Opening in Las Vegas, July 15, 2016


The field has pretty much been abandoned for the reboot of Ghostbusters (60), getting decent reviews but the most disliked trailer in the history of YouTube, and a reminder that misogyny still is rampant. I’m fine with an all-female comedy, but wonder at why they had to remake this property, and even give it the exact same title. Not even a Ghosbusters 2016? Bill Goodykoontz: “The new Ghostbusters is a pretty funny movie, a goofy take on the goofy original that has some good laughs and a dopey story.”

The Infliltrator  (66), which opened Wednesday, is about an undercover agent who goes deep into a Mexican drug cartel. Seems like a rental to me. Will Ashton: “The Infiltrator is ultimately a solid, if not exceptional, Scorsese takeoff, one that has just enough spunk and wit to make up for its often-apparent shortcomings.”

Outlaws and Angels (41), from director JT Mollner, is a horror movie set in the Old West. Daniel M. Gold: “The sensibility is more grindhouse gore than spaghetti western, perhaps hoping to mine the same vein as Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” but lacking Mr. Tarantino’s lively dialogue and wicked sense of humor.”

Finally, there’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople (80), New Zealand’s highest grossing film ever, with Sam Neill in a sentimental family film. Joe Morgenstern: “Has its share of misfired jokes and pseudo-mythic sequences that semi-fizzle. All in all, though, it’s majestical nonsense that is anything but nonsensical.”


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.

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