Children abide (or don’t) in this week’s new movie releases, including The Florida Project and Goodbye Christopher Robin
Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., Oct. 20
Improbably heterogeneous group of high-school students at an improbable all-day (Saturday) detention hall, improbably unsupervised. A detention hall, without all the improbabilities, would not seem to have much chance at drama. But with all the improbabilities it does not have much chance at Albee-esque group therapy, either. And in point of fact writer-director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles) is well content for the most part to go after the cheap laugh; and on that quest he appoints the most quickly tiresome character — the class hoodlum — to act as chief catalyst and satirist: "Are you a virgin?" and so on. With Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. 1985.