Sometimes mindless, silly fluff is just what a weary viewer wants at the end of a long day’s work. If that’s you, then the goofy Netflix caper movie “Murder Mystery 2” may fill the bill. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are back in this wacky but entertaining sequel as a couple of amateur sleuths trying to solve murders in India and France. “Murder Mystery 2” is a beautiful travelogue whodunit laced with corny jokes.
The movie “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” is not about people playing the game. It’s a period fantasy set in the popular game’s Forgotten Realms. Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez star in the tale of a band of thieves out to thwart a sinister sorceress and get revenge on a back-stabbing former friend, played with scenery chewing glee by Hugh Grant. The zippy pace and cheeky humor make the tongue-in-cheek adventure “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” a pleasant big screen surprise.
If “The Social Network” had been a James Bond movie, it might have looked a bit like the Apple TV+ true story, “Tetris.” Taron Egerton stars as Henk Rogers, the American who risked all to secure the rights to the popular Russian video game, nearly causing a dangerous international incident. While the veracity of some the action depicted is questionable, “Tetris” is still a tense, well-paced and cleverly produced historical drama.
The remarkable true story of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, who shepherded the careers of everyone from KISS to Donna Summer, should have made for a compelling movie. Too bad that “Spinning Gold” isn’t it. Produced and directed by Bogart’s children, “Spinning Gold” is an awkward, overlong biopic that never rings true, wasting a few good musical moments.