THE HEAT (R) - Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport and Jane Curtin. Directed by Paul Feig. Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) lives alone, is a workaholic and kidnaps the neighbor’s cat periodically in order to get some affection. She is gunning for a promotion at the FBI. Her boss tells her she needs to work on her people skills, and as a test he sends her up to Boston to try to bring down a drug kingpin. Working with the local agencies has been a problem for Ashburn, who strides around so arrogantly that she has to be told no less than five times in one scene that she is going the wrong way. On the other side of the spectrum sits Boston Detective Mullins (McCarthy), wearing a T-shirt, and wreaking havoc amongst neighborhood thugs and small-time drug dealers and prostitutes. The rest of the department lives in fear of her, and within two seconds of spending time with Mullins, you can see why. Ashburn is assigned to investigate Mullins’ case. They are supposed to work together. Neither character is OK with the partnership. This is cliched stuff, the mismatched battling duo, but it’s worked in comedies since the beginning of time and it works here. Ashburn is buttoned-up (both emotionally and physically), and Mullins lets it all hang out. Each are equally horrified by the other. Bullock and McCarthy have great chemistry and make a phenomenal team. Just like her other films, McCarthy brings a lot of hilarity to the screen. I just wish they wouldn’t show so much of the movie in the trailers. RATING: B

WHITE HOUSE DOWN (PG-13) - Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke and Joey King. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Channing Tatum plays Cale, an ex-soldier who’s currently working as protection for Speaker of the House Raphelson (Jenkins) and is looking for a Secret Service position. He visits the White House with his precocious eleven year old daughter, Emily (King). After an unpromising meeting with Secret Service Agent Finnerty (Gyllenhaal), who remembers Cale from his younger days, he and Emily opt for a White House tour before heading home. While on the tour, they encounter President Sawyer (Foxx), who lets Emily record him for her YouTube channel. Shortly thereafter, the White House comes under attack by terrorist Stenz (Clarke) and his band of bad guys. Turns out, however, it’s an inside job masterminded by the head of the president’s protection detail, whose motivations are somewhat murky. Tatum and Foxx make a great duo and have great chemistry. No major plots to be given away here other than it is absolutely ludicrous. The film will remind you of the movie, "Olympus Has Fallen," with Gerard Butler. As unrealistic as the movie is, it is still a lot of fun to watch. There’s a lot of action, but it feels about 30 minutes too long. RATING: B

(Kyla Davis is a Nevada native and a movie enthusiast. She can be contacted by email at: kylalovesmovies@aol.com.)