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American Ultra (trailer above) A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg), who is in fact a government sleeper agent, is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. However, his girlfriend (Kristin Stewart) is determined to save him though an overzealous government agent (Topher Grace) is eager to take him out. Sporadically funny, the movie is initially charming as Eisenberg shows an innocent, humorous side of himself that’s not been seen before and proves refreshing. However, the slight plot catches up in the end and the repetitious nature of the story – agents try to kill our hero, he remembers a skill to dispatch them- makes this a bit of a bore. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 95 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.
The End of the Tour
The story of the five-day interview between “Rolling Stone” reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, “Infinite Jest.” Insightful in the way it examines the inner workings of an artist’s mind, this character study plays out like a version of “Amadeus” as Lipsky proves envious of Wallace’s work and struggles with presenting an accurate portrait of his subject. Segel and Eisenberg compliment each other wonderfully and their chemistry helps in making this a poignant work about the late author. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 106 minutes. ART.