SKYSCRAPER
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 07/13/2018
Running Time: 102
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan.
Crew: Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Producers: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, James Bitoni, Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Petra Hottorf, Ali Mendes, Mary Parent and David Siegel. Executive Producers: Dany Garcia, Eric Jedauat, Wendy Jacobson, Eric McLeod and Ali Mendes. Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Cinematographer: Robert Elswit.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

In his latest action-packed movie “Skyscraper,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the world’s tallest building and saves the day once again.

While it’s becoming almost routine to see Johnson in so many of these heroic films like “Rampage,” “San Andreas,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and I’ll even throw in “Baywatch,” there’s a reason for it. “The Rock” has become a bona fide movie star. He truly lights up the screen.

In “Skyscraper,” which is part “Die-Hard” and “The Towering Inferno,” Johnson plays a former FBI Rescue Team leader named Will Sawyer.

He was top dog with the agency, but
Will couldn’t prevent a guy from blowing his family to smithereens during a domestic dispute. Will lost a leg during the confrontation.

Ten years later, Will has tried to put the incident behind him. He and his lovely Navy surgeon wife Sarah (Neve Campbell, TV’s “House of Cards”) have two adorable kids Georgia (McKenna Roberts, TV’s “Timeless”) and Henry (Noah Cottrell). Will gets around just fine now with a prosthetic leg.

In fact, Will has a nice gig working as a high-end security agent for different companies all over the world. He was recently hired to review the security measures at the world’s tallest and newest high-tech skyscraper in Hong Kong called “The Pearl” which is owned by billionaire Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and TV’s “Lethal Weapon”).

This place is unlike any building you’ve ever seen. It houses a “city in the sky,” has lavish apartments, a terrarium and too many amenities to name.

It’s a treat for Will to be working with his former colleague Ben (Pablo Schreiber, “Den of Thieves) and to bring his family along so they can experience the luxury facility.

It turns out that Zhao (Han) has some shady business dealings with some terrorists who are led by Kores Botha (Roland Møller, TV’s “Beck”).

They aren’t too pleased with their end of the deal. Consequently, they’re about to raid “The Pearl” and set it on fire to make a statement to Zhao. And Ben (Schreiber) is somehow connected to this unfolding plot too and winds up double crossing Will.

Now, Will’s family is trapped inside with the gun-toting goons. Will goes into full beast mode to get them out and methodically kill these guys.

Of course, we all know how this is going to play out. “The Rock” always wins.

Still, there is so much fierce action in “Skyscraper” and some surprise twists along the way that will make you anxious particularly when Will places himself in several amazing life and death situations.

That crane scene is a real doozy. So is the incredibly staged fight sequence between Will and Ben as Ben shows no mercy on Will’s prosthetic leg and nearly gets the best of him.

“Skyscraper,” from director Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Central Intelligence”) delivers mighty, big thrills. Thanks to Johnson, it rocks.

Be sure to catch my N2Entertainment.net movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Check Out This Trailer For "SKYSCRAPER"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.
 

Rated: PG
Opens: 07/13/2018
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Rated: R
Opens: 07/13/2018
Sorry To Bother You

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 07/06/2018
Ant-Man And The Wasp

Rated: R
Opens: 07/06/2018
The First Purge

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 06/29/2018
Uncle Drew

Rated: R
Opens: 06/13/2018
Superfly


OLD SCHOOL VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

Now with summer behind us, the arrival of fall means weekends attending and watching plenty of football games. Whether they’re college, pro or high school, I’m all over them.

And when it comes to football movies, few move me as much as the 1971 drama...
NEW ON DVD

A Quiet Place Title: A Quiet Place
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: John Krasinski
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"A QUIET PLACE"

I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie theater and everyone was fixated on the screen as soon as the movie started. I mean no one uttered a single word throughout the film. Yet, that’s the incredible effect director John Krasinski’s little horror movie, “A Quite Place” had on audiences.

This is the one movie horror fans will want to feature prominently in their collection and enjoy multiple times.

“A Quiet Place” isn’t your typical dystopian, alien horror movie either. Krasinski and screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (“Nightlight”) bring a thoroughly exciting wrinkle to the game.

In “A Quiet Place,” Earth has been invaded by this fast moving, nasty, toothy, predator looking monsters. No one knows how they got here or why, but they have devoured most everyone on the planet. And get this, these creatures are blind, yet have a keen sense of hearing.

