Movies to Watch: “Wrath of Man,”The Paper Tigers” and “The Columnist”, Off The Strip

Movies to Watch: “Wrath of Man,”The Paper Tigers” and “The Columnist”

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If you want action, humor or a family-friendly tale, it’s all here

By Josh Bell | @signalbleed

New movies worth seeing in theaters this week bring action, humor and family-friendly adventure, and the top home viewing options include a couple of offbeat dark comedies.

“Wrath of Man”

Director Guy Ritchie and star Jason Statham reunite for this grim revenge thriller, starring Statham as an unexpectedly ruthless and deadly new recruit at an armored car company. The needlessly convoluted movie takes too long to reveal his true agenda, jumbling up a pretty basic story of a hardened man out for vengeance. But Statham is experienced at bringing soul and wit to his B-movie action heroes, and Ritchie stages some stylish, intense action set pieces, even if he abandons the trademark humor of his best crime movies.

Now playing in theaters.

“The Water Man”

Actor David Oyelowo’s directorial debut is a throwback kids-adventure movie, with its young protagonists on a quest to find a mythical figure. Shy loner Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) would do anything to help his cancer-stricken mother (Rosario Dawson), including seeking out a local urban legend known as the Water Man, with the help of sullen outcast Jo (Amiah Miller). The movie is really about coming to terms with loss and facing your fears, but Oyelowo keeps the story lively and doesn’t get too heavy-handed with the lessons.

Now playing in theaters.

“The Paper Tigers”

Three middle-aged friends attempt to recapture their martial-arts glory days in this amiable action comedy. Known as the Three Tigers in their teenage years, Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan) and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) are now slow-moving 40-somethings with knee problems and divorces. But when their former mentor is killed, they reunite to find the person responsible, mending old rifts and rediscovering passion and purpose along the way. Both the action and the humor are basic but entertaining, and the likable leads have great chemistry whether they’re sparring or joking.

Now playing in theaters and available for VOD rental.

“The Columnist”

This clever, twisted Dutch horror comedy gives a newspaper columnist the chance to really silence her critics. Katja Herbers plays a writer who’s constantly bombarded with insults and threats on social media, and offered no help from colleagues or authorities. So she decides to confront her tormentors in person, with deadly results. Herbers makes the title character both sympathetic and scary, and the movie delivers some sharp satire along with plenty of bloodshed. The message is blunt but brutal, just like the columnist herself.

Now available for VOD rental.


“15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bigfoot (#1 Will Blow Your Mind)”

As the title implies, this mockumentary takes on clickbait journalism, in the form of a pitch-perfect parody of Vice’s gonzo reporting. A reporter for the Vice-like Compound heads into the Georgia wilderness to seek out Bigfoot, although he’d really rather be working for PBS. Director Zach Lamplugh captures the ridiculousness of the hipster journalistic style while also building some genuine tension around the danger the characters face. The deadpan, absurdist jokes are consistently amusing, and there are some surprisingly sweet character arcs, too.

Now available for VOD rental.


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