2 items from 2015
British spy thriller Newcomer has received a new trailer ahead of its premiere at Raindance Film Festival tonight in London. Check it out below…
Rookie Alex Hark (James Floyd, My Brother The Devil)’s tireless determination has earned him a spot on one of the most elite industrial espionage teams in the world. His mentor Daniel Frost (Anthony M. Lapaglia, Without A Trace) believes he is destined for greatness if he can just trust his eyes and ears.
On his first mission Alex serves as a lookout. He must keep the street clear. Alex softens when a woman needs help into the building, but moments later Alex listens over the radio as his entire team is killed. When he returns to the safe house his superiors listen to the recording of the mission and assume Alex is the killer. Escaping torture, Alex finds himself on the run in a foreign »
- Kat Kourbeti
As far as canine hero stories go, “Max” is a strangely mixed breed. A hodgepodge of corny coming-of-ager, inspirational boy-and-his-pup pablum, modern-day military tale and surprisingly violent PG-rated action thriller, it’s an all-around odd choice to release up against the big dogs of summer. Even if Warner Bros. hopes some of that “American Sniper” B.O. magic rubs off on a film ostensibly about a pooch overcoming Ptsd (“American Sniffer”?), woe be to the family-targeted movie competing with the likes of “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World.” Expect a bigger bite in ancillary.
Given the appeal of the Belgian Malinois (or, technically, six Belgian Malinois) playing the titular character, it’s almost a shame the film has to rely on generic bipeds to drive the action. That begins with Texan teen Justin Wincott (Josh Wiggins), who becomes Max’s de facto master after his older brother Kyle (Robbie Amell) is killed on an Afghanistan battlefield. »
- Geoff Berkshire
2 items from 2015
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