Reviews and Editing
by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal
Hulking lawman Luke Hobbs teams up with lawless operative
Deckard Shaw to battle a genetically enhanced terrorist who
has superhuman strength. Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs and
Shaw first faced off, the duo have swapped smack talk and
body blows as they've tried to take each other down.
But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton gains
control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity
forever - and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent,
who just happens to be Shaw's sister - these two enemies must
partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder
The Players:Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba Vanessa
Kirby Helen Mirren
Directed by David leitch
Screenplay by Chris Morgan Drew Pearce
Released by Universal
Far from Home"
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must
step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed
forever. In Ixtenco, Mexico, Nick Fury and Maria Hill investigate
an unnatural storm and encounter the Earth Elemental. Quentin
Beck, a super-powered man from an alternate universe, arrives
to fight the creature.
Peter Parker's school organizes a two-week summer field trip
to Europe, where Parker, while still distraught over Tony
Stark's death, plans to confess his growing feelings for classmate
MJ and avoid heroics.. Parker and his friends travel to Venice
where the Water Elemental strikes and wreaks havoc on the
city. Beck arrives and destroys the creature.
Nick Fury meets with Parker and gives him Stark's glasses,
which were meant for his successor. The glasses are equipped
with the artificial intelligence E.D.I.T.H., which has access
to all databases of Stark Industries and commands a large
orbital weapons supply.Parker rejects Fury's call to arms,
opting to rejoin his class. Fury covertly redirects the school
trip's itinerary to Prague, where the Fire Elemental is projected
to strike. It appears at a carnival, but Beck, with Parker's
help, destroys it. Fury and Hill invite Parker and Beck to
Berlin to discuss the formation of a new superhero team. Parker
considers Beck worthy of being Stark's successor and bequeaths
him the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. This turns out to be a BIG mistake.Beck
is not what he seems to be ands Parker must step up for Fury
and the world.
The Players Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal
Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
Directed by Jon Watts
Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Released by Coilumbia Pictures
Puberty and raging hormones abound in this not-for-kids comedy.
Invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max asks his
best friends Lucas and Thor for some much-needed help on how
to pucker up. When they hit a dead end, Max decides to use
his father's drone to spy on the teenage girls next door who
have just scored some naughty sex drugs.
The boys lose the drone when the girls knock it down and
hold it for ransom, so they skip school and hatch a plan to
retrieve it before Max's dad can figure out what happened.
What happens for most of the film is themayhem of trying to
get the drone back before the party.
The Players; Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon
Will Forte Molly Gordon Midori Francis,
Directed by Gene Stupnitsky
Screenplay by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky
Releasewd by Universal
Reviewed by J. Brad Staal
A cop who's recovering from eye surgery recruits an Uber
driver to help him catch a heroin dealer. A quick-tempered
cop who's recovering from eye surgery recruits a mild-mannered
Uber driver to help him catch the heroin dealer who murdered
his partner. The mismatched pair soon find themselves in for
a wild day of stakeouts and shootouts as they pursue violent
criminals through the seedy streets of Los Angeles.
Stuber can best be described as half buddy cop film and half
panicky perpetual loser flick. It follows Detective Vic Manning
(Dave Bautista), the classic overly focused, workaholic cop
with a vendetta against a particular bad guy. After an introduction
that sets said vendetta the story jumps ahead 6 months.
It's unclear what has been happening in that time. When it
does pick back up, it's the day of his lasik eye surgery as
well as the day of Vic's daughter's art show. We also meet
Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), an employee at a sporting goods store
that also drives an Uber to make extra money. Because his
vision is greatly impaired while recovering from surgery,
Vic's daughter sets him up with an Uber. Obviously said Uber
driver is none other than Stu, who is mockingly referred to
as Stuber by his bully of a boss.
Because Stu is trying to make money, he is worried about
getting high (5 star) reviews from his passengers. Shortly
before getting the ride Vic gets a call from an informant
about the man Vic has been hunting. This, as the trope dictates,
is right after his boss tells him to drop the case and take
a vacation.This leads to the 'meat' of the movie, the grizzled
tough cop and the inept loser that's scared of his own shadow,
chase down leads and get into numerous shootouts and car chases
in Stu's electric car that he just leased.
Don't get me wrong there are plenty of laughs and good mindless
fun. Just don't think you're getting into anything intellectual,
which I mean, why would you for a movie called Stuber? In
the spirit of the movie I give it a 3 star rating.
The Players; Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino:
Directed by Michael Dowes
Screenplay by Tripper Clancy
Released by Twentieth Century Fox