Friday Flicks: Darkest Hour, Downsizing

The Morning Show

Film Critic Chuck Koplinski joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Friday Flicks he is reviewing four movies on area screens including Darkest Hour and Downsizing.

Darkest Hour (Starts Friday) During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Compelling and fascinating throughout, the film’s incredible production design immerses you in the era, while Oldman’s performance anchors this effort. A great piece of history that goes down easy. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 125 minutes. ART.

Downsizing (Starts Friday) Alexander Payne’s (Election, Nebraska) social satire in which a guy (Matt Damon) realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself has many layers that are touched upon but not fully developed.  However, the premise itself is so intriguing, Damon is so engaging and the ending so satisfying that we’re able to deal with the film’s flaws. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 135 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.

Ferdinand.  After Ferdinand (voice by John Cena), a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Though overlong, the film has its charms as it delivers its message of tolerance with ease. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 106 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, ONA, SAV.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Starts Friday) Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.  The adults in the film – Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black & Karen Gillan – are fully invested in this goofy enterprise and it makes all the difference as their earnestness helps sell the oft-told message of the importance of being yourself.  The film is too long by a half hour, yet the special effects are top-notch. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 119 minutes.  AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV

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