Three helpings of cinematic brain candy and one awesome television series will make for nothing but entertainment during the upcoming week.
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR – Snow White meets The Lord of the Rings in this action packed sequel. Christopher Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain return in this combat laden sequel that features plenty of fights and back story as we learn about he forces guiding the fates of Ms. White and Eric the Huntsman.
Charlize Theron steals it as the evil Ravenna.
THE NICE GUYS – The exploits of two private eyes in 1970’s Los Angeles are depicted in this sly action/comedy from Shane Black. Ryan Gosling stars alongside Russell Crowe(who is really good here) as two men who approach their jobs quite differently but are forced to team up when their cases spiral together. Crowe is more of a shoot first kind of guy but Gosling has some funny moments as a principled shamus who is also trying to raise a daughter and keep hold of his morals in the city’s lurid underbelly.
RATCHET AND CLANK – The popular video game makes for a quick ninety minutes as a mechanic and a robot team up to stop a Darth Vader like villain from destroying all planets. The science fiction elements are light in his animated action comedy but kids will like the space action and broad characters.
THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 6 – By now everyone knows this ends with a huge cliffhanger but the season packs a lot into the 16 episodes that end there. Alexandria proves to be a safe haven but many challenges await the group as they try to settle in. Best is the storyline that finds the characters having to lead a zombie army away from the settlement . Great stuff.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.