A bizarre week for renters as sequels and remakes competed with original fare with the results being mostly mediocre.
SPY – A CIA desk jockey volunteers to take on a nasty arms dealer after their best agent is compromised going after him. This may sound like an action flick but the accent is on humor thanks to the inspired casting of Melissa McCarthy as the green agent and Jason Statham as the star operative who must assist . McCarthy is very good, as usual , here and Statham proves that his comic chops are as good as his karate ones.
ENTOURAGE – Fans of the HBO comedy about a movie star who surrounds himself with guys from his old neighborhood will enjoy this big screen version. Adam Grenier reprises his role as the popular actor. Jeremy Piven also returns as his former agent. Now the Piven character owns a studio and he offers a lead role to his old client but the star wants to direct and complications ensue. Strictly for the fans.
POLTERGEIST – Sam Raimi(Evil Dead) produced this update of the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic about a family terrorized by ghosts. The effects are much improved here (the creepy clown doll is a highlight) but did we really need a remake ? The jump scares work but fans of the original film won’t find anything new here.
COP CAR – Two young boys steal a Sheriff’s car for a joy ride in this drama that echoes ‘Stand By Me.” These kids grow up in a hurry when they learn the Sheriff was up to something bad and he wants that car back in the worst way. Kevin Bacon steals the film as the evil officer but the kids, unfortunately, aren’t very good actors.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.