Few new entertainment options available this week
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A scramble for millions of dollars and a quirky story set in the literary world are among the few new entertainment options this week.
“Castle Falls” Grade 2 ½ stars: Dolph Lundgren plays Richard Ericson, a prison guard who will do anything to pay for his daughter’s expensive cancer treatment. His potential answer to his financial woes comes in the form of a prisoner who reveals he hid three million dollars in a hospital before getting caught. Ericson can have it if he gets it back.
Problem is, the facility – Castle Heights Hospital – is about to be turned into rubble due to demolition charges. Ericson, a group of crooks and an ex-combatant (Scott Adkins) rush to find the money before the walls collapse.
“Castle Falls” is an entertaining action flick with added deadline tension that everyone faces with the building’s impending destruction. This makes the clashes between anyone looking to find the loot a bit more interesting.
Ultimately, the film follows a predictable path that only stops for the duration of a fight scene here and there. Even the fight scenes appear to be too slow a pace.
Lundgren is not only the star of the film, but he also directed the production. He doesn’t make any major mistakes given that Lundgren hasn’t directed a movie since 2004. But, he also shows a certain hesitation that prevents “Castle Falls” from getting the major punch it needed.
“French Dispatch” Grade 3 ½ stars: Filmmaker Wes Anderson’s 10th film is a love letter to literary journalists. This embrace is done in the original and unique style that Anderson used in each of his films.
The story takes place in an outpost of an American newspaper in the fictional 20th century French town of Ennui-sur-Blase. The film is divided into four sections – each representing a different segment of the post. Anderson creates these short tales that border on the absurd in such a way as to trigger many emotions.
He turned to a regular group of actors to tell the stories that include Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan. His big gun is Bill Murray who edits the post with the kind of weird approach that gets him to tell his staff to “try to make it look like you wrote it that way on purpose.”
“The French Dispatch” is not a movie made to entertain the masses but it is massively entertaining. Anderson has identified the kind of moviegoers who would appreciate his quirky style the most and continue to perform for this target audience.
If you are an Anderson fan this is a fun experience. Those unfamiliar with his work may have you wondering who runs the film asylum.
Also new on DVD and Blu-ray starting December 28
“Red snow”: A woman hides a handsome vampire in hopes of igniting romance.
“Help”: Ana (Grace Van Patten) joins a female army engaged in an endless war where women lure men to their deaths with radio signals.
Available on digital platforms
“National champion”: Star quarterback LeMarcus James (Stephan James) and teammate Emmett Sunday (Alexander Ludwig) are calling for a player’s strike to ensure that all student-athletes are fairly compensated.