Actor-turned-California-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is being welcomed back to the big screen with open arms by local critics with his new action thriller "The Last Stand" -- one of the major releases new in theaters this weekend.
Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press calls the film a "hoot" and noteswhile Schwarzenegger's name is above the title of the film -- about a sheriff in a showdown with the leader of a drug cartel -- the real star is South Korean director Jee-woon Kim.
Hewitt says the director "combines elements of John Woo at his thrilling best and Wile E. Coyote at his looniest to come up with a crime drama that is sensational fun."
Colin Covert was equally as enthusiastic in his Star Tribune review, calling the film an "unpretentious, invigorating action flick that's extra-enjoyable whenever Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the screen demonstrating his flair for self-parody."
See the trailer from "The Last Stand" below.
Also opening locally this week is the foreign release "Amour," which is expanding into more theaters following its five recent Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
Covert in his Star Tribune review calls "Amour" -- about an octogenarian couple coping with a life-changing tragedy -- "one of the most moving, intelligent and thought-provoking studies of personal crisis since the era of Ingmar Bergman."
Both Covert and Hewitt in his Pioneer Press review also applaud Oscar-nominated director Michael Haneke.
Hewitt praised how Haneke designed the film "to make you feel almost sick with sorrow and suspense, waiting for events you know will happen but wish wouldn't."
Here's my take on "Amour" and the weekend's other major release, "Broken City," on "KARE 11 News at 11."
Bring Me The News news curator Tim Lammers is also a nationally-syndicated movie journalist whose work appears on more than 50 TV affiliate websites in the U.S. Tim has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on "KARE 11 Today" and WCCO Radio. Tim's work is also featured on his website, StrictlyCinema.com.