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Deadpool - Trailer
Deadpool - Trailer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Audience is Never Forgotten, February 8, 2016
This review is from: Deadpool - Trailer
Let me start out by warning you that despite this being a Marvel production, this black-humored comic Sci-Fi actioner is R-rated because it's based on an anti-hero instead of a hero. That being said, you should expect an ultra-violent, ultra-profane, ultra-funny horror movie (with nudity). And yes, it's just as jumbled as that, but it sorts itself out and left our screening audience happy, excited, and satisfied.

With a committee of screenwriters and directed by Tim Miller (Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short, "Gopher Broke"), this production was initiated by comic-book fans who begged via the Internet for a screen version. To everyone's surprise, it happened. So this is primarily a genesis story, the beginnings of a beloved character: how it all started and why.

Here is part of the HUGE cast:
* Ryan Reynolds ("Woman in Gold") is Wade, a former Special Forces officer turned mercenary. His work is pretty simple, e.g., he stops a school bully; but after a cancer diagnosis and treatment, soon becomes Deadpool, a disfigured survivor with super powers. Now the action really begins as he tries to find and punish his own tormentor.
* Morena Baccarin ("Firefly") Lovely Vanessa falls for Blackpool. Their "courtship" is bawdy and R-rated with flashes of nudity. (Reynolds strips many times; I can't tell if he's photo-shopped or not, but Oh MY...) She's a true-blue sweetheart who doesn't want to give up on him.
* Ed Skrein ("Game of Thrones") Ajax is the ultimate villain (to his dismay, Deadpool keeps calling him by his wimpy real name). Like our hero, he too is virtually indestructible and their constant (and bloody) battles prove it.
* T.J. Miller (Lots of voice work and TV) Weasel is Wade's bartender and friend...sorta. When the chips are down he'd rather not help.
* Stefan Kapicic ("One Shot") is the voice of Colossus, the gigantic super hero who keeps trying to recruit our hero into their ranks. Deadpool does NOT want to be a super hero because they have too many rules!
* Brianna Hildebrand ("Prism") Negasonic Teenage Warhead makes the perfect sidekick for super hero Colossus. She blows things up.
* Leslie Uggams ("Nurse Jackie") Blind Al is the ideal landlady: she can't see Deadpool's face.
* Stan Lee ("Avengers" and all other Marvel productions) We cheered when our beloved icon made his regular cameo appearance. This time he's a DJ!

The soundtrack tickles our memory. Familiar music is almost subliminal at times; other times it gets pretty loud! Expect endless fisticuffs, vehicular mayhem, gunfire and blowie uppie stuff, while quips and comments zip around; expect an occasional dropping of the fourth wall when the person turns and speaks directly to you. The audience is never forgotten: at one point Deadpool reaches up and moves the camera to one side because, as he explains, he's going to do something he doesn't want us to see.

By the way, for some of the trailers, Ryan Reynolds surprised me, he provides his version of Hollywood's deceased voiceover legend Don Fontaine.


Hail, Caesar!
Hail, Caesar!
DVD ~ Joel Coen
Price: $29.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50s Hollywood At Its Best/Worst, February 8, 2016
This review is from: Hail, Caesar! (DVD)
This one has been on my must-see list for months! It has a cast to die for, writers and directors I admire, and the plot is irresistible (I love stories about show business)!

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (I've been a fan all the way back to 1984's "Blood Simple") and set in 1950s Hollywood, we watch a movie studio fixer try to keep four movies on track, on budget, and on time. Problem is, a star has disappeared ....and there is a casting problem ...and there is an unexpected pregnancy ...and...

