Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD

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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

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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

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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

KIDNAP

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When her son Frankie (Sage Correa) is abducted from the park they are visiting, a frantic Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) will stop at nothing to save him. Without her cell phone, she takes off after the the kidnappers in a high-speed chase. Karla will rescue her child at all costs.

Halle Berry's believably fierce performance and some outrageous chase sequences keep this mindless and mildly entertaining "B" movie from totally veering off the road. Throwing logic out the window, it's surprising that the tires on her minivan aren't

Thursday, August 3, 2017

DETROIT

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During the 1967 race riots in Detroit, a police raid at the Algiers Motel results in the deaths of three African American men. Night watchman Melvin Dismukes (John Boyega) gets caught up in the escalating violence during a brutal interrogation led by a racist police officer (Will Poulter) that ends in tragedy.

A striking dramatization blended with graphic newsreel footage makes this