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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Baywatch

Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is a lifeguard. He doesn’t just sit on the beach tanning all day. He saves lives and solves crimes with the help of CJ (Kelly Rohrbach) and Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera), his fellow lifeguards. They have three spots open on the team and Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron) thinks he has the spot without trying out. Mitch soon puts him in his place. He does end up making the team along with Ronnie (Jon Bass) and Summer (Alexandra Daddario). They soon stumble upon drugs and dead bodies. It all leads to the new resort owner, Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra). Will they be able to find the evidence before it is too late?

This wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be. I mean it wasn’t great but I love Dwayne Johnson so I could handle watching this movie. It did hold my attention and there was some good action. Rated R

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Bloodrunners

It takes so many people to make a movie and that’s what surprises me most about Bloodrunners, that no one said “this movie is bad and we should not make it”. However, it was still made and I watched the whole thing. The story takes place during prohibition and involves a crooked police department that shakes down local bars for bribe money. Things go awry when a new bar owned by ICE-T (aww yeah) pays the bribe but continues to run booze without the cops knowing. This leads to a standoff at which point we discover they’re not running booze but BLOOD! That’s right, ICE-T is also a vampire. Now the crooked cops have to fight the vamps and choose a “cathouse” for a base of operations. There’s also convoluted back story involving vamps in WWI, one of the cops got the local madame preggers before going to the war, and a gay man runs the entire operation as a front because a black man in charge would’ve been too crazy for the 30’s but apparently a gay man was totally fine??

My final take? I friggin’ loved this movie. It was so laughably terrible that it came back around to being good again. There was so much dialogue and exposition that I’m sure every rule of film school was broken. 4/5 stars.


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Free Fire

It is Boston 1978 and a gun deal is about to go down. In a warehouse two groups of people meet to make the exchange. Everything is going smoothly and is almost complete when two of the guys get into a fight and a gun is fired. Soon everyone is taking cover and shooting at each other. It soon becomes clear that there is a double cross in play. Who is going to make it out of this warehouse alive?

I didn’t know what to expect going into this movie but I was pleasantly surprised. It had action, some humor, and a twist. If you are in the mood for those things, then I recommend this movie. Starring, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, and Sharlto Copley. Rated R


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Manhattan Night

Porter Wren (Adrien Brody) is a newspaper man. He is stilling riding the high of finding a missing girl. With newspaper a dying art, he needs to stay relevant. He meets Caroline Crawley (Yvonne Strahovski), a wealthy, beautiful widow, who wants Wren to investigate her husband’s death. Wren becomes intrigued, not with just the case but also Caroline. He is soon sucked into the bizarre mystery that not only affects Caroline but soon is affecting Wren’s home life. Will he be able to solve this crime before he meets the same fate?

This was actually a pretty good mystery. You never really knew what was going to happen but when you do it was a little shocking.  Also starring, Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals. Rated R


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Collide

Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) is an American who winds up in Germany. He ends up staying and working for drug smugglers and falls in love with Juliette (Felicity Jones). He quits his job and lives happily with Juliette. Until she because sick and they need to get back to the States for an operation. He needs to make money quick and goes to his old boss. He is given a job to steal a truckload of drugs. When he fails, Juliette is kidnapped and now Casey will do anything to get her back, even if it means sacrificing himself.

This was a pretty good action movie. A lot of car chasing scenes that were fun and a pretty decent storyline. Also starring, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.  Rated PG-13


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The Take

Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is a con artist, currently working in Paris. He makes his living picking pockets, taking special orders from his clients. When he steals a bag containing a teddy bear, and not much else, he tosses it. Moments later, the bag explodes, leaving 4 people dead. The next day, Michael’s face, captured on CCTV, is all over the news as a suspect. The CIA assigns agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba) to the case. Briar, never one to play by the rules, captures Michael, but instead of taking him in, takes him to a secret interrogation spot, where he finds out that Michael is indeed telling the truth. Now, they’re not only on the run from the group responsible for the attack, but they’re also trying to track them down before they strike again.

As far as action and suspense go, this movie was pretty good. And while I love both Idris and Richard, unfortunately, as hard as they tried, the chemistry just wasn’t there. I just wasn’t buying into their comic/straight guy routine. Other than that though, definitely worth watching. Rated R. Also featuring Kelly Reilly and Charlotte Le Bon.


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Murder on the Orient Express

Daisy Armstrong was kidnapped and murdered in 1930. Of the two kidnappers only one was brought to justice. Five years later, Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) finds himself on the train, Orient Express. He is headed back to England for a case and was able to secure last minute passage on the train. While on the train a fellow passage, Ratchett (Richard Widmark), asks Poirot to be his bodyguard. Poirot declines and the next day Ratchett is found dead in his cabin. Now it is up to Poirot to solve the murder before the train arrives and the murderer gets away.

I am a big fan of Agatha Christie and this is a great movie to go along with the book. It is fun trying to guess who did it and even more fun when you find out. This one is being remade with Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, and Penelope Cruz. It will be out this November.

Also starring, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, and Michael York. Rated PG