Take one part “Terminator” and two parts “Alien,” shake with big budget vigor and you might come up with something like “The Tomorrow War.” Chris Pratt stars in this action-packed sci-fi extravaganza about people transported into the future to save humanity from an extraterrestrial invasion. The trappings are familiar, but “The Tomorrow War” is a fun popcorn movie thanks to great special effects, a likable lead and sharp pacing. Sci-fi fans can check “The Tomorrow War” on Amazon Prime today.
Questlove’s award-winning documentary “The Summer of Soul (…Or When the Revolution Could Not be Televised)” is a stirring and wildly entertaining film that chronicles what was dubbed “The Black Woodstock.” In 1969 the “Harlem Cultural Festival” brought a series of concerts to New York’s Mount Morris Park featuring dozens of top musical artists like Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, the Staples Singers, Sly and the Family Stone and Mahalia Jackson. In addition to bringing the footage to audiences for the first time, Questlove interviews several attendees and artists, and their insights provide substantial cultural, social, and historic context. Great music smartly presented. When it comes to the “Summer of Soul,” what’s not to like?
The animated farce “The Boss Baby: Family Business” is a sequel to the surprise 2014 hit and popular Netflix TV series. It’s a frenetic enterprise that furthers the adventures of two estranged adult brothers, voiced by Alec Baldwin and James Marsden, who’ve been transformed into babies to stop a maniacal educator, voiced by Jeff Goldblum, from turning parents into zombies. Yeah, don’t ask. Though harmless, “The Boss Baby: Family Business” is the cinematic equivalent of a candy-fueled sugar rush.
Your local art house theaters are offering online viewing options for a number of intriguing movie titles. More information is available at nelson-atkins.org, Screenland.com, and fineartsgroup.com.