Oscar winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. - Image: Contributed

The Movie Guy: Charlize Theron back in starring role

Kelowna movie columnist Rick Davis talks new movies heading into the weekend box office

By Rick Davis

Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron is no stranger to action movies having starred in Aeon Flux, Hancock, Prometheus, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fate of the Furious. With her latest, she is suddenly being compared to James Bond.

In Atomic Blonde she is the crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service as MI6’s most lethal assassin who is sent to Berlin, a city simmering with revolution and hives of double-crossing traitors just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. She plays Agent Lorraine Broughton who skills are equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery and will use any or all to stay alive on her impossible mission.

Her mission is to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. To get the priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she must team up with Berlin’s station chief (James McAvoy) and navigate through a maze of deadly spies. Also starring John Goodman, Toby Jones and Sofie Boutella, it is directed by David Leitch, part of the team that brought you John Wick and whose next directing gig is Deadpool 2.

According to Wikipedia, Emojis are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages and are used much like emoticons existing in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather and animals. The word emoji comes from the Japanese “e” meaning picture and “moji” meaning character and they originated on Japanese mobile phones in the late 1990s becoming increasingly popular worldwide since their inclusion on the iPhone.

Emojis have become so popular in our culture the idea of making a movie out of them sparked a bidding war among three movie companies. It also attracted the voice talents of T.J. Miller as Meh emoji, James Corden as Hi-5 hand emoji, Anna Faris as Jailbreak codebreaker emoji, Maya Rudolph as Smiley, comedian Steven Wright as Meh’s father, Jennifer Coolidge as Meh’s mother, Sophia Vergaraas Flamenca flamenco dancer emoji, Patrick Stewart as Poop emoji, Rob Riggle as Ice Cream emoji, Sean Hayes as Devil emoji and Jake T. Austin as a human teenager whose phone is where all the emojis live. There is no word whether or not the Eggplant emoji makes an appearance, but since this is a family movie, I would say not likely.


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