We kick off the week with the highly anticipated sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap. A decade after the events of Zombieland, the four apocalypse surviving friends, the tough-as-nails zombie exterminator, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), his rule-making comrade, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), the free-spirited huntress, Wichita (Emma Stone) and her younger sister, Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have taken up residence at the White House and are enjoying life in their zombie filled world. But as Little Rock starts to yearn for something more after learning of a peaceful commune called Babylon, she sets out to look for a new life. But is Babylon really the paradise it seems to be?
Zombieland was a huge hit in 2009 and it is frankly amazing it took 10 years for a sequel to finally see the light of day. But director Ruben Fleischer returns and delivers more of what everyone loved in the first film. The reuniting of Harrelson, Eisenberg, Stone and Breslin is what makes the movie great and the same laughs, zombie carnage and fun is to be had all over again. As an added bonus we also get Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch as new characters that bear uncanny resemblances to Tallahassee and Columbus with hilarious results. Return to the apocalypse with Zombieland: Double Tap and have a good time.
Next up is a great new cop thriller, Black and Blue. Naomie Harris stars as rookie cop Alicia West who is paired up on her shift with veteran Deacon Brown (James Moses Black). But when Brown goes on an unscheduled stop West witnesses three men murdered by a detective (Frank Grillo). Now West is on the run from her own fellow officers as the corrupt cops call in their friends to hunt her down in the New Orleans night. With only a local shop owner to help her (Tyrese Gibson), West must survive and get her bodycam footage into the right hands.
Black and Blue is a fantastically exciting, nonstop, fast paced cat and mouse police thriller. Harris is excellent in the lead role, Gibson gives one of his best performances and Grillo is a gritty and deadly villain. Director Dean Taylor keeps things fast and tight and the New Orleans nighttime setting is a character in itself. Highly recommended.
Lastly this week is another action flick, The Courier. The always underrated Olga Kurylenko stars as a courier specializing in high risk deliveries. Her new job is to deliver a package to an FBI safehouse protecting a man, Nick Murch (Amit Shah) who is set to testify against powerful crime lord Ezekiel Mannings (Gary Oldman). But when the delivery is intercepted and they try to kill her, the courier devotes herself to protecting Nick and making sure they survive the night trapped in a parking garage.
The Courier is an old school 80s style one location actioner that delivers on the action packed goods. Kurylenko is a prolific actor and rarely gets the credit she deserves. She is great here in a role that might be played by the liked of Jason Statham if a man was cast, but Kurylenko holds her own against any male action star and makes action scenes that may be otherwise drab into fun set pieces, especially considering most of the movie only takes place in a parking garage. Oldman is a stock villain here and doesn’t get much screen time, but chews it up best he can when on screen. Action fans should get a kick out of The Courier.
Also of note this week is the new animated incarnation of The Addams Family featuring the voice work of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Finn Wolfhard, the new Kevin Smith genital-joke bonanza Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and the new documentary Bluebird profiling the famous Bluebird café in Nashville.
Until next week movie lovers!
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday January 21, 2020
Back to Natural
Black and Blue
Boruto : Naruto Next Generations Set 4
Castle Freak – Remastered
Ever After (Endzeit)
Gregory's Girl (1981)*
Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)*
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
Kitten with a Whip (1964)*
Le Petit Soldat* - Criterion Collection
Matlock: The Complete Series
Mommy/Mommy 2 25th Anniversary Special Edition*
Mrs. Lowry And Son
Shimmer and Shine: Splash into Zahramay Oceanea!
Sliding Doors: Collector's Edition (1998)
Sprinter: Special Edition
Step Up: Year of the Dance
Style Queens Episode 1: Kate Middleton
Style Queens Episode 2: The Kardashians
Summer Days with Coo (2007)*
The Addams Family (2019)
The Freedom to Marry
The Habit of Beauty
The House by the Cemetery (1981) Limited Edition*
The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang
The Quest a.k.a. Frog Dreaming (1986)*
The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) SteelBook Edition
The Watchman's Canoe
Zombieland: Double Tap
*Catalog Blu-ray debut