Liam Neeson stars as an air marshal who must spring into action when he starts receiving texts from a fellow passenger, who promises to start killing others onboard unless his ransom demands are met. Neeson’s presence, some slick visuals and an unrelenting pace form director Jaume Collet-Serra nearly save the day but their fine efforts are undone but a third act that’s far too ridiculous to take seriously. 2 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 106 minutes.
This fascinating documentary from the illusionist duo Penn and Teller follows the efforts of inventor Tim Jenison to uncover the method Johannes Vermeer used to paint his progressive works of art and his attempt to recreate one of his works under similar conditions. This is a fascinating quest and the theory Jenison puts forth regarding the genesis of the artist’s work is compelling. However, Jenison himself is a less than charismatic and his bland nature runs counter to the film’s intriguing premise. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 80 minutes.
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3 Days to Kill
Kevin Costner is in full action mode as a Secret Service Agent who agrees to take on one last mission before retiring but hits a snafu when he has to watch out for his teen-aged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) while tracking down a ruthless terrorist. The film is nothing but a collection of gimmicks but somehow it all works as Costner plays the straight man to great effect. As chaos rains down upon him, he maintains a stoic demeanor whether trying to handle a meltdown of the teenage variety or a terrorist interrogation. 3 Stars (Kevin Costner) Rated PG-13. 113 minutes.
Chuck’s Classic Pick:
Michael Jordan is pulled into a cartoon dimension where he’s forced to hit the hard court with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Toons, who must emerge as victors or they will be enslaved by aliens. Great fun, the film is replete with pop culture allusions and basketball wonderment all set against a vibrant palette that begs to be rendered in a modern 3-D format. Credit Jordan who does a fine job playing off his animated co-stars who weren’t there in pre-production (for the most part, he was talking to a tennis ball on a stick) while Bill Murray shows up in a hilarious cameo. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 88 minutes.