Friday, October 22, 2021

Weekend Watch: ‘The Finest Hours’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Eric Bana (left) and Kyle Gallner - the finest hours
Chris Pine (center) joins co-stars Eric Bana (left) and Kyle Gallner in a scene from “The Finest Hours.”

It’s a win, win weekend with the release of “The Finest Hours” and “Kung Fu Panda 3.” Theatergoers are engulfed in a sea of relentless, gripping emotions while watching the nerve-wracking “Finest Hours,” directed by Craig Gillepsie, confront raging waters with hundred foot waves.

In great command of the action as well as their adversaries, Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster put in fine performances. Keiynan Lonsdale, best known for “Insurgent” and as Wally West in “The Flash,” is Eldon Hanan. The Disney 3D epic account of the 1952 rescue of 32 members of the Pendleton oil tanker by the wits and skill of a Coast Guard sailor is certainly worth telling cinematically.

There is also a love story and Grainger,  as the ballsy fiancé,  adds much to the drama.

Keiynan Lonsdale at World Premiere of 'The Finest Hours' with US Coast Guard Band.
Keiynan Lonsdale at World Premiere of ‘The Finest Hours’ with US Coast Guard Band.

Kung Fu Panda 3

“Kung Fu Panda 3” begins where “Kunda Fu Panda 2” ended, the emergence of Po’s father (Bryan Cranston). He joins the familiar cast of characters of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, and Seth Rogen. Adding colorful voices are Al Roker and Zahara Pitt-Jolie.

In addition to bringing in-your-face 3D, fun filled animation, “Kung Fu Panda” offers insights into self-awareness and being all you can be, female empowerment and puts a light on adoption. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” is definitely a film not only for children, but adults.

There were no Critics screenings for “Fifty Shades of Black.”

Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.



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