Take Me To The Movies: Incredibles 2, Tag

posted by Shelli Sonstein -

“Incredibles 2”

It took 14 (!!!!) years for the sequel but the story picks right up with where we left the Parr family. The big difference is like with so many other movies in these “Time’s Up” days, mom Helen, Elastigirl, gets center stage with the action while dad Bob (Mr. Incredible) has the challenges of being a house husband. Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson all return along with new additions Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk and in a much smaller role (maybe to be expanded in #3?) Sophia Bush – she’s the girl with turquoise colored hair. At 2 hours it could have been cut a bit but it’s fast-paced and still has the cool classic 60’s look with lots of jokes for the adults. “Incredibles 2” isn’t as incredible as #1 but then again, how many sequels other than “Godfather 2” equal the first? I went absolutely NUTS over the Pixar short that preceded the movie. Without a spoken word, I almost cried at the end.

3 ♥

“Tag”

This is the best comedy I’ve seen in years. I was blown away, especially since the trailer left me cold and actually dreading this movie! “Tag” is the comedy of the year. Fresh. Startling at times. Smart at times. And wait ‘til the surprise at the end. Plus, stay for the credits, which show the guys who inspired this movie about lifelong friends who each May play a game of tag. Ed Helms, John Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson (best known for TV’s “New Girl”) are outstanding with each character very well-drawn. Isla Fisher is crazy funny. Rashida Jones and Leslie Bibb are great. I never heard of director Jeff Tomsic or writers Rob McKittrick and Mark Stellan, but man- I can’t wait to see more of their work. And I am counting on a “Tag 2”.

4 ♥

“Gotti”

I wasn’t invited to see nor were any of my closest colleagues. I wanted to see it just to see how John Travolta does John Gotti. The only review I heard was from Gotti’s son, who loved it. One critic on “Rotten Tomatoes” says it’s mafia worship to the point of propaganda. Others call it stale and devoid of tension. Guess I got off easy not being invited to see it.

“Superfly”

I didn’t see. It’s a re-imagining of the 1972 Blaxploitation original with a drug dealer scoring one more deal before getting out of the biz. It gets 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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