KANSAS CITY, Mo--- 'Hell or High Water' all wet? "Kubo" arty? "War Dogs" scruffy? "Ben-Hur" racy? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!
1) HELL OR HIGH WATER (R)
It may be too early to talk about Oscars, but we may well be mentioning the modern Western "Hell or High Water" at awards time. Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster star in this terrific Texas bank robbery flick that may have the best screenplay of the year. It's a social commentary and character study disguised as a thriller.
"War Dogs" tries to do for arms smuggling what "The Big Short" did for the economic meltdown. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill star in this comic true story about old friends who get in over their head when they try to cash in on the military's open bidding for weaponry during the Iraq War. It's funny, scary and profane in equal measure but relies a bit too much on voice-over narration.
4) BEN-HUR (PG-13)
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