Popcorn Bag home video reviews: Arrival, Edge of 17 and Bleed for This

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Is "Arrival" out of this world? "Edge of 17" edgy? "Bleed for This" bloody good? FOX 4's Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards weigh in in this week's Popcorn Bag home video reviews!

1) ARRIVAL (PG-13)

Paramount Pictures

RUSS

“Arrival” is a science fiction opus that walks a razor’s edge. It could be hokey in the extreme or profoundly moving. Luckily, it keeps its balance thanks to skillful direction from Denis Villeneuve and a touching performance from Amy Adams.
SHAWN

Flawless execution. And Amy Adams is terrific. She actually carries the entire film with a gutsy and nuanced performance. A bit too intellectually showy. But fascinating nonetheless. A different type of alien story that effectively bends the genre in a new direction.

RUSS

Can a linguist communicate with super intelligent aliens? This very smart movie asks more questions than it answers, so this is not a movie for those who hate ambiguity. Still, it marks the arrival of a very impressive and thought-provoking film.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

2) THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (R)

STX Entertainment

RUSS

“The Edge of Seventeen” is one of the best teen coming-of-age comedies since John Hughes re-invented the genre in the 1980s. Hailee Steinfeld is excellent as a young girl who has difficulty traversing the minefield of puberty and family dysfunction.

SHAWN

I agree. It's one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Well written and terrifically acted. File this under great coming of age movies.

RUSS

Although it earns its R rating, “The Edge of Seventeen” is a smart, thoughtful and very funny movie for adults and older teens. In my opinion, it should have garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

3) BLEED FOR THIS (R)

Open Road Films

SHAWN

Miles Teller is fantastic n this underrated true story. Sure it's basically another Rocky story but it's engaging and well executed.

 

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

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