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10/21 Movie Trip
Our TCL Movie guy, Paul McGuire Grimes, gives his thoughts on the new Tom Cruise action-flick. And gives a preview of the Twin Cities Film festival.
JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK (theatrical release)
Tom Cruise is back for the second time playing Jack Reacher after we were first introduced to this literary character in 2012. We’re now seeing him going rogue. He is quick to tell anyone that he is an ex-major in the army. He’s a simple civilian now but knows he cannot fully separate ties with the military. He had been working with Major Susan Turner only to find out that she’s been arrested for espionage. He’s leery of the charges and fights to get her released despite the fact she doesn’t want his involvement. A covert group named Para Source who is also behind the killing of two sergeants overseas is following him closely. If this wasn’t enough for Reacher to deal with, he learns that he may be a father after a waitress charges him with a paternity test of her fifteen-year-old daughter. Reacher is able to free Turner, and finds himself on the run with her and his supposed daughter to expose Para Source and get to the bottom of what may be an inside job.
-Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother)
-Second in the film series, but it’s based on the 18th novel in the series by Lee Child. I’m growing frustrated with the movies, but oddly feel compelled to read the books to see what the fuss is about.
-Very much a Cruise-led vehicle in an attempt to have another franchise on his hands. He’s producing the film and working with a director and writers that he’s collaborated with before. I spent too much time during the movie thinking about Cruise’s career and how it’s gotten to this point.
-Tom Cruise doesn’t bring anything special or unique to the role especially knowing that he doesn’t physically fit the Child’s booming description of the character.
-Very much a standard action flick with military cover-ups, double crossing bad guys, and lots of running around with Cruise, Smulders, and the young girl trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. The Bourne movies have the same approach, but are done at a faster, crisper pace.
-Reminds me of the old ‘80s Arnold Schwarzenegger/Steven Segal type movies where they take out five henchmen in one swoop. There’s some laughable dialogue but is played too seriously. I wish it would acknowledge the campiness in store and play into it.
-Feels like your standard CBS/USA/TNT procedural show that’s been stretched out for two hours
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Stay home and re-watch A Few Good Men or Mission: Impossible
RATING: 2 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
TWIN CITIES FILM FEST 2016
WHEN: October 19-29, 2019
WHERE: The Showplace ICON Theatre
1625 West End Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Every year the Twin Cites Film Fest brings an exciting assortment of films to Minnesota that may not normally get a wide theatrical release. In years past many movies featured like The Imitation Game, Room, Brooklyn, and Nebraska have gone ahead and received multiple Oscar nominations with a few going on to win. This year, Moonlight is the big film everybody has been buzzing about. It stars Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) and will no doubt be the talk of Oscar night. You can see it here first on October 29. You can also catch the new animated film Trolls and Dev Patel’s Lion. The fest also features a wide variety of smaller independent films, Minnesota shot movies from local filmmakers, shorts, horror movies, documentaries, and everything in between.
Another aspect of the TCFF is their Changemaker Series. This year they ask to call our attention to Veterans Support. There will be a series of films and panel discussions about what vets face post-combat.
Special Guest Appearances by: Laverne Cox, Rene Auberjonois, Rusty Schwimmer, and Dominic Rains
Tickets - $12, $20 Passes are available at a variety of levels depending on how often and which movies you want to go during the fest.
For more information go to their website at twincitiesfilmfest.org