Tommy Lee Jones has a career of crusty and cantankerous curmudgeons stretching back nearly 50 years. From working oil rigs in Texas, Jones ended up at Harvard rooming with eventual US Vice-President Al Gore. Despite some early successes in The Coal Miner’s Daughter and The Executioner’s Song, the veteran career actor really didn’t become a star until the early 1990s: after over 20 years of putting in his dues. Lonesome Dove, JFK, Under Siege, and then his Oscar-winning turn in The Fugitive turned him into one of Hollywood’s most reliable actors. Jones’s Texas roots always give him a grounded authenticity whether he’s playing a Man in Black, an ally of Lincoln, a military man or a grieving father. He is a master of economy with emotional range, allotting just enough for what the scene requires, but always leaving the audience with a feeling that there’s more going on behind his steely gaze. Quite simply, if you see Tommy Lee Jones is in a movie, you have to pay attention to it.
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Just Getting Started is an action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run about an ex-FBI agent (Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program (Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.
You can never dismiss a Morgan Freeman movie out-of-hand. Paired with Tommy Lee Jones, this looks like it could be fun under the direction of Ron Shelton (Tin Cup, Bull Durham), Just Getting Started is scheduled for a December 8, 2017 release.
If you ignore the tacked-on Bourne Legacy, the Bourne series has been the standard in action-adventure. It’s grounded realism and intelligent plots were a good part of the reason the Bond series had to be dragged out of the 1970’s. Jason Bourne is the first film reuniting series star Matt Damon and director of films two and three, Paul Greengrass, in nine years. Was Bourne going to be back to his old tricks, or should this series have ended with The Bourne Ultimatum? Continue reading Movie Review: Jason Bourne (2016) *Is Bourne Back?*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 29th brings three distinctly different films to challenge the crew of the Enterprise. Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in the self-titled fifth installment in the Bourne Saga. Moms everywhere get their own Hangover as Bad Moms with Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell opens. The weekend’s other opener, Nerve, stars Emma Roberts in a thriller aimed primarily at teens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/29/2016) – Jason Bourne, Bad Moms, Nerve
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started eight years ago this week with the release of 2008’s Iron Man. Fast-forward to 2016 and the first weekend in May is now Marvel Weekend. They park a film here every year, and every year, advance an ongoing film universe that now contains four TV shows (with four more planned) and is on its 13th installment with Captain America: Civil War. It is well on its way to becoming the most prolific (it should pass the Bond franchise for most installments in a series around 2020) and successful film franchise in history. The cornerstone of the Marvel Universe is Captain America. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) “Grenade!”