Somehow one family from upstate New York has been smart enough to stay quiet and not get eaten by these beasts. Remember, if they hear you, they will hunt you down and kill you.

So, while silence is golden, it’s not always easy to accomplish for Lee Abbott (Krasinski), his wife, Evelyn (Krasinski’s real life wife Emily Blunt, “Sicario”) and their two young kids, Marcus (Noah Jupe, “Suburbicon”) and daughter Regan played by Millicent Simmonds, “Wonderstruck”) who is actually deaf.

A sneeze, a dropped toy and dish or even whispering too loud could spell an immediate end to the Abbotts who often stay hunkered down in their sturdy farmhouse.

It’s a good thing they all know sign language. It’s kept them alive so far. Actually, one of the family members, little Beau (Cade Woodward) gets tragically picked off early in the movie and it sets the tone for the terror that’s ahead. Even venturing out to search for food and medicine is extremely risky.

Did I mention Evelyn is pregnant? When she steps on a nail while walking down to the basement, you want to scream for her. When she drops her lantern it alerts the monsters.

Talk about bad timing. She goes into labor down in the basement and has no one to help her since the rest of the family is out fishing and gathering food.

While Evelyn tries an inventive measure to control her newborn’s crying, it’s short lived as her movements awaken the sleeping giants in a horrific way.

Although Krasinski is best known for his star turn in the hit TV show “The Office,” I was more impressed with his performance in Michael Bay’s 2016 big screen drama, “13 Hours.” But, who knew this dude had this kind of movie inside him?

It's Krasinski’s attention to detail as a director; along with the nuances he brings to "A Quite Place" that makes it feel so daring, unique and such a triumph. I loved every scary second of it too.
(Highly Recommended).

Blockers <b> (July 3) </b> Title: Blockers (July 3)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 102
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Kay Cannon
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“BLOCKERS”

This is shaping up to be a good year for comedies. So far, some of the funniest have been “Uncle Drew,” “Book Club,” “Game Night,” “Overboard” and yes, even “Blockers.”

With “Blockers”—actually titled “C--k blockers,” debuting director Kay Cannon (“Pitch Perfect” series and TV’s “30 Rock”) has managed to juggle crudeness and raunchiness with plenty of old fashioned sentimentality. The result is a surprisingly hilarious and heart-warming comedic caper.

“Blockers” centers around three high school girls, Julie (Kathryn Newton, TV’s Supernatural”), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan, TV’s Miracle Workers”) and Sam (Gideon Adlon, TV’s American Crime”). They’ve known each other since pre-school.

They’re no longer little girls and are about to approach that rite of passage: Prom Night. Julie (Newton) is the most adventurous of the bunch and is madly in love with her cute boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips, TV’s “Riverdale” and “The Good Wife”). Kayla is crushing on Connor (Miles Robbins, son of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon) who is a man-bun wearing, small time campus drug dealer.

As for Sam (Adlon), she’s not sure if she likes boys or girls. Although she hangs out with her nerdy friend Chad (Jimmy Bellinger, TV’s “The Middle Finger”) all signs point to Angelica (Ramona Young, TV’s “Santa Clarita Diet”) being her true hook up.

Each of the girls make a pact that they are going to lose their virginity on prom night. They talk in very graphic detail about how they expect things to go down.

That’s before Julie’s single parent mom Lisa (a hilarious Leslie Mann, “How to Be Single”) finds out about what the girls are up to from an emoji laden text she notices on Julie’s computer.

Sam’s divorced and insecure father Hunter (a hilarious Ike Barinholtz, “Suicide Squad” and “The Disaster Artist”) can’t believe it and Kayla’s overprotective and super sensitive dad, Mitchell (a scene-stealing John Cena, TV’s “Dallas & Robo”) goes ballistic much to the surprise of his wife Marcie (Sarayu Blue, TV’s “No Tomorrow”).

Each parent remembers what they did on prom night and the thought of their daughters getting wild and crazy is just way too much for them to deal with. So, Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell scheme to “block” their kid’s sexcapades.

This is when “Blockers” hits its stride. The parent’s night is filled with some of the most outlandish comedic bits and sight gags. Not all of them are home-runs, but most of them fly.

