Movie critic Paul McGuire Grimes gives us his review on Bill & Ted Face the Music and All In: The Fight for Democracy.
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (in theaters, OnDemand)
In this era of reboots, revivals, and remakes, it only makes sense to have the two righteous dudes known as Bill & Ted back to save the world in Bill & Ted Face the Music. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are back as Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S Preston Esquire, respectively. Decades have passed since they last stepped into a time-travelling phone booth. They’re both dads now and have passed on their love of music to their daughters, Ted’s daughter, Billie, and Bill’s daughter, Thea. Bill and Ted are still very much attached at the hip, but their band, Wyld Stallions, is crashing and burning. Just as Ted is about to pull the plug on their waning music careers, Rufus’ daughter Kelly drops in from the future and transports them to see The Great Ones. They are told they must write that greatest song of all time to bring harmony and unity to the world.
Not everything works as I think Kristin Schaal isn’t the right casting choice for a Rufus replacement and the killer robot character feels unnecessary. In the end, Bill & Ted Face the Music will appease fans and its messages of coming together in harmony feels extra relevant in 2020.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY (In theaters, Amazon Prime)
If someone asked you about voter suppression, would you be able to talk about it and the effects it has on elections? Would you be able to give an oral history on voting rights in this country? Alabama gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who has also served on the Georgia House of Representatives, uses the lessons she learned in her campaign against Brian Kemp as an outline to bring the issues of voting suppression to the forefront. We, as Americans, know we all have the right to vote, but what we don’t realize are all of the little laws put in place throughout many states to block votes from being counted.
Hopefully this be an eye-opening film on an extremely important issue that too often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s challenging, but one that’s easier to gain a better understanding of with this documentary.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS