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From a baby with a cutting edge approach to a documentary that features the Harlem Cultural Festival, check out this week’s movie reviews with Patrick Beatty.

“The Boss Baby: a family business” (PG)

In theaters on July 2
Directed by: Tom McGrath
With: Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris
Genre: Anime, Adventure, Comedy

Synopsis: The Templeton brothers have grown into adulthood and estranged from each other, but a new baby boss with a cutting edge approach is about to bring them together again – and inspire a new family business.

Patrick gave this one: 4/10

Review:

The Templeton brothers – Tim and his little brother Boss Baby Ted – moved away from each other after becoming adults. But a new baby boss with a cutting edge approach and a positive attitude is about to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

Alec Baldwin and James Marsden have chemistry, which we’ve seen since the first movie. The sequel gives much more the impression that they were forced to come back and save due to contractual obligations. The story is everywhere, Jeff Goldblum voices the main villain, and while Patrick loves him in everything, he just doesn’t have enough to use him in the right way.

The humor in kids’ movies can be nuanced enough that kids get it and parents laugh at another layer of the joke. Boss Baby: Family Business goes straight to the whoopie pillow. The brands are just pretty lazy, not harmful but don’t deserve more than a laugh throughout the movie.

If you weren’t a fan of the original, you’re not going to like this. If you found the original passable and want to try this movie out, then go with lower expectations, and you’ll probably have a great time watching with the kids. This movie was a big dud for Patrick, and for a movie recommendation he really can’t say he would tell anyone who wanted to be entertained this week to watch it. It’s a strictly entertaining children’s movie, and maybe not the best.

“The war of tomorrow” (PG-13)

On Prime Video July 2
Directed by: Chris McKay
With: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

Synopsis: A father is enlisted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity rests on its ability to face the past.

Patrick gave this one: 6/10

Review:

In the future, aliens have almost invaded the entire earth. The remaining people have turned back in time to recruit their ancestors to come and fight to save the world. Chris Pratt is a former soldier turned science teacher who is recruited in the future, but what he will experience or the likelihood of his survival is slim. This new sci-fi action thriller may have an awesome creature design and a hollow emotional core.

Chris Pratt has gone from comedy star Parks and Rec to an action hero in his own right. Patrick loves Pratt as an actor and knows he can deliver quite a dimensional performance, but he just failed to deliver the emotional punch he needed in “The Tomorrow War.” It feels like with this transition, a lot of the silliness we loved that the actor forgot was traded for “cool guy jokes” and smoldering stares in the distance.

The story of parents and children who leave them a better future is present here. The supporting actors, including Yvonne Strahovski and Jk Simmons, are just there to keep Pratt’s character motivated. Still, you don’t care enough about the relationship to make these moments pay off. Yet the emotional connection between Pratt’s character and the others is not obvious to audiences. The comedic support from Sam Richardson was the funniest part of the movie.

The action, creatures, and visuals are all top notch. Patrick loved the alien design and the way they fought and moved around in the movie. They pay a lot of attention to detail with aliens, and you can see what they look like up close. You can still watch all the camera work without a headache, but Patrick wishes they had gotten it in a theater, it can have more grace with presenting the show on the big screen, but it is missing as part of the home theater.

Overall, this is a generic action sci-fi thriller, but it unfortunately feels held back by the script. Check it out if you already have Prime Video, and it’s a decent watch for the July 4th weekend.

“Summer of Soul (… Or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised)” (PG-13)

In theaters on July 2
Director: Questlove
Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder
Genre: Documentary, Music

Synopsis: “Summer Of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” is a feature-length documentary about the legendary Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, which celebrated African American music and culture and promoted pride and unity blacks.

Patrick gave this one: 4/10

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