Escape Room movie

By ROB HEDELT

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

“ESCAPE ROOM” (PG-13) 1.5 STARS



Though this was designed to create tension and fear by turning the notion of an escape room into a horror film, it’s more forgettable than scary. Rated PG-13 for terror/perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language. 100 min. [MC]

“THE FAVOURITE” (R) 3 STARS

Blessed with a stellar cast and a screenplay that skips from funny to shocking to sad, this is an interesting look at the excesses of royalty. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. 119 min. [RF]

“GLASS” (PG-13) 1.75 STARS

Hard to believe that the director who created the recent “Split” could fall so short with this final film in the trilogy about three unorthodox superheroes. But that’s the case, as this is as flat and uneventful a superhero film you’ll ever see, despite a good cast. Rated PG-13 for violence, including some bloody images, thematic elements and language. 129 min. [MC, PV, RF]

“GREEN BOOK” (PG-13) 3.5 STARS

This film manages to be poignant, funny and meaningful as it explores issues ranging from racism to friendship. It’s the tale of a working-class Italian–American bouncer who becomes the driver for an African–American classical pianist on a tour of the 1960s American South. Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material. 130 min. [RF]

“MISS BALA” (R) 1.5 STARS

This is just one more movie that thinks if enough bullets fly and enough women wear slinky dresses, no one will care that the story makes no sense. A woman who gets kidnapped by drug dealers and miraculously becomes a gun moll. Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language. 104 min. [MC, RF]

“THE PRODIGY” (R) NOT REVIEWED

A mother concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. With Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Jackson Robert Scott. Rated R for violence, disturbing and bloody images, a sexual reference and brief graphic nudity. 92 min. [MC, PV, RF]

“SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE” (PG) 3 STARS

This movie is exciting, funny and heartfelt. More than that, it offers a sense of inclusion, with a superhero who’s both dark-skinned and Hispanic. And if that isn’t inclusive enough, eventually Spider-people arrive from other planets. One is even a little cartoon piglet. Rated PG for frenetic sequences of animated action violence, thematic elements, and mild language. 117 min. [MC, RF]

“THE UPSIDE” (PG-13) 2 STARS

Though Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston have a few nice moments in this film about an unqualified guy who ends up caring for a paraplegic man, they’re not enough to carry this movie that can’t decide if it wants to be serious or funny. Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use. 126 min. [PV, RF]

“THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD” (R) 4 STARS

This documentary about British soldiers who fought in World War I is a truly amazing achievement, accomplished largely because director Peter Jackson wills it to happen. It converts black-and-white footage to color, adding audio to bring these soldiers alive. Rated R for disturbing war images. 120 min. [RF]

—Rob Hedelt

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