This week at the movies: An exciting spy/action movie starring Charlize Theron, and an animated adventure that unlocks the secret world inside our smartphones.
Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on an impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier from within the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through a deadly game of spies.
Mystery/Thriller. Rated R. Directed by David Leitch. 1h 55m.
What the Internet Says:
“‘Atomic Blonde’ mixes best bits of Bond, Bourne, and Wick… 90% of the folks wanting to see ‘Atomic Blonde’ this weekend are going because they want to see Charlize Theron as a super special agent as she fights bad guys, crashes cars, shoots folks and looks really good doing it. In that sense, yeah, you’re going to get your money’s worth with ‘Atomic Blonde.’” — Forbes
“Cinematographer Jonathan Sela does excellent work with some very complex fight choreography, capturing the mayhem in deep, saturated tones, and the film presents a believable facsimile of 1989 Germany.” — Variety
“Playing the closest thing we have currently to a female Bond in ‘Atomic Blonde,’ Theron delivers an electric performance that’s brutal and sexy at the same time… The real things to marvel at are the insane action sequences that seem scarily real. Theron did most of the action herself, and it gives the movie an authentic feel that will satisfy the most snobbish action movie fan.” — Business Insider
Watch the trailer here.
The Emoji Movie
Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone's very existence. Also starring the voices of Steven Wright, Patrick Stewart, Christian Aguilera, Sophia Vergara, Anna Faris, and Maya Rudolph.
Animated/Family. Rated PG. Directed by Tony Leondis. 1h 31m.
What the Internet Says:
“Sony Pictures’ decision to make an animated movie about the secret lives of happy- and frowney-faced emojis drew plenty of eye rolls two years ago when the project was first revealed. But ‘The Emoji Movie,’ centered around the popular texting icons, is hoping to bring tears of joy to executives’ faces with its box office returns — and merchandise sales.” — Los Angeles Times
Our Take: This funny movie is definitely on the silly side, but it also has a positive message that’s great for young kids to hear. With its all-star cast and modern humor, grown-ups will enjoy going to see this one, too. *Insert smiley face emoji here!*