GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - DirectConversations.com film critic Tim Lammers reviews the latest Tom Cruise movie and a spy comedy.
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (PG-13): 1 1/2 stars (out of four); Kid Quotient: None
Tom Cruise’s action movie career is beginning to feel far out of reach with “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” the not-so-hotly-anticipated follow-up to the 2012 original.
Even though his 2015 blockbuster franchise entry “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” felt fresh, you begin to feel with the unnecessary “Jack Reacher” sequel that if you strip away all the gadgets and disguises from Cruise’s “Impossible” films, you’ll find a tired, old formula movie like “Never Go Back” – and in this case, it’s a substandard formula movie.
“Keeping Up With the Joneses” (PG-13): 2 stars (out of four); Kid Quotient: None
If the spy comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses” teaches us anything, Hollywood is having a really hard time keeping up with its quest for fresh and inspiring ideas. In short, the film has a talented cast but a tired premise, and fails to wring out even the mildest of laughs even though it stars a couple of very capable screen comedians.