2017-03-16 / Arts & Entertainment News

FILM CAPSULES

Kong: Skull Island ..½

(Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson) In 1973, a group of explorers encounter a giant ape and other creatures on a remote island in the South Pacific. The action and effects are impressive, but the story takes a turn for the worse in its second half. If you go, see it in IMAX 3D – the visuals are tremendous. Rated PG-13.

Before I Fall ..

(Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals) After dying in a car accident, a teenager wakes to relive the same day until…well, that’s what she needs to figure out. It’s “Groundhog Day” as a teen girl drama, and though it has some intriguing ideas it plays out in pretty standard ways. Rated PG-13.

Fist Fight .

(Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan) A public high school teacher (Day) gets his colleague (Cube) fired after tattling on him after he destroyed a student-occupied desk with an axe. It’s a crass, unrealistic, and worst of all an unfunny mish mash of a high school that is truly out of this world. Rated R.

The Comedian ..

(Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco) Struggling stand-up comic Jackie Burke (De Niro) bickers with his agent (Falco) and finds a kindred spirit in a woman he meets in a soup kitchen (Mann). The jokes are hit and miss, the story labors, and ultimately Jackie is too pigheaded to root for. Rated R. ¦

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