Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles, and what follows are not necessarily reviews, but opinions based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
Black Dynamite (also Blu-ray). I missed this on the big screen but was able to catch up with it recently. The film is an absolute blast. It is an homage and a spoof of the blaxploitation films of the '70s. It is pitch perfect and knows just how to push the boundaries. Michael Jai White stars as the title character and also co-wrote the script. He plays the entire thing straight and it is fantastic. The story tells of Black Dynamite and his quest to stop the drug dealers who killed his kid brother. Of course the story goes well beyond the drug dealer and unveils a much larger conspiracy. You simply have to see this one.
Law Abiding Citizen (also Blu-ray). The movie is a battle of wits between two intelligent men that puts up a front of intelligence while not actually being intelligent at all. Law Abiding Citizen is the equivalent of putting a fancy paint job on a Pinto — sure, it may look pretty, but it's still a Pinto. It will get you where you want to go, but you are always in danger of spontaneously exploding. Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx do a good job of sparring over the finer points of right and wrong while the body count rises.