It's been 15 years since Goldie Hawn has appeared in anything, but she is back on the big-screen opposite comedian Amy Schumer in the new comedy "Snatched." In order to snatch up first place at the box office though, the comedy duo will need to overcome stiff competition from war thriller, "The Wall" and the latest re-imagining of a classic myth, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword."
So, what should you see in theaters this weekend? Here are our reviews of new movies coming out in theaters, Friday, May 12th, 2017:
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”
This movie received the "full review" treatment: Check out our full review of "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" here.
It's too bad that "Snatched" isn't better than it is. Comedy's "It Girl" Amy Schumer teams up with the beloved Goldie Hawn - who has not starred in anything since 2002's "The Banger Sisters" - for what is a disappointing and misguided effort. There are a good amount of laughs, but most of them come in the film's first 30 minutes BEFORE the plot kicks in. That plot? Schumer and her mother (Hawn) are abducted while on vacation in Ecuador and hilarity is meant to ensue...yet it's the viewer who gets robbed blind when the laughs run out. Schumer isn't breaking any new ground with her hopeless, sleazy, sex-crazed character (you know, the caricature she's built her career on thus far). Hawn - God love her - is really done a disservice, turning her into the stuffy "straight-woman" alongside the nutty Schumer...the film, and Hawn, would have been much better served had they given her a more joyous character to play. Still, there are enough cameos - namely from the talented and underrated Ike Barinholtz as Schumer's brother, Christopher Meloni as a deranged adventurer and Wanda Sykes as a helpful tourist (Sykes is refreshing as always, and is accompanied in every scene she's in by a silent Joan Cusack, and the pair get the film's biggest laughs). Unfortunately, none of this is enough to save "Snatched" from itself. Grade: C.
Genre: Comedy. Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Rated R. Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack. Directed by Jonathan Levine (“The Night Before," "Warm Bodies," "50/50," "The Wackness").
"The Wall" finds itself up against one, dramatically speaking. It's a metaphor-heavy, war suspense-thriller from director Doug Liman, who - give him kudos - loves trying to find innovative ways to tell a story visually. He of course first landed on the map with "Swingers" and "Go," and went on to direct the pulse-thumping first film in "The Bourne Identity" franchise. His last film, the sleeper hit "Edge of Tomorrow," was an incredible breath-of-fresh-air for the sci-fi and action genre. With "The Wall," the effort is appreciated...Liman sets out to give us a nail-biting thriller pitting two U.S. soldiers in Iraq against an unseen threat, a sniper that lurks just on the other side of a rickety wall in the middle of the desert. The "on-the-nose" plight of these soldiers (played by John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, effectively) is meant to represent a larger picture of the hopeless struggles we face up against terror abroad. But once the sniper makes radio contact with one of the soldiers, the movie becomes a manipulative charade...it's "Phone Booth" with sand. Yes, the movie is only a paltry 81 minutes long, but there is so little for Liman to work with, that you'll feel left out in the sun for way too long. And then ending will make you feel even worse about your time spent, and lost, on this misfire. Grade: C-.
Genre: Drama, Thriller. Run Time: 1 hour 21 minutes. Rated R. Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli. Directed by Doug Liman ("Edge of Tomorrow," "Fair Game," "Jumper," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity," "Go," "Swingers").
All of these movies open locally on Friday, May 12, 2017 (check for showtimes).
Next week reviews include: "Alien: Covenant," "The Lovers" and "Chasing Trane."