Here is that cast to die for:
* Josh Brolin ("Sicario") Eddie Mannix is the fixer but some things are tough to fix! Where will he find the money for the ransom and how will he protect the reputation of an unmarried, pregnant star? Is he going to accept that tempting job offer from Lockheed? Brolin is convincing as an honorable, hard-working man who wants to do the right thing.
* Ralph Fiennes ("Spectre") Laurence Lorenz is a much-respected director. He has been assigned a new star for his latest artistic production and now he needs it fixed! Fiennes does a slow burn sooo well.
* Alden Ehrenreich ("Blue Jasmine") Hobie Doyle is Columbia Studio's resident singing cowboy. Re-assigning him to a costume drama is complicated... Ehrenreich is a terrific discovery. His straight shooter sings, strums the guitar, does rope tricks and innocently frustrates Ralph Fiennes' director. Oh! And he looks like 50s star Audie Murphy. Remember him?
* Scarlett Johansson ("The Avengers") DeeAnna Moran is the studio's mermaid; she stars in lovely synchronized water ballets but now she is in a real pickle: Can Eddie fix this one? Bad publicity would destroy her (and hurt the studio). Johannson is a hoot!
* George Clooney ("Tomorrowland") Superstar Baird Whitlock has gone to ground. No one on the set of "Hail Caesar, a Tale of Christ's Life" knows if he's having an existential crisis or is drinking again. Now it looks like he's being held for ransom by a group of Communists. Clooney has never been funnier and he wears a Roman Centurion's uniform from beginning to end. Nice legs...
* Channing Tatum ("Magic Mike") Burt Gurney is the go-to guy for studio musicals. He sings, he dances, he.... Oh, you know... But there is more to him than meets the eye.
* Jonah Hill ("Moneyball") is Joseph Silverman, a stony-faced fellow you can rely on.
* Tilda Swinton ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") is gossip columnist Thora Thacker and her gossip columnist sister Thessaly. Each dame is hot on the trail of her own scoop. I have enjoyed Swinton's recent move to comedies; she has a real flair.
* Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge") is hilarious as chain-smoking film editor C.C. Calhoon.
* Many others are worthy of note, but space does not permit. LOVED the fixer's assistant, the Carmen Miranda type, the kidnappers (and their dog), and the submarine. Yeah, I said submarine.

This frantic comedy captures the phony morality of 1950s Hollywood: Every marriage is made in heaven and all single women are saints. It also captures the zeal of those gossip doyennes: They rule the press, control the public's perception of the stars and battle each other for every scoop and exposé!

Rated PG-13, we can expect a smattering of profanity and implied promiscuity, but no F bombs or sweaty bodies; we get to peek behind the curtain of four genre productions: a drama, a western, a water ballet, and a tap-dancing musical. It was simpler times, e.g., our hero goes to Confession when he sneaks a cigarette after he had promised...; the kidnappers are what I see as an anti-Trumbo bunch, these guys are Hollywood screenwriters who are active, working Communists. Their philosophical discussions are a stitch and one elderly guy thinks they have kidnapped Clark Gable!

Don't miss this one.


The Lady in the Van - Trailer
The Lady in the Van - Trailer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember This one for the 2017 Award Season!, February 6, 2016
This review is from: The Lady in the Van - Trailer
I just watched Dame Maggie Smith turn in a performance that would put to shame every single actress nominated for Best Actress in this year's Oscar race. (Smith has already won two Oscars!) Director Nicholas Hytner ("The History Boys"), working with the man who LIVED the story, brings us a memorable (and mostly true) film that deserves our attention.

"The Lady in the Van" is one of those small, quirky, dramedies that the British do so well. This time we aren't in some picturesque backwater hamlet, but instead in the Camden district of London, a stable, close-knit neighborhood that seems filled to the brim with thoughtful, generous people. Alan Bennett is a fairly reclusive resident of this neighborhood although he knows his neighbors and is on friendly terms with them. We discover right away that we'll see TWO Alan Bennetts: One writes stories and plays, the other goes out in the world and hesitantly gets involved. They talk to one another!

Here is most of the cast:
* Alex Jennings ("Cranford") plays the polite and easily intimidated Alan Bennett, the real-life playwright who was inveigled by this dotty old homeless woman to allow her to park her van in his driveway...for fifteen years! We watch it evolve in a natural way, it's not a brilliant flash of generosity.
* Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey") is Miss Shepherd, dirty, smelly, rude and demanding. We very quickly suspect there is more to her than meets the eye, but you never heard it from HER! She insists on using Mr. Bennett's lavatory, so the neighbors wonder if that gives her squatter's rights.
* Roger Allam ("The Angels' Share") is Rufus, one of those tolerant neighbors. I keep thinking this guy will call the authorities, but he is far more patient than I expected.
* Deborah Findlay ("National Theatre Live: Coriolanus") is his wife Pauline. She is curious, kind and flexible. The neighbors bring our heroine food, they have their children bring her Christmas gifts and try to serenade her (THAT doesn't work out well at ALL!).
* Jim Broadbent ("War & Peace" 2016) Retired Police Officer Underwood only shows up three times in the entire film, but it is his explanation about the motorcycle that brings clarity to Bennett's story.
We watch children in the neighborhood grow up, see Miss Shepherd's disreputable old van replaced by a generous benefactor (and the new one painted that same hideous yellow), see her make some mysterious trips out of town and watch her social worker blame poor Mr. Bennett for her condition!

