‘The Nice Guys’
Shane Black put together what has become a major template in the buddy cop genre as the writer of “Lethal Weapon.” His design mostly depends on giving his characters snappy dialogue and letting that play out against a background that is slightly askew.
He uses that formula as writer-director of “The Nice Guys,” a buddy crime story set in 1977. A series of murders and a missing woman (Margaret Qualley) bring private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and strong-arm specialist Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) together. Neither man is especially competent but together – and with some help from March’s young daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice) – they just might save the day.
‘Ratchet & Clank’
☆ ☆ 1/2
A space hero and his robot companion must stop an evil force. Based on the popular video game. “Ratchet & Clank” film is designed to make sure fans of the video game get a nostalgic kick.
So many years have past since the original video game was released that the movie now has to deal with comparisons to other movies and TV shows that fit the genre.
‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’
This weak attempt to make a sequel to “The Hunstman” without Snow White falls flat. It’s more of a weak copy of “Frozen.”
Emily blunt tries her best to be wicked but the real wicked star played by Charlize Theron is only given limited screen time. More could have been done as the story is painfully slow.
Also out this week
“Roots”: Cable channel miniseries based on the Alex Haley book.
“The Man Who Knew Infinity”: Math genius must deal with prejudice. Jeremy Irons stars.
“Narcos: Season One”: Look at the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.