The HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Review — LOGAN LUCKY Review — Surprisingly Fun Fare for August

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review — A raucous anti-buddy pic

Hitman's Bodyguard Review Logan Lucky reviewThe Hitman’s Bodyguard takes a threadbare genre: the cop and robber buddy movie, and somehow weaves it into something fun and fresh, mostly thanks to the clever pairing of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, doing a few of the many things they do best.

Reynolds is a “Triple-A Rated Executive Protection Agent” who believes he can get back in the government game by safely delivering the world’s deadliest and coolest hitman (Jackson) to the Hague to testify against an evil dictator (Gary Oldman), who has tortured and murdered his way into power. Car chases, boat chases, motorcycle chases and romance, one of them involving the ever-gorgeous Salma Hayek, happen.

There are thrills, there’s suspense, there’s even a wee bit of tenderness, and if the fight scenes don’t match the stylish choreography of Atomic Blonde, director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, Red Hill) can be forgiven. It’s a decent way to chill on one of the last long hot weekends of summer.

Rated R

1 Hour 51 Minutes

Logan Lucky Review — Ocean’s 7/11

Hitman's Bodyguard Review Logan Lucky ReviewNobody does the ensemble cast heist film better than Steven Soderbergh, who gave us Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13. Thank heavens he’s come out of “retirement,” because this (along with Baby Driver) is one of my favorite films of the summer of ’17.

I’d go see it for the cast alone. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver play Jimmy and Clyde Logan, a couple of brothers who straddle the North Carolina/West Virginia borderline, and have a legacy of bad luck. When Jimmy gets fired from his lowly construction job on the Charlotte Motor Speedway, he gets an ingenious idea to rob the place, and assembles an unlikely band of misfits to help him.

Nobody but Soderbergh would think of casting Daniel Craig as a hillbilly safecracker. Add Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Dwight Yokum, Sabastian Stan and Riley Keough, all with their own brand of southern accent, and you’ve got an ensemble that not only steals the loot — they steal your heart. 

As with all Soderbergh heist pics, nothing is as it seems at first, and no clue or cue is wasted. This is that rare breed of subtle comedy that engages your heart, mind and funny bone, all at the same time.

Rated PG-13

1 Hour 59 Minutes

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The HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Review — LOGAN LUCKY Review — Surprisingly Fun Fare for August

by Lisa Johnson Mandell

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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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