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Movie Reviews: Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver, The Beguiled

The Hero, Dean

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Another round of Minions joins the multiplex summer sequel parade, plus sultry Southern suspense, Sam Elliott and romantic dramedy in the specialty marketplace.

The third round of Gru, Minions and company in Despicable Me 3 is less a feature movie than it is five(-ish) Despicable Me shorts pasted together to fill a release date.  Sofia Coppola's adaptation of the Civil War-era suspense drama The Beguiled uses strong performances and mastery of mood to overcome a flattened whitewashing of its story.  Writer/director/star Demetri Martin's romantic comedy-drama Dean channels Annie Hall through a story of a grieving guy that ignores the better story (and actors) relegated to a subplot. Sam Elliott more or less plays himself in The Hero, but does it well enough to get past a disappointingly formulaic structure.

In this week's feature review, Edgar Wright's love of genre feels second-hand filtered through Tarantino in the '70s heist thriller homage Baby Driver.

Also opening this week, but not screened for press: suburban couple Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler turn their home into a casino to finance their daughter's college education in The House.