KANSAS CITY, Mo — Looking for a new movie to toss into the DVD player while relaxing at home? Check out this week’s Home Video Popcorn Bag reviews to see which ones are a must-see.
1) TOMORROWLAND (PG)
Walt Disney Pictures
Since the “Pirates of the Caribbean” adaptations were hits, Disney opted to try the same thing with another Disneyland attraction, “Tomorrowland.” George Clooney and Brittany Robertson play brainy science nerds go on a journey into another dimension where geniuses have created a futuristic utopia. At least, I think that’s what happens in this convoluted tale.
The visuals are appropriately spectacular, but the plot is confusing and the pace is erratic. Interesting ideas and well-staged action scenes get bogged down by jumbled storytelling. “Tomorrowland” is yesterday’s news.
Shawn says it’s misguided and boring.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 1 Popcorn Bags
2) SAN ANDREAS (PG-13)
In an early scene from the disaster flick, “San Andreas,” a reporter interviewing rescue worker writes in her notes, “Cute but dumb.” That pretty much sums up the movie up, too.
“San Andreas” has all of the visual bells and whistles you’d expect from a $100 million movie. The eye candy is cool and The Rock is solid, but even with a surround sound home theater setup, the shakiest thing about “San Andreas” is its corny script.
Shawn calls it ‘silly unbelievable fun.’
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags
3) DOPE (R)
Open Road Films
“Dope” is a movie that lives up to its name in a number of ways. While it’s very raunchy and some of the ethics are questionable, this R-rated teen tale plays a bit like an urban version of “Ferris Bueller.” But it’s actually better. It’s hip, whip-smart and skillfully directed by Rick Famuyiwa. While this edgy movie is definitely not for everyone, it’s safe to say I’m high on “Dope.”
Shawn says “Dope” is “Smart, funny and original. One of the best movies of year.”
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 5 Popcorn Bags
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