by Tom Doty
“Jack Reacher” — Tom Cruise fans will enjoy this interpretation of the popular novels of Lee Child. The books follow a drifter who roams the country getting into adventures. He is a true wanderer who only carries a debit card and is unencumbered by car payments, mortgage woes, luggage or relationships. Fans of those books will have a harder time accepting Cruise as the titular character. The film is based on “One Shot.” In this story, Reacher is drawn to a town where a guy he knows has been accused of murder. He fully intends to help prove the guy did it, but soon unearths a conspiracy that means a lot of punishment will need to be meted out. This is a competently executed action drama, but it just doesn’t sell the main character as well as the novels.
“Fringe: The Final Season” — J.J. Abrams’ exceptional sci-fi series finally comes to an end with these episodes. You really have to watch these from the beginning (and avoid skipping any of them) as each offers a piece of a very large puzzle. Turns out our world is linked to one just like it (with minor, albeit very cool, differences). Someone has figured out how to cross between them and now we are all doomed as the worlds try to join, threatening to destroy one or both of them. The characters make this one sizzle and include Ana Torv as a righteous FBI agent on both worlds who falls in love with the son of the scientist whose actions may doom them all.
“Superman: Unbound” — The DC animated movies have been awesome and this one is no exception. Superman teams up here with Supergirl to take on the evil Brainiac. He is an evil robot who plans to add Metropolis to his prison of miniature cities. Lots of tongue in cheek dialogue, as super-powered people knock the snot out of each other.
“Mama” — Horror fans who favor shocks over gore will embrace this chiller. A couple adopt their nieces after they are found alone in the forest, where they have survived for five years. Coming back to civilization is an adjustment that is quickly threatened. Turns out there may have been a supernatural component to their survival, and it has come looking for them. Good stuff form Guillermo Del Toro (“The Orphanage”).
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