What also makes “Blockers” stand out from so many other similar R-rated movies, is screenwriters Brian and Jim Kehoe give each character their own space to shine.

Hannibal Buress has a small role as the new husband of Hunter’s ex and their exchange is priceless. Gina Gershon (“Shotgun”) and Gary Cole (TV’s “Chicago Fire”) star as Austin’s sexually liberated parents.

Kay Cannon keeps this raunch-fest firing on all cylinders. “Blockers” is an exceptional teen comedy that leaves a good lasting impression.
(Highly Recommended).

Unsane <b>(June 19)</b> Title: Unsane (June 19)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 97
Production Company: Bleecker Street/20th Century fox
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

”UNSANE”

“Unsane” is an insanely good psychological thriller from director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic” and the “Ocean’s” trilogy).

Soderbergh filmed this creepy, pulse-pounder on his iPhone which is further proof that you don’t need a super-sized budget to make a very good movie.

In “Unsane” Claire Foy from TV’s “The Crown,” stars as Sawyer Valentini. She’s recently moved from Boston to Pennsylvania looking for a fresh start and mainly to escape the weirdo guy named David (Joshua Leonard, TV’s “Scorpion”) that she met while caring for her sickly father.

This guy fell hard for Sawyer and started stalking her.

Now, Sawyer is trying as best she can to shake the haunting memories of this creep. On occasion, she visits a local mental health clinic for counseling.

But one day while there, she lets her guard down, signs a consulting form without reading the fine print and winds up involuntarily confined to the facility for a week.

It turns into one hellish stay for Sawyer. Yeah, her past is still an issue, but she’s nowhere near as crazy as the people she’s being forced to room with at this place. For starters, there’s Violet (Juno Temple, “Wonder Wheel”), whose real name should be Violent since she can’t stand Sawyer and plans to stab her when she goes to sleep.

And the staff at this place seems off their meds too. Nurse Boles (Polly McKie, TV’s “Frenemies”) has little compassion for the patients and treats them terribly especially Sawyer. But Nurse Boles is the least of Sawyer’s problems. It’s the new orderly that’s in charge of dispensing medication to everyone that has her doing a double take.

That’s because he looks a lot like David, her stalker. In fact, it is David. This guy has followed her to the mental facility using a bogus name and has everyone fooled.

Sawyer goes ballistic when none of the authorities there—including the security cops--believe her when she tells them that David is a phony, has a criminal past and plans to probably kill her.

Fortunately, Sawyer befriends Nate, (a terrific Jay Pharoah, TV’s “SNL” and “BoJack Horseman”) who is also a patient. Still, something seems odd about Nate. It’s like he doesn’t belong there either.

Nate has somehow managed to sneak in a cell phone. Sawyer, makes him an offer to use it and secretly calls her mother Angela (Amy Irving, “Confetti”) and explains her nightmarish situation. She's even talked to a cop (Matt Damon, "Downsizing") who offers her sound advice.

However, when Sawyer's mom arrives, getting her daughter out of the place isn’t very easy, despite her threatening to hire an attorney. And what happens to her is chilling to say the least.

Plus, the more Sawyer gets closer to exposing the nutso David and the mental institution’s fraudulent game they’re running with patients and their insurance companies, the more riveting “Unsane” becomes.
(Recommended).

Tyler Perry's Acrimony <b>( June 26) </b> Title: Tyler Perry's Acrimony ( June 26)
Year Released: 2018
Running Time: 120
Production Company: Tyler Perry Studios
Director: Tyler Perry
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"ACRIMONY"

Taraji P. Henson, star of the hit TV show “Empire,” is a force to be reckoned with in Tyler Perry’s new revenge thriller, “Acrimony.”

As expected, Perry who produced, wrote and directed “Acrimony,” goes for the jugular at every turn and gets the best from his cast which also includes the sensational Lyriq Bent (TV’s “She’s Gotta Have It” and Ajiona Alexus (TV’s “Empire”).

When we first meet Melinda (Henson) she’s seated in a courtroom consumed with anger and staring into space as a judge admonishes her for failing to obey a restraining order from her ex-husband Robert (Bent).

Next, it’s on to her therapist meeting. Melinda explains the cause of her failed relationship and how it destroyed her life.

