'Mother!' hits the box office

09/15/2017 - SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) It's box office Friday and Tony Toscano joined Good Morning Utah with Emily Clark for his ratings of the weekend hits.

Mother!

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

"Mother!" wants to be a stylish message movie using subtext to land that message. But the film becomes overindulgent and heavy about a third of the way into it.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javiar Bardem may have bitten off more than they could chew in their roles, offer surprisingly little in exchange for screen time.
And, although I am bot blind to the religious overtones of the film, what "Mother!" failed to collect was empathy and sympathy from the audience.
"Mother!" gets a C and rated R.

American Assassin

A young man, who witness the brutal murder of his fiance, is trained to be a counter-terrorist agent by the CIA.
Totally formulaic, "American Assassin" is kind of that catch-all film that steals from several sources but never finds a voice of its own. The film is trying to too much for the audience to like it. And in the end begins to battle itself.

Dylan O'Brien puts in a dutiful job as "Mitch Rapp." But is limited by a short-sighted script and virtually nothing to do but deliver speeches about how inefficient the government is in handling terrorism.

Michael Keaton takes on the role of "Stan Hurley," the hard-as-nails Special Forces trainer who is tasked with the job of training Rapp and molding him into a true CIA agent. Keaton's character keeps spouting the cliche line "never make it personal," to his trainees, and yet, that's all he does.

"American Assassin" isn't a great film. It's only a mediocre one at best and with nothing to make the film memorable, it gets a C and is rated R.


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