Can't decide what to see this weekend?
Bowling Green Daily News film critic Micheal Compton is here to tell you the best - and worst - now playing at your local cineplex.
The latest entry to the D.C. Comics Universe is as easy and laid back as its very likable lead (Jason Momoa) - a bit clunky at times but ultimately a lot of fun. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10, Highland Cinemas)
Bohemian Rhapsody (B-)
This bio-pic of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury may not bring too much to the table, but it does manage to capture the essence of the band - resulting in a wildly uneven yet somehow entertaining slice of cinema. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12)
The Transformers franchise gets a nice overhaul in this dialed down tale that feels more like a John Hughes film than one of Michael Bay's loud, special effects driven spectacles. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
A Dog's Way Home (D)
Another annoying family movie narrated from the point of view of the dog. The dialogue is silly, the story not that interesting, and the effects (which include a CGI cougar) are amateur at best. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Highland Cinemas)
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (C)
A feature film version of the popular TV series that will appease fans, but doesn't bring enough to keep those unfamiliar with the series engaged. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
Escape Room (C)
This thriller is kind of clever for a while until the final act, when it completely comes crashing down with a series of twists that get more implausible and convoluted. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Highland Cinemas)
The Favourite (A)
The new film from director Yorgos Lanthimos, may look all prim and proper – with its “Downton Abbey” appearance on the surface.
But this is anything but another stuffy period piece. Working from a script by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, Lanthimos crafted a deliciously dark comedic gold mine that’s anchored by three of the best performances of 2018 from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
The spin-off from "Split" and "Unbreakable" proves to be the very worst of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan – an arrogant piece of filmmaking that is nothing more than a contrived mess of comic book psychobabble that wears thin very quickly. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10, Highland Cinemas)
Green Book (B)
Sometimes it’s the films that seem the most effortless that are the most fun.
That is the case with this highly entertaining film from Peter Farrelly that features strong work from leads Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12)
The Kid Who Would Be King (not reviewed at this time)
(Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10, Highland Cinemas)
Mary Poppins Returns (B-)
The lovable British nanny is back in the follow-up to the beloved 1964 children’s classic with Emily Blunt stepping into the iconic role first created by Julie Andrews.
Blunt tackles the role with great gusto, the high point of a film that is ultimately a bit uneven around its charming lead. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
The Mule (B)
Clint Eastwood stars and directs this solid tale of an elderly man who became one of the most trusted drug mules for a Mexican cartel. (Highland Cinemas)
On the Basis of Sex (C)
This bio pic about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's early struggles before she became a Supreme Court Justice is a cookie-cutter, rubber-stamped exercise that really does nothing to shed any light into the life of Ginsburg. It’s Hollywood at its absolute worst, a film made for public consumption that seems important, but contains no substance whatsoever. (Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (B+)
A delightful sequel to "Wreck It Ralph" with some wonderful animation and a smart script that plays well for adults as well as children. (Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
Serenity (not reviewed at this time)
(Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Highland Cinemas)
A Star is Born (A)
It’s the fourth incarnation, yet this latest version from Bradley Cooper feels fresh and new.
That is a testament to Cooper, who co-wrote, directed and stars. He has created a very personal movie that you can feel on every frame – a stripped-down version that is raw and intimate, with a pair of knockout performances from Cooper and Lady Gaga. (Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (A-)
After six live action films since 2002, the Spider-Man franchise gets animated with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – a delightful excursion that is 2018’s best animated film.
Here is a movie that takes its comic book roots and embraces them with such glee the result is perhaps the quintessential Spider-Man film. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10, Highland Cinemas)
The Upside (B-)
The remake of the French film "The Intouchables" is a formulaic film that really doesn't take many chances. Sometimes the pacing feels off and the story never really has any surprises.
Even with all of that "The Upside" manages to work thanks to an ace, make that two aces, up its sleeve - Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. (Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12, Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10, Highland Cinemas)
Writer/director Adam McKay follows up "The Big Short" with this film that is funny, smart, fascinating and absolutely horrifying - painting a portrait of former vice president Dick Cheney (Christian Bale in an Oscar worthy performance) that is sure to be as divisive as the current political climate. (Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10)