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THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO OF ACTION FLICKS

 

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (PG-13). Fists & quips fly as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham return to their respective roles from the “Fast & Furious” franchise, following a semi-adversarial pairing in “Fate of the Furious” (2017). Here, they banter while taking down a superhuman MI6 field agent (Idris Elba). By the way, see the clever way they got “Fast & Furious” in the title? The film looks like the kind of mindless, action-packed fun that follows the “Fast & Furious” template. With Helen Mirren reprising her “Fate of the Furious” role as Statham’s mother and, reportedly, Charlize Theron in an unbilled cameo reprising that film’s villain, Cipher; Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart also reportedly have unbilled cameos.

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (PG-13). The Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author is profiled in this reportedly meditative and artful documentary that takes her from her poverty-ridden formative years in the South during the segregation era to her remarkable literary achievements. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

 

“Round of Your Life” (PG-13). A teen at a private Christian high school is part of a golfing family, his father and brother being PGA players. But he wants nothing to do with the game until his father is put into a coma by an automobile    accident, which motivates the boy to join and lead his school’s golf team. Dark humor reportedly lifts this faith film about embracing gifts from God.

“Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa” (PG-13). This Italian animated children’s film (dubbed in English) has young Leonardo Da Vinci struggling with inventions when a storyteller comes to town and speaks of a hidden treasure, sending Leo and friends on a Peter Pan-style adventure.