Below average movies like “Office Christmas Party” and “The Hangover” sequels have dampened expectations for the sub-genre, but the recently released film “Rough Night” may have given the genre a small lifeline.
It’s not even clear what the lesson kids are supposed to learn is. Do your best? Even if this wasn’t Pixar, possibly the best storytellers not just in animation but in cinema itself, that’s boilerplate and boring.
For a lover of period romance films, “My Cousin Rachel” seems at first to be unique and intriguing in its suspense and mystery. However, the film in its entirety effectively demonstrates the misleading power of a well-edited trailer.
In her second feature film, Israeli-American writer-director Rama Burshtein (“Fill the Void”) delivers a unique film that falls somewhere between a romantic comedy and a drama. It has some romance and certainly some funny one-liners, but “The Wedding Plan” is anything but a typical rom-com. The film stars Noa Kooler (“Youth”) as Michal, a quirky orthodox Jewish woman in her early 30s searching desperately for a husband. When she finally gets engaged, her fiancé freaks out and calls off the wedding. Michal, however, has other plans.
The script pulls no punches when it comes to the way in which overwrought administrations are stifling fun, and this gives the movie a winking subtext that transcends the juvenile humor at its surface. Kids and adults alike will find something to smile at while watching the movie.
While the idea of Baywatch is comical, the delivery failed to make the audience laugh out loud. The only sound to be heard is an occasional small noise produced by blowing air out of one’s nose at something halfway amusing.