KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards were not very fond of this week’s newest releases. Watch the video above to find out why.
1) THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT (PG-13)
In a future dystopian society, pretty young people will stand around looking bored while computer generated mayhem swirls around them. Or at least that’s how it plays out in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” the third film in the four-part franchise about a young woman who leads a rebellion against an evil dictatorship. The first movie was a reasonably entertaining and involving sci-fi thriller, but the subsequent episodes have gotten progressively dumber and are seriously padded.
Shailene Woodley and a likable cast do their best with what they’ve been given, but “Allegiant” comes off as little more than “The Hunger Games-Lite.”
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
2) THE BRONZE (R)
The world of competitive gymnastics suffers an ugly blow in the outrageously unpleasant comedy, “The Bronze.” Melissa Rauch plays a nasty, foul-mouthed Tonya Harding type, a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist resting on her laurels in small town Ohio. She’s tricked into coaching an up-and-coming gymnast who steals her spotlight.
The script is off-putting and utterly lacking in wit. In a desperate attempt to generate laughs, the filmmakers simply choose to amp up the vulgarity. If there’s such a thing as a lead medal, “The Bronze” might qualify.
RUSS: 1 Popcorn Bag
3) HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (R)
Two-time Oscar-winner Sally Field stars as an emotionally stunted older woman who falls in love with a much younger man, played by Max Greenfield, in the episodic comic drama, “Hello, My Name is Doris.”
It’s an oddball geriatric coming-of-age flick that stretches credibility to the limit, but is bolstered by an extremely appealing cast that makes the eye-rolling moments easier to take.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK:
-“Miracles from Heaven” is a faith-based drama based on a true story about a young girl who is cured of an incurable disease after she suffers a freak head injury. Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah star.
-“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” is a documentary about the famous heiress who helped propel the modern art movement.
-“Creative Control” is a sci-fi drama about an ad executive who crosses ethical lines with some ‘augmented reality’ glasses.
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