New in Theaters: “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish”
- “Red Sparrow“ (R)
Jennifer Lawrence is an injured ballerina who witnesses a murder, and is forced into becoming an undercover spy for Russian intelligence. It’s directed by the same guy who directed her in the last three “Hunger Games” movies.
She’s assigned to seduce an American CIA agent who knows the identity of a mole in the Russian government. He’s played by Joel Edgerton.
“Red Sparrow” is based on a spy thriller written by a former CIA operative. The Agency liked it so much that they actually posted a review of his book on their website and referred to its descriptions of spy technique as “Tradecraft for Dummies”.
- “Death Wish“ (R)
Bruce Willis stars as Paul Kersey in this remake of the classic 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller. He’s a vigilante who unleashes death on every criminal he meets after his wife is killed in an armed robbery that also puts his daughter in a coma.
It’s directed by Eli Roth, the guy who did the “Hostel” horror movies. Vincent D’Onofrio is also in it. Unlike the original, the action in this one has moved from New York to Chicago. And instead of an architect, this version of Kersey is an ER surgeon.