Sorry Liam Neeson, Paddington is the real hero this weekend: Crouse
A rare heartfelt kids' film, Paddington 2 opened alongside action thriller The Commuter and French drama Happy End.
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Metro movie critic Richard Crouse reviews the top movies that opened this weekend:
PADDINGTON 2: 4 STARS
When the present Paddington bear planned to buy for his aunt’s birthday is stolen, he is wrongly convicted and thrown in jail.
Gentle and good-natured, the little bear is at the very heart of the movie.
Paddington 2 is one of those rare kids' films that doesn’t feel like an excuse just to sell merchandise.
THE COMMUTER: 2 STARS
The Commuter settles into very predictable beats as Liam Neeson gets to the bottom of this train-based mystery. There’s a twist but as twists go it’s more of a straight line than a real bend in the plot.
HAPPY END: 3 STARS
In French with English subtitles, Happy End takes a meandering look at a family on the verge of a nervous breakdown. All the performances are top notch but it’s up to the actors to keep things interesting in a story that feels unfocused.
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