Friday Flicks: American Animals & Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The Morning Show

Film critic Chuck Koplinski joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Friday Flicks he is reviewing American Animals and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

American Animals (Starts Friday) Director Bart Layton puts a heist gone wrong under the microscope by recreating the 2004 botched robbery of rare books from Kentucky’s Transylvania University while having the real-life culprits in the movie to comment on the recreated action.  The result is a fascinating examination of how these four directionless young men were susceptible to media representations of how to be cool and capable and taking these examples to extreme to tragic result.  Fascinating, engaging and one of the best films of the year.  4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 116 minutes. SAV.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Starts Friday) When the dormant volcano on the island where the closed amusement park resides begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. While the film is familiar and far too long, the two leads lend enough energy to the affair to make this watchable. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 128 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, HAR, ONA, SAV.

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