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  • Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw:

    Well, if ever there was a movie that didn't have to try all that hard to be embraced by its target audiences, it's this one, with some of the best characters ever to make it to the big screen in an action-adventure thriller. The biggest problem with the film is that it tries too hard to show that its main characters hate each other, and then tolerate each other, and finally ... maybe even love and respect each other, sort of ... but it's all very forced, and for that reason, I thought the film lost its edge. These are the two characters played respectively by Dwayne Johnson (FBI Agent Luke Hobbs) and Jason Statham (the always tricky Deckard Shaw), who is an MI6 operative. As usual there is a threat to the world and all of its people, in this case a rogue virus which, when released, will decimate humanity, paving the way for cyber-beings to replace humans, created by an unseen mastermind. Idris Elba is Brixton, one time spy, now part man, part machine, doing the bidding of the mastermind to help the virus run rampant. Of course there are the requisite chase scenes with cars and motorcycles. It wears thin in the macho talk between Hobbs and Shaw, which is laced with far too much testosterone and far too little sensible dialogue. There are a couple of uncredited roles which are interesting, one by Ryan Reynolds, who both starts and ends the movie, and another by Kevin Hart, whom Hobbs and Shaw meet on an airliner. The female lead is key to the virus issue, since she herself is infected, and she has one of those standard pick-up-the-tension devices, a digital countdown clock, reminding us just how little time is left. She is Hattie, also a spy, and is well-played by British actress Vanessa Kirby, who was Princess Margaret in the Netflix series "The Crown." There are a few good lines that will bring you a chuckle or two, and here is the usual reminder to keep watching until the credits all roll as there are a couple of extra scenes tucked away at the end. Rated 14A.

     

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark:

    It's 1968 in the small town of Mill Valley seemingly untouched by the unrest that is sweeping the United States, with protests against the Vietnam War, the rise of Hippie culture, and politicians who routinely lie to people. Mill Valley has its own secrets though. It's Halloween and the high school students are out having a good time with costumes and parties ... but for every bunch that are into good-natured pursuits, there are always the school toughs ... kids born to privilege who feel that they own everything and everybody, and that's what sets up the action here. Tommy is one of those, and he immediately sets his sights on a stranger in town, an Hispanic boy named Ramon. Tommy and his pals don't like Ramon and racial slurs abound ... in fact the town cop played by Vancouver's Gil Bellows doesn't like Ramon much either and all for the same reasons as Tommy. There is a reputedly haunted house on the edge of town, and Ramon and the "good kids," Stella, a little nerdy, but very smart, and her friends, decide that's a good place to hide out. They know there is a story with the house, and it's all about Sarah who lived there almost a hundred years ago as a child. Turns out Sarah is still a part of the old place, and soon the stories in a book written by her begin to come true, and the young people are being taken out one-by-one ... but this is no slasher movie. It lives up to its 14A rating in that it's a lot of good fun, no real blood and guts, although getting pitchforked by a scarecrow-come-to-life, or being absorbed into the body of a bizarre apparition means that it doesn't end well for some of our friends ... not much of spoiler here, but Tommy is the first to get his ... yaaay! A smart, scary story that is a kind of grown-up version of the TV series Goosebumps, this one is well worth the time as it's intelligent, there is almost no bad language, no suggestive scenes, and some good make-you-jump moments.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain:

    Yet another movie told from the perspective of a dog, beloved pet of the film's main character, this one is a pooch named Enzo, and he is voiced by Kevin Costner. Be warned that this isn't a three-or-four-Kleenex movie because of the way it jerks our tears ... it's a three or four BOX of Kleenex tear jerker. For once though, it's not the dog who is in peril. It's much of what happens in the life of its owner. Enzo's owner is Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia of This is Us), who yearns to be a Formula One race car driver. Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, we, as the audience, get life lessons from Enzo as he uses car racing analogies to help Denny understand life, career, love, and parenting. And don't expect that it's going to take some time to rev up to the sad parts ... the opening credits aren't even done when we have that lump in our throat and those tears in our eyes. Enzo believes that his job is to be a great pet and a great companion, and that at the end of it all, he will be reincarnated into a human. Well, that could happen ... but it's a long, arduous trip through the life of his owner to get there. Also stars Amanda Seyfried and Gary Cole. Rated PG.
  • American Son:

    This film debuted at TIFF and is being released exclusively on Netflix. Kerry Washington (Scandal) is Kendra, a mom estranged from her husband, currently pacing the floor in a Miami police station because her 18 year-old son, and excellent student, accepted by West Point, has gone missing with no contact. She is being interviewed by the officer in charge when her husband Scott (Steven Pasquale) arrives. The tone of the meeting with the officer changes completely as he does not realize that this white man, and an FBI agent, is the father. Race, investigative techniques, and gender become the issue in play. Rated 14A.

     

    The King:

    This Netflix original stars Timothee Chalamet, and heir to the throne of England in the early 1400s. He has no desire to pursue that line of work, and has turned his back on the monarchy ... until his father dies suddenly, making him King Henry V. Trying to acknowledge the fact that he must now embrace all that he had left behind, the young king struggles with wars, politics, and relationships. Robert Pattinson and Joel Edgerton also star. Rated 14A.

Mrs. Fletcher (2019) Limited Series:

Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms) is the title character here, a divorced single mom whose son moves out to attend college, creating an opportunity for her to re-examine her life, and to make different choices.  While she’s doing that at home, her son is doing the same thing at school. Rated 18A for sexual content. Originates on HBO.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

John Krasinski is back for season two of this action-packed spy thriller which, in its first season last year, was a huge hit for Amazon Prime. This time the action shifts to Venezuela as Ryan is sent into to covertly determine the threat to the Americas given the challenges raised by the Government of this South American country. Filming also took place in Europe and in other parts of the world, giving this TV series a big-screen look that would fit perfectly in a movie theatre. Eight new episodes make this a perfect binge-watch. Rated 14A.