Alpha & Papillon to Hit the Big Screen


A remake of a classic adventure film and a prehistoric tale are on area screens this week. Film critics, Chuck Koplinski and Pam Powell, are back with their review.


An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. A standard dog-and-his-boy story, the prehistoric setting is unique and rendered well.  Unfortunately, the story has nothing in the way of surprises. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.


This remake of the Steve McQueen classic offers up Charlie Hunnam in the role of jewel thief Henri Charrière who undertakes a series of escapes to free himself from the oppressive French penal system.  As harrowing as the original, the film benefits from a more streamlined approach and its depiction of the horrendous conditions Charriere and Louis Dega (Rami Malek) were forced to endure. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 133 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.

A big CONGRATS to Pam Powell as she was made a member of Rotten Tomatoes and the Broadcast Film Critics Association this week!  

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