Level Popes (This Week’s Movies)


Sam Rockwell, Paul Walter Hauser: Richard Jewell (Warner Bros.)

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald, and etc.

Richard Jewell. “If the film leaves behind a sour aftertaste, it does succeed for half its running time as a satirical comedy.”

The Two Popes. “Despite its undeniably cornball moments, it gets by with the two strong actors and the Italian settings.”

Jumanji: The Next Level. “The wild chases and hordes of stampeding ostriches keep pulling us away from hang-out time with our bantering avatars.”

This week’s Seasoned Ticket entry for the Scarecrow Video blog notes the current outbreak of Bongmania, with a 2010 review of Bong Joon-ho’s Mother, which returns to the Northwest Film Forum for a couple of dates next week.

New posts at What a Feeling! this week, more of my vintage 80s reviews: a twofer on Amy Heckerling’s Johnny Dangerously and Garry Marshall’s The Flamingo Kid; William Tannen’s Flashpoint; James Ivory’s The Bostonians; Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter; and Blake Edwards’ A Fine Mess.

And next Wednesday, we wrap up the 2019 Scarecrow Academy, with our final film from 1959: Howard Hawks’s Rio Bravo. That’s at 6:30 p.m., free, at Scarecrow.

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