Robert Redford and Nick Nolte together in a movie? Where do I sign up?
A Walk in the Woods is based on the book by Bill Bryson – which I haven’t read, to be honest – about two 44-year olds hiking the Appalachian Trail. Clearly, adjustments have been made to fit Redford and Nolte – but the result is an affecting, fun-filled 104 minutes that could have been called Grumpy Geezers Go on a Great Adventure.
We Are Your Friends is a rags to (almost) riches tale of a young DJ who stumbles into the mentorship of a once great DJ and falls in love with his girlfriend – all while trying to maintain a loyalty to a very Entourage-ish group of far less cool friends.
Despite hitting many of the notes we’ve seen in other movies, WAYF works because it comes from a genuinely heartfelt and sincere place – and the cast commits to that.
Turbo Kid is an homage to 80s post-apocalypse flicks set in the far off future of 1997. It’s an inventive, wacky, melodramatic affair that finds a comic book superhero fan becoming the superhero he’s always read about. It’s fast-paced, remarkably witty and filled with all the action, blood and heart that one could ask for.
If Cheech & Chong had made a Jason Bourne movie it might have looked a lot like American Ultra. It’s the story of stoner convenience store clerk Mike Howell – who discovers he’s actually a CIA super-agent who’s been sequestered in Limon, West Virginia following the Ultra Project shut down.
When a young hotshot CIA assistant director decides to eliminate Mike, things get out of hand really quickly.
Hitman: Agent 47 is the second attempt to kickstart a franchise based on the Hitman video game. While it’s a fun effort, though far more sizzle than steak, it just isn’t going to start much of anything (please ignore the tag…).
In How to Make Love Like an Englishman, Pierce Brosnan plays a Cambridge Romantics professor whose affair with one of his students takes him halfway around the world – where he finds something never expected: life.
F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton is a pretty straightforward recounting of the rising of hardcore rappers N.W.A. – and their almost equally speedy disintegration. It also whitewashes an important aspect of the group’s life in the early days – the over the top misogyny – while being very open about a member’s death from AIDS-related health issues.
Even with its omissions, it’s a powerful statement about the perils of becoming too big too quickly and not paying attention to details – while being scarily relevant to race-based problems that are still ongoing. Even someone as far out of the targeted demographics as I am, can see and feel all of that.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opens with a breathtaking chase sequence as Napoleon Solo engineers an escape from East Germany (over the Berlin Wall) for a pretty auto mechanic named Gaby – who is the daughter of a missing nuclear scientist who has just revolutionized the creation of enriched uranium.
Solo has to work for the escape because a shadowy yet hulking KGB agent is less than a step behind. After succeeding, he is appalled to discover that agent is Ilya Kuryakin – and they will have to work together to find said scientist.