Editor’s note: Beginning this week, the film guide will feature movies that have recently become available on streaming services.
“1917” (R, for violence, some disturbing images and language; available to buy on Amazon Prime, Fandango Now, Apple TV and Vudu) Director Sam Mendes, has similarly taken top technology — and the best cinematography, courtesy of Roger Deakins — to give us a compelling look at World War I through the eyes of two ordinary soldiers asked to perform an extraordinary task. The special sauce here, which you may have heard about: “1917” appears as if it were shot in one seamless take — or two, if you include one spot where it seems clear a break probably occurred. Yes, it’s a dazzling technical feat. One could also consider it a gimmick, or at least a method that threatens to distract the viewer’s attention. But that ignores the fact that this very filmmaking style is also hugely effective at delivering this particular story, in the most visceral way possible. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 59 minutes. Grade: ****
“Cats” (PG, for some rude and suggestive humor; available to buy on Amazon Prime and Vudu) However you feel about “Cats” the show — and let’s face it, some love it and some hate it, EXACTLY as it will be with this film — give director Tom Hooper credit for assembling a cast that knows its way around a stage. This estimable group includes, along with theater veterans Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, music stars like Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift, who each make the most of one blockbuster number suited to their talents. Does all this work? Well, it depends on how you feel about … “Cats.” Did you love the show? You’ll find stuff to love here. Did you hate it? Ditto! Or maybe … you’ll have both reactions? (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 50 minutes. Grade: **/*
“Charlie’s Angels” (PG-13 for action/violence, language and some suggestive material; available to buy or rent on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Fandango Now or Vudu) What are we really looking for in a “Charlie’s Angels” movie after all? Not terribly much. Some good action, costumes and chemistry from the leads, perhaps. In other words, just entertain us. And in that respect, this 2019 “Charlie’s Angels” only partially succeeds. The action is fine and engaging but nothing we haven’t seen before. The costumes are fantastic. As for the …read more
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