Thursday, August 17, 2017

New in Theaters August 18, 2017 "Logan Lucky" and "The Hitman's Bodyguard"

Logan Lucky
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig
Rated PG-13

The film centers around two brothers who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Channing Tatum plays 'Jimmy Logan,' who just lost a mining job and wants to use his time off to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To pull off the heist, they need to break an expert safe cracker, played by Daniel Craig, out of prison.

The film is a ballet in comedy. From the Southern accents to just sheer wide-eyed stupidity of the characters, this film is simply comedy gold, offering up some the wackiest and most hilarious moments you can spend in a movie theater.

Thank you Steven Soderbergh for this terrific treat!

“Logan Lucky” deserves an A. It's rated PG-13

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The Hitman's Bodyguard
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds
Rated R

In the film an elite bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice.

If I were to describe “The Hitman's Bodyguard” in a few words it would be that the “Jason Bourne” movies married “Deadpool” and had a baby!

The film is a non-stop reverse buddy picture with Jackson and Reynolds at each other's throats, all the while trying to just stay alive.

If your tastes run to an 'anything goes popcorn muncher, “The Hitman's Bodyguard” is it.

It's gets an B and is rated R. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

New on Blu-ray and DVD for August 15, 2017 "Alien: Covenant" and "Everything, Everything"

Everything, Everything
Starring: Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson
Rated PG-13

A teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.

“Everything, Everything” is a teen romance that forces itself on the audience. The set up is the story of a young woman, who has spent her life living inside a protective germ-free home falls for the cute boy who moves in next door.

She begins to realize that living in her isolated bubble isn't really living at all, and decides to experience life instead of watching it.

The set-up leads to a paper-thin ending that maybe one of the worst plot-twists of all time.

I can't totally fail the film as the acting is pleasant and there are some above average moments in the movie, but overall, it is the ending that just makes no sense at all.

The film gets a D and is rated PG-13.

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Alien: Covenant
Starring: Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride

Rated R

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but then they discover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

If you're a fan of the 'Alien' series, “Alien Covenant” will get you very angry. 

The film offers nothing new to the 'Alien' universe and ends up being quite boring and predictable.

Added to the over indulged mix are confusing plot points, characters that just do stupid things, a lack of connection with the core audience and a lifeless script.

“Alien: Covenant” just killed the 'Alien' franchise and because of that I am flunking “Alien: Covenant” with an F.

It's rated R.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

New in Theaters August 11, 2017 "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" and "The Glass Castle"

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Starring: Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl
Rated PG
Surly and his friends discover that the mayor has plans to bulldoze their home to build an amusement park.

I am not sure why the studio decided to make a sequel to such a lackluster animated film.

Nothing about “Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” is memorable.

It gets a D and is rated PG.

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The Glass Castle
Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts
Rated PG-13
Based on a true story, a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

“The Glass Castle” is a starkly filmed, but uncomfortable to watch, character study.

The film spills out as a bitter memoir centering on young Jeannette and her growing up in the 60's and 70's with unstable nomadic parents as they drag their family all over the country.

The cast is the best thing about “The Glass Castle,” with Woody Harrelson as “Rex,” the patriarch of the family, who pulls up stakes and journeys to the next location on nothing more than a whim. His character is almost noble in his effort to find his dream, yet that search is taking its toll on his kids who suffer at his indulgence and drinking binges.

Brie Larson is the grown-up Jeannette, now a gossip reporter living in an expensive apartment in New York City. The contrast between the absolute poverty in which she grew up in and the life she's found plays well, but the story is unbalanced and manipulative.

“The Glass Castle” gets a C and is rated PG-13.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

New on Bluy-ray and DVD for August 8, 2017 - "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and "Snatched"

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Starring: Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law
Rated PG-13

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” isn't a standard retelling of the Arthurian tale, as director Guy Richie has retooled the legend for a new generation.
The film is an action / adventure at its heart. Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam, is orphaned by the murder of his father and mother by the forces of his evil uncle, played by Jude Law.

Growing up in the worst conditions in England, Arthur is tempered and forged in his temperament and fighting ability, but is content to live in the shadows. And, unlike other retellings of this tale, when it comes time for him to claim his rightful heritage, he doesn't want to step into the limelight.

It is when Arthur finally realizes that by not stepping into his rightful place is a very selfish act, does the once and future king of England begin to think like a monarch.

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is an action packed sword and sorcery film exploring the 'hero's journey' of a very reluctant hero.

