Take a peek at ‘Spy’

Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in 'Spy'
Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in ‘Spy’

Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Nargis Fakhri and Peter Serafinowicz
Writer:  Paul Feig
Director:  Paul Feig

My name is Bond.  Jane Bond.  Or perhaps it should be changed to Maxine Smart.  Those are just two of the film franchises that many of the gags found in Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, can be traced to.  Spoofs are lots of fun when they are done well and this is no exception.

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‘Homefront’ is incomplete and underdeveloped

Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in 'Homefront'
Jason Statham faces off against backwoods drug dealers in ‘Homefront’

[rating=2]Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic
Director: Gary Fleder
Writer: Sylvester Stallone

While lately movies made from kids and teen books have been all the rage and able to develop as franchises, adult-oriented fare hasn’t been as lucky. Last year gave us the very disappointing Alex Cross and Jack Reacher, which likely stopped any plans for follow-ups dead in their tracks. Now Phil Broker comes to the screen in Homefront, and although not renaming the film after the character was a good start, more wrong choices were made than right.

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‘The Expendables 2’ is loud, fun, and a real ‘E’ ticket adventure

'The Expendables 2' (from left to right) Jason Stratham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger
‘The Expendables 2’ (from left to right) Jason Stratham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger

The recipe for The Expendables 2 was pretty simple.  Take just about every famous and successful action-adventure star from the 1980s, stir into a simmering story about 5 tons of misplaced weapons grade plutonium and add lots of shooting and action.  Voila!  The nearly perfect popcorn flick for summer of 2012.

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‘Safe’ treads familiar action ground… but has a few good punches

[rating=3]Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Robert John Burke, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon, James Hong
Director(s): Boaz Yakin
Writer(s): Boaz Yakin

Jason Statham stars in 'Safe'
Jason Statham stars in ‘Safe’

Mei (Catherine Chan) is an extraordinary child in an ordinary schoolroom in China.

Her father disappeared long ago, her mother is ill, but she has an incredible brain.  One that processes information faster than most computers, and she can remember anything, instantly.  As a result she’s to be relocated to a special school, but before that can happen, she’s taken by a crime organization (we’re never told if it’s the Triads, or the Tongs, or what) and told that she will work for them or they will have her mother killed.

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‘The Bank Job’

Director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out) brings the story of an actual bank robbery to the big screen, with major elements of truth involved that were covered up by British secrecy laws; and somehow it all works. Yet, the final … Read more