By Tim Lammers
An amazing true story about a fake movie in director Ben Affleck's "Argo" and comedian Kevin James' feel-good comedy "Here Comes the Boom" are among the new films opening in theaters this week.
Local critics are especially high on "Argo," a tense drama about a daring mission to save six Americans during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1980.
Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press says the film has "the snap and crackle of a '70s thriller paired with the walking-and-talking energy of Aaron Sorkin," while Colin Covert of the Star Tribune lauds Affleck for his "impressive mix of serious suspense filmmaking and ironic, mood-lightening humor."
Karina Longworth of City Pages also praised the '70s vibe of the film, while she lamented the era at the same time. Eric Henderson of WCCO.com takes the same stance with his positive review of the film.
Here's my interview with Affleck for "Argo."
See the trailer for "Argo" below.
"Here Comes the Boom" finds a high school teacher (James) who takes up mixed martial arts to raise money to save his district's music program.
Hewitt is in James' corner of the cage in his review for the Pioneer Press, citing the actor's likeability and "across-the-board appeal" as the main reason to see the film.
Covert skipped reviewing "The Boom" for the Star Tribune, deferring to McClatchy News Services' Roger Moore, who praises James despite calling the film overall "a lightweight genre picture."
Here's the trailer for "Here Comes the Boom."
Bring Me The News news curator Tim Lammers is also a nationally-syndicated movie journalist whose work appears on more than 50 TV affiliate web sites 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 News at 11 and WCCO Radio. Tim's work is also featured on his website, StrictlyCinema.com.