Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum escapist comedy/adventure which inadvertently shows how difficult it can be to craft crowd-pleasing entertainment these days. Brad Pitt, Oscar Nunez (accompanied by goat) and Daniel Radcliffe do what they can to keep this faux-Jay Roach film amiable enough in spite of moments of strenuous extended sorta-improv.
Essentially Berry Gordy conducting his wake (with present tense and archival interviews from collaborators) while he’s still around to enjoy it. Some great performance footage, but the Berry-centric approach means that classic Motown music is kept on the margins while endless backslapping about the near-infallibility of the company’s assembly line of development/competition/promotion consumes much of the running time.
Once-over-lightly account of film critic Pauline Kael’s life and career hits the high/low points and contextualizes her influence upon a long-ago period where movies could be debated and ecstatic/contrarian takes would capture the attention of the general public (see also Andrew Sarris, Stanley Kauffmann, Judith Crist). Skids through the Paramount Pictures sojourn (presumably to avoid offending Warren Beatty), avoids Kael’s over-loyalty to favored directors by elevating subpar work (her review of Sam Peckinpah’s CONVOY) and glancingly acknowledges (mostly through David…