I won't say any more, but please try to catch this one or buy the DVD when it becomes available. It's absolutely worthwhile.


Hail, Caesar! (Trailer 1)
Hail, Caesar! (Trailer 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One!, February 4, 2016
This review is from: Hail, Caesar! (Trailer 1)
This one has been on my must-see list for months! It has a cast to die for, writers and directors I admire, and the plot is irresistible (I love stories about show business)!

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (I've been a fan all the way back to 1984's "Blood Simple") and set in 1950s Hollywood, we watch a movie studio fixer try to keep four movies on track, on budget, and on time. Problem is, a star has disappeared ....and there is a casting problem ...and there is an unexpected pregnancy ...and...

Here is that cast to die for:
* Josh Brolin ("Sicario") Eddie Mannix is the fixer but some things are tough to fix! Where will he find the money for the ransom and how will he protect the reputation of an unmarried, pregnant star? Is he going to accept that tempting job offer from Lockheed? Brolin is convincing as an honorable, hard-working man who wants to do the right thing.
* Ralph Fiennes ("Spectre") Laurence Lorenz is a much-respected director. He has been assigned a new star for his latest high-status production and now he needs it fixed! Fiennes does a slow burn sooo well.
* Alden Ehrenreich ("Blue Jasmine") Hobie Doyle is Columbia Studio's resident singing cowboy. Re-assigning him to a costume drama is complicated... Ehrenreich is a terrific talent. His straight shooter sings, strums the guitar, does rope tricks and innocently frustrates Ralph Fiennes' director. Plus he looks like 50s star Audie Murphy.
* Scarlett Johansson ("The Avengers") DeeAnna Moran is the studio's mermaid, she stars in lovely synchronized water ballets, but now she is in a real pickle: Can Eddie fix this one? Bad publicity would destroy her (and hurt the studio). Johannson is a hoot!
* George Clooney ("Tomorrowland") Superstar Baird Whitlock has gone to ground. No one on the set of "Hail Caesar, a Tale of Christ's Life" knows if he's having an existential crisis or is drinking again. Now it looks like he's being held for ransom by a group of Communists. Clooney has never been funnier and he wears a Roman Centurion's uniform from beginning to end. Nice legs...
* Channing Tatum ("Magic Mike") Burt Gurney is the go-to guy for studio musicals. He sings, he dances, he.... Oh, you know... But there is more to him than meets the eye.
* Jonah Hill ("Moneyball") is Joseph Silverman, a stony-faced fellow you can rely on.
* Tilda Swinton ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") is gossip columnist Thora Thacker and her gossip columnist sister Thessaly. Each dame is hot on the trail of her own scoop. I have enjoyed Swinton's recent move to comedies; she has a real flair.
* Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge") is hilarious as chain-smoking film editor C.C. Calhoon.
* Many others are worthy of note, but space does not permit. LOVED the fixer's assistant, the Carmen Miranda type, the kidnappers (and their dog), and the submarine. Yeah, I said submarine.

This frantic comedy captures the phony morality of 1950s Hollywood: Every marriage is made in heaven and all single women are saints. It also captures the zeal of those gossip doyennes: They rule the press, control the public's perception of the stars and battle each other for every scoop and exposé!

Rated PG-13, we can expect a smattering of profanity and implied promiscuity, but no F bombs or sweaty bodies; we get to peek behind the curtain of four genre productions: a drama, a western, a water ballet, and a tap-dancing musical. It was simpler times, e.g., our hero goes to Confession when he sneaks a cigarette after he had promised...; the kidnappers are what I see as an anti-Trumbo bunch, these guys are Hollywood screenwriters who are active, working Communists. Their philosophical discussions are a stitch and one elderly guy thinks they have kidnapped Clark Gable!

Our screening audience was noisy with anticipation before the movie and buzzing with excitement afterwards. Don't miss this one.


Joy
Joy
Price: $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Lawrence, Not For the Script, January 30, 2016
This review is from: Joy (DVD)
How can you tell when a character in a movie is based on a real person? When you can see that the person is flawed, insecure, makes errors in judgment and is less than perfect.

Such is the case in this story, which is based on a real person. She is a divorced mother of two who is being downsized, has a soaps-addicted mother living in one bedroom, an ex husband living in the basement and now her divorced father is being dropped off by his NEXT soon-to-be ex. Furthermore, he does NOT get along with his former son-in-law. Her life is chaos.

