‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ is a familiar, formulaic trip

“Bad Boys: Ride or Die” (2024) – “I need this.  Bad Boys, one last time.” – Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) Mike Lowrey says the above declaration to his long-time detective lieutenant partner, Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), in the third “Bad Boys” film, “Bad Boys for Life” (2020), 17 years after “Bad Boys II” (2003).  Promises, promises.  Mike meant to say, “I need this.  Bad Boys, one last time before the next time.” Mike and Marcus are back for another buddy-cop action comedy, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die”, where again, as…

Shyamalan’s ‘The Watchers’ is an intriguing and eerie watch

“The Watchers” (2024) – Mina (Dakota Fanning) runs an errand.  She’s a 20-something American living in Ireland’s County Galway, but this glum loner also runs from her past, estranging herself from her family, including her sister, Lucy.  In the present, she’s asked to transport a bird, a parakeet or parrot of sorts, to Belfast, and this talking feathered friend frequently repeats, “Try not to die,” because the night before, Mina unfortunately said to it, “I’m going out.  Try not to die.” Oh, Mina, please be more deliberate with your words. …

‘Carol Doda Topless at the Condor’ is a revealing, insightful documentary

“Carol Doda Topless at the Condor” (2024) – “No matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you like to do, something exciting and wonderful and different happens in San Francisco.” A television reporter uttered the aforementioned statement, via archival footage, in directors Marlo McKenzie and Jonathan Parker’s documentary, “Carol Doda Topless at the Condor”, about Carol’s odyssey as a topless dancer and risky trendsetter.  In 1964, Carol, a cocktail waitress at The Condor – located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco – soon began…