One man’s family tree gets a sound shaking in 'Life Itself.' By any other name, this is (or would like to be) “This Is Us, Too”—ballooned to big-screen size and sprawled out over a couple of continents and many decades. Bad move, this.
A preachy, perfunctory postscript to Angelina Jolie’s 2014 bombastic biopic of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic-sized survivor of World War II, emerges from the unused, generally uninteresting portion of Laura Hillenbrand’s epic best-seller.
You’d think the man who directed 2004’s 'Finding Neverland' would be the go-to guy to helm 2017’s 'Goodbye, Christopher Robin'—but no: Marc Forster opted to cover that territory as a family-styled, Disney fiction called, simply, 'Christopher Robin.'
Swedish pop songsmiths Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA put another nickel in and give their greatest hits an exuberant re-spin, and the happy consequence is the summer screen’s number-one guilty pleasure.
Not too believably, Paul Rudd brandishes a “No More Mr. Nice Guy” sign as a World War II spy who still gets away with all of his manifold secrets intact. If this neutered biopic proves anything, it’s that an enigma doesn’t photograph.
'Mother Is a Freshman', it isn’t—then again, by the numbers, it is. Melissa McCarthy and her hubby, Ben Falcone, enter today’s seat of lower learning and give the late-blooming collegiate clichés another walk around the campus.