Tom Cruise is back as the tough as nails Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. When Reacher busts a small town Sheriff who’s been misusing U.S. Military property, he strikes a friendship with Major Susan Turner who is the CO of his former Military Police unit. He makes his way across the country to meet her but when he arrives, he learns that she has been arrested and charged with Espionage. When he begins to investigate for himself, he is framed and arrested for murder. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of an action movie if the main characters were in jail so they break out to try and uncover who has framed them while also trying to protect a teenage girl who may be Reacher’s daughter.
Tom Cruise is just great when he gets a good character. He’s not what I would call a character actor but he always brings something different to every role. Some of his best work isn’t in the more dramatic but in the action roles where he can be the movie star but still play a different action character. Jack Reacher is a great character. He’s the embodiment of how we sometimes wish we could react to certain problems. Sometimes bad people need a good beating and Jack Reacher understands that and acts on it. He’s very angry but he has a strong sense of right versus wrong. Cruise is perfect for this character. No other actor dedicates themselves to stunt work and physical action as he does.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is not so much a mystery as it is a run from the bad guys while trying to solve a mystery. There’s a lot of running, a lot of fighting, and at least 4 occasions in which someone is either pick-pocketed or a cell-phone is slipped in their pocket. It’s a fine action movie but it lacks the thrill and the mystery of its predecessor. If you really like this character, you’ll like Never Go Back but if not then you need to see Jack Reacher.
Also in theaters this week, Zach Galifinakis and Isla Fisher are a married suburban couple who become embroiled in an international espionage plot after befriending the government agents (played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) who move into their neighborhood in Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Tyler Perry is back as his most famous character in Boo! A Madea Halloween, in which Madea spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
If you guessed that Ouija: Origin of Evil is about someone who plays with a Ouija board and then bad things start to happen to them, then right about this one. Bad things always happen when the Ouija board is brought out.
Denial which is based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Rachel Weisz plays Deborah Lipstadt who finds herself in a legal battle against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
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Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Encounters at the End of the World
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Len and Company
Venus in Fur
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Our Kind of Traitor
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Alice Through the Looking Glass
Pan’s Labyrinth (Criterion Collection)
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