Paul Rudd in 'The Catcher Was a Spy' (Photo credit: IFC Films)

(Photo credit: IFC Films)

Jan Wahl Movie Reviews Before The July 4th Holiday

Jan Wahl
June 29, 2018 - 4:14 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - KCBS Radio Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Boundaries, a roadtrip film starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer. Breath, a surf film directed and starring CBS' Mentalist star Simon Baker and the spy-thriller starring Paul Rudd, Mark Strong and Connie Nielsen.

BOUNDARIES (R) 104 min
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Story by: Shana Feste
Director: Shana Feste
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda and Vera Farmiga

About The Movie:
The more Laura (Vera Farmiga) tries to set boundaries in her life, the faster those lines are crossed. Her 12-year-old son Henry (Lewis MacDougall) is in trouble again at school. Her own penchant for adopting stray dogs and cats threatens to overwhelm their Seattle home. And her phone keeps ringing with calls she refuses to pick up—from her estranged father Jack (Christopher Plummer). Maybe Jack will stick around. For Laura, the chance to accept, forgive, and heal will never go away. (Sony Pictures)

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BREATH (NOT RATED) 115 min
Studio:
Filmrise
Based on the novel by: Tim Winton
Adapted Screenplay: Simon Baker and Gerard Lee
Director: Simon Baker
Starring: Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Rachael Blake, Jacek Koman, Megan Smart and Richard Roxburgh

About The Movie:
Based on Tim Winton's award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. (YouTube & Facebook)
 

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THE CATCHER WAS A SPY (R) 98 min
Studio: IFC Films
Based on the novel by: Nicholas Dawidoff
Screenplay: Robert Rodat
Director: Ben Lewin
Starring: Paul Rudd, Connie Nielsen, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Mark Strong, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, Shea Whigham and Hiroyuki Sanada

About The Movie:
This gripping, stranger-than-fiction espionage thriller brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg, the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy. A Jewish, Princeton-educated, multilingual catcher for the Boston Red Sox with a closely-guarded private life, the enigmatic Berg (Paul Rudd) was already a man of mystery when, in 1944, the US government’s wartime intelligence agency enlisted his services. His mission: go behind enemy lines in Europe to assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans develop an atomic bomb. Trading in his catcher’s mitt for a trench coat, Berg must rely on his formidable, steel-trap intellect in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, and Sienna Miller costar in this remarkable slice of forgotten history. (IFC Films)

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