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New release sequels don’t quite measure up

By Tom Doty



Mostly sequels and remakes will be on view during the upcoming week – and mostly lackluster.

GHOSTBUSTERS – A quartet of women with paranormal interests reform the titular group when spirits invade New York City in this big budget comedy. Sadly this is nowhere near as good as its predecessors and mostly it amounts to the same jokes told by different faces. The effects are okay but there just isn’t anything new here besides the gender switch.

THE INFILTRATOR – Bryan Cranston stars in this story about a customs agent who volunteers for a sting operation against the Colombian Drug Cartel. This is based on true events and the character witnesses many acts of brutality as he cozies up to some very frightening individuals and begins to gain their trust. Unfortunately such closeness only makes the job harder and his handlers start to wonder if he is going to be able to finish what he started. Solid acting from Cranston, and John Leguizamo as his partner while Benjamin Bratt (Law and Order)also has moments as a powerful , and charismatic, drug lord.

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN- The umpteenth telling of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story hits all of the right notes thanks to a flashback approach that begins long after the jungle hero has returned to England to claim his royal heritage. he is soon called back to the Congo as a trade emissary for England . On the journey he becomes aware of a plot by a Belgian trader to exploit the dark continent. Great stuff with plenty of action sequences and flashbacks which fill us in on Tarzan’s back story while going ahead with the narrative. Good supporting work by Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie(Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn) as Jane.

ICE AGE 5: COLLISION COURSE – This animated film franchise seriously stumbles with this effort that finds a prehistoric squirrel’s pursuit of a nut having cataclysmic consequences for the planet. The jokes are tired though the cast appears to be having a ball with Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and John Leguizamo all returning. Once the characters wind up in space you realize they have seriously jumped the “Sharknado” with this effort.

New release sequels don’t quite measure up

By Tom Doty

Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.

Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.

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