Geetha’s back with another set of great reviews for this July 4 weekend, and so is Arnold! Check out TERMINATOR GENISYS, MAGIC MIKE XXL and AMY below, and don’t forget to follow Geetha on Twitter here.
And he’s back! Arnold returns to the role that made him famous, in the new installment TERMINATOR GENISYS. In this nostalgia-driven reboot, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) travels back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor, and finds a sixteen-year-old, highly intelligent and trained warrior (Emilia Clarke) instead of a naïve waitress. By her side is a terminator/ protector/ ‘Pops’ (Arnold), who’s quite aware of his age-related shortcomings. Determined to stop Skynet, Sarah travels to three different timelines, where things fall apart for our entertainment.
Some of the old characters and supporting roles are still there, but they do little other than just show up (most significantly, Miles Dyson/ Courtney B. Vance). And sure, Arnold’s still worthy of our attention, even as he openly acknowledges his age and parades his brand of crappy acting that we all know and love. The problem is, Clarke and Courtney just don’t own their roles the way Hamilton and Biehn did.
Screen presence is something you either have, or don’t. Here, Courtney comes off as insipid, and Clarke seems miscast. The story is also unfocused, annoyingly formulaic, and the comedic parts are poorly timed. On the bright side, the action scenes are terrific, and you’ll enjoy the nods to the three previous flicks: director Alan Taylor has recreated the original’s scenes with great precision. But I have a feeling you’ll come away hoping that Hollywood will let this franchise die. Here’s the trailer:
MAGIC MIKE XXL
MAGIC MIKE XXL will utterly please those expectations which were enlarged after viewing the first flick. Channing Tatum and his group of hotties are not only still hot in this sequel, they’re refreshingly intelligent in their seduction routines. As the movie begins, we find that Mike’s now an entrepreneur with a custom furniture business. Ken is a New Age healer, and Tarzan a painter—in short, they’ve all got lives now. But, alone in his shop one night, Mike hears a song, and soon he’s dancing. Next thing you know, he and his buddies are heading out to a stripper convention in South Carolina. There’s an interesting road trip, and the big show at the convention is all about who’s the best at providing the audience with a good time.
Matthew McConaughey has been replaced by Jada Pinkett Smith’s Rome, who also plays Mike’s ex. Danny Glover is a rapper, and Amber Heard is also there as a stripper who wants out. Believe me when I say that this is one seriously hot party that you don’t wanna miss. Check out Tatum here:
Amy Winehouse fans will absolutely enjoy Asif Kapadia’s documentary of the late star in AMY. Featuring sequences from chat shows and awards events as well as abundant footage from friends and family, it begins with Amy’s teen years, and shows her absolute devotion to a powerful male presence — whichever one happened to be around. She was greatly affected by her father Mitch, who first walked out on the family when she was a child, and then returned in her later years… and advised her against going into rehab. With the assistance of her loser husband, she fell into a drug-ridden existence exacerbated by the codependent relationship that he fostered. It’s a testament to Kapadia’s talent that despite the fact that the ending is well known, the flick is still an effective thriller. See the trailer here:
That’s the story this weekend. Here’s to a fantastic July 4th!