The Hitman’s Bodyguard

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a “quirky, funny and entertaining summer flick.”

Ryan Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, a top protection agent who has been summoned to protect a Notorious Assassin, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). Darius’s testimony is needed in criminal court case to put away a dictator who has been killing or ordering the killing of innocent people.

Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid have a history. They don’t like each other, so when they are faced with each other and it dawns on Michael Bryce what he is getting into, dangerous sparks start flying. The story unfolds from there…

The paid critics did not like “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. The movie is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s not bad. In fact it’s funny and entertaining. There is a story, a plot, intrigue, suspense and a couple of twists. It’s mindless entertaining.

Ryan Reynolds is an unlikely bodyguard, but he does a good job. Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect assassin. The movie is worth seeing if for no other reason than to see Salma Hayek. She kicks some serious butt!!

Check out “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” for some fun entertainment.

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Logan Lucky

After a very slow start “Logan Lucky” revs its engine and races to the finish line. It’s a story we have all seen before, but “Logan Lucky” has a few entertaining moments along with a few interesting twists.

Brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver) Logan are trying to eradicate a family curse by successfully executing an elaborate bank robbery during the famous Coco-Cola 600 Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They need help and guidance, but the person they need help from is currently in prison. That doesn’t stop them. They figure out an elaborate scheme to setup a prison break and get their friend out to help them. The story unfolds from there…

“Logan Lucky” is a departure from the norm for Mr. Bond (Daniel Craig). You will see him in a very different light with his bleached blonde hair.
Director Steven Soderbergh is back from a 4 year hiatus. The last movie that he directed that I saw was “Side Effects” in 2013.

There are some strange, quirky and interesting moments in “Logan Lucky”. Example… just when things are heating up the movie plot stops for a beauty pageant. It’s a cute moment.

Director Steven Soderbergh is excellent at what he does, so I say that while “Logan Lucky” has a slow and strange start, the movie does come together at the end and it is worth a look.

I am looking forward to “Ocean’s Eight” in 2018 which is a Steven Soderbergh production.

This is a 4 Star Move!

Detroit

“Detroit” is a very well executed movie that is hard to digest.

It’s 1967 and racial tension is at an all-time high in places like Newark, Watts, Philadelphia and Detroit. The promises of a better life are not being realized by people of color. In Detroit, the Civil-Rights movement isn’t being recognized or adhered to.

The movie “Detroit” depicts the summer of 1967 when the city of Detroit endured one of its darkest time in its history.

“Detroit” is hard to take. It’s Brutal, Honest and Gut-Wrenching. I wanted to leave, but I stayed so that I could give an honest and accurate review. I did not enjoy the movie, but that does not mean it was a bad movie. Academy Award Winning Director, Kathryn Bigelow cuts to the chase. The absolute only bright spot in the movie is regarding the 1970’s R&B Group known as “The Dramatics”. “Detroit” shows how this group got started and went on to fame.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Future Movie Reviews in 2017 and Beyond

Here is a list of Movies I plan to see in 2017 and beyond.

Death Wish – Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Jack Kesy, Dean Norris, Beau Knapp, Michael Epps, Len Cariou, Kimberly Elise

Only the Brave – Miles Teller, Ben Hardy, Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Kitsch, Natalie Hall, James Badge Dale, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Andie MacDowell

The Foreigner – Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Lui Tao, Katie Leung, Manolo Cardona, Dermot Crowley, Simon Kunz

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween – Tyler Perry, Brock O’Hurn, Lexy Panterra, Patrice Lovely, Inanna Sarkis, Diamond White, Yousef Eraket, Cassie Davis

LBJ – Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, C. Thomas Howell. Rich Sommer, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Jenkins, Michael Mosley

Thank You for Your Service – Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey

Battle of the Sexes – Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Jessica McNamee, Natalie Morales

American Made – Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright

Molly’s Game – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Proud Mary – Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Danny Glover, Xander Berkley, Billy Brown, Margaret Avery

American Assassin – Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Michael Keaton, Scott Adkins, Dylan O’Brien

Logan Lucky – Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston

It – Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wytt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer

Flatliners (2017) – Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland

Murders on the Orient Express (2017) – Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad

