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

July 19th, 2019
 

x"Shaft"

John Shaft Jr. may be an FBI cyber security expert, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education that only his dad can provide. Absent throughout his childhood, the legendary John Shaft agrees to help his son navigate the heroin-infested underbelly of Harlem, N.Y. Besides, the locked and loaded Shaft has his own score to settle -- both professional and personal.


The Players:Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree

Directed by Tim Story
Screenplay by Kenya Barris and Alex Barrow
Released by New Line Cinema

 

x"Men in Black International"

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. As a child,Tessa Thompson had an alien encounter with a young alien. That sparked her to fololow all alien reports and when she discovers the existence of The Men in Black, she is determined to become one of the crew.

In this new adventure, the agency tackles the biggest, most global threat to date: Agent H (Hemsowrth) and new Agent M (Thompson) - finda mole in the Men in Black organization.


The Players Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani Liam Neeson

Directed by F. Gary Gray
Screenplay by Matt Holloway Matt Markam
Released by

 

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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