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Not all enemies are created equal.

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington Pedro Pascal Ashton Sanders with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo

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Hotel Artemis Trailer

Check in to ‘HOTEL ARTEMIS.’ 


Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.

Written and Directed by Drew Pearce, writer of IRON MAN 3, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION and SHERLOCK HOLMES 3.

#HOTELARTEMIS hits theaters June 8, 2018!

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In Theaters June 8th

Kings Trailer



STARRING: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kaalan “KR” Walker, and Rachel Hilson

DIRECTOR: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

WRITER: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

PRODUCER: Charles Gillibert


KINGS stars Oscar winner Halle Berry and Daniel Craig as citizens of the same South Central Los Angeles neighborhood set against a backdrop of rising racial tensions during the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992. In her first English-language film following the critically acclaimed Mustang, writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s KINGS tells a dramatic story of family bonds and the lengths one mother will go to bring her children home. Halle Berry stars as MILLIE, a tough and protective single foster mother of eight who must ally herself with OBIE (Daniel Craig), her neighbor and a local loose cannon, when racial tensions start to run dangerously high.

As the civil unrest in Los Angeles grows following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, Millie and Obie must navigate the chaos that surrounds them in order to ensure her children’s safety. KINGS focuses on the fragility of family relationships and touches on turmoil and tensions of the past, which sadly prove to be more relevant than ever in today’s social and political climate.






In Theaters APRIL 27


Game Night – Movie Review

Come to Game Night! Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are hosting! Actually, Bateman is one of the producers of the movie, as well, which isn’t all that much of a surprise. This has Jason Bateman comedy written all over it. I was surprised he didn’t write it because it so fit his dry wit. When he gets a fresh winner of a script like this and works with directors like John Francis Daley (Vacation reboot) and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), who know where his strengths lie and use him to his full potential, gold is struck. It certainly is here. This is what I’d consider a must-see because it was so well written and put together. It’s never once slow or overdone. They even took care to make you feel a part of the game. It’s shot to make it seem as if the actors in the film, the ‘players in YOUR game,’ are moving around a board. At one point, you’ll even see these delightfully insane characters involved in a dangerous game of keep away. Warning, you and everyone in the theatre will laugh until you cry so be sure to check at the customer service desk first to see that the volume is turned up to a level where you can hear over one another.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play Max and Annie who have wanted nothing more than to play games since they met over trivia in a bar years ago. Now middle-aged, they haven’t grown up much beyond the kids they were when playing board games with the family was the perfect Friday night. Now they’ve gotten several of their friends hooked and every Friday they stream into Max and Annie’s to see what the night has in store for them. Another satisfying element about the comedy is that each and every one of the actors cast, play off of each other exceptionally well, especially Jesse Plemons who plays Gary, their next-door neighbor who used to be welcome on game night. He was only a part of the fun because they were friends with his ex-wife, Debbie, who has since moved. His character is creepy and some of the earlier funny scenes are watching Max and Annie try to get out of his inviting himself over. Plemons plays him so admirably that you’ll never recognize him as being Todd from Breaking Bad.

What spoils this particular game night isn’t just the threat of Gary finding out it’s taking place, but that Max’s handsome and successful brother, Brooks (Chandler), is in town and wants to play.  Not only does he come play and, as you might have guessed, unapologetically alerts Gary to the festivities, but he decides he’s hosting next. Unenthusiastically, they all decide to attend and the event Brooks has in store for them this evening is unlike what is usually held. No cards, paper, dice or pegs needed, just your wits. He hires a company to stage a murder mystery for them to solve. They’re paired up and the couple who solves the whodunit gets a Corvette Sting Ray. Now the movie turns into a thriller, mystery as Brooks is kidnapped. Twist! Kidnapped not by the company he hired to kidnap him but by people for whom he has done bad business. This is quite a unique set up and a fun adventure for the audience lies ahead.

The comedic