by Wendy Schadewald
Special to Sun Thisweek-Dakota County Tribune
Rating system: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)
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“Baywatch” (R) (2.5) [Language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity.] — After corpses and crack show up on the beach in this wacky, over-the-top, intermittently funny and raunchy, cameo-dotted (Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Hannibal Buress, Amin Joseph, Oscar Nuñez, Belinda, and Clem Cheung), 119-minute remake of the 1989 comedy, three buff, veteran lifeguards (Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera) and three newbie lifeguard recruits (Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and Jon Bass) try to find definitive evidence against a ruthless crack dealer (Priyanka Chopra) attempting to buy up beach property in Florida at any cost despite being instructed by their boss (Rob Huebel) and a local cop (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) to stop playing detectives.
“The Bucket List” (PG-13) (3.5) [Language, including a sexual reference.] — When a cantankerous, sarcastic, divorced, and friendless billionaire (Jack Nicholson) ends up sharing a hospital room with a happily married, trivia-loving, philosophical auto mechanic (Morgan Freeman) in this thought-provoking film filled with life lessons and witty one-liners, they become unlikely companions after they learn that they have terminal cancer and travel the world following a checklist of things to accomplish, such as going sky diving and kissing the most beautiful woman in the world, before they kick the bucket.
“The Journey” (NR) (3.5) [Subtitled] [DVD only] — After a respectable, hard-drinking Indian writer (Nana Patekar) recounts the tragic, hard life of the gorgeous, melodic-voiced courtesan (Rekha) in his award-winning novel to a hotshot filmmaker (Nakul Vaid) while on a train to New Delhi to accept a literary award in this beautifully photographed Indian film filled with enchanting Hindi music and exquisitely ornate costumes, he worries his family (Deepti Naval, Anandi Ghose, and Romit Raaj) when he abruptly leaves the ceremony festivities and secretly visits his muse.
“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” (R) (3) [Some language.] — In this quirky, captivating, well-acted, star-studded (Michael Sheen, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ann Dowd, Jay Patterson, D.C. Anderson, Bern Cohen, and Davide Borella), 118-minute film told in four chapters (1: “A Foot in the Door,” 2: “The Right Horse,” 3: “The Anonymous Donor,” and 4: “The Price of Peace”), a lying, smooth-talking, small-time, peanut-allergic, tenacious, wheeler-dealer, Jewish New York City fixer (Richard Gere), who irritates everyone from a rabbi (Steve Buscemi) to powerful businessmen (Josh Charles, Dan Stevens, Harris Yulin, et al.), gets embroiled in a political quagmire after he befriends an ambitious Israeli deputy minister (Lior Ashkenazi) who becomes prime minister three years later only to find his position as a world leader in jeopardy when he is accused of taking bribes.
“One Missed Call” (PG-13) (1.5) [Intense sequences of violence and terror, frightening images, some sexual material, and thematic elements.] [DVD only] — When students (Meagan Good, Azura Skye, Ana Claudia Talancón, Johnny Lewis, et al.) begin hallucinating and then mysteriously die after receiving an ominous cell phone call in this creepy, nonsensical remake of the 2003 Japanese horror film “Chakushin Ari,” a grieving psychology major (Shannyn Sossamon) and a detective (Ed Burns) team up to investigate the tragic deaths before another phone call announces its next victim.
“Pierrepoint” (R) (3.5) [Disturbing images, nudity, and brief sexuality.] [DVD only] — A captivating, candid, factually based, bittersweet film that chronicles the famous and infamous career of British grocery deliveryman Albert Pierrepont (Timothy Spall) who became a compassionate and meticulous hangman in England and executed 608 convicted criminals at the gallows between 1933 and 1955, including his best friend (Eddie Marsan) charged with murder and 47 Nazis sentenced to death in the Nuremberg trials.
“Rick” (R) (2.5) [Sexual content and language.] [DVD only] — Tragedy ensues during Christmas time after a disgruntled interviewee (Sandra Oh) places a curse on a widowed corporate executive (Bill Pullman) in this 2003 dark, morose satire, and when he learns that his immature, horny boss (Aaron Stanford) is having an online affair with his sultry, teenage daughter (Agnes Bruckner), he places a contract hit through a college friend (Dylan Baker) that goes terribly wrong.
“Seraphim Falls” (R) (2) [Violence and brief language.] [DVD only] — A tedious, uncompelling, slow-moving, cameo-studded (Anjelica Huston, Wes Studi, et al.) film about a vindictive, grieving, and disgruntled former Confederate colonel (Liam Neeson) who leads a 5-man posse (Ed Lauter, Robert Baker, John Robinson, Jimmi Simpson, and Michael Wincott) through the snowy Nevada wilderness in 1868 to apprehend a stalwart and detached ex-Union captain (Pierce Brosnan) who was responsible for the murder of his wife (Angie Harmon) and two children.
“Stranger Comes to Town” (NR) (1.5) [DVD only] — Bizarre and colorful characters dominate this Jacqueline Goss 28-minute, animated film that uses animation from the Department of Homeland Security and interviews with foreigners to chronicle the daunting and at times perplexing experiences of immigrants as they make their way through Customs and the immigration process, including a taking a physical examination and a chest x-ray and completing numerous forms, to enter in the United States.
“Wonder Woman” (PG-13) (3) [Sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.] — Tension-relieving humor and terrific special effects highlight this riveting, action-packed, well-written, entertaining, 141-minute thriller in which a sword-wielding Amazon warrior (Gal Gadot) goes to England with a handsome spy (Chris Pine) after he crashes his plane off the island of female warriors (Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucy Davis, et al.) during WWI and together with a Scotsman (Ewen Bremner), an Indian chief (Eugene Brave Rock), and an Iranian (Saïd Taghmaoui) try to stop a Nazi officer (Danny Huston) and a disfigured chemist (Elena Anaya) from unleashing deadly gas over London while ultimately searching for the God of War (David Thewlis).
Wendy Schadewald is a Burnsville resident.