animated feature about teens battling the forces of evil to save the world.
Jason Statham stars as the title character in this screen version of the character created by Donald Westlake for the best-selling series of novels. Parker is a bad guy – he’s a thief, but he has principles – he doesn’t steal from the poor and he doesn’t hurt innocent people. When the crew with which he works on a major heist turns on him and leaves him for dead, they are no longer categorized as “innocent people,” and it’s payback time as Parker, now with a new identity, comes after them. Jennifer Lopez co-stars in this terrific action-thriller. Rated 18A.
2. THE LAST STAND:
It tanked at the box office which may be a message for Arnold Schwarzenegger and his “come back” … but I found this to be a pretty good action flick for what it is – mindless stuff blowing up. As Sheriff Ray Owen, he and his rag-tag deputies are the last line of defence as a Mexican drug cartel kingpin escapes custody and heads for the border … the very border that Owen and his team find within their jurisdiction. Arnold knows he’s too old for this stuff … and that’s clear as he creaks and lurches through the movie – but still, it has a certain charm, and a lotta stuff blows up! Forrest Whitaker also stars. Rated 14A.
3. STAND UP GUYS:
A great cast led by Al Pacino and Christopher Walken along with Alan Arkin and Juliana Margulies offers a story that stumbles and fumbles a bit, but the watchabiity of this cast makes up for a lot. A couple of over the hill gangsters want to do just one more last job, getting the old gang together – that never works out well – when one of them is marked for death. Pacino steals the show as only he can! Rated 18A.
This is the first movie based on a Westlake novel to use the name “Parker” as the late author would not allow it unless it was to be part of a series … Statham will be back. Previous movies include Point Blank (Walker); Payback (Porter); and The Outfit (Macklin).
LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998):
15 years old now, so it qualifies as a classic – Jason Statham’s first movie – directed by Guy Richie.
STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS
Superb telling of another bold step in the new franchise with some great surprises.