Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mechanic Resurrection

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is back from the dead & is coerced into 3 "Mission Impossible" accident-looking assassinations in order to save his new girlfriend? (Jessica Alba). The Statham action scenes are everything you would expect & are looking for. From Brazil to Thailand to Malaysia to Australia to Bulgaria to Africa, the plot is weak & improbable but not totally unexpected; just hoping for better. You get Statham shirtless at times & Alba in a bikini with obligatory T&A shots underwater. You get a very fake looking stealthy night boat scene for our hero (maybe Statham has a no working on the water at night clause in his contract). You get a rather quick quasi-romantic connection between the leads. You get a damsel in distress with some skills & movie magic toughness. Tommy Lee Jones is casted as a bad guy but unfortunately he is misused; with little screen time & not playing the main villain (however, the possibility of a future role is hinted in case a third film happens). Nevertheless, if you ignore the implausible moments & just go with the flow of the action stunts, you'll probably enjoy yourself (mindless fun). 

Alien gives it 2 "prison, pool, submarine" stars out of 4.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Don't Breathe

It's "Wait Until Dark" meets "Blind Fury" when 3 Detroit street punks decide to cat burgle the house of a blind war veteran (Stephen Lang). Of course, Rocky (Jane Levy) & her pals get more than they bargain for & find it easier breaking in than breaking out. A creepy creaky old house and a man with a viscous dog & a deep dark secret will keep you on the edge of your seat with ever twist, turn, & jump scare. It's high tension with a moral dilemma as the audience tries to guess who will survive & who will die.
Alien gives it 3 "turkey baster" stars out of 4.

Monday, August 22, 2016

War Dogs

This is not a sneak preview. This film has already released.

A pot smoking college dropout/massage therapist/bed linen entrepreneur (Miles Teller) partners with his old high school buddy (Jonah Hill) to become war dogs aka arms dealers aka gun runners in this drama/dark comedy based on a true story. These two twenty-something year olds manage to win a huge US government contact through some shady deals & operations but find themselves over their heads as theirs plans continue to go sour due to their inexperience.  Hill is impressive as the obnoxious schemer driven by greed. Bradley Cooper has a small but key role in this fascinating story about multi-million dollar weapons deals taking these ambitious guys from Miami to Jordan to Baghdad & eventually to Albania.

Alien gives it 3 "AEY Inc" stars out of 4.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) is back & seems to be gaining some weight. A memorial for an old friend lost, the return of an old flame, & a one night stand at a music festival lead up to Bridget finding herself pregnant & unsure who is the father. Could it be Mark Darcy (Collin Firth), a love interest from her past, or a handsome American (Patrick Dempsey aka TV's famed McDreamy), her possible Prince Charming? Gemma Jones & Jim Broadbent return as her parents. Emma Thompson plays her OB/GYN. It's hilarious fun as we watch the always awkwardly adorable Bridget fumble & stumble through her life & now pregnancy with her two rivaling potential father of her child. Will it be a boy or a girl? Are there wedding bells in the future? Look for a surprise cameo. If you liked Bridget's first 2 films, you may be rolling in the aisles for this one. Don't blink at the end or you might miss one last joke just before the credits run.

Alien gives it 3½ ''algorithm for love" stars out of 4.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hell or High Water

It's a modern day Frank & Jesse James story when two desperate brothers (Chris Pine & Ben Foster) rob branches of the bank that is about to foreclose on their late mom's ranch. All the while, they are being pursued by a Lone Ranger (Jeff Bridges) & Tonto law enforcement team. Pine, Foster, & Bridges give terrific portrayals but the supporting cast of locals steal their scenes in grand Texas style. The film moves along at a rather slow pace as these bank robbers travel between these tiny bleak towns of West Texas. It is a cat & mouse game between a crotchety lawman nearing retirement & a deadbeat dad trying to help his kids.

Alien gives it  2½ "Texas Midland Bank" stars out of 4. 

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