Keith the Critic
Logan Lucky The Logan family seems to have anything but luck. Jimmy Logan, who is played by Channing Tatum, was a star football player until he was injured and left with a permanent limp. His brother Clyde, who is played by Adam Driver, lost an arm in Iraq. Only sister Mellie, played by Riley Keough, has no physical ailments. When Logan is fired from his job in construction at the Charlotte Motor Speedway due to his limp, he must find income. His ex-wife, played by Katie Holmes, is planning to move across state lines with his daughter Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie) who is the love of his life. Jimmy and Clyde enlist the help of Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig, in robbing the Speedway. Joe specializes in safe cracking. The only problem is that Joe is currently incarcerated. I enjoyed this movie very much! I loved all the actors and the excellent direction by Steve Soderbergh. The script was well written and kept you guessing what the next move would be. Channing Tatum made an excellent dad and I'm sure he's well practiced with his own kids. This movie is a whole lof of fun and I gave it 3 out of 4 stars.
War for the Planet of the Apes This installment of the Planet of the Apes begins with a U.S. military squad attacking Caesar and his clan of apes. The apes are able to fight them off and capture some of the soldiers. Caesar, who is again played by Andy Serkis, sends them home with a message to the Colonel. The Colonel, who is played by Woody Harrelson, returns and kills Caesar's wife and his young son. An enraged Caesar heads out for revenge with his advisor, Maurice, and his friends, Rocket and Luca. Along the way they are forced to kill a man and discover that he had a mute daughter. Maurice convinces them to take her with him and they name her Nova. They are also joined by Bad Ape who is a zoo survivor. They all set out to save their people from the soldiers. This is the best Apes movie yet and supposed to be the last one. We'll see. Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, and the rest of the cast were all outstanding as was the direction by Matt Reeves. The special effects are fantastic making the apes look real. I loved this movie from beginning to end and give it 4 out of 4 stars.
Kidnap This movie stars Halle Berry as Karla Dyson. Karla is a single mother of Frankie, who is played by Sage Correa. While at a carnival, Karla steps away from Frankie to take a phone call. When she returns, Frankie is gone. A frantic Karla begins to look for him and sees him being dragged into a beat up car. Karla will stop at nothing to get her son back and so begins the chase. This is one of the worst movies I've seen so far this year. The acting is horrific as is the directing. The story line has been done and is very similar to The Call which is another Halle Berry flop. She's again by herself going after a kidnapped child. Don't waste your time on this movie. Halle Berry is nice to look at but can't act her way out of a paper sack. I gave this movie 1/2 out of 4 stars.
Annabelle: Creation This horror film is a prequel to the Annabelle movie released in 2014. In this movie we see how Annabelle came to be. Samuel Mullins, who is played by Anthony LaPaglia, is a doll maker. On the way home from church, his car has a flat tire. While his wife and daughter wait as he changes the tire, Annabelle steps in front of a passing car and is killed. As Samuel and his wife mourn, a being pretends to be their daughter and receives permission to live within one of the dolls. It's soon clear that the being is a demon. Fast forward 12 years. Samuel allows a nun and her six orphaned charges to live with him and his now invalid wife. The girls are warned to stay out of one room. Two of the girls, Linda (LuLu Wilson) and Janice (Talitha Bateman) ignore the warnings. Now the demon is again free to terrorize through the doll, Annabelle. I really enjoyed this movie, and like the storyline of Annabelle's beginning. There are plenty of surprises in this movie performed by well crafted actors. The script was good as was the directing. It's not quite as good as the thriller Get Out, but I even caught my daughter jumping a few times. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.
Dark Tower This film is based off the Steven King novel of the same name. Tom Taylor plays the part of young Jake Chambers whose dreams continue to show him gunslingers and a man in black trying to destroy a tower. Destruction of the tower will cause and end to the world as it is today. Jake manages to leave his version of the world and joins the gunslinger from his dreams. Roland, who is played by Idris Elba, is the last of the Gunslingers. He and Jake set out to stop the man in black who is known as Walter Padic. However, Walter, who is played by Matthew McConaughey, is trying to stop Jake as well, but Walter has special powers. The book is outstanding and the movie is quite good as well. The direction by Nikolaj Arcel was great as was the script. The special effects are outstanding as was the performances by Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Tom Taylor. As is often the case, you can't get all the great detail of the book into a two-hour movie, but they did a pretty good job. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.