BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
2017, RLJE Films, 132 min, USA, Dir: S. Craig Zahler

BONE TOMAHAWK director S. Craig Zahler’s sophomore feature follows Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn), a former boxer turned drug runner who is incarcerated after a deal goes horribly wrong. Sentenced to serve time under the watch of the sadistic Warden Tuggs (Don Johnson), Thomas must fight to stay alive and to protect those he loves. In lesser hands this narrative could have beaten a pedestrian path, but here Zahler flirts with viewers, deliberately taking his time to establish Vaughn’s character until he arrives at prison and metamorphoses into a killing machine that is part Frankenstein monster, part shark from JAWS and part monster truck.


ALEX OF VENICE
2014, Screen Media Films, 86 min, USA, Dir: Chris Messina

Actor Chris Messina makes his directorial debut with this character-driven drama about personal reinvention. Environmental attorney Alex Vedder (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has thrown herself into her work at the expense of her marriage; when her husband (Messina) leaves, Alex must juggle the demands of her aging father, introverted son and eccentric sister all by herself. Though this couldn’t have happened at a worse time - just as she’s been given the biggest case of her career - it may be the wake-up call that Alex needs to hold her family together. With Don Johnson.


G.I. JOE: THE MOVIE
1987, 93 min, Japan, USA, Dir: Don Jurwich

In this feature-length spinoff of the beloved 1980s TV show, the G.I. Joe soldiers join newest hero Lt. Falcon (Don Johnson) to take on the evil forces of Cobra, whose ancient Lovecraftian history is revealed as a new enemy, Golobulus (Burgess Meredith), enters the scene. Featuring many of the same cast members as THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, with Wally Burr once again directing the voices of Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Dan Gilvezan, Neil Ross, Corey Burton, Jack Angel and Gregg Berger, with Joe regulars Michael Bell, Bill Ratner and wrestler Sgt. Slaughter.


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