A Week In Film #513: Weather with you

Ride Along
Very mediocre (at best) comedy, with flaky security guard Kevin Hart trying to impress surly would-be father-in-law (and veteran cop) Ice Cube. All the cliches you’d expect to be in there are there. Unexceptional and bland stuff from Tim Story.

The Purge: Election Year
James DeMonaco extends his dystopian vision of modern America with a somewhat more hopeful addition to the franchise; definitely not as good as the original, but not without interest. Frank Grillo makes a decent enough hardboiled everyman protagonist, now a security dude for anti-Purge politician Elizabeth Mitchell, though the most interesting strands involve ground level, neighbourhood types like bodega owner Mykelti Williamson and ambulance jockey Betty Gabriel.

De Palma
Interesting, straightforward, chronological doc by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, with plenty of insight from BdP.

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