Written and directed by David O. Russell ("Three Kings") who has selected some of his top-notch team from two previous outings: "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle."

The award-winning cast:
* Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") is Joy, ambitious, naive and vulnerable; she wants stability, peace and quiet, and most of all, she would like to fulfill Grandma Mimi's prophesy, that she would create many things, thrive and be happy.
* Virginia Madsen ("Sideways") Terry wants to live in her daughter's spare bedroom, watch her favorite soaps and hide from the world.
* Diane Ladd ("I Dream Too Much") Mimi not only cares for her inventive little granddaughter as she grows up, she also provides the voiceover.
* Robert De Niro ("The Intern") Rudy may not be the best father, but he would appreciate it if his daughter would throw out her ex so he can have her basement to himself.
* Isabella Rossellini ("Chicken with Plums") is Trudy, Rudy's new girlfriend. Luckily, she has plenty of money...
* Edgar Ramirez ("Point Break") Down in the basement, Tony wants to be the next Tom Jones, but hasn't made it out of neighborhood gigs.
* Bradley Cooper ("Burnt") Neil Walker works for QVC, which is a brand-new concept at the time this story takes place. He takes our heroine on a fascinating tour of the studio where we see Joan Rivers make her jewelry pitch ("watch the hands!"), see the calls pour in (the counter registers them in full sight of the camera), and note the backstage rivalry between the sales people ("I'm your favorite!").

The soap opera cast deserves special mention. As I said, Joy's mother is hooked on a soap, so every time we are in her bedroom, we see the delicious Susan Lucci, Donna Mills and other sweet-spirited icons who depict the heart-rending stories that go on, and on, and on, and on.... They are hilarious.

This is PG-13, and in my opinion it's because of the legal aspects of her success. Expect no profanity, no sweaty bodies, no gunfire, no vehicular mayhem or blowie uppie stuff; just excellent acting. Jennifer Lawrence is spectacularly good in this role and deserves her Best Actress Oscar nomination. I only wish the script had been better. Maybe the scriptwriters were handicapped by the real-life aspect of this story, but our heroine's vicissitudes are endless, particularly when you look at the spectacularly successful Joy Mangano who is the result. Look her up!


Galaxy Quest
Galaxy Quest
DVD ~ Various
Price: $5.97
5 used & new from $5.97

5.0 out of 5 stars "...by Grabthar's hammer, you shall be avenged", January 29, 2016
This review is from: Galaxy Quest (DVD)
"...by Grabthar's hammer, you shall be avenged" are the words that drive our classically trained Shakespearean actor around the bend every time his character has to say them, in this inspired comedy. Designed as a send-up of the durable Star Trek movie and television franchise, we howl as we recognize each character and his or her personality.

Written by David Howard and Robert Gordon, this brilliant spoof takes the cast of a long-canceled television series, "Galaxy Quest" as they make endless promotional tours, cashing in on their bewildering popularity. They visit all over the United States and meet costumed fans who swear their devotion day after day, week after week, year after ...well, you know...

Director Dean Parisot ("RED 2") assembled this cast:
* Tim Allen ("Toy Story") is Jason Nesmith, who played Peter Quincy Taggart, gallant captain of a beloved starship and commander of the intrepid crew. He doesn't realize the other cast members detest him.
* Sigourney Weaver ("Alien") is blonde! Her character, Gwen DeMarco, was Communications Officer Lt. Tawny Madison. To her everlasting frustration, her only duty was to repeat what the computer had just said.
* Alan Rickman ("Sweeney Todd") Alexander Dane only took this job for the money. Never in his wildest nightmares did he think his alien character Dr. Lazarus, would become a cult classic!
* Sam Rockwell ("Moon") Actor Guy Fleegman always wanted to be cast as a character with a name, otherwise he would be the first to die in the episode.
* Enrico Colatoni ("Person of Interest") Mathesar is the alien who grew up watching Galaxy Quest, thinking it was a newsreel from Planet Earth, not a fictional series.

Eighteen years after the series was canceled, these people are still stuck in a rut. They can't seem to find meaningful work, so they tour endlessly. It's a living...

Suddenly aliens capture them, thinking our cast is part of Earth's military defense. They need help. They must defeat invaders of their home planet. No one can convince them it was acting! Now our cast needs help and their best bet is a fan who knows the layout of their fictional spaceship better than they do!

This hilarious sci-fi adventure is rated PG, with no profanity, no sweaty bodies and no blowie uppie stuff. It is funny, satisfying and sweet. Do NOT miss it!


