Still, the reboot has energy to spare and an infectious, playful attitude that fits the original's template.

It's certainly better than 1989's "Ghostbusters II." Now that was a real a rip-off.

Shawn says, “Yes, all the fuss over the cast being all female was unfair, ridiculous and sadly sexist. They are funny and more than deliver. Not like the original was that great. This version is on par and a lot better than ‘Ghostbusters 2.’”

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags



Broad Green Pictures


Bryan Cranston, the infamous meth dealer from "Breaking Bad," moves to the other side of the war on drugs with "The Infiltrator." Cranston is terrific in the true story of a U.S. Customs agent who posed as a money launderer in order to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's notorious Columbian drug cartel in the 1980s.
Cranston's performance has depth and he's surrounded by a sharp supporting cast. The film has a gritty, realistic feel but is violent enough to be off-putting to some. The film creates a real sense of dread. The downside is this thriller's pace, which prevents it from being quite as riveting as it should have been.

Shawn says. “Bryan Cranston is a beast in this cocaine cowboy tale. Riveting, informative and superbly acted by all involved. Best gangsta flick in a minute.”

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags



The Orchard


“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” is an involving documentary about the renowned cellist and the diverse group of international musicians he assembled in an attempt to expand musical horizons and build cultural bridges. There’s a lot of chattiness, but when the music plays, it soars.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags





“Weiner-Dog” is the latest pitch black comedy from eccentric indie filmmaker Todd Solondz, about dachshund’s series of clueless owners. It’s very smart and well acted by a first-rate cast…but its ultra bleak worldview makes for a very depressing hour and a half.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags


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