Out this week
* Chaos in Bloom by Goo Goo Dolls: Fourteenth album by the American rock band; follows their 2020 holiday release It’s Christmas All Over; led by the single ‘Yeah, I Like You’.
* Day Shift (starring Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Liu Bordizzo) – action comedy; a father (Foxx) makes a living as a pool cleaner, although his job is actually a front for his work as a vampire hunter.
* Secret Headquarters (starring Owen Wilson, Walker Scobell, Keith L. Williams, Momona Tamada) – action comedy; a boy (Scobell) and his friends start to suspect his father (Wilson) might be a superhero after finding a secret headquarters in his basement.
* Mack & Rita (starring Diane Keaton, Elizabeth Lail, Taylour Paige, Dustin Milligan, Simon Rex) – comedy; while on her best friend’s bachelorette trip, a 30-year-old (Lail) writer is magically transformed into her 70-year-old self (Keaton).
* Emily the Criminal (starring Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gina Gershon) – crime drama; a woman (Plaza) gets involved in a credit card scam and gets pulled into the criminal underworld.
* Summering (starring Lia Barnett, Sanai Victoria, Madalen Mills, Eden Grace Redfield, Lake Bell) – drama; the weekend before middle school starts, four girls embark on a mysterious adventure.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio, Sandra Bullock
Director: David Leitch
Tagline: The end of the line is just the beginning.
* Action comedy; multiple assassins aboard a bullet train find out they might have connected but conflicting objectives.
* Is based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by K tar Isaka .
* Was originally intended to be a dark and violent action thriller but was later turned into a light-hearted action comedy.
* Had an estimated budget of around $85 to 90 million.
* Has received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast – especially Pitt – but thought the plot was a mess and the humour lacking.
* Has been accused of whitewashing for casting non-Asian actors – Pitt, King – as their characters were Japanese in Isaka’s novel.
* David Leitch had previously worked as Brad Pitt’s stunt double in multiple films.
* Sandra Bullock replaced Lady Gaga in the movie; the latter dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with House of Gucci (2021).
* Score composed by Dominic Lewis.
* Elon Musk (@elonmusk): The media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine.
* Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho): Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an app, they will start using it.
* Born today: Cara Delevingne, Maggie Lawson, Casey Affleck, Pete Sampras, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Ian Black, Peter Krause, Mark Knopfler