It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

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Starring: Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer
Rated R

In the film, a woman who has recently been dumped brings her mom to South America on the romantic vacation she booked with her ex.

“Snatched” is a situation comedy film, meaning that the funny moments in the film come from the situations the lead characters keep getting themselves into. The problem is the script runs out of situations early on and keeps repeating itself.

Both Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are watchable in the film, but neither connect with the audience or each other.

In the end “Snatched” ends up being another anemic one-joke comedy using sight gags instead of good writing.

“Snatched” gets a D and is rated R.  

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

New in Theaters August 4, 2017 "Detroit" and "The Dark Tower"

The Dark Tower
Starring: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
Rated PG-13
Based on the series of novels by Stephen King, very loosely based that is, is “Dark Tower” which is all about a kid who jumps into another dimension to find the last gunfighter, who is trapped in eternity, and together they face an evil being known as “The Man in Black.

“The Dark Tower” is an excruciatingly bad movie replete overly confusing plot lines, terrible special effects and unintentionally funny dialogue. The film, which takes its story from the 8 Stephen King novels and tries to blend them together, fails miserably at capturing the audience.

Both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are completely lost in this epic mess which falls apart after the first 30 minutes into the film.

“The Dark Tower,” is so bad that under the Geneva Convention it should not be allowed to be seen by prisoners.

It gets an F and is rated R.

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Starring: John Boyega and Anthony Mackie
Rated R

It's 1967 and amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, which turned into a race riot. The Michigan National Guard were called in to patrol the streets when three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit” is a very gritty film that makes full use of its lead actors, but Bigelow decided to use locations in Massachusetts for exterior scenes in lieu of the actual city of Detroit as a backdrop, which hurt the film's integrity.

There are also pacing problems and some facts about the events are either omitted or lightly presented.

What we are left with is a film bursting with 50 years of questions, yet presents no answers.

“Detroit” could have done much, much better in presenting itself historically, but failed to do so.

The film gets a C and is rated R.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

New on DVD & Blu-ray for August 1, 2017 "Going in Style" and "Colossal"

Going in Style
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine
Rated PG-13

In the film, three seniors, living social security check to check, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank even though none have any criminal experience.

At its heart, “Going in Style” is a caper film but this crime comedy is filled with tired cliche-ridden humor, a lot of yelling and wisecracking and virtually no plot to speak of.

Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine are all made out to look like wise old men surrounded by incompetent younger men. The film busies itself by having the three handing out wisdom like a ballpark hot dog vendors in mid-July.

The film never touches the core of what it's like to grow old in America. It does relish in making fun of age. Like the scene where Freeman and Caine make a getaway in an electric shopping cart or trying to show the humor in having Christopher Lloyd as a senor with Alzheimer's.

In a movie that should celebrate the beauty of aging, “Going in Style” makes fun of it in such a callous and heartless way.

The film gets a D and is rated PG-13.

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Starring: Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis
Rated R

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

“Colossal” was premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was met with mixed reviews.

I found the film to be lackluster, the story muddled and the characters extremely unappealing.

All in all “Colossal” is a blueprint for how to disengage your audience at every opportunity.

It gets a D and is rated R

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New in theaters for July 28, 2017 "The Emoji Movie" and "Atomic Blonde"

Emoji Movie
Starring: Patrick Stewart and T.J. Miller
Rated PG
Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user.

In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Gene embarks on a journey in hopes to find an app that will make him a regular Emoji.

“The Emoji Movie” is possibly the worst animated film so far this year. Yes even worse than “Spark: A a Space Tale.” The Emoji Movie lacks integrity, story and the very emotions the film's characters represent.

The film is a total waste of your time and hard-earned dollars. It gets an F and is rated PG.

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Atomic Blonde
Starring: Charlize Theron and James McAvoy
Rated R

A high-stakes, global action-thriller that takes place in the city of Berlin, on the eve of the Wall's collapse and the shifting of superpower alliances. Charlize Theron portrays Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, who is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown.

“Atomic Blonde” is a slick spy thriller with so many twists you could open a wine bottle with it.

Theron is perfectly cast as the centerpiece in this classy updated noir film. She is both ruthless and sensitive at the same time. She is balanced out by James McAvoy's wildly erratic performance as an operative stationed in the streets of Berlin.

The film's strengths comes from its tightly woven intelligent script by Kurt Johnstad and pacing executed by its director, David Leitch.

“Atomic Blonde” is one hell of a ride. It gets a B and is rated R.

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