Things started out so promising too. Melinda (Ajiona Alexus playing the younger version of Henson) met Robert (Antonio Madison, TV’s “Greenleaf”) in college. Despite being from the wrong side of the tracks, he was a smart, chemical engineering student. She admired his drive and ambition. Robert introduced Melinda to not just great sex, but turned her on to other things like appreciating new music and singers like Nina Simone.

He tells Melinda that his invention of a self-charging battery will be a game changer and make him wealthy beyond belief.

Robert swears that when it does, he wants her to be part of that dream and his world. The goal is to sell his idea to the Prescott & Howard Technological Company, a corporate giant that’s created a lottery system that lures young, creative talent much like Robert.

Melinda believes in Robert and is seduced by his good looks and charm. So much so, that she helps him get his project started by tapping into the $350,000 that she inherited from her recently deceased mother. They wind up getting married and she even buys Robert a car. Love is not only blind, but downright foolish at times especially when Melinda finds out that Robert has been lying to her and she catches him with another woman (Shavon Kirksey, TV’s “The Crisis”).

They manage to work through that ordeal and Robert (now played by Bent) keeps plugging away with his pet project. He also continues to turn to Melinda to help him finance it.

Eventually he spends every dime of her money only to discover the Prescott company isn’t initially interested in his battery.

Now humiliated and broke, Melinda is left to pick up the pieces and tries to start over with a new guy she meets named DeVon (Jay Hunter, TV’s “If Loving You is Wrong”). He’s nice and all, but just doesn’t measure up like Robert did.

Wouldn’t you know that Robert finally gets his break with Prescott & Howard and he’s soon rolling in money. He arrives at Melinda’s job and hands her a check for $10 million along with the keys to his mother’s house that they lost in foreclosure.

It’s his way of apologizing for everything. Melinda also sees it as an opportunity to perhaps patch things up and start over with him. They do still love each other, much to the dismay of her family and friends.

When Melinda pays Robert a visit at his posh, penthouse apartment, she’s stunned to find Diana (now Crystle Stewart, TV’s “Too Close to Home”) there. Diana even gloats to Melinda about their upcoming wedding.

When Melinda hears that, she cranks up the crazy and goes after Robert and Diana with all her might.
(Highly Recommended).
  MOVIE TRIVIA
 
Billy Dee Williams Starred In Which Of These Baseball Movies.
"The Bad News Bears
"One In A Million"
"Bang The Drum Slowly'"
" The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings"
 
  "REEL" MOVIE NEWS
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT SACRAMENTO'S ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE ON JULY 5

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp: The IMAX Experience.”

In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.

As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

“Ant-Man and The Wasp: The IMAX Experience” opens July 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

ABOUT IMAX: The IMAX release of “Ant-Man and The Wasp” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D Experience and the IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that makes audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and show times, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.


SEGFAULT FACTORY FILM STUDIOS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

FACTORY FILM STUDIO ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO “SEGFAULT”

Factory Film Studio recently announced that they have acquired North American distribution Rights to Finder Scope Films’ “Segfault.”

The unique film, written and directed by Robert Paschall Jr. and starring Shannon Lucio, (TV’s “American Horror Stories”) was received to critical and audience acclaim at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017.

“Segfault” is tentatively set to premiere in the fall in many major cities across North America, including: Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Vancouver, and Houston.

“We know Factory Film Studio knows perfectly well what kind of audiences are going to be intrigued by this film that was made in the spirit of absolute freedom." said Paschall.

From Factory Film Studio CCO, Michael Lilly, “This movie was made in less than 24 hours, and with a lead actress who was given no script, storyline or even a character name. It’s not often that we see a movie that is as perceptive, innovative and suspenseful as this. We are excited to bring it to the North American audience.”

ABOUT SEGFAULT:

The Story: Without any memory of who she is or her past, Blair (Shannon Lucio) wakes up in a hotel room with a dead body. After receiving a mysterious phone call, she flees in search of answers and is immediately pursued by a corrupt organization that is determined to keep the truth of her identity concealed. With the help of Victoria (Cassie Shea Watson) and Frank (Stephen Brodie), Blair is confronted with a sequence of startling discoveries that exposes a reality she never could've imagined.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from IMAX publicity department press releases.


JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM THE IMAX EXPERIENCETO OPEN AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE ON JUNE 21

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.

Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom The IMAX Experience” will open on June 21 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

The IMAX release of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D Experience and the IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION:

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined.

Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from IMAX publicity.