New in Theaters – 4/7/17

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Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well

Scott’s Take

Gifted is one of the best times I have had in a movie theater so far this year. Mckenna Grace and Lindsay Duncan absolutely steal the show. Do NOT miss Gifted this weekend. (4 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I really enjoyed Gifted. As Scott said Mckenna Grace steals the show and she is a star in the making. It is a bit on the paint-by-numbers side, but get out there and see Gifted this weekend. (4 out of 5 stars)

Going in Style

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy “Going in Style.” Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Scott’s Take

Going in Style is a lighthearted, harmless remake that will entertain the masses without really bringing anything new to the table. I was shocked at how tame Zach Braff’s direction is here. (2.5 stars out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I went in with high hopes, so I was a bit more disappointed than most will be with this one. My hopes were high for no other reason than I love these guys and I just wanted to have a fun time. I might just give it another chance. Maybe. (2 out of 5 stars)

Smurfs: The Lost Village

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Scott’s Take

Please. No. More. Smurf. Movies. Thank you.

Steve’s Take

Gargamel. Ha. No, thank you. Well, I guess my son will want to see it so I have to possibly think about it. Possibly.

Next Week

Go check out Gifted this week. Next week we have The Fate of the Furious. Have a great weekend everyone!