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The likably awkward chemistry of
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg
remains intact in American Ultra, a
violent stoner action-comedy that s
half Pineapple Express, half The
Bourne Identity, and not as good as
Stewart and Eisenberg, who starred
together in the splendidly low-key
summer comedy Adventureland, again
come together as an appealing, mutu-
ally mop-headed tandem that matches
Eisenberg s stuttering unease with
Stewart s deadpan cool.
They play a flannel-wearing West
Virginia couple, Mike and Phoebe,
happy together despite Mike s weed
habit, perpetual apologising and panic
attacks from just about anything that
upsets his seemingly innate inertia.
Looking at a car that s crashed into a
tree, he wonders to Phoebe, placating
and devoted, if he s the tree and she s
The small-town, low-stakes drama
of American Ultra is convincing in the
beginning, thanks to the two stars. But
it s a setup.
Unbeknownst to Mike, a conven-
ience store clerk, he s an elite killing
machine trained by the CIA, a decom-
missioned government experiment.
Few in the movies would be a more
unlikely secret agent than Eisenberg.
Did the program include Michael Cera?
Was Woody Allen in charge?
Switching to Langley, the film,
directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project
X) and written by Max Landis (Chron-
icle), fills in the backstory. A petulant
young agent (Topher Grace) has risen
in the ranks and now wants to eliminate
evidence of the experiment that gave
Mike his secret talents, overseen by
Connie Britton s more sympathetic
American Ultra has its simple genre
charms, thanks significantly to its
entertaining cast and leading pair.
Stewart, in particular, looks like she s
punching below her weight class. As
if often the case, Stewart s the best
thing in the movie. And she and Eisen-
berg remain lazy losers we can love,
Bonnie and Clyde for a more laid-back
• FILM INFO: American Ultra, a Lionsgate
release, is rated R by the Motion Picture
Association of America for "strong
bloody violence, language throughout,
drug use and some sexual content."
Running time: 96 minutes. Two and a
half stars out of four.
Once you say it aloud, it s hard to think of anyone
else in the role: "And introducing Ronda Rousey as
Captain Marvel." The brutal MMA fighter has been
beating the drum for the Marvel casting as of late,
backed by her fanbase who dropped pictures of the
bruiser in the costume. Well, now Rousey has anoth-
er motor-mouthed Marvel fan in her corner, and
he has a loud drum on which he s able to bang, as
Kevin Smith loves the idea of Ronda Rousey playing
Captain Marvel in the announced Marvel origin story.
Loves it! In fact, when he was approached by TMZ
at the airport and asked about Rousey in the role,
Smith explained: "You see her in that picture? She
looks amazing. Lord knows she s one of the only
people who would play a superhero that would actually
beat the crap out of somebody. I would like to see
Smith is referring to the images that Ronda Rousey
shared on her social media channels of Photoshops
her fans created after she admitted on Reddit that
she d love to be asked to play Carol Danvers in an
upcoming Marvel movie. And yeah, the images
absolutely do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes
But just because someone looks good in the costume
doesn t mean that they are a no-brainer for casting.
Ryan Reynolds actually looked great in his Green
Lantern duds, and that movie turned out to be a
dud. And I don t think anyone bitched about Ben
Affleck in his Daredevil suit. They bitched about the
Will Marvel listen to his suggestions here and back
Rousey in the role? We shall see. (cinemablend.com)
Rousey got a huge vote of
confidence for Captain Marvel
Image of Ronda Rousey as Captin Marvel.
'stoner' in American Ultra
Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart appear in a scene from American Ultra.
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