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American Ultra Action-Packed So Tightly

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Ever wonder how the Bourne series would’ve turned out if Jason Bourne had been a chronic pothead?

Yeah, me neither. But it seems Director Nima Nourizadeh did. And he turned that thought into American Ultra, a film about a stoner whose world is rattled when he learns he’s an assassin, trained and now hunted down by the government.

With Jesse Eisenberg as the always-blitzed Mike Howell, we’re certain to get an interesting account of what it’s like to feel compelled to complete a secret mission when all you really want to do is smoke a joint and eat Funions. What a drag, dude. But hey, at least he’s got his stoner girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), he can count on. (And I’m sure K-Stew plays that role marvelously.)

Yes, this is The Bourne Identity with an adolescent twist–a series of “holy shit,” explosive action followed by a witty or otherwise amusing punchline. And though I’m not sure how kind it is to appeal to an already paranoid target audience with a comedy covered in conspiracy theory, I find the hybrid of genres interesting and look forward to checking it out.

Out in theaters August 21st.

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Anticipating the World’s End

If you are not a fan of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost duo, leave now. Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
We are not of the same kind.

However, if you are, you will share in my excitement in anticipating their new upcoming film, The World’s End (in theaters August 23rd).

Both Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright previously wrote Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. With this latest film, they’ll be wrapping up the trilogy, telling the story of five long-time friends who have reunited after 20 years to complete the ultimate pub crawl!

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Wit & Humor, Ammo for A Gun in Each Hand

Last night I attended a screening (hosted by the Miami International Film Festival) of Una pistola en cada mano (A Gun in Each Hand) at the Tower Theater in Little Havana. Spanish director Cesc Gay collaborated with Tomás Aragay and a cast of exceptionally talented actors, including Jordi Mollá (Blow and Bad Boys II), to create a film about eight men in their forties, each handling a personal crisis.

The trailer is what got me.

Dialogue dominates this film. There is no gun, not a shot fired, not a single chase. And yet, I clung to every word, every eyebrow lift, every quirky smile. Each scene plays a new scenario with an exchange of words just as intense as the one before it. The most physical movement you get is a slow car ride; so if you’re into fast-paced action films, this is not for you.

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