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By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
"Hit & Run" — Dax Shepard puts his friends, fiancee Kristen Bell, even his own vehicles to good use in this fun little car-chase comedy that's quite infectious — the good time clearly had by the filmmakers rubs off on the audience. Done on a tiny budget, the movie's stunts and chases are nothing much, but the lack of resources steers the story away from action and toward the characters, who are wry, irreverent, even endearing. Screenwriter Shepard, the "Parenthood" co-star who directed the movie with David Palmer, tailors the roles to suit his pals, including Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth and "Parenthood" co-star Joy Bryant. Shepard plays a former getaway driver now in witness protection, who winds up pursued by his old bank robbery gang when he hits the road to get his girlfriend (Bell) to an interview for her dream job in Los Angeles. The result is like a student film made by pros, weirdly idiosyncratic but efficiently paced. It's well-scripted and well-acted, and if the movie lingers too long on so-so gags and inside jokes Shepard and his friends found particularly funny, it compensates with a freewheeling spirit that pulls viewers along for the ride. R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content. 99 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
— David Germain, AP Movie Writer
"Premium Rush" — Let's just be glad Smell-O-Vision never caught on. Thankfully, the musky odor of sweaty bike messengers doesn't emanate from director David Koepp's thrill ride, an enjoyable, two-wheeled action film and flashy ode to the subculture of urban couriers. It's a silly movie predicated on a simple premise, but it's satisfying B-movie entertainment that moves with the swiftness of a Schwinn — a ride made particularly fun by Michael Shannon's enthrallingly comic performance as a dirty cop in mad pursuit of a bike messenger's cargo. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, a hardened New York City messenger who's forsaken a promising career in law for the freedom of riding the city's congested streets. His dispatch (Aasif Mandvi) sends him on a seemingly innocuous delivery that will prove anything but. Chief among the impediments is Shannon's detective, whose gambling debts in Chinatown have made him desperate for Wilee's lucrative delivery. Koepp assembles backstories with flashbacks to earlier in the day, but the film moves with pedal propulsion along with numerous chase sequences made with stunts, rather than visual effects. But Shannon as a wide-eyed, exasperated maniac doesn't just steal the movie, he towers over it. In a two-tire film, he's an 18-wheeler. PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language. 91 minutes. Three stars out of four.
— Jake Coyle, AP Entertainment Writer