Opening in Las Vegas, March 4, 2016


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.”


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

3 responses »

  1. After this flop (and moderate critical response), I wonder if Fey will bother continue to try and break through as a leading lady in films? A couple of her films have done decent box office but from a quality standpoint she doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

  2. Has anyone seen Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
    Far better and much more worthy of a watch than reviews would indicate. Well-written and very strongly acted. And an incredibly powerful ending in one line and shot and look from Fey. Deserves far better respect than it seems to have gotten. That ending, though…pretty perfect.

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