Hans Solo – Star Wars Anthology Film – May 2018
Emilia Clark, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Taron Egerton, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Elodie Yung, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant

Geostorm – Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia

Ocean’s Eight – Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson

Thor:Ragnarok – Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Karl Urban

Justice League – Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane. J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg

The Dark Tower – Idris Elba, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Claudia Kim, Matthew McConaughey, Nicholas Hamilton, Katheryn Winnick

Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James,Kristin Scott Thomas, Hannah Steele

Star Wars: Episode VIII – Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac

Downsizing – Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Niel Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Alec Baldwin

Blade Runner 2049 – Ana de Armas, Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Lenny James

Suburbicon – Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Glenn Fleshler, Noah Jupe

The Dark Tower

“The Dark Tower” is one of Stephen King’s best-selling novels about the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) who continues to battle the “Man in Black” (Matthew McConaughey) to prevent him from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the Universe together.

A young boy, Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has continued nightmares, visions and dreams about a “Dark Tower”, a “Gunslinger” and a “Man in Black”. He draws what he dreams. Jake’s dreams, visions and nightmares lead his parents to thinking that he needs to be placed in an institution. When the representatives from the institution arrive at Jake’s home, he recognizes them from one of his nightmares. Jake finds a way to escape his home and is able to evade them.

Jake on the run makes his way to an abandoned mansion he saw in one of his visions not realizing that inside this mansion is the gateway to where the “Gunslinger” and the “Man in Black” are located. Jake enters the gateway. The “Man in Black” realizes that Jake is the boy who holds the powers that he needs to use to topple “The Dark Tower”. The story unfolds from there…

Unfortunately the movie does not do the book justice. Although watching Idris Elba as a “Gunslinger” is a wonderful thing… He and his five o’clock shadow look good doing just about anything and Idris Elba is the bright spot in the movie.

“The Dark Tower” spends too much time at the beginning not giving you what you need to put everything in perspective. There is plenty of action and special effects. The movie spends most of its time being dark and mysterious.

I grew up a Stephen King fan and read almost all of his books. I did read “The Dark Tower” and I am disappointed that the movie does not represent the book better.

If you are a Stephen King fan, you may find “The Dark Tower” worth your time, but I suggest waiting for it to come out on DVD, Blu-Ray or Cable.

This is a 2 Star Movie!

Atomic Blonde

“Atomic Blonde” is the “Female James Bond!!”

It’s 1989 in Berlin Germany on the eve of “The Wall” coming down. Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a Top Level Spy for MI6. She is tasked with going into Berlin to bring down an International Spy Ring that has killed an Agent for no reason. Lorraine has been told to corporate with the Berlin station chief Percival (James McAvoy), but it appears that there is a “Double-Spy” amongst them or a leak because at every turn Agent Broughton has to unleash her many skills and use her arsenal to defend herself as she tries to carry out her assignment. She doesn’t know who she can trust. The story unfolds from there…

“Atomic Blonde” would be a 5 star movie if the plot and narrative were a bit more-meaty. The action is crazy good. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense and unexpected twists. There are even some “Kick Ass” stunts! The sound track is awesome and appropriate for the time period portrayed in the movie.

Charlize Theron is excellent as the “Atomic Blonde”.
If you like “Spy Thrillers” then “Atomic Blonde” is your movie.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Girls Trip

“Girls Trip” is “Hilarious!!” It’s definitely a “Chick Flick”

Four life-long friends have a chance to hang out in New Orleans at the Essence Jazz Festival. They haven’t seen each other in a while, each living their own lives and dealing with their own problems. They leave their regular lives behind to come together for 4 days in the Big Easy to drink, dance, party and act “Buck Wild”. The story unfolds from there…

“Girls Trip” is “Wild, Hilarious, Shocking and Raunchy!!” There are parts of the movie that will make an adult blush!! There is some really “Raunchy” nudity. I laughed out laugh constantly. I do not usually review Comedies because they are usually so insane and stupid to me, but I had to see what these ladies were up to. There is a relatable story in the movie.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish is in the movie and she is just plain crazy funny!

“Girls Trip” is worth a look, but Adults only Please!!

This is a 4 Star Movie!