It ain't. Tiffany Haddish is hilarious as a recent parolee who makes life difficult for her uptight corporate-climbing sister in Tyler Perry's first foray into R-rated comedy, "Nobody's Fool. Israel was a somewhat successful forger because of her uncanny ability to mimic the wit and style of well-known authors.
Grant as her flamboyant partner in crime. Rupert Everett stars.
A game cast isn't quite enough to keep the submarine thriller "Hunter Killer" afloat. Gerard Butler plays Captain Joe Glass, the square-jawed leader of an American nuclear sub that is called upon to fulfill a unique mission: To save the leader of Russia from an internal military coup. There are so many improbabilities in "Hunter Killer" that audiences are forced to suspend disbelief more than for a Harry Potter movie.
And why did Gary Oldman choose to follow up his Oscar-winning role as Churchill with this goofy enterprise? As a military thriller, the submarine flick "Hunter Killer" is sub-par. The one good thing you can say about the goofy spy spoof sequel "Johnny English Strikes Again" is that it's more believable than "Hunter Killer. Bean, returns as a bungling secret agent in this sequel to his comedy. English is called upon to save the world from an evil computer entrepreneur who's bent on world domination. Peter Sellers in "The Pink Panther" movies is the obvious template for this character, but "Johnny English" lacks the inspired lunacy of those comic hits.
Billy Bob Thornton stars. Comedian Ike Barinholtz wrote, directed and stars in this edgy farce about an insufferably self-righteous liberal whose rigidly right-wing family members come over for Thanksgiving dinner just as the President requires every citizen to sign an oath of loyalty to him.
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The caustic banter between these relatives quickly devolves into violence. The strong cast includes Tiffany Haddish, John Cho and Carrie Brownstein who make the grating dialogue a bit easier to take. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. Amandla Stenberg "Everything, Everything" stars in a Young Audiences story of a young African American girl who lives in the ghetto and attends an upscale school on the white side of town.
It was written and directed by Wash Westmoreland "Still Alice". This slick and violent grindhouse exploitation flick is involving and features a great cast, but it wears out its welcome in the bloated second half. This social drama has a lot more meat on its bones than most teen movies. Keira Knightley plays the author of the semi-autobiographical novels about her bohemian lifestyle that scandalized early 20th century Paris.
Slappy the evil ventriloquist dummy is back to cause mayhem in this well-produced but completely predictable outing. More information is available at kansasfilm.
The fourth big screen adaptation of the old Hollywood backstage story is both a critical and box office hit. Cooper directed and co-wrote this update, his first foray behind the camera. He also provides his own songs. In her movie debut, Lady Gaga displays solid acting chops to go along with her radio-ready original music. Even though you know the outcome, the story is still affecting thanks to the realistic treatment and the chemistry between the stars.
When the Venom parasite starts making small talk with his host, however, the movie becomes unintentionally funny. The tone of this movie shifts shape more often than the title character. Gael Garcia Bernal stars. Thompson plays an English judge whose marriage to her professor husband Stanley Tucci is on the rocks.
This complicates her work presiding over the case of an underage cancer patient, played Fionn Whitehead, whose Jehovah's Witness parents refuse to allow him a life-saving blood transfusion. Channing Tatum provides the voice of Migo, a giant yeti living in an isolated village atop a hidden mountain in Nepal. The story has an air of artificiality, particularly in the pivotal relationship between the judge and a year-old boy involved in the case.
But Thompson ably carries the film on her very British shoulders. Their sharp banter early in the film quickly gives way to sitcom silliness with predictable results. Sign me up when they tackle something with an edge.
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Ethan Hawke directs. The surprise box office hit "Crazy Rich Asians" features an international cast of actors, all of Chinese ancestry. This familiar but fun romantic comedy treads new ground only in one way: It's the first US production that features an all asian cast since 's "Joy Luck Club. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in this story about witchcraft, a young kid and a particularly spooky house. Blanchett and Black are fun together, though.
Are you in the mood to be hammered with bubblegum philosophizing in an emotionally manipulative multigenerational drama? These fine actors lend some gravitas to the proceedings, but the story is so packed with tragedy that it seems downright sadistic. Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star. A new film noir thriller has a comic touch. Director Paul Feig "Bridesmaids," "Spy" departs from his usual comedy genre. Jacob Tremblay, who may be the best child actor working today, plays a kid genius who becomes an alien target.
Fans of the series, yes. Others, no. On the trip, his relationship with his wife hits the skids when a biographer threatens to expose the truth about their relationship. A great cast makes the most from an iffy premise. Cho plays a father whose teenage daughter goes missing.
He breaks into her computer and uses the internet and online tools in a desperate attempt to find her. The film is unique in that no movie cameras were used, only online technology. It was written and directed by newcomer Aneesch Chaganty.
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When the justice system lets them all off the hook, Jen goes into full-fledged super ninja mode and wreaks horrible vengeance on everyone who wronged her. This time out, a priest and a young novitiate are sent to investigate some violent episodes at a remote Romanian abbey. Audiences always say they want something different from Hollywood. All of the action takes place on a computer screen. John Cho and Debra Messing star in the story of a father who uses the internet to frantically search for his missing daughter.
The story is involving, so the gimmick works. Newcomer Miles Truitt is an appealing teen hero who is pursued by numerous folks after finding an alien ray gun.
And the final reveal is a real eye-roller. The acting is solid and the story is important, but the drama is never quite as riveting as it should have been. Moretz plays a lesbian teen sent by her family to a Christian conversion therapy camp. Melissa McCarthy plays a police detective who reunites with her former puppet partner to find a serial killer targeting stars from a s TV puppet show.
The shock value quickly wears thin in what is basically an overextended TV sketch. He befriends a forger, played by Rami Malek, who comes to depend on him. This sweeping and harrowing story is well produced and skillfully acted and vividly portrays the brutality of the old French colonial system. She meets and has a fling with her wealthy Indian-American puzzle partner, played by Irrfan Khan. Scotty Bowers published a book in called "Full Service" that claimed to have chronicled his life as a pimp during Hollywood's golden age and how he operated a brothel out of a gas station that catered to gay men.
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Now, at age 95, he relates these stories and more in the documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" because none of the other participants are alive to defend themselves. In spite of some well-staged action sequences, this noisy thiller ultimately outfoxes itself. While the stories are salacious, Scotty comes off as a likably foul-mouthed geezer. The remarkable true story of Ron Stallworth has been brought to the big screen by director Spike Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott, who is professor of film at KU.
Director Spike Lee, who co-wrote the screenplay with KU professor Kevin Willmott, recharges his career with a film that is funny, incendiary, thought-provoking, unnerving and oh-so relevant in contemporary America.
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Well, Jason Statham is here for you. Vanessa Hudgens and Adam Pally lead a likable cast in the story of some LA folks whose paths cross due to their common love of dogs. This farce tries hard to tug at our heartstrings while tickling our funny bones and the formula sometimes works. Dog lovers may respond in a Pavlovian way, but this scruffy flick will still quickly evaporate from your memory.