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‘Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ ‘Valerian’ don’t deliver much in a weak week for DVDs

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By Rob Lowman

Fun idea, but the problem with “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the execution.

We have Samuel L. Jackson as the titular hitman and Ryan Reynolds as the guy assigned to protect him in this film from Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”). They don’t like each other much, but both have baggage and they commiserate over problems with the women in their lives. Then there’s shooting and explosions. The film aims pretty low and hits there.

Luc Besson trippy sci-fi film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is said to have cost more than $200 million. It stars Dane Dehaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) in the title role and English actress and model Cara Delevingne, and it’s set in the 28th century

The two play special agents to uncover a plot to destroy Alpha, the so-called City of a Thousand Planets where different species peacefully co-exist. But it’s unlikely you will remember the plot as you watch the film. The real attractions are Bresson’s dizzying special effects, hosts of bizarre alien creatures and colorful worlds.

Too bad the visuals weren’t tethered to something more solid.

The third season of the British crime series “The Fall” was probably unnecessary, but the psychological thriller was so good that there was a demand. The first two seasons were terrific as British detective (Gillian Anderson) tracks down and has something of a kinky relationship with a serial killer (“50 Shades’” Jamie Dornan). Season 3 does a passable job ending the story, but you have to watch the other seasons first.

NEW FILMS

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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Birth of the Dragon

Good Time

Beach Rats

Lemon

Crown Heights

Dark Signal

Jungle

Ryde

Savage Dog

Mule

The Villainess

Thumper

TELEVISION

The Fall: Season 3

The Librarians: Season 3

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