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Kung Fu Panda 3

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! (C) Fox

Scott’s Take

Much like the Despicable Me series and of course the Minions, Kung Fu Panda is a series I can’t really get into. Of course kids love it and that’s what these films are geared to do, but I tend to gravitate more toward Disney and Pixar as their films tend to fare well with adults and kids alike.

Eye in the Sky

The moral implications of modern warfare are confronted in Bleecker Street’s powerful drama, Eye in the Sky, coming to Digital HD on June 14, 2016 and Blu-ray(TM), DVD and On Demand on June 28, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tackling an ethical dilemma in a thought-provoking suspenseful story, the gritty film stars Academy Award (R) Winner, Helen Mirren (Trumbo, The Queen), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” Need for Speed), Academy Award (R) Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips), Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) in his final on-screen performance. Eye in the Sky “holds us in a vise and keeps squeezing” according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Directed by Academy Award (R) Winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender’s Game) and written by Guy Hibbert (“Complicit,” Five Minutes of Heaven), Eye in the Sky follows Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Using remote surveillance and on-the-ground intelligence, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year-old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of American and British government, over the moral, political and personal implications of modern military operations.

Scott’s Take

This is the one i’m looking forward to seeing this week. I have friend’s tell me they had a problem with the film because it’s too stressful, that is the whole point. Sign. Me. Up.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

SNL alumni Tina Fey steps into the well worn shoes of journalist Kim Barker in Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which details her years as a reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan beginning in 2002.

Scott’s Take

This one reminds me to much of the dreadful Our Brand is Crisis with Sandra Bullock. It’s something I’ll watch when I get the time, but I’m not going out of my way to make the time.

 

Next Week

I’m going Eye in the Sky this week.  Next week is a low week as we come off the July 4th holiday weekend. We have House of Cards: Season Four, By the Sea with Brangelina, and the international hit, The Mermaid. Have a great week everyone.