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At the Movies: March 2

March 01, 2018

Death Wish

Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city's violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media's attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel -- or the Grim Reaper itself.

R. Drama/Crime. Directed by Eli Roth. 1h. 48m.

What the Internet Says:

“There are two trailers for the new movie and the difference in tone is fascinating (one is scored with AC/DC’s anthemy ‘Back in Black,’ the other is considerably less rollicking in spirit).” – Chicago Tribune

“The remake appears to stick to the man-on-the-edge premise of the original.” ­– The Guardian

Our Take: If you saw the original “Death Wish” film in the ‘70s, then seeing this long-awaited reimagined/remake is an absolute must. This flick is nostalgic, but also fresh. Bruce Willis fans will enjoy this one.  

Red Sparrow

Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent Joel Edgerton) who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

R. Mystery/Spy. Directed by Francis Lawrence. 2h 20m.

What the Internet Says:

Ms. Lawrence goes all in, seamlessly meeting the movie’s physical demands — whether she’s dancing onstage or crawling in blood — while turning Dominika into a character who grows more real with each unreal scene.” ­– The New York Times

“Lawrence, in this movie, shows you what true screen stardom is all about.” ­– Variety

Our Take: From the same creator that brought you the last three “Hunger Games,” “Red Sparrow” is visceral and full of chilling suspense. If you enjoy spy movies, you will not want to miss this one.