I think we have our first Oscar nominee of 2016. Unless the animated feature film slate this year is spectacular, Zootopia (81), based on sterling reviews, should be one of the five nominees. One of those films for adults and kids, it appears to be another triumph for Disney (it’s their 55th animated feature). Katherine Pushkar: “Zootopia is so well done I forgot it was animated.” Hopefully Joe will review soon.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (56) would seem to be another stumble in Tina Fey’s frustrating movie career. This time she spreads her wings a bit to play some drama, but the film is getting so-so reviews. Calvin Wilson: “There’s a sharp comedy to be made about America’s misadventures in Afghanistan. This isn’t it.”
For action fans, god help you, is London Has Fallen (27) which I guess is a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, which not only haven’t I seen but I’ve completely forgotten existed. Some one should do a study of all the men and women who have played presidents of the U.S. This time it’s Aaron Eckhart, though Morgan Freeman, who was president in Deep Impact (I almost typed Deep Throat) is also in this. I prefer Freeman as president. Randall Coburn: “London Has Fallen is terrorism porn, an alarmist, jingoistic piece of CGI-soaked garbage that implores its audience to fear nothing after sensationalizing the slaughter of innocents and the destruction of a major city.”