Thursday, September 21, 2017

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
When Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) survive the destruction of Kingsman headquarters by a new enemy, they discover an ally in the Statesman - their secret US counterpart. They join leader Champ (Jeff Bridges) and his team to take down
a criminal organization that's holding the world hostage with a cure for a lethal drug.

Over-the-top performances and graphic comic book violence enhance the spy jinks of

Thursday, September 14, 2017

AMERICAN ASSASSIN

American Assassin movie poster
After his girlfriend dies in a terrorist attack, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) is bent on wiping out his enemies all by himself. Reluctant at first, he is recruited by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to join a black ops team headed by veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). When attacks on military and civilian targets result in stolen bomb-making materials, the newly-trained team joins Turkish agent Annika (Shiva Negar) on a mission to

Thursday, September 7, 2017

IT

IT movie poster 2017
A supernatural force that preys on children descends on the small town of Derry every 27 years. When his little brother disappears, young Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) and his friends in the Losers' Club go searching for his lost sibling during their 1989 summer vacation. Standing in the way are the school bullies and a sinister clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).

Horror and a dash of humor keep this Goonies-style chiller afloat. Make no mistake, this violent adventure is

Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD movie poster
An International Court of Justice trial to convict vicious dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) needs the testimony of notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung) has the dangerous job of getting Kincaid from England to the Hague trial. But there's a mole in her office and the only person she can trust is ex-boyfriend Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), an expert bodyguard. The hitman and bodyguard are mortal enemies and must work together to overcome all of the obstacles in their way.

Non-stop mayhem and witty banter give this familiar plot an entertaining lift. This movie rests squarely on the shoulders of its

LOGAN LUCKY

LOGAN LUCKY movie poster
Down on his luck and out of work, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) and his equally unlucky one-armed brother Clyde (Adam Driver) attempt to put an end to the family curse by executing an intricate robbery during a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They enlist the aid of their sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig). One Problem: Bang is in prison and needs to be busted out. A complication for Jimmy is his need to be a part of his young daughter Sadie's (Farrah Mackenzie) life. His ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) and her husband Moody (David Denman) are about to move away and take Sadie with them. Success at the raceway could turn things around.

Steven Soderbergh returns to the director's chair with this entertaining and often-hilarious heist caper. This time around, he takes the casino-setting plot of his "Ocean's Eleven" series and

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WIND RIVER

WIND RIVER poster
When local game tracker Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) discovers the body of a young woman in the icy wilderness on the remote Native American Reservation of Wind River, rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent in to investigate. Not used to the rough conditions of Wyoming's winter, Jane relies on Lambert's help in solving the mysterious death.

An interesting story and well-developed characters lift this chiller to above-average. Director/writer Taylor Sheridan, who wrote "Hell or High Water" and "Sicario", has created another fascinating modern "western". What makes this movie standout is not so much the mystery, but the performances. Taking center stage is Jeremy Renner as the rugged tracker who is haunted by

Friday, August 4, 2017

THE DARK TOWER

Young Jake Chambers' (Tom Taylor) nightmares about an otherworldly battle between good and evil are about to prove true. Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey), a deadly sorcerer known as the Man in Black, seeks out Jake to complete his diabolical plan. The young Chambers is the key to destroying The Dark Tower, which binds time and space. Standing in the sorcerer's way is revenge-minded Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger. The fate of the universe is at stake.

An anemic and predictable plot is the downfall of the first screen version of Stephen King's novel series. Even having not read the books, I can't imagine fans being happy with this abridged (only 95 minutes) and mediocre mix of