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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

April 15, 2016

 

x"Criminal"

In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, CIA Director Quaker Wells ( Gary Oldman) orders radical scientist Dr. Franks ( Tommy lee Jones) to transfer a dying CIA operative Bill Pope's (Ryan Reynolds) memories, secrets, and skills into sociopathic death-row inmate Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner) in hopes the he will complete the operative's mission thwart a deadly plot to obtaiin a computerprograsm that will give the owner complete control over all the U.S. military millsile defenses..

As Stewart works to stop a terrorist attack involving a dangeorus hacker Jan 'The Dutchman' Stroop (Michael Pitt), he reconnects with his own humanity as Pope's memories start to reformat his personality and draw him close to Pope's widow Jill (Gal Godot) and daughter. Meanwhile, Stweart is tracked by very ebvil people - an eqaully sociopathic female hitwoman (Alice Eve) and her boss and lover Heimbahl (Jordi Molla). But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal as Stweart remembers how Heimbahl tortured and killed Pope.

Good thriller with an open door for sequels. This could be a whole new cvareer for Costner.

The Players: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot |Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve

The Filmmakers:

Directed by Ariel Vromen
Screenplay by Douglas Cook, David Weisberg
Released by Summit International


x"BarberShop: The Next Cut"

Ten years later, Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), and the rest of the crew at the barbershop are now working alongside a number of female hairdressers. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Soon, they are all forced to band together to help save their failing neighborhood.

The Players: Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Common, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer and Nicki Minaj

 

The Filmmakers:

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
Screenplay by Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver
Released by Warner Brothers


 

x"The Jungle Book "

Jon Favreau directs this stunning reimagining of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale “The Jungle Book” an all-new live-action epic adventure from Disney about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves.. Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.

This is a wonderful family film with excellent characterizations and flabbergasting CGI wizardry, a true cinema spectacle and p[erhaps the best modfern time rendering of this tale.

The Players: Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, and Christopher Walken

The Filmmakers:

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
Screenplay by Justin Marks (screenplay), basedon the story by Rudyard Kipling
Released by Disney


 
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