Archive for May, 2019

17th May
2019
written by Adam

Excommunicado from the High Table, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself in a race against death with a 14 million dollar bounty on his head. Meanwhile, the High Table has launched an investigation of their own into the shady dealings at the Continental Hotel leaving Winston (Ian McShane) and Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) exposed and soon to be replaced. It’ll be an all out bloodbath as wrongs are righted and for John Wick to return to the good graces of the High Table, if that’s even possible. Directed by Chad Stahelski and Written by Derek Solstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, this latest installment continues the reign of blood much the way the previous two films have showered audiences with a hedonistic taste for ultra violence. And let’s face it, if you’ve followed along so far, you know the drill, amped up waves of aggression, pithy one liners, and kill shot after kill shot after skull splitting kill shot, all conveniently packaged into a two hour and ten minute window, which does feel a bit on the long side by the umpteenth shotgun blast to the head, but who’s counting? Well thought out scenarios, solid execution of fight choreography, and sharp cinematography keep this whirlwind of disaster right on track and we want to ride this pain train all the way to the bitter end of the line. A bit desensitizing when the wheels eventually screech to a halt, none the less, if this is your bag baby, run with it like it’s stolen. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is rated R…for obvious reasons.

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10th May
2019
written by Adam

Professional hustlers Josephine (Anne Hathaway) and Penny (Rebel Wilson) are two of a kind who couldn’t be further apart in style and operations. Pitted against each other in a turf war, the two will have to pull out all the stops to prove who’s the better con artist. But, it’s a battle of wits that might cost them dearly if they’re not careful, watch your step ladies. Directed by Chris Addison and based on the previous works of Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, and Dale Launer, most recently 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This remake of the classic upstairs/downstairs con battle royale attempts to move scenery into the 21st century but sadly remains a hollow shell of what was despite the fire power that both Hathaway and Wilson bring to the table. Largely improvised scenes fall flat and fail to maximize their full comedic value eliciting few chuckles, a call for re-watching Michael Caine and Steve Martin’s nuttier and more quotable antics from 30 years ago. Pass. The Hustle is rated PG-13, ho-hum.

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3rd May
2019
written by Adam

Reporter Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a writer with a cause and a conscience, quits his job when the newspaper he writes for sells out to Parker Wembley (Andy Serkis). Oddly enough, out on the town and trying to up his spirits Fred runs into his old babysitter, the strong and savvy Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron). As luck would have it, Charlotte is eyeballing a run for the presidency in 2020 and in need of a speech writer, knowing Fred’s off beat writing style, maybe he’s the right guy for the job? Add a dash of ugly duckling romance and you’ve got a Long Shot! Directed by Jonathan Levine, and Written by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah this simple romantic comedy does little to challenge the norms of established pattens, but, laughs from many angles come quick, and, maintaining a street smart duck, duck, jab, and punch offense keeps the funny bone on high alert…That’s a good thing. Ultimately, it’s Rogen and Theron’s chemistry that sells the show, and through some innocent mystic beard power, the likability factor here is high. It’s pleasant enough, it’s endearing enough, I just wish is was about twenty minutes shorter, with a runtime of 2 hours and 5 minutes, plenty could have met the editors blade and we’d be no worse for the wear. You win some and you don’t, perhaps a matinee for your dollar, Long Shot is rated R.

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