Truly Madly Deeply
Truly Madly Deeply
DVD ~ Juliet Stevenson
5 used & new from $185.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I Rewatch This One Regularly, January 29, 2016
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This review is from: Truly Madly Deeply (DVD)
This romantic comedy begins with a distraught widow sobbing out her grief to a therapist, who sits there unmoving, allowing her to express her loneliness, her rage and her sense of betrayal: How could she be left without the one person she loves beyond life itself!

Our establishing scenes reveal she is a translator and language instructor at a busy facility in London, surrounded by supportive co-workers and friends. Other scenes show us the chaos at her home, with plumbing problems, rat infestation and careless housekeeping. She is surrounded by various workmen all of whom want to help this lonely widow.

Imagine her surprise when she is idling at her piano one evening, sadly reminiscing about the duets she and her husband used to play (he was a cellist), when WE can see him behind her. She first thinks she is imagining his part of the duet, until she pauses, slowly turns and SHE can see him, too!

Now our story REALLY begins!

The cast:
* Juliet Stevenson ("Bend it Like Beckham") is Nina, alone, then not alone... Definitely NOT alone! Watch her try to adjust.
* Alan Rickman ("Harry Potter") her much-loved Jamie, gone, and then not gone...
* Deborah Findlay ("Cranford") is her sister Claire. See what happens when Claire suggests Nina give Jamie's cello to her son for his music class at school.
* Bill Paterson ("Outlander") is her boss, Sandy. He speaks six languages but still needs Nina to translate letters from his girlfriend in Spain.
* Michael Maloney ("Me and Mrs Jones") Mark breaks up a potential fistfight in a coffee shop. He's a counselor for Downs Syndrome youngsters; he takes one look at Nina and likes what he sees.
* Christopher Rozycki ("Downton Abbey") Titus is doing cabinet work for Nina, but this Polish immigrant wants her to go to Paris with him for the weekend. "I am Polish, I haf GRRREAT passion!"

In my opinion, Juliet Stevenson is a vastly underrated comedienne. I LOVED her in "Bend it Like Beckham" ("...get your dirty lesbian feet out of MY shoes!") and this one, directed by Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") fully displays her talents. Watch her narrate her biography while hopping on one foot. This has so many scenes to recommend it I don't know where to begin. I got mine from Amazon and re-watch it regularly.


The Finest Hours
The Finest Hours
Price: $29.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend This to Your Friends, January 29, 2016
This review is from: The Finest Hours (DVD)
The Coast Guard has always held a special place in my heart, particularly after reading "So Others May Live" by Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotis, about Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers (available on Amazon). Now we have a new book co-authored by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias which was adapted by a team of script writers for Director Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl" and "Million Dollar Arm"). They wrote a thrilling actioner that will leave you exhausted but happy. It's based on a real event which is still considered to be the greatest small-boat rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.

This movie takes place in 1952 off the coast of Cape Cod when a pair of oil tankers are caught in a vicious blizzard where violent seas broke both of them in half. We end up with only the stern of the SS Pendleton left afloat. The crew could see the welds failing and had closed all the bulkheads. Of course their major challenges are maneuverability and communications...along with overwhelming waves, lack of leadership (their captain was in the other end), and an endless series of crises, which prompt one desperate tactic after another.

The cast:
* Chris Pine ("Star Trek") Shy, self-effacing Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber knows crossing the bar into a stormy sea is probably hopeless, but if his commanding officer has given the order.... Only three men volunteer to go along.
* Holliday Grainger ("Lady Chatterley's Lover" 2015) Miriam is NOT shy or self-effacing. In fact, SHE proposes to HIM because she knows Bernie will never muster the courage.
* Ben Foster ("Lone Survivor") Richard Livesey makes fun of his commanding officer's Georgia accent and he seems alienated and surly, but when the chips are down, he volunteers to go with Bernie on that hopeless rescue mission.
* Kyle Gallner ("American Sniper") is Andy Fitzgerald, one of the Guardsmen who gamely volunteers to join them.
* Eric Bana ("Munich") Daniel Cluff is in charge of this Coast Guard station. He's unsure about sending his men out to almost certain death, but he can't ignore a foundering oil tanker in heavy seas.
* Casey Affleck ("Interstellar") Ray Silbert is reluctant to give orders on that disintegrating tanker, but no one is taking any effective action, so his ingenious problem solving becomes vital to his 31 other shipmates.
Because this is based on real people, we don't see any swashbuckling bravado, but instead we see visible hesitation and concern about this rash decision, AND the aftereffects as adrenalin wears off following that hair-raising rescue.

