Two very different literary characters come to theaters this weekend, along with more on-screen farts than any weekend in recent memory.
The Legend of Tarzan
takes a solid premise—setting it at a time when Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård, pictured) has already become a legend—and allows it to drift into yet another wannabe summer franchise. Swiss Army Man
takes the ridiculous notion of a man stranded on a deserted island with a talking, flatulent corpse and turns it into a weird but surprisingly insightful study of the insecurities that keep relationships on a superficial level.
Andrew Wright finds The Purge: Election Year
hammering a bit too obviously on its Big Ideas, but working reasonably well when it aims strictly for scuzzy B-movie energy.
MaryAnn Johanson says the great cast of the John le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor
almost elevates a story that feels like it belongs on the small screen.
In this week's feature review, The BFG
reminds us how much we need to appreciate Steven Spielberg, even when the result isn't one of his instant masterpieces.