Larry Thomas has a review of the new sequel Red 2, starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and an all-star cast.
If you saw the original Red a couple of years ago, which I did and really liked a lot, then here’s all you need to know about Red 2, and if you saw, and enjoyed, the original Red you already know that was Bruce Willis who has refrained from killing anyone, John Malkovich as his loony associate who’s still just as paranoid as before, and the girl is the sinfully delightful Mary-Louise Parker. In the first film, she was a customer service representative who became entwined in Willis’ espionage past. And present. And now knows she loves the excitement and the action of such skullduggery and shenanigans, and wants to be a part of it.
It’s summertime, and like most of us, you are probably looking for some new and different things to do during your vacation time. Consider a nearby road trip in search of films that you may not be able to see locally. There are four cities each within a couple of hours driving time with cinematic distractions to interest and entertain you.
Cincinnati World Cinema is back in action on the big screen this coming weekend with two different European visions of suspense. The first film is Sightseers, from British director Ben Wheatley. Coming from a background of commercials and short films, Wheatley has been earning points among the indie film crowd in his native country. In his latest feature film, he mixes genres, blending romance, road movie, suspense and pitch-black humor.
In this summer of sequels where titles are likely to have a number attached to their name, I have to admit the one sequel I anticipated was Despicable Me 2. In the original film, we are introduced to Gru, an ersatz villain, with baldpate and pointy-nosed visage, who has grand plans to steal the moon. Gru, as brilliantly voiced by Steve Carrell, is sidetracked from his villainy by finding himself involved with three young girls in need of a parent. The film had tons of charm and lots of laughs as Gru’s humanity is revealed bit by bit, despite his potential villainous proclivities.