This week’s new movie releases, including The Book of Henry and All Eyez On Me, sound oddly familiar
Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., June 16
The trailer housed 90% of the laughs spread thin throughout this remake of Martin Brest’s superb 1979 yarn about a trio of seniors who decide to knock over a bank. At least the producers didn’t scrimp in the casting department; Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin are perfect substitutes for George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. The stars legitimize the title, leaving screenwriter Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures) and director Zach Braff (Garden State) to drive their dowdy narrative. Once the trio’s pensions are frozen and the AIG banking scandal is offered up as a justification for the robbery, social causticity takes a back seat to sitcom status quo. Shoplifting from a local market ends with Caine and Freeman making their getaway on a Hoveround scooter. To eternalize those five minutes on film was as unnecessary as it was insulting to all parties involved. Note to Ann-Margret: you look marvelous! 2017.