A three-minute rundown of the best (and worst) of this week’s film releases, including the go-to movie for the weekend.
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FilmWeek Marquee: ‘Cars 3,’ ‘Rough Night,’ ‘Stefan Zweig’ and ‘Dawson City’




(L to R) Alice (Jillian Bell), Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Blair (Zoë Kravitz), and Frankie (Illana Grazer) in Columbia Pictures’
(L to R) Alice (Jillian Bell), Pippa (Kate McKinnon), Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Blair (Zoë Kravitz), and Frankie (Illana Grazer) in Columbia Pictures’ "Rough Night."
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Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Peter Rainer and Charles Solomon review this week's most memorable releases.

Cars 3 (G)

CHARLES: MEH

"Not my favorite Pixar property, and not my favorite Pixar film. Much better than the second one, but kind of frantic. And just kind of empty."

CLAUDIA: MEH

"It's both frantic and pokey. For all the emphasis on speed, I felt like it just took a really long time to get where it was going."

PETER: MISS

"Yeah, and the whole nostalgic aspect for this film, and the looking back and the talk about retirement and all... I don't know, the kids I saw it with were kind of fidgety."

Rough Night (R)

CLAUDIA: MEH

"Well, yes, this is like 'Bridesmaids' meets 'Hangover' with a little bit of 'Weekend at Bernie's' thrown in. But what makes it worthwhile, I think, is the chemistry of the [five] women. It's actually more fun than I expected."

"Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe" (Unrated)

PETER: SEE IT

"It's admirable. It's a little static, but it deals with a powerful subject, a famous writer who's an exile, and his coming-to-terms with being so dislocated from everything that made him a writer."

CLAUDIA: SEE IT

"It does give you a sense it's a life lived fully."

CHARLES: SEE IT

"Yeah, and it's beautifully shot, but I think 'static' is a good adjective for it."

Dawson City: Frozen Time (Unrated)

CHARLES: SEE IT

"A fabulous tale of an incredible cache of silent films buried under the permafrost, and thereby preserved. But I wish they had told us a little bit about those films, and been a little less artsy in the editing."

CLAUDIA: SEE IT

"It was very artful. It felt like a silent movie about silent movies, which is unusual for a documentary."

PETER: SEE IT

"It's fascinating to see the footage of that era in real time, to be able to see people walking through those streets in the early 1900's. You know, it's quite fascinating. The film is a little too poetic for my tastes, i.e. avant garde. But it's absolutely worth seeing."