This is rated PG-13, so expect an overwhelming storm at sea, but no profanity, no sweaty bodies, no gunfire and not one car crash! Wow! What you WILL see is the resourcefulness of humans, the tenacity of these seafaring heroes and a wonderful wrap up which includes newspaper accounts of the incident, photos of the "real" people and bits of biographies to provide a satisfying end to a thrilling film. Please recommend this to your friends!


Norm of the North - Trailer
Norm of the North - Trailer
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Harmless, January 27, 2016
This review is from: Norm of the North - Trailer
As a result of climate change, a greedy land developer plans to establish a condominium complex in the icy north. As tourism grows, Norm, our polar bear hero, discovers that not only can he understand Humanese, he can also speak it. His wise old grandfather has gone missing and someone needs to investigate, so he heads south. He brings along three friends (who happen to be lemmings), to the Big Apple where he soon becomes a mascot for that same corporation (he can dance Gangnam Style the Arctic Shake...don't ask).

With a nondescript script written by Daniel and Steven Altiere ("Scooby-Doo!") assisted by Malcolm T. Goldman in his first time out, director Trevor Wall ("Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch") has fashioned a silly 86-minute animated adventure for the kiddies.

I'll list the characters and in brackets the name brand Hollywood actor who provides the voice:
* Norm (Rob Schneider) has come to question the motives of his new employer because he knows what boatloads of tourists and condo buyers will do to his land.
* Socrates (Bill Nighy) is an older, wiser seagull. He understands Norm's mission and offers council, sometimes wise, sometimes not so wise. BTW, when Nighy says the word "protect" you hear all five consonants.
* Tamecia (Loretta Devine) has far too little screen time. This Oprah-style talk-show hostess isn't given enough to do.
* Vera (Heather Graham) works for Mr. Greene. In fact, this overworked assistant conducts auditions for a new spokesbear to represent Mr. Greene's corporation.
* Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong) is the epitome of greed. He is grasping, rude and selfish.
I feel this one is fairly harmless, but lame; it tries to teach children about saving the Arctic but the children in the audience didn't seem very enthused as they exited the theater. It is rated PG, so the audience can expect a couple of poop jokes, a fart joke or two, some NYC traffic mishaps and a bit of lemming activity. Sorta like Whack-a-Mole. ...sigh...


Ride Along 2
Ride Along 2
DVD ~ Tim Story
Price: $19.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Aarghhh!, January 16, 2016
This review is from: Ride Along 2 (DVD)
Clearly the first "Ride Along" made money so here we are again! Director Tim Story has brought back some of the old gang and signed up some new faces. The scriptwriting team is once again headed by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.

Our wannabe cop wants to ride along with his soon-to-be brother-in-law in hopes that he too, might make the grade. The Atlanta PD has a hot tip about an important witness in Miami whose capture might be just what he needs to be taken off probation and sworn in as a "real" police officer.

We watch:
* Ice Cube ("22 Jump Street") returns as by-the-book James Payton, a no-nonsense policeman who is the real deal. He IS touchy about his sister's choice for a husband.
* Kevin Hart ("Get Hard") Motormouth bungler Ben Barber is hot on the trail of that witness but he keeps seeing hydrangeas in the plans for his upcoming wedding, which is a distraction for a person who has problems focusing.
* Tika Sumpter ("Get On Up") Gorgeous Angela Payton can't convince Ben that her wedding planner's ideas are better than his so she talks her brother into taking him along to Miami so she can finalize those wedding plans.
* Bruce McGill ("Rizzoli & Isles") Lt. Brooks wants that witness from Miami to testify against a drug kingpin. He forbids Barber to go along.
* Benjamin Bratt ("Justice League") Antonio Pope is a prominent Miami citizen known for his generous contributions to civic enterprises. Where does he get all that money?
* Ken Jeong ("Dr. Ken") A.J. is a computer hacker extraordinaire. Plus, he listens in on phone conversations. Consequently, his life is in jeopardy.
* Olivia Munn ("The Newsroom") Maya is a capable police officer with the Miami PD. They are trying to shut down a major importer of illegal contraband. She's by the book, so Ben bewilders her as he ricochets onto the scene.

This PG-13 script offers too much over-the-top humor, nutty situations and vehicular mayhem. Expect lots of gun play and plenty of blowie uppie stuff.

SPOILER ALERT: I was sorry to learn that the only incident that made me laugh out loud is included in a trailer. ...sigh...


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