Friday Flicks: Cars 3 & Rought Night

The Morning Show

Film critic Chuck Koplinski joins the Morning Show to discuss Cars 3 & Rough Night.

Cars 3 (Starts Friday) Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson) sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best racecar in the world.  Putting the dismal “cars 2” in its rearview mirror, this entry returns the franchise to its roots, concentrating on the relationships between Lightning and his old friends as well as his new, mentor Smokey (Chris Cooper) and protégée Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo). This examination of middle age and the value of knowing when it’s time to pull into the pits for the last time has enough laughs for the kids and narrative meat for the adults they drag to the movies. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated G. 109 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, HAR, ONA, SAV.

Rough Night (Starts Friday) A group of friends (Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz & Kate McKinnon) are horrified when the male stripper they hired for a wild bachelorette party in Miami winds up dead. Though ridiculous, the shift in tone of the film – from sheer lunacy to sobering realism and back again – is handled with skill by director Lucia Aniello, helping the audience maintain interest one logic has been thrown out the door. 2 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 101 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.


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