KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Release: September 22, 2017 Director: Matthew Vaughn Written By: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Produced By: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton […]
Free Fire Directed by: Ben Wheatley Starring: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Sam Riley, Cillian Murphy, Babou Ceesay, Jack Reynor and Armie Hammer Rated: R Run Time: 1h 30min Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller 4 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Free Fire is another terrific A24 release. They seem to be […]
Directed by: James Gray Writers: James Gray (written for the screen by), David Grann (based on the book by) Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Angus Macfadyen Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 140 Minutes Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography 3 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green The Lost City of […]
Directed by Michael Cuesta Screenplay by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz Based on the American Assassin novel in the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler Starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Scott Adkins and Taylor Kitsch AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp […]
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is in theaters December 15, 2017! Visit Star Wars at http://www.starwars.com Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Tumblr at http://starwars.tumblr.com/
ATOMIC BLONDE – July 28, 2017 Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) […]
THOR: RAGNAROK Genre: Action-Adventure Release date: November 3, 2017 Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins Director: Taika Waititi SYNOPSIS: In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and […]
The Assignment Directed by: Walter Hill Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Caitlin Gerard, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia Rated: R Run Time: 1h 35mins Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller 3 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green The Assignment is a noir film based on revenge. A hitman, by the name of […]
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is in theaters in 3D May 26, 2017! Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a rip-roaring adventure that finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune […]
Chris Pratt debuted a brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Here it is for you to view if you missed it!!!
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Release date: May 5th, 2017
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Sullivan, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell and Bradley Cooper
WHAT: GHOST IN THE SHELL: AN IMAX FIRST LOOK FAN EVENT In anticipation of the upcoming film “GHOST IN THE SHELL,” Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures and IMAX present a one-night-only event featuring an exclusive first look at stunning film footage exclusively in IMAX® theatres across 14 North American cities with select international markets and […]
Ever wonder why The Great Wall of China was built? Well, wonder no more! Matt Damon and director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) present to you the reason. Well, they offer one of the legends, actually, and I’m pleased to announce, it’s entertaining at the very least. The Tag Line for the movie is “1700 years to build. 5,500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?” Okay. I’m fascinated. What do you have in store for us?
What they have is something that’s a visual sensation. What they achieve is hard to look away from so make sure you’re not going to have to have a potty break. There’s a large army, complete with drums, which has protected China from attack for centuries, known as “Nameless Order.” They’re dressed brightly and vividly which is odd for battle but they’re pretty all the same. Another ocular wonder is what they’re fighting to save China from; a vicious horde known as the Tao Tei. They’re huge and have massive limbs and hungry mouths with sharp teeth… the better to eat their multi-hued prey. The enormous army has used arrows, spears, “black powder” (gunpowder) and acrobatics to defend themselves for ages and then… along comes a couple of European mercenaries to show them how it’s done. They are William (Damon) and Tovar (Pascal). Even though helping fight mythical creatures wasn’t exactly what they had in mind, it’s what is now on their plate. Why they’re there is they heard of this mysterious black powder and figure they can fetch themselves a few bucks if they get their hands on some. Their plan has just “hit a wall”, so to speak.
When they get to the wall, they’re seen as outsiders, of course, and are jailed immediately. Then comes the horde that the army wasn’t expecting so soon, and who can shoot better than anyone?! Guess! I’ll wait. You got it! William. So, he helps and they’re now trusted to roam free and offer their sage wisdom on how to defeat the terrible brood. There’s also a woman William notices and she, him. She’s Commander Lin Mae (Jing) who might not fully trust William but likes what she sees. This is a good thing because after they show their charges the black powder and its uses, they cannot let their secret escape the barriers. As a matter of fact, a white man by the name of Ballard (Dafoe) wandered up to find out about the powder and that was twenty-five years ago. Well, at least he learned a second language and now he has some pals who might help him escape.
The 3D during the battle scenes is spectacular; worth the ticket price if you’re interested in dodging spears being thrown at your face. However, when there’s downtime, it sort of pulls you out of the story and instead reminds you that you’re watching people on a movie set. You can visualize the green screen behind them. For the most part, it was eye-catching and made the film come alive during the epic fight scenes when people were diving off the wall, twirling through the air on bungee cords before bouncing back and when balloons were being used to get to the city to warn them of a probable attack. What made this work is that outside of a hint of romance, Ballard wanting to escape and a power struggle between Tovar and William, the movie was all action. It calls itself an action, thriller and it is one. It’s a little slow to start but once it gets going, you’ll enjoy yourself for its beauty and style. My guess is if you’re enthusiastic about anime and have a good time holding a controller in front of a screen, you’ll especially relish in the performance of Tian Jing who runs around looking like a character straight out of a Japanese line of games and toys. If this sounds like you, check it out at a theatre but I’d make it to the matinee. But be mindful of the fact that The Great Wall isn’t going to be great for all audiences. It’ll be most admired by the younger generation so, mom and dad, drop off the kids and maybe run into something else… this one just might not be for you.
See GHOST IN THE SHELL in theaters nationwide on March 31, 2017 in REALD 3D and IMAX 3D Directed by: Rupert Sanders Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt & Juliette Binoche Follow Director Rupert Sanders on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at the film #GhostInTheShell Instagram:@GhostInTheShell Twitter: @GhostInShell Facebook: /GhostInTheShellMovie […]
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Bridget Moynahan, Franco Nero, with John Leguizamo and Ian McShane
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.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. In Theaters – March 3, 2017 Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard […]
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is in theaters May 26, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack […]