Movie theatres are closed for the foreseeable future, so here are some movies you can watch at home:
The following are this week’s new releases available on digital platforms:
Extraction (2020) R
Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is a black market mercenary known for his success rate. He is sent on an impossible mission to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. Extraction Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Joe Russo, who also wrote the script.
Word on the Street: The film was shot on location in India, often creating a scene with fans wanting to see Hemsworth in action.
My Take: I know that before Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis were each attached to the project.
The Roads Not Taken (2020) R
Leo (Javier Bardem) is living in New York City and is suffering from dementia. His daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning), is struggling on this day to help her dad keep his health appointments, while in Leo’s mind, he is reliving two versions of his past, one in Mexico and one in Greece. The Road Not Taken Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear Award at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by Sally Potter, known for her award-winning films The Party (2017), Rage (2009), and Yes (2004).
My Take: The film stars two of my favorite actors Salma Hayek and Laura Linney.
The Willoughbys PG (2020)
The Willoughby children are often neglected by their selfish parents, so the kids decide to send their parents on a vacation. Nanny (Maya Rudolph) shows up to take care of the kids, but the siblings decide to embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family. The Willoughbys Website
What to Watch For: The voice cast includes Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara, Jane Krakowski, Ricky Gervais, Terry Crews, Sean Cullen, Brian Drummond, and Isle Hirvonen.
Word on the Street: The film is based on the children’s book of the same name by award-winning author Lois Lowry.
My Take: This film looks like it will be so much fun.
Here are my reviews of movies just released on DVD/BluRay:
Bad Boys for Life (2020) R
The Bad Boys (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride. The guys have to confront possible career changes and midlife crises, as they join a new task force named AMMO to take down a ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel. If you are a fan of the first two films in the Bad Boys series, then you will have a good time watching this film. Is the plot stupid and the ending pretty unbelievable? Yes. Are there a lot of high-speed car chases and numerous things blowing up (sometimes for no reason)? Yes. Is the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence still there? Yes (but barely). I didn’t quite have as much fun as the audience I saw the film with, but if you know what you are getting into (watch the trailer), you will probably have a good time watching this ‘popcorn’ movie. My Rating: Bargain Matinee
The Gentlemen (2019) R
Mickey (Matthew McConaughey) is the weed lord of England and wants to settle down with his wife, Rosalind (Michelle Dockery), and sell his drug empire. It won’t be an easy sell. Writer/director Guy Ritchie goes back to his roots when he used to do witty and gritty films like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (2000) and Snatch (1998). The film is a little too flashy and very complicated at the start, and it took me quite a while to warm up to its rather brash language and violence, but about halfway through the film, I really started to enjoy it. McConaughey isn’t given too much to do other than be super cool (which we know he is good at), but the rest of the cast has a blast playing some fun and off-the-wall characters. Charlie Hunnam, playing McConaughey’s right-hand man, is perfect in the role, and Colin Farrell gives a hilarious performance of a coach of a gang of small-time gagsters slash boxers. The best performance is Hugh Grant playing a con-man who is trying to swindle everyone he deals with. Grant is hilarious, with a thick British accent and twinkle in his eye as he tries to land a big score. Not quite a home run but still a good time at the movies, I hope Ritchie keeps making movies like this one instead of dreck that he has done lately (Aladdin, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). My Rating: Bargain Matinee
My movie rating system from Best to Worst: 1). I Would Pay to See it Again 2). Full Price 3). Bargain Matinee 4). Cable 5). You Would Have to Pay Me to See it Again