Someday, someone will make a really good movie adaptation of a video game. It has to happen, eventually, right? “Uncharted,” based on the PlayStation title, is the latest attempt. It’s an adventure yarn in the mold of Indiana Jones that has a likable cast, spectacular production values and plenty of over-the-top action. If it only had a brain. Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg are thieves following cryptic clues in search of Magellan’s lost fortune. Despite its title, “Uncharted” covers territory that many better films have explored many times before.
File the movie “Dog” under “pleasant surprises.” Channing Tatum stars in this entertaining and engaging buddy road movie which he also co-directed. Tatum plays an Army Ranger suffering from combat head injuries who experiences some misadventures when he’s assigned to transport a military working dog to its handler’s funeral. He reluctantly takes the assignment in hopes that his superior officer will reward him with a choice position. “Dog” has more depth than one might expect and is clear-eyed about depicting some of the difficulties that returning veterans experience. Smart, funny, and touching, this “Dog” has a surprisingly high pedigree.
The very, VERY adult Norwegian comic drama “The Worst Person in the World” is one of the best movies now in theaters, an Oscar nominee for this year’s Best International Feature. Renate Reinsve is compelling as an aimless young woman who can’t quite get a grip on either her love life or career goals. Writer/director Joachim Trier employs cinematic tricks that might seem gimmicky in lesser hands, but they all seem to work, here. “The Worst Person in the World” is a witty, thoughtful, and relatable portrait of a fickle Millennial.