SUMMER LEFTOVERS - Movie of the Week
For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
In the waning dog days, Hollywood often releases movies it has little faith in just to fill out the calendar, or to fulfill contractual obligations before sending them off to video. Such would seem to be the case with this week’s biggest studio release, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” But the other, lower-budget titles, all look interesting.
“Logan Lucky” (PG-13). Three siblings (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough) known for having bad luck decide to break the curse by pulling off a daring robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a Memorial Day weekend race. So they enlist three criminal brothers to help, plotting to break one of them (Daniel Craig) out of prison, then get him back in before anyone notices. “Ocean’s 11” meets “Two-Way Stretch” in this heist comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh. With Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston and Dwight Yoakam.
“Wind River” (R). When a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent (Jeremy Renner) discovers a body in the remote wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, he is enlisted to help a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) navigate the harsh winter and isolation of the area so she can solve the mystery. With Graham Greene.
“Brigsby Bear” (PG-13). Offbeat comedy-drama about a young man named James Pope (co-writer Kyle Mooney) who doesn’t realize that his “parents” (Mark Hamill, Jane Adams) actually kidnapped him as a baby and have been raising him as their own as survivalists in an underground bunker. They have also allowed James only to watch one TV show, “Brigsby Bear,” which, it turns out, is a fake show they’ve been filming themselves. With Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes and Andy Samberg.
“Step” (PG). This documentary about a Baltimore high school girls’ dance team earned an award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as an uplifting audience favorite, following the young women who come together as a dancing team, hoping to win a championship, and forge a path to college.
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (R). Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in this profane and violent action comedy about a personal bodyguard hired to protect a former assassin while escorting him from England to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands. Turns out, they are mortal enemies and must put their differences aside. “Midnight Run” meets “Rush Hour.” With Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek.