By Tim Lammers
Local movie critics are unanimous in their praise of "Flight," the Denzel Washington dramatic thriller that begins with a spectacular plane crash sequence and then ascends into a riveting drama about addiction.
Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press said he can't think of a film "that kicks off in one hugely satisfying direction, then shifts to another one and manages to make that even better," and notes that Washington has "never been better."
Colin Covert of the Star Tribune also praises the air disaster sequence and praises the film as an "engrossing character study with strong, well defined performances."
Nick Pinkerton of City Pages is also on board with the two-time Oscar winner's performance -- saying the "yammering" for Oscar gold and a "potential three-peat will soon reach a deafening pitch."
Flying in the face of everybody's else's praise, Eric Henderson of WCCO.com takes a more critical stance on "Flight," and specifically director Robert Zemeckis. He says the film "gets off to a rocking start," but "ends up crashing into far more shallow territory."
Here's my interview with "Flight" star Bruce Greenwood, who talks about his work with Washington and surviving a plane crash in real life.
See the trailer for "Flight" below:
Alexandria native John Hawkes is also winning critical praise for playing a real-life man debilitated by polio who seeks to lose his virginity in "The Sessions."
Covert in the Star Tribune called the film a "heartfelt, moving dramatic comedy" that portrays the "erotic longings of a disabled man without patronizing him or the audience."
Hewitt also has a positive review the film in the Pioneer Press, praising it for its "sober moments" and "big splashes of humor and an improbable lightness of spirit."
See the trailer for "The Sessions" below:
Meanwhile, local critics are pulling the plug on the Disney computer-animated video game-themed comedy "Wreck-It Ralph."
Hewitt in the Pioneer Press calls "Wreck-It Ralph" "loud and frenzied," while Nick Schager of City Pages also knocked down "Wreck-It Ralph," saying the film becomes repetitive and monotonous, much like the fundamental nature of the 1980s video games the film's title character is based up.
Here are my interviews with "Wreck-It Ralph" stars Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer.
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 Today" and WCCO Radio. Tim's work is also featured on his website, StrictlyCinema.com.