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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Is "Inferno" hot? Is "Certain Women" convincing? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

1) INFERNO (PG-13)

Columbia Pictures

RUSS

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard may have gone to the well one too many times with "Inferno," their third entry in the Robert Langdon "Da Vinci Code" series by novelist Dan Brown. This time out, our intrepid Harvard symbologist tries to unravel his trickiest puzzle, yet, involving Dante, a deadly virus and a crazy billionaire.

SHAWN

The plot screams bad James Bond. What you get is James Bland. Not that the movie is terribly awful. There are moments that actually work when it makes sense.

RUSS

Howard's directorial style is as showy as ever and Hanks is solid as always. But in this case, the story's threads are so tangled that by the time you figure out what's really going on, you'll probably be rolling your eyes at all of the coincidences and plot holes. Langdon spends much of the movie in a drug-induced mental haze. I felt the same way without the drugs.

SHAWN

Yes, things get a bit murky and mostly for no reason. It's too bad because like you mentioned Tom Hanks does one heck of a job forcing you to care with his solid performance.

RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

2) CERTAIN WOMEN (R)

IFC Films

RUSS

The drama "Certain Women" sets a new standard for the term "low key." Three intertwining stories about small town Montana life feature actresses Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kirsten Stewart and Lily Gladstone.

SHAWN

If you are a fan of acting and character development you will love "Certain Women." If you are a fan of plot development and story that move forward this ain't the one for you. Superbly acted and terribly executed describe everything about this melancholy movie.

RUSS

The acting is exemplary, especially from Gladstone. There isn't much drama, in the traditional sense in this extremely slow moving glimpse into the lives of ordinary people. But for those patient viewers who allow the characters' concerns to become their own, it could prove to be very moving.

SHAWN

It is very moving but never really genuinely pulls you in in a meaningful way. Gotta have just a bit of drama or something. Geez!

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

3) MICHAEL MOORE IN TRUMPLAND (R)

Dog Eat Dog Films

RUSS

Incendiary liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore returns to the screen with a surprise stealth movie release, “Michael Moore in Trumpland,” a filmed version of a live stage show he performed on October 8th in the pivotal Trump-leaning State of Ohio. If you’re expecting a diatribe against Donald Trump, you’ll be disappointed. This one-man show is more of a love letter to Hillary Clinton. Moore really isn’t a standup comic, so his attempts at humor are hit-and-miss.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

Also opening this week: “King Cobra” is a drama about murder in the porn industry. James Franco and Christian Slater are among the cast members. "Dreaming Purple Neon" is the latest horror flick from KC-based filmmaker Todd Sheets.

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