From the director of the ace TANGERINE.
I haven’t really been away blown by Yorgos Lanthimos’s films, bar DOGTOOTH. Will this change that?
From the director of IN THE LOOP.
THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD ★★½☆☆
D: Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, Red Hill).
S: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Gary Oldman.
An action-comedy with strained laughs and little to raise the pulse. The leads deserve better than this.
CROWN HEIGHTS ★★★½☆
D: Matt Ruskin.
S: Lakeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom, Josh Pais, Bryan Tyree Henry.
Catalogues a rotten justice system, but uncomfortably condenses decades into 94 minutes.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/crown-heights.html
OZARK [season one] ★★★★★
What a pilot episode! What a first season! The sheer carnage one family causes. Jason Bateman excels as a morally fluid money launderer. Might this be the new BREAKING BAD?
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER ★★★★☆
Spirited and engaging. An emotive companion piece to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary.
ATOMIC BLONDE ★★★★☆
D: David Leitch (John Wick).
S: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Barbara Sukowa, Toby Jones.
What an action movie! Exhilarating stuff. Has the best combat sequence of the year so far.
SHIN GODZILLA (Shin Gojira) ★★☆☆☆
Ds: Hideaki Anno (Evangelion 1.0, 2.0, 3.0), Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan).
S: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Jun Kunimura, Pierre Taki.
High on bureaucratic ridicule, low on monster. Whiny about Japan's geopolitical situation without acknowledging historical reasons.
Angelina Jolie is a good actor, but not a good director. Will this break her streak?
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