THE GLASS CASTLE Rated: PG 13 Release: August 11th Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir spent 261 weeks on the best-seller list and sold 2.7 million copies. In the highly anticipated film version Brie Larson, (a 2012 Oscar winner for Room) has the pivotal role as the most outspoken of four siblings raised by impoverished, non-conformist parents Rex and Rosemary. Theirs was a nomadic existence controlled by a dictatorial—often violent and alcoholic—hippie father (played by Woody Harrelson) who moved his family from one state to another in search of odd jobs and to avoid many creditors. Unlike Ben Cash (Viggo Mortenson), the widowed father living far from civilization in the Washington State woods with his six children in Captain Fantastic, Rex Walls is not a sympathetic or likable character, but he is an interesting one. Destin Daniel Cretton directed this mostly factual account of Ms. Wall’s childhood and formative years before severing ties with Rex. Naomi Watts adds another parental role to her filmography as the dysfunctional mother. I will not divulge more of the plot but will add that with the help of benefactors Ms. Walls graduated with honors from Barnard College and went on to achieve success in her chosen career. Before her father’s death in 1994, Ms.Wells reconciled with him. THE HITMAN‘S BODYGUARD Rated: R Release: August 18th If there exists a world record for the number of times the best known four letter expletive is uttered in a major motion picture, Samuel L. Jackson indisputably breaks that record in an action comedy directed by Patrick Hughes. Darrius Kincaid (Mr. Jackson), a hit man who proudly claims he has bumped off 250 victims, is temporarily released from jail to testify against a brutal European dictator (Gary Oldman) at The Hague International Court Of Justice. To ensure the star witness is not eliminated by the dictator‘s assassins before the trial, a protection agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is hired to safely deliver the titular hitman to The Hague. The two men have a history, and it‘s decidedly not a good one. Once upon a crime Kincaid tried but failed to kill Bryce. Salma Hayek whose presence is always a welcome addition to any movie plays Kincaid‘s wife and fellow assassin. This is Mr. Reynolds first film since Deadpool a $781 million blockbuster that secured him a place on Hollywood‘s A-list. With more than 100 movies on his filmography, Mr. Jackson ranks as the all-time box office champ. Added together his films grossed more than $5 billion. LOGAN LUCKY Rated: PG 13 Release: August 18th As the director of three Ocean’s movies, director Steven Soderbergh knows a thing or two about making a heist movie. However, the thieves here lack the intelligence and expertise of Danny Ocean and his Vegas crew. The goofy would be thieves Jimmy and Clyde (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) intend to break into the vault at the Charlotte Motor Speedway but are utterly clueless about how to steal the money. For expert advice, they turn to an incarcerated thief Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and bust him out of jail to plan and execute the daring robbery during the Coca-Cola 600. Mr. Craig‘s character with cropped white hair and an even shorter temper bears no resemblance to the debonair James Bond. In cameo roles are real life NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch as state troopers. Mr. Soderbergh‘s cast also includes Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, and Sebastian Stan. The movie reunites Soderbergh and Tatum who worked together on Magic Mike, Side Effects, and Haywire.
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TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY 3D Rated: R Release: August 25th Twenty-six years after director James Cameron‘s blockbuster opened in theaters Arnold Schwarzenegger is back on the big screen in a 3D digitally re-mastered version of the original. In 1991 the movie‘s production budget was an unheard of $102 million. The global box office of $520 million set a record. Critics and ticket buyers gave Arnold and company a 94 percent approval rating, and it made The American Film Institute’s list of best action films of all time. Legendary makeup artist Stan Winston won an Oscar for transforming actors into cyborgs. The plot centers on a strong-willed mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her 10-year-old son, John (Edward Furlong) who are pursued by a shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick). The movie’s dialogue co-written by Mr. Cameron and William Wisher includes these quotes “You were going to kill that guy?” “Of course I‘m a Terminator,” “Give me your boots, your clothes, your money and your motorcycle” to which Cigar Biker replies, “You forgot to say, please.” Of course, who can forget the most famous line, “Hasta la vista, baby.” •
Pat Collins is a three-time Emmy award-winning film, theater and entertainment critic/reporter. Her outstanding media credits include WCBS-TV, Good Morning America and WWOR-TV. She is a contributor to CUNY-TV’s Arts and The City program and the host of several Broadway specials including Kinky Boots On Broadway, Fiddler On The Roof: Back On Broadway, and The Road To The Tonys. AUGUST 2017 | NEW YORK LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE | 91