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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

August 16th, 2019
 

x"Hobbs and Shaw"

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 than themselves.


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

 

x"Spider-Man: 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

 

x"Good Boys "

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


x"Stuber"

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


 
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