February will get off to a fast start for renters who benefited from a quartet of diverse and entertaining new releases.
BRIDGE OF SPIES – Steven Spielberg is back in the director’s chair for this historical drama that ,once again, teams him with veteran actor Tom Hanks. The story follows efforts to get American flier Gary Powers back from the U.S.S.R. via an exchange of hostages. Hanks is a civilian lawyer recruited by the C.I.A. to effect this transition and it will take all of his communication skills to get the Soviets to agree to the transfer.
LAST WITCH HUNTER – If supernatural action is to your taste then you will dig this opus that casts Vin Diesel as the titular character. He once led an all out campaign against witches(who apparently caused ‘The Black Death’) during the middle ages. He even managed to take down the Queen of these horrid hags but was cursed with immorality so that he could never be reunited with his family. Now the evil crone is back in modern times and he must team with an apprentice, Elijah Wood, to stop her once and for all.
BATMAN:BAD BLOOD – When the legendary crime fighter goes off the grid his friends unite to find the Dark Knight in this animated action yarn. meanwhile a new crime boss is taking over Gotham City and all clues lead to this shadowy figure. Nightwing ,the former Robin, leads the way as the heroes root out this new boss who begins to sound more and more like Batman himself.
ROCK THE KASBAH – Bill Murray stars in this musical drama/comedy about a manager who loses his star in Afghanistan during a tour. he winds up broke and stranded but forgets his problems when he stumbles across a young lady with a remarkable voice. he opts to stay in the Middle East and guide her to the top spot on a Television program that pits singers against each other for a top drawer prize.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.