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Police action-thriller ‘Copshop’ comes out guns blazing

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Police action-thriller ‘Copshop’ comes out guns blazing

MOVIE REVIEW

“COPSHOP”

Rated R. At AMC Boston Common, AMC South Bay, Regal Fenway and suburban theaters.

Grade: B+

Scotsman Gerard Butler once again stands tall as an action-film star in “Copshop,” an off-the-hook police action-thriller with a serious “John Wick” vibe. Butler, who also produced, plays mystery man Bob Viddick, who gets himself locked up in a remote Nevada police precinct next to the cell holding Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo, TV’s “Billions”). Viddick describes himself as, not a psychopath, but a “professional.” Murretto is a criminal who got himself arrested by sucker punching Nevada police officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder, “The Tomorrow War”). Young describes Murretto as “a day ahead of the devil.” Well, the devil’s day has come.

“Copshop,” which was scripted by newcomer Kurt McLeod and Joe Carnahan (“The A-Team,” “The Grey”), the film’s director, from a story by Mark Williams (TV’s “Ozark”), doesn’t strike you as very realistic or particularly original. Carnahan’s work has also been mostly over-the-top. But as a guns-a-blazing, body-count, blood fest, it’s pretty amusing.

The Nevada attorney general, a total prop, was killed a few days earlier, signaling to us that something deeply corrupt is going on. Murretto keeps asking about the welfare of his “ex and kid,” and we don’t hold out much hope. Viddick tries to win Young’s confidence after she is wounded in a shootout with a genuine psychopath named Anthony Lamb (a standout Toby Huss), and she locks herself in the cell area with Viddick and Murretto. A policeman at the station named Huber (Ryan O’Nan) is dirty and up to no good. Lamb arrives at the station in a van, carrying flowers and balloons and begins mowing down everyone in sight. Viddick does all he can to get to Murretto, including teaching him some good, old-fashioned “pirate code.”

Alexis Louder stars as Valerie Young in Joe Carnahan’s ‘COPSHOP,’ an Open Road Films and Briarcliff Entertainment release. Credit : Kyle Kaplan / Open Road Films / Briarcliff Entertainment

Carnahan brings back the revolving industrial fan, the biggest cliche of 1980s music videos, as a backdrop to much of the action, which is mostly limited to the remote desert station. But you don’t feel closed in because Carnahan otherwise makes good use of the space. In his early 50s, Butler still has the rugged good looks and physicality to play these roles and that King of Sparta screen presence and swagger. There is a shootout in the desert between good-guys-gone-bad that is very nicely staged.

Clinton Shorter’s retro score sets the Sam Peckinpah-esque mood, along with an homage to Curtis Mayfield’s “Freddy’s Dead” from Mayfield’s legendary, Grammy-nominated “Super Fly” score. The filmmakers also owe a debt to John Carpenter’s 1976 gem “Assault on Precinct 13.” Credit also goes to “Copshop” fight coordinator Cory DeMeyers (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”).

Another acting standout is female lead Louder, who was “Nigerian Woman #2” in “Black Panther” and turns her supporting role here into an audition for bigger and even better things.

(“Copshop” contains profanity and graphic violence.)

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HelloFresh, EveryPlate and more now part of extended onion recall

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You may need to toss your onions as salmonella outbreak has been linked to the vegetable

If you haven’t already thrown out your onions, you should check your vegetables again.

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the onion recall, caused by a salmonella outbreak, to several more brands. The salmonella outbreak was first reported last week and initially only included fresh whole red, white or yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource.

The recall now includes onions from HelloFresh, EveryPlate, Potandon Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms.

HelloFresh said in a statement on Saturday they recommended disposing of onions received during the specified time period

“HelloFresh has been informed by one of its ingredient suppliers that it is conducting a voluntary recall of its onions due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria,” the company said. “Please discard all onions received from July 7, 2021, through Sept. 8, 2021.”

The CDC is still working to determine if other onions and suppliers are linked to the outbreak.

Officials said recently both individuals and businesses should check onions and if it is unknown where they are from, throw them away. It is also recommended to wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with these onions.

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Just what are “The Facebook Papers,” anyway?

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Just what are “The Facebook Papers,” anyway?

The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.

A separate consortium of European news outlets had access to the same set of documents, and members of both groups began publishing content related to their analysis of the materials at 7 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 25. That date and time was set by the partner news organizations to give everyone in the consortium an opportunity to fully analyze the documents, report out relevant details, and to give Facebook’s public relations staff ample time to respond to questions and inquiries raised by that reporting.

Each member of the consortium pursued its own independent reporting on the document contents and their significance. Every member also had the opportunity to attend group briefings to gain information and context about the documents.

The launch of The Facebook Papers project follows similar reporting by The Wall Street Journal, sourced from the same documents, as well as Haugen’s appearance on the CBS television show “60 Minutes” and her Oct. 5 Capitol Hill testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

The papers themselves are redacted versions of disclosures that Haugen has made over several months to the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging Facebook was prioritizing profits over safety and hiding its own research from investors and the public.

These complaints cover a range of topics, from its efforts to continue growing its audience, to how its platforms might harm children, to its alleged role in inciting political violence. The same redacted versions of those filings are being provided to members of Congress as part of its investigation. And that process continues as Haugen’s legal team goes through the process of redacting the SEC filings by removing the names of Facebook users and lower-level employees and turns them over to Congress.

The Facebook Papers consortium will continue to report on these documents as more become available in the coming days and weeks.

“AP regularly teams up with other news organizations to bring important journalism to the world,” said Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor. “The Facebook Papers project is in keeping with that mission. In all collaborations, AP maintains its editorial independence.”

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Denver weather: A summer cameo on Monday followed by rain

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Denver weather: A summer cameo on Monday followed by rain

Denver will get a hint of summer on Monday, with Halloween less than a week away.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will near the record high of 84 degrees on Monday. Forecasters call for an 80-degree high under increasingly sunny skies. Temperatures will drop to 49 degrees overnight. The dry weather has pushed the NWS to issue a Red Flag Warning for parts of the Palmer Divide, Denver, Adams and Arapahoe Counties.

Denver will be wet on Tuesday, with a storm system bringing winds and precipitation. Mild and dry conditions will be replaced by stronger, cool winds with gusts up to 60 mph over the foothills. The mountains are going to see some snow, which will linger on the ridges into Wednesday morning.

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