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Grown Ups 2

THEY’LL DO ANYTHING FOR THEIR FAMILIES… EXCEPT GROW UP. The original had these characters on a holiday trip, but this sequel lets us just follow their small-town lives at home. The idea is to say something about the need to keep a childhood sensibility while also trying to be a role model to your children… … Continue reading Grown Ups 2

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

EVERYONE’S OUT TO GET THEM… IF THEY DON’T KILL EACH OTHER FIRST.  Down-on-his-luck but still professional bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is drawn into the big league again when he ends up escorting a hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) to the Hague where he’s to testify against a former Belarusian dictator (Gary Oldman). This action-comedy seemed … Continue reading The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Some Kind of Beautiful

EVERY GOOD LOVE STORY HAS THREE SIDES. British literature professor Richard Haig (Pierce Brosnan) starts a new family with his much younger American girlfriend (Jessica Alba), but his first encounter with her fiery sister (Salma Hayek) is embarrassing… A romantic comedy that works above all as a vehicle for Brosnan’s charm. He seems to be … Continue reading Some Kind of Beautiful

Sausage Party

A HERO WILL RISE.  A hot dog sausage and his bun girlfriend realize that their existence at the Shopwell’s supermarket is based on a lie – those groceries that humans bring out of the store are not saved, but eaten. A 3D animated comedy targeted at adult audiences, a very raunchy, foul-mouthed spoof of Disney/Pixar … Continue reading Sausage Party

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet

Muppets Most Wanted

TAKING THE WORLD BY FARCE. This sequel to the 2011 reboot begins immediately after its last scene, with a big number called “We’re Doing a Sequel”, followed by the introduction of a villainous agent (Ricky Gervais) who sets up a European tour for the Muppets. It turns out to be a scheme where a criminal … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

IT’S A PLUNDERFUL LIFE.  An unsuccessful pirate captain and his crew capture Charles Darwin who talks them into sailing to London for a contest that has a valuable prize… but Queen Victoria has threatened to execute every pirate. Another fabulous Aardman movie, this time in 3D, with a smooth blend of stop-motion clay and computer … Continue reading The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Puss in Boots

GET READY FOR AN ADVENTURE NINE LIFETIMES IN THE MAKING. Puss in Boots is reunited with an estranged childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty; together with the fierce but seductive Kitty Softpaws, the couple tries to find magic beans that will take them to a giant’s castle. Shrek the Third (2007) director Chris Miller helmed this 3D … Continue reading Puss in Boots

Grown Ups

SOME GUYS NEED A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO MATURE. Five childhood buddies (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider) reunite for their basketball coach’s funeral… and spend a tumultuous Fourth of July weekend with their wives and kids in a rented house. The Big Chill for the Sandler generation? As expected, all … Continue reading Grown Ups

Savages

When a Mexican drug cartel kidnaps the girlfriend (Blake Lively) of two successful California marijuana growers (Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson) as part of business negotiations, they decide to hit back hard. Oliver Stone returns to Scarface territory with this violent but also surprisingly sexy and entertaining saga about wheeling and dealing between major and minor … Continue reading Savages

After the Sunset

WHO WILL WALK AWAY? Master thieves and lovers Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek) retire and move to an island paradise, but a dogged FBI agent (Woody Harrelson) is convinced that they’re planning a new heist. Director Brett Ratner’s version of To Catch a Thief (1955) is old-fashioned and comfortable, but not … Continue reading After the Sunset

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

THE TIME HAS COME. The third part of the trilogy that began with El Mariachi (1992) sees the guitar-playing desperado (Antonio Banderas) lured out of retirement to stop a Mexican general from overthrowing the President after his decision to destroy a drug cartel. Director Robert Rodriguez does his best to entertain us in lieu of … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in Mexico