Rated PG-13 | Time: 1:52
Dancers from the four previous “Step Up” movies, minus Channing Tatum, not surprisingly, reunite in Las Vegas to compete for a big contract. The movie wasn’t screened in advance in the U.S., but here is what international critics are saying:
Peter Debruge, Variety: “With even less plot than in previous installments to get in the way of its inventive 3-D dance scenes, this fifth pic delivers on spectacle — especially in its nine-minute, flame-throwing Caesar’s Palace finale — but lacks in chemistry, trying to pair the leads of the second and fourth films (Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan) after their co-stars dumped them.”
Jeffrey MacNab, The Independent: “The plotting here is as leaden-footed as the dancing is lithe.”
Donald Clarke, The Irish Times: “The film ends up coming across like a version of ‘America’s Got Talent’ without the dancing dogs, juggling infants and bird impressionists that make the show worth watching.”
Look for a review on KansasCity.com/entertainment.
| Sharon Hoffmann, The Star