Atlanta Movie Reviews: Power Rangers, Life, CHiPS

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Nineties’ nostalgia continues this week with a ‘Power Rangers’ reboot!

life-posterPOWER RANGERS

90’s nostalgia is a current trend, with last weekend’s Beauty and the Beast reaping the benefits! This week, another revisiting, Power Rangers, hopes to end things with similar aplomb.

Where Beauty and the Beast was somewhat disappointing, Power Rangers completely fails. The story, about a group of teenagers who morph into fighting heroes, only hints at its source material while all-but forgetting it’s roots.

Even the strongest supporter of the TV show on which the movie is based has to admit that the cheese factor has always been high. Here, in big-budget movie form, the cheese comes in how seriously the film’s makers want you to take it.

It’s completely predictable. It’s action isn’t anything to write home about. Even in the most “fun at the movies” kind of way it’s lacking. The only saving grace is Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. It’s clear she’s having fun.

LIFE

Its cast is stellar, including box office heavy-hitters Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, so it’s a wonder why sci-fi thriller Life hasn’t become a more anticipated title.

Reynolds and Gyllenhaal are part of a six-member ISS crew who discovers the first evidence of extraterrestrial life. In the midst of research, however, the alien form is more to be bargained with than original thought.

The film had a premiere screening at SXSW, earning positive reviews. It isn’t innovative in its space-centered plot or devices, but the film is structured in an exciting way, recalling previous sci-fi thrill rides like Alien.

It’s edge-of-your-seat fun that’s definitely worth your time.

CHIPS

The newest entry in the no-one-ever-asked-for-it genre, Dax Shepard‘s CHiPS hopes to cover the same territory as other former TV series reboots like 21 Jump Street, a movie that barely had anything to do with its predecessor.

In this version, Shepard stars, alongside Michael Pena, as a pair of California Highway Patrol officers set on the saving the day. Comedy ensues and that’s about it.

There are a few laughs, as evident in the film’s trailer, but the genuine great moments are too few and far between to earn this movie enough clout to see it succeed beyond a small opening weekend box office. If you miss it this weekend, have no fear. It’s destined to become a frequent Saturday afternoon repeat on cable TV in the near future.

PERSONAL SHOPPER

Opening at the Midtown Art Cinema, Kristen Stewart stars in Personal Shopper, the slow-paced drama from French director Olivier Assayas.

The movie is built at a glacial, but purposeful, speed, allowing even the remotely creepiest elements simmer. When we’re finally given the most-hyped moments, they are well-earned.

Assayas, who won the Cannes Film Festival director prize for this picture, is a master at allowing his actors to explore the characters in unique ways. Stewart is left holding most of the movie on her own, to great results. It may be hard for her to shake the Twilight limelight, but films like Personal Shopper prove she has the chops to sustain an impressive film career.

OTHER

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See It: Life

Skip It: CHIPS

Scottie Knollin is a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association. Find more from Scottie at AllTheHitsSoFar.com or on Twitter at @ScottieKnollin!