Film Reviews


Eighth Grade – Movie Review

  Eighth Grade   Directed and Written by: Bo Burnham Starring: Elsie Fisher, Emily Robinson and Josh Hamilton   Rated: R Run Time: 1h 34min Genre: Comedy 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   This movie is delightful! I’m not waiting until the end of the review to inform you that it’s […]


Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Movie Review

  Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again   Written and Directed by: Ol Parker Starring: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Cher and Meryl Streep   Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 1h 54min Genre: Comedy, Musical 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By: Shari […]


Beast – Movie Review

    BEAST   Written and Directed By: Michael Pearce Starring: Jessie Buckley Johnny Flynn Trystan Gravelle and Geraldine James   Rated: R Run Time: 1h 47min Genre: Drama 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   There’s a course tone running through ‘Beast’ that you can’t turn away from. It’s intriguing […]


Dark Crimes – Movie Review 1

  Dark Crimes   Directed by: Alexandros Avranas Written by: Jeremy Brock Starring: Jim Carrey, Marton Csokas and Charlotte Gainsbourg   Rated: R Run Time: 1h 32min Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller 3 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   ‘Dark Crimes’ is a thriller by Alexandros Avranas a young director with only five […]


Disobedience – Movie Review

  Disobedience   Directed by: Sebastián Lelio Writers: Naomi Alderman (novel), Sebastián Lelio (adaptation) Starring: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola   Rated R Run Time: 1h 54min  Genre: Drama, Romance 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   ‘Disobedience’ is about two people who’ve always cared for one another and having those […]


Love, Simon – Movie Review

  Love, Simon   Directed by: Greg Berlanti Screenplay by: Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Tony Hale.   Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 1h 49min Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance   ‘Love, Simon’ is a touching […]


Small Town Crime – Movie Review

  Small Town Crime   Written and Directed by: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms Starring: John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer, Clifton Collins Jr., Anthony Anderson, Michael Vartan, Caity Lotz, Dale Dickey, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, Jeremy Ratchford, James Lafferty, Stefanie Scott and Robert Forster   Rated: R Run Time: 1h 31min Genre: Thriller 3 Frames out of […]


Downsizing – Movie Review

  Downsizing   Directed by: Alexander Payne Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Udo Keir, Jason Sudeikis, Rolf Lassgård and Kristen Wiig   Run Time: 2h 15min Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   Downsizing, directed by the fabulously insightful, intelligent and shrewd Alexander Payne (The […]


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  Star Wars: The Last Jedi   Directed by: Rian Johnson Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro and Lupita Nyong’o   Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 2h 32min Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari […]


Wonderstruck – Movie Review

  Wonderstruck   Directed by: Todd Haynes, Written by: Brian Selznick Starring:  Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Jaden Michael and Millicent Simmonds Rated: PG Run Time: 1h 57min Genre: Drama, Family, Mystery 2 1/2 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   Wonderstruck is a great title, would probably be a remarkable book […]


Thank You for Your Service – Movie Review

  Thank You for Your Service Directed by: Jason Hall Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith Rated: R Run Time: 1h 48min Genre: Biography, Drama, War 3 1/2 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   […]


Loving Vincent – Movie Review

  Directed by: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman Starring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Chris O’Dowd, Eleanor Tomlinson, Helen McCrory and Saoirse Ronan   Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 1h 34min Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime Frames 5 out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   Loving Vincent is absolutely breathtaking.  A marvel.  It’s a journey […]


Patti Cake$ – Movie Review

  Patti Cake$   Written and Directed by: Geremy Jasper Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, McCaul Lombardi and Cathy Moriarty   Rated: R Run Time: 1h 48min Genre: Drama 3 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   Patti Cake$ is a rather unusual coming of age story. It wasn’t […]


Dave Made A Maze – Movie Review

  Dave Made a Maze Directed by: Bill Watterson Starring: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, John Morrison, Kirsten Vangsness, Stephanie Allynne and Adam Busch   Run Time: 1h 20min Genre: Adventure, Comedy with a bit of Horror 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green   This gets high marks for originality […]


Risk – Movie Review

  RISK Laura Poitras 2 1/2 Frames By: Shari K. Green   Risk, the Julian Assange documentary, can’t possibly be the whole truth.  I left wondering why this film was even made if it wasn’t.  You only get pieces of it the story.  You truly are most likely hearing lies and what’s most blistering is, […]


John Wick: Chapter 2 – Movie Review

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Bridget Moynahan, Franco Nero, with John Leguizamo and Ian McShane

Rated: R

Run Time: 2H 2 mins

Genre:  Action, Crime, Thriller

4 out of 5 Frames

By: Shari K. Green

If you like muscle cars, chase scenes, incredible fight sequences and beautiful sets and locations, this movie is going to sizzle your cerebral cortex.  It has everything I mentioned and has them in spades.  All that you liked about the first film is here so you won’t be disappointed.  As you most assuredly know, John Wick was as high octane as they come… what will be your delight is, Chapter 2 is just as powerful and as potent as the first.  John Wick (Reeves), the ghostly and stealthy killer you met in Chapter 1, is the same bad ass, with the same reputation of reigning terror without breaking a sweat but he wants out!  He wants to retire and live out his life in peace.  Well, he may want out but someone comes knocking to remind him that he’s duty bound to do something first and that is to fulfill a blood marker.  A marker is a blood oath.  Once it’s given to a member of the criminal conclave Wick belongs to, one with strict rules for the professional help and perks they receive, it must be honored.

He’s forced to be true to his pledge which is to assassinate Santino D’Antonio’s (Scamarcio) sister so that he could have her seat at the high table, a highly coveted place within the criminal federation.  Stahelski adds an ingenious scene of Wick shopping for his accessories and it’s priceless.  After he gears up he gets to work.  When he completes his task or she does for him, rather, not only are members of her security team after for him, (especially Cassian, played by Common, whose role adds a special element of regalement to the film), but so is Santino.  He decides to close loose ends.  The choreographed action sequences such as rolling down steps mid fight, running on stage and through a concert’s audience while shooting at one another and all the death and destruction delivered by clever cinematography more than makes up for the few times that Reeves, unfortunately, has speaking lines.  I know that’s hard to swallow but it’s more than accurate.

Centrally, this is an astonishingly action packed film with a good narrative.  It’s the story of a character you can’t help root for, even though he’s a ruthless, emotionless and heartless killer.  You want him to win, despite his willingness to murder because, after all, they’re the bad guys, right?  Again, luckily for us, it’s more action driven with focus on the deadly encounters rather than on his dialogue.  Every performance outside of Reeves was adequate, McShane and Common’s especially, but the only delivery Reeves seems to be capable of giving is dry and detached and that’s a shame.  It’s true acting class isn’t necessary with this sort of role but had he been able to give some passion to the lines that he did have, it would have been that much better.  I have to suggest you go see it if you’re an action fan.  I’ll go on record now and say you’re going to absolutely love it.  It starts with a punch and never stops going; it’s solid all around.  Also, it ends with a clear set up for Chapter 3.  After all hes been through and has done, he decides to break a rule anyway, for which you cannot do as long as you’re in the league.  Now that he has, he is banished and… well, I’ll let you discover that on your own.