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This week’s theatrical releases


Loving Vincent – Movie Review   Recently updated !

  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 […]


The Trip to Spain – Movie Review

  The Trip to Spain   Directed by: Michael Winterbottom Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio and Claire Keelan   Run Time: 1h 48min Genre: Comedy, Drama By: Shari K. Green 3 ½ Frames out of 5   Two good friends, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, have taken journey’s together eating wonderful food while […]


Terminator 2 returns in glorious 3D at AMC Theatres nationwide!!

  WORLDWIDE FAN FAVORITE TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY RETURNS TO CINEMAS NATIONWIDE EXCLUSIVELY AT AMC THEATRES® Director James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi classic, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, returns to the big screen in 3D for the first time on August 25, presented by AMC Theatres (NYSE:AMC) and Distrib Films US. Converted to immersive 3D by Cameron himself, the […]


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.

 

 

 


Paterson – Movie Review

“Paterson”

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani and “Nellie”

Rated: R
Run Time: 1h 58mins

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance

4 ½ out of 5 Frames

By: Shari K. Green

“Paterson” is an absolute pleasure to witness.  One feels honored to be on this… ride.  I say this because it is about a bus driver whose story is delicate, even delectable.  It’s fascinating.  Jim Jarmusch turns a seemingly banal and simple life into a complex, contemplative introspective.  Paterson (Driver) drives a bus for the city of Paterson, N.J. but he’s also a poet.  His hero is William Carlos Williams and deep within he holds a dream to be as good as Williams yet never calls himself a poet, therefore stopping any disappointment that may come from negative criticism.

Paterson sees poetry in all things and one of the factors that has you treasure experiencing this life that Jarmusch has displayed for you is how you absorb Paterson’s poetry.  It’s not only spoken by him, whether in his thoughts as he cruises through traffic, or as he walks his dog Marvin (played charmingly by Nellie), but we also see it scrolling across the screen as he speaks in a composed and knowing tone.  It becomes visually embedded in our minds and we crave more.  His poems are perceptive, analytical at times, logical and illogical.  They’re both abstract and they’re ordinary but they’re sublime.  He writes these poems in a notebook, one he keeps to himself, careful they can never be seen.

We are with Paterson for a week of his life.  He has a girlfriend, has a dog and is methodized, unlike girlfriend Laura (Farahani), who is all over the place.  A painter obsessed with the color black one minute, a baker the next; him a structured poet, her a musician… this week, anyway.  The relationship is sound as they balance each other, or so it would seem… perhaps not?  Do they love each other or are they just putting up with one another for convenience sake?  Upon reflection, you realize there’s much more going on than you first thought.  It can be slow in moments but the movie consumes you, more or less.  It is, simply put, poetic.  Once you’ve seen “Paterson” it will stick with you for quite some time.  The alpha male battle he has with Marvin, also the conflict within himself over what or who he is, is gripping to observe.  Driver does such a remarkable job of bringing levels to this character without nearly uttering a word that he seduces you.  I highly recommend you see this film.  You’ll never see Driver as Kylo Ren again.


Rules Don’t Apply – Movie Review

Rules Don’t Apply Directed by: Warren Beatty Starring: Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen   Rated PG-13 Run Time: 2h 6mins Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 4 Frames out of 5 […]


Doctor Strange – Movie Review

“Doctor Strange” Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong Directed by: Scott Derrickson Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 115 minutes Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action 3 out of 5 Frames By: Cassandra Nicholson With a mystical story about alternative universes and spiritual discoveries, “Doctor Strange” is a time-and-space-warping trip. The […]