The world will remember the name Ricky Baker. A simple Google search of him reveals actor Julian Dennison with his Hunt for the Wilderpeople war paint on his face. That’s only the tip of the charisma and swagger that this small in stature, but big in life character brings to Taika Waitti’s newest film. It stars Dennison and Sam Neil, as an unlikely pair, lost in the New Zealand brush mountains. They are surviving together off the land, running from the police, and building on a friendship they never knew they could have. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a laugh riot and one of the best comedies of 2016.
The Infiltrator opens with the rocking sounds of RUSH’s “Tom Sawyer” and closes with the spunky electric keyboard sound of THE WHO’s “Eminence Front”. Those are two great songs to begin and end with. In between, you sprinkle another solid performance from Bryan Cranston, in an informative film, playing Robert Mazur, a U.S. Customs official who infiltrated a corrupt money laundering scheme, run by Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The Infiltrator is missing the “wow factor” to make it a must-see, but it sports a strong cast, has surprising comedic beats, telling one hell of a story.
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