Mile 22, Disen­chant­ment and Great Lake Swimmers stir things up, but each in their own dis­tinc­tive way, Chris Lack­ner writes.

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Big Re­leases on Aug. 17: Mile 22 Big Pic­ture: Mark Wahlberg in ac­tion movies is like Bond, but with only half the charm, half the so­phis­ti­ca­tion and half the wit. He’s like Bourne with­out the tor­tured iden­tity cri­sis. And now he’s The Trans­porter with more hair (sorry, Ja­son Statham). But you have to hand it to Marky Mark. No mat­ter what ac­tion hero he plays, Wahlberg al­ways comes to work with the same brand of steely-eyed snark. In this out­ing, he’s James Silva, a CIA op­er­a­tive in a unit called Over­watch that of­fi­cially doesn’t ex­ist — and of­fi­cially has the worst, dullest squad name since The Fan­tas­tic Four. As his char­ac­ter elo­quently puts it, “We’re ghosts, but we’re very real. And we get (stuff ) done.” Silva is charged with trans­port­ing and ex­tract­ing a pris­oner with lifethreat­en­ing in­for­ma­tion be­fore the en­emy (ev­ery­one from fel­low agents to cor­rupt cops and gov­ern­ments) ends both of their lives.

Fore­cast: I know —you were hop­ing this was a se­quel to 8 Mile, too.


Big Events: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Be­fore (Aug. 17, Net­flix); Disen­chant­ment (Aug. 17, Net­flix); The Last Shark­nado: It’s About Time (Space Aug. 19) Big Pic­ture: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Be­fore finds Net­flix stak­ing out new turf: the teen rom-com. What hap­pens when a girl se­cretly writes let­ters to her five crushes and then those notes are mys­te­ri­ously sent to them? (I don’t know, but I sure hope it doesn’t hap­pen to me — be­cause the last thing I want to see when I get home af­ter work is my wife chas­ing Jen­nifer Lawrence off the porch with a broom.) Disen­chant­ment is a promis­ing car­toon from Simp­sons creator Matt Groen­ing. Think Fu­tu­rama, but for fan­tasy. A failed princess, a de­mon and an elf grow­ing up in the Dark Ages. Given his­tory and pop cul­ture riffs, the comic op­por­tu­ni­ties could make for a never-end­ing story. Mean­while, The Shark­nado fran­chise is tak­ing a last twirl. Fin (Ian Zier­ing) time trav­els through his­tory via shark­na­dos to elim­i­nate the fall­ing sharks once and for all. But if shark­na­dos are his time ma­chine ve­hi­cle and he stops them at their very out­set, will this movie cease to ex­ist? Some of you prob­a­bly hope so. Oth­ers are ready to em­brace to cheesy ab­sur­dity of it all. (Case in point: Fin ap­par­ently even takes a ride on Noah’s Ark.) Fore­cast: Disen­chant­ment will cast a spell on view­ers.


Big Re­leases on Aug. 17: Great Lake Swimmers (The Waves, The Wake); Death Cab for Cutie (Thank You For To­day); Ari­ana Grande (Sweet­ener)

Big Pic­ture: Death Cab for Cutie is alt-rock roy­alty and front­man Ben Gib­bard is a king. No disen­chant­ment ex­pected with this de­pend­able group. Mean­while, Ari­ana Grande re­leases her fourth al­bum Sweet­ener. (I can only as­sume the fol­lowup will be Two Sweet­en­ers and One Cream.) Ari­ana’s ef­fort prom­ises a more ma­ture sound ... with the help of guest ap­pear­ances by Missy El­liott, Nicky Minaj and Phar­rell Wil­liams. Mean­while, Cana­dian folk heroes Great Lake Swimmers dive into wood­wind in­stru­men­tals on their lat­est al­bum, which was recorded in a 145-year-old church in Lon­don, Ont. Speak­ing of spells, lead singer Dekker says the group be­came “dis­en­chanted with the sound of the stan­dard acous­tic gui­tar” dur­ing the writ­ing and record­ing process. (No gui­tar? What!? That’s like Drake giv­ing up singing in a list­less mono­tone.)

Fore­cast: The bat­tle is close, but mu­sic lovers are bet­ter off swim­ming in a great lake than rid­ing a death cab.


John Malkovich, left, with Chae-rin Lee, is one of the good guys (we think) in the ac­tion thriller Mile 22.


Simp­sons creator Matt Groen­ing brings his brand of dark hu­mour to the Dark Ages with his new an­i­mated fairy tale, Disen­chant­ment.

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