Well, girls and boys! I trust this blurb finds you enjoying the late summer weather? I’m dreading fall. It’s certainly lovely when the leaves turn color and such, but somehow those chilly nights aren’t charming enough for me. And don’t tell me to leave, because then when it’s ten below and you’re sick of snow I’ll pop up on your screen and laugh 🙂 Now onto what’s hot in theaters this weekend!
Steven Soderbergh is back with a Southern-fried story about two morons, Logan and Clyde (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver), who try to pull off a heist at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600, with the help of career criminal Joe Bang (Daniel Craig, in hog heaven here after working with the utterly boring new Bond flick). The cast is all-star: Katie Holmes (Logan’s ex-wife), Hillary Swank (special agent), Seth McFarlane (obnoxious British racecar driver), Katherine Waterston, Riley Keough, and a few NASCAR drivers among others. Just a fun little flick about all the things that could go wrong should you try to attempt something like this redneck duo does. It does drag in places though, and some of the subplots seemingly serve no purpose. Here’s the trailer:
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
Samuel Jackson and Ryan Reynolds do have nice chemistry onscreen, which may be the saving grace for this by-the-numbers bore. The story is about just that—the bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) for a hitman (Jackson), protecting him while he attempts to get to the International Criminal Court in Hague to present evidence to convict the dictator of Belarus, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), of horrific crimes. In short it’s predictable fun you’ll forget the instant you step out of the theater. Salma Hayak has a supporting role as Vladislav’s scary wife. Here’s hoping the Twitter nudie and the bikini shot from Costa Rica (educating us about the usefulness of water) pay off at the box office. Check out the trailer here:
WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY?
If you watch this (Netflix debut) expecting a somber sci-fi story, you’ll be annoyed. The script went through a gender change among others, and will feel like a confused mish-mash of story lines, unless you don’t take it too seriously. The story is set in the future when overpopulation has led to a one-child-only policy. Accordingly, any given day, Willem Dafoe’s Terrence Settman routinely hides six of his seven grandchildren (named for each day of the week) from the police. All is well, until one day, Monday doesn’t come home. Noomi Rapace plays each of the seven girls. Honestly, for all its mistakes, it’s an entertaining comedy, if extremely violent. Here’s the trailer:
Alrighty, then! That’s it for me. Enjoy your weekend, and let me know how it goes at the movies!