A former killer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), aging former marine scout sniper Henry Brogan (Smith) retires after a botched assassination and struggles to adjust to his new life. When he finds out that his former colleagues are being murdered, Brogan realizes he was deceived by his corrupt former boss, Janet Lassiter (Emond), and GEMINI director Clay Varris (Owen).When the organization that he once killed for attempts to neutralize the retired marksman, Brogan and fellow agent Danny Zakarweski (Winstead)must face off against a dangerous GEMINI asset, the younger versionof Brogan himself. Director:Ang Lee. Stars: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Douglas Hodge, Ralph Brown, LindaEmond.2019.117 mins. Action.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
When heartthrob film and television star John F. Donovan (Harington) dies suddenly after a slew of scandals, few are more distressed than 11-year-old Rupert Turner (Tremblay).He's been writing fan letters to the star since the age of six, and the now adult Turner (Schnetzer), an up-and-coming actor himself, publishes his collection of revealing letters with the closeted star. In an interview with Audrey Newhouse (Newton), Turner expresses a willingness to turn the tragedy of his lifelong confidante's passing into apersonal exercise of staying true to one's self. Director:Xavier Dolan. Stars:Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Jared Keeso, Emily Hampshire, Ben Schnetzer. 2019.123 mins. Drama.
The Turkey Bowl
Though he has settled nicely into a respectable life in the city, Patrick Hodges (Hansen), a former high school quarterback, is lured back to his rural Midwestern hometown for the Thanks giving holiday. His childhood friends get him there under the false pretense that his best friend, Mitchell (Jones), has died. The purpose of this forced Thanksgiving reunion is to coerce Hodges into finishing the legendary Turkey Bowl, a football game famously snowed out 15 years earlier. The old friends face off once again against their bitter cross town rivals, The Badgers. While home for the holiday, Hodges realizes, with the help of Ronnie (Ritchson) and Mitchell, that he might miss the small-town life more than he let on.
Director: Greg Coolidge. Stars: Alan Ritchson, Matt Jones, Brett Cullen, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Hager, John Beasley, Ashley Fink. 2019. 120mins. Comedy.