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