TFCA Friday: Week of May 26th, 2017

May 26, 2017

Welcome to TFCA Friday, a weekly round-up of film reviews by TFCA critics.

Opening this Week

Baywatch (dir. Seth Gordon)

Another unnecessary big-screen adaptation of a vaguely remembered TV show” — NW

A dumb, mildly gross-out comedy about the rivalry/between two muscular men” — LL

A lightweight summer action comedy with aims to entertain and little else” — AP

Nothing more than lots of special effects and slow motion shots of bodies running on the beach” — GS

As it giggles away at its campy self, at least you can groan along with it” — KT

Performs CPR on the lamest jokes” — RS

Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Men Tell No Tales (dirs. Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg)

Hugely entertaining, full of the action and humour that made the first film such a standout” — LB

You could get just as much enjoyment out of [this] as you would get from tying a $20 bill to a brick, chucking it in the ocean, and watching it sink to the bottom for two hours and fifteen minutes” — AP

The unimpressive fifth instalment is boring from start to end” — GS

Just as cluttered and exhausting as a Pirates sequel would be” — RS

No matter how iconic the character, nobody involved in the project seems to have much faith left in the star power of the scandal-plagued Depp” — KT

The shortest entry in the series, but still feels bulky and ungainly” — NW

Paris Can Wait (dir. Eleanor Coppola)

An old school, chaste, ‘will they or won’t they’ romance blended together with a celebration of literally stopping to smell the roses every once in a while” — AP

Coppola’s film of the idle rich indulging in shameful decadence is as boring as its characters” — GS

Population Zero (dirs. Julian T. Pinder, Adam Levins)

I have no idea why this movie exists” — NW

A good idea unconvincingly executed every step of the way” — AP

Horrific concocted tale told in found footage documentary style achieves total credibility — GS

The Transfiguration (dir. Michael O’Shea)

A stunning, chilling, and promising debut work” — AP

A tragedy, but also a horror movie—and a very good one” — NW

Modern day moody vampire pic fails to engage despite a few genuine creepy segments” — GS

War Machine (dir. David Michôd)

Not enough sting as a satire, too goofy to take seriously” — RS

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Reviews and features by: Norman Wilner (NW), Andrew Parker (AP), Gilbert Seah (GS), Barry Hertz (BH), Liz Braun (LB), Liam Lacey (LL) Radheyan Simonpillai (RS), Eli Glasner (EG).