Champaign, Ill. (WCIA)
A big screen reboot of a classic TV cartoon and a story of social injustice start on area screens this week. Here to tell us about Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Brian Banks are film critics Pam Powell and Chuck Koplinski.
Brian Banks (Starts Friday) A football player’s (Aldis Hodge) dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system. Heartfelt and sincere, the film contains strong performances but the heavy-handed approach to the material undoes it in the end. 2 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 99 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.
Dora & the Lost City of Gold (Starts Friday) Dora (Isabela Moner), a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. Great fun, this update features a strong message of female empowerment as well as an engaging and humorous adventure. All of the tropes from the show are present, rendered in a self-aware manner that’s smart and funny. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 102 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, ONA, SAV.