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Kyla’s Movie Review

ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13) - Starring Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson and Robert Patrick. This is based on the 1979 book written by Scott Spenser and a remake of the 1981 film. This is about the boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the girl just waiting to be freed from her prison of privilege. Pettyfer and Wilde play high school graduates David Eliot and Jade Butterfield. David works in his father’s (Patrick) auto repair shop while Jade is being groomed by her father (Greenwood) to follow him into a career in medicine. The back story requires us to take a number of things on faith. Where the original story is about how David increasingly obsesses over Jade, the movie is about how Jade’s father can’t let go. He’s turned his late son’s bedroom into a shrine, has a medical internship lined up for his daughter before her freshman year of college and has a private detective digging into David’s past. RATING: B-

3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13) - Starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Thomas Lemarquis and Richard Sammel. Costner plays Ethan Renner, a CIA agent who is diagnosed with a form of inoperable brain cancer that causes him to black out at inopportune moments (like when he’s about to bring down the bad guy). The doctors give him three months to live, so he quits his job and heads back to his home in Paris to reconnect with his estranged wife, Christine (Nielsen), and daughter, Zoey (Steinfeld). The teenager is resentful of him so, when Mom conveniently has to leave the country for a few days, Ethan offers to play babysitter. This leads to tender moments at an amusement park and an adorable scene in which Ethan teaches his daughter how to ride a bike. The CIA isn’t quite ready to let Ethan go. Top operative Vivi Delay (Heard) needs his help to help take out a couple of terrorist-types, The Albino (Lemarquis) and The Wolf (Sammel). She offers him a deal: if he kills both of them, she’ll give him access to an experimental drug that will extend his life. Unfortunately for Ethan, the period when Vivi requires his cooperation coincides with the time when he’s chaperoning Zoey. There are some surprise laughs among the drama and action sequences. RATING: B-

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