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Movie Reviews: God's Not Dead 2, I Saw the Light, Rescue Dogs, City of Gold


The dog days of pre-summer-movies bring a couple of cinematic dogs (one literally) and one golden documentary.

Tom Hiddleston (pictured) affects an impressive physical and vocal impression of Hank Williams in I Saw the Light, but the movie never demonstrates a reason to exist beyond running through bullet points of the singer/songwriter's life. God's Not Dead 2 continues the straw-man victimization narrative of the original, with only slightly more filmmaking competence. A well-intentioned effort to make a family-friendly movie starring rescued animals becomes the painfully amateurish Rescue Dogs.

In this week's feature review, Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold gets a fascinating documentary profile in City of Gold, which becomes almost a tale of the American Dream.

Also new this week, but not screened for critics: Mike Epps parodies The Purge in Meet the Blacks; and a beloved Mormon musical gets a cinematic treatment in Saturday's Warrior.