Tonight’s screening — Halle is hellbent on rescuing her missing son in “Kidnap”

halleFunny story, I had a small town relative asking me if I’d seen this Halle Berry movie, “Kidnap,” a month or so back. She’d watched it at home. Some neighbors out in the sticks have assorted streaming services that they share. Apparently.

As I hadn’t paid much attention to titles a month off, it didn’t register.

But I’m seeing it tonight. A month after whoever helped my relative to pirated streaming screening of it.

Yeah, the digital revolution at the movies paid off for Hollywood, didn’t it?

Anyway, Halle gives fair value in thrillers like this, so I have high hopes. My relative certainly loved it.

And unlike, say, the much-hyped/bandied about Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower,” “Kidnap” is being screened for critics.

All the back and forth over who would be in “Tower,” who would direct (Ron Howard, at one time).

And now Sony, which also hid “The Emoji Movie” from critics pre-release, is hustling this 96 minutes Idris Elba/Matthew McConaughey vehicle (Nikolaj Arcel of the Swedish “Dragon Tattoo” directed) into theaters Friday without a peep.

Oh, lots and lots of TV and online advertising. That helped the awful “Emoji” earn $25 million or so from the unsuspecting. But the expectations bar on that babe has been buried.

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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