Al and Linda Lerner review “Sing” and “Passengers” on Movies and Shakers

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“PASSENGERS”

Is this an Adam & Eve story, a sci-fi thriller, a romance or a morality play? The script asks all these question but answers none of them. This film should have been a much grander trip than what we got on screen. A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and Writer Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Dr. Strange) end up taking the easy way out by staging one big action sequence fighting for survival, seeing if love will conquer all and having the film end rather abruptly.

“SING”

There are so many talent shows, what’s one more? But this animated one, directed by Garth Jennings, is charming with cute as well as edgy characters singing some of your favorite music. It’s by Illumination, the filmmakers who did Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, and With more than100 songs, or parts of them, there’s something for everyone, for parents to remember and for kids to hear for the first time.

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