THE LOST CITY – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Loretta’s well manicured, but shaky hand slowly inched closer to Alan’s creamy white bare buttocks. Yes, his perfectly shaped derrière was covered in leeches engorged with blood from his muscular body, but she secretly was attracted to him and knew she must overcome her fear and free him from his throbbing pain if their relationship was to survive.” This is The Lost City.

The PG 13, less sensual, more silly knock off of 1984’s Romancing the Stone stars Sandra Bullock as Loretta Sage, a successful adventure romance novelist who just wants to be alone. Instead her publicist thrusts her and her Fabio-like cover model on a promotional tour for her latest book where she gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who wants Loretta to lead him to the ancient treasures she describes in her stories. Bullock, in what she says is her last film for a while because she also just wants to be alone, returns to physical farce in this spoof of rom coms.

Channing Tatum is her chiseled cover boy with more brawn than brains who comes to save her in his quest to become a real hero. Daniel Radcliffe is the rich villain and Da’Vine Joy Randolph is her agent who goes to extreme lengths to keep her client. The best scenes in The Lost City are the few with Brad Pitt as a mercenary and trainer named Trainer who comes to the rescue in more ways than one. The Lost City really could have remained missing though. Only our time is hijacked. Audiences will have fun, but the best scenes are on the trailer. Ricky gives The Lost City one forced eye open. Only in theaters.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.