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  • Bad Boys for Life:

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence team up once again for another Bad Boys movie in the franchise that began in 1995, and had a follow-up in 2003.  Action-master Michael Bay, who directed the previous two films, did not direct here, however, has signed up for Bad Boys 4 which will be a sure sequel if the early box office numbers for this one continue as they began on the weekend.  That didn't stop Bay from appearing in a cameo as a wedding MC in the early going of this picture.  He was responsible for producing such films as three in the Transformers series, as well as Pearl Harbor, The Purge, and A Quiet Place to name just a few.  He frequently teamed up with Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, The Rock, National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean) who co-executive produced here.  No right-thinking person goes to a film such as this to see high drama, thoughtful dialogue, and lasting relationships among the characters.  It's a hardcore action movie, and it delivers on every level.  Stuff blows up.  People aren't who they say they are.  More stuff blows up.  Car chases through the streets of Miami's South Beach are relentless.  And then some more stuff blows up.  The characters played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Mike Lowery and Marcus Bennett, have effectively aged, although they have definitely not grown up.  That changes when Bennett becomes a grandfather, and chooses to take his retirement from the Miami PD.  Something is terribly amiss though, when several law enforcement personnel are being assassinated one at a time, in a most hideous and public fashion.  There is no apparent link between each of them, but as the audience, we are shown what's going on, at the hands of a highly trained Mexican assassin.  One of them targeted is Lowery, Smith's character.  He begs Bennett to come back and help fight this battle, fuelled by drug money and drug cartels, but Bennett is having none of that, thank you.  Although derivative, at times this film exceeds expectations in its story telling, as whatever happens next isn't quite what we expect.  A key character is a woman known in Spanish, as a Bruha - a witch - and whether or not supernatural happenings are afoot, something very important is going on in both Mexico City, and in Miami.  Great thrills are delivered here, scene after scene - I make no apologies for enjoying the sometimes-mindless-action, and the often thoughtful plotting.  Vanessa Hudgens also stars with a youthful cast of Miami PD staffers who are a sure thing for the sequel.  Rated 14A here, and a R-rating in the US for language and violence.

     

  • The Rhythm Section:

    Based on the best-selling novel, this is the story of a woman, Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively), whose life takes a bleak and dark turn when her family is killed in a plane crash.  Unfortunately, my life as a member of the viewing audience also took a bleak, dark turn, as this film is something of a mess.  Ultimately, it's a revenge movie, because Stephanie learns early on that it was no ordinary airliner crash, but rather one that was felled by a terrorist  bomb, with that information hushed up, although it was never made clear as to why the cover-up.  There are many things wrong with this film, and a few things that are right.  I cannot fault Blake Lively's performance as the young woman who falls into self-destructive behaviour after her entire family was killed on that flight.  She is intense, tough, vulnerable, and believable.  The musical score, unfortunately, is a mess moving from screeching violins to such pieces of popular music as Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry," and Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never," really not fitting the action at all.  The story is as muddy as a soccer field after a week of rain, with us trying to follow how Stephanie gets from one place to another, having us bounce between MI6 and the CIA, and back again.  It's supposed to be a revenge movie, but we aren't really clear, with one exception, why certain individuals are being targeted.  The screenplay is by Mark Burnell, who also wrote the novel, so it's largely his fault that the movie is so disjointed.  The title refers to the instructions that Stephanie gets from a mentor when she is learning to shoot ... the 'rhythm section" has to be in complete control - that's the heart, lungs, and respiration ... that's how you shoot straight.  Unfortunately, the movie is a miss!  Rated 14A.

  • The Last Full Measure:

    The cast of this based-on-fact story that began with heroism in the Vietnam War, and ended with the right outcome after more than three decades of struggles, contains Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Diane Ladd, Peter Fonda, and Amy Madigan, and Oscar winners Christopher Plummer, and William Hurt.  That's a lot of talent for a film with so little fanfare.  In April of 1966 an American Battalion of 134 men following badly misdirected orders by the higher-ups walked right into a bloody massacre with no way out at Xa Cam My, 42 miles east of Saigon.  114 were killed. One of the first casualties was the team's medic.  A Huey helicopter was dispatched into the fire fight to airlift wounded men, and U.S. Air Force Pararescueman William Pitsenbarger, Jr. insisted, after the wounded medic was lifted into the chopper, on taking his place as there was no one on the ground to help the casualties.  He could have flown out with the injured soldier, but instead stayed to help not only tend the wounded and the dying, but take up arms to fight side-by-side with men he didn't know, ultimately taking a fatal bullet to the head.  The movie isn't a war story though.  It's really the tale of a Pentagon staffer, Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan) assigned a throw-away job during a period of change in his area ... that of going through the motions of trying to get a Medal of Honour given to Pitsenbarger posthumously.   A study in the politics of war, the tragedy in human life that is taken for both the living and the dead, and ultimately, an outcome of what doing the right thing can deliver, makes it an interesting and compelling story.  This was the final performance of Peter Fonda prior to his death from lung cancer last year.  Rated 14A.

  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011):

    If you have young kids around the house because of the current crisis, this is a movie that may be just right for them ... "them" being those between, I would say, five and maybe 10 or 11.  It isn't one of those movies that adults are going to say, after all is done, "that was good!"  In fact, when the film appeared in theatres, it was widely trashed by critics.  Problem is, those critics weren't 10 years old, which is what it helps to be to get value from this movie.  Based on the "Judy Moody" series of books by Megan MacDonald, the stories follow the adventures of Judy, a grade three student who sees the world just a little differently than other kids.  When school lets out for the summer, Judy decides to have the most wonderful summer of her life, but it gets spoiled right off the bat when her parents have to go away to help another family member, and she and her brother Stink are left in the care of Aunt Opal (Heather Graham).  Things go from bad to worse until Judy decides to hook up with her brother in a search for Big Foot.  A frenetic, high-energy romp ensues, that will likely irritate adults, but charm and indulge youngsters.  Rated PG on Netflix.

     

    All the Bright Places (2020):

    Based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer Niven, this Netflix original film stars Elle Fanning as Violet, a young woman who falls in love with Theodore (Justice Smith), who has a significant amount of baggage, both physically and emotionally.  A romantic drama, it also stars Luke Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key. Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

The Dead Don't Die (2019)

A great cast in yet another zombie film, we start out with two police officers (Bill Murray and Adam Driver) in search of a missing chicken, and a series of comedic events that make this one of the best, and funniest zombie movies ever.

The Witcher (TV Series, 2019):
This Netflix original series is a sword-and-sandal thriller that follows Geralt of Rivera, a solitary monster-killer who roams the earth righting the wrongs created by monstrosities everywhere.  Henry Cavill stars as the title character, based on a novel series.  A second season has already been announced, so you can binge watch this one safely.  Rated 14A. 

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Run the Race (2019):
This sports drama focuses on the world of high school football, and puts a good cast together was we watch two brothers, Zach and Dave Truett (Tanner Stine and Evan Hoffer) take two very different approaches to the competitive life on the gridiron.  Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson, and Francis Fisher co-star as the adults who try to bring some resolution to the brothers’ conflict. Rated 14A.

 

New on DISNEY +

The Mandalorian, Chapter 6:
This Star Wars series made for streaming, is perhaps the most true and authentic spinoff that the franchise has offered in more than 20 years.  Taking place in the days of Jawas and Ewoks, it follows the adventures of a masked bounty hunter and his baby Yoda capturee across the galaxy.  The flavour is very much that of the Empire Strikes Back era, with outstanding special effects and a superb story.  Rated PG.