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2 Guns

2 Guns.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Two undercover government agents were tasked to investigate each other and find out that they have both been set up by the mob. This movie starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg will be available on VOD on November 19th.  According to Chicago Sun-Times, “It’s a hot mess, but it’s cool fun.”

Starring: Bill Paxton, Denzel Washington, Edward James Olmos, Fred Ward, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton
Rating:  R
Genre:  Action, Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime

 

2 Jacks

2 Jacks.  Hollywood director Jack Hussar and his son, Jack Jr., are the subjects of this movie, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s short story titled, “Two Hussars”.  In the past, the elder Jack swept Diana off her feet in a trip to Hollywood to raise money for his upcoming film.  Years later, an aging Diana watches as Jack Jr. sweeps her daughter off her feet with the same charisma as his father.  The film will be released in theaters and VOD on October 18th, and no critic reviews are available as of writing.

Starring: Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, Jack Huston, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Zane, Rosie Fellner, Jamie Harris, Lydia Hearst, Izabella Miko, Richard Portnow. Dave Pressler
Rating:  Unrated
Genre:  Drama, Comedy

20 Feet From Stardom

20 Feet From Stardom. Rating:  5 (out of 5).   A new documentary from award-winning director Morgan Neville centers on the untold story of the backup singers of some of the greatest musical legends of the 21 century.   The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, January 14.  The Washington Post calls it a “rare treat.”

Starring: Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton
Rating:  PG-13
Genre:  Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary

3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  An international spy trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for him completing one last assignment.  The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, May 20.  The critics are more impressed with Kevin Costner’s performance than the film itself.  As The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Costner effortlessly blends deadpan comic flair with action movie heroics in this preposterous but entertaining genre mashup.”

Starring: Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Hailee Steinfeld, Kevin Costner
Director: McG
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime

 

47 Ronin

47 Ronin.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  Kai, an outcast joins Oishi, the leader of 47 outcast samurai, and together they seek revenge upon the overlord responsible for the death of their master and banishment of their kind. They must embark on a dangerous quest to restore honor to their homeland. This Keanu Reeves starrer comes to VOD on April 1.  The majority of the critics were not impressed with the film, as The Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “47 Ronin is admirably devoted to its material, but it’s almost tedious to watch.”

Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Jin Akanishi, Keanu Reeves, Kô Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano
Director: Carl Rinsch
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

 

A Birder’s Guide to Everything

A Birder’s Guide To Everything.   No reviews.  David Portnoy, a 15-year old avid birder, thinks he’s made a discovery of a lifetime. To solidify their place in birding history, he and his best friend takes an epic road trip on the eve of his father’s remarriage. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday March 11. No critic reviews are available as of writing.

Starring: Ben Kingsley, James LeGros, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, Michael Chen, Daniela Lavender, James Le Gros, Briana Marin, Ethan Cohn, Adam Barrie, Stephen Kunken, Andy Prosky
Rating:  PG-13
Genre:  Comedy

A Case of You

A Case of You.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  A young writer (Justin Long) tries to win the heart of a cute and quirky barista (Evan Rachel Wood) by studying her Facebook profile, and pretending to be the man of her dreams.  When she starts to fall for his alter ego, he must keep up appearances or risk losing her.  Available on VOD starting Wednesday, November 6. IndieWire describes it as “A Painfully Insipid Rom-Com For The Social Media Generation.”

Starring:  Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps, Brendan Fraser, Sienna Miller, Justin Long, Vince Vaughn, Keir O’Donnell
Rating:  Unrated
Genre:  Romance, Comedy

 

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

A Fantastic Fear of Everything.
Rating:  1 (out of 5)
Jack, a children’s author turned crime novelist, has become greatly paranoid after performing detailed research on the lives of Victorian serial killers. One day, his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive express interest in his script, but what should have been his big break turns into a big breakdown, when he is forced to confront his fears. The movie premieres on VOD on January 7. According to The Guardian, “Crispian Mills’s London-based horror-comedy is so spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.”

Starring: Simon Pegg, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Alan Drake, Paul Freeman, Kerry Shale, Zaak Conway, Tuyet Le
Rating:  R
Genre:  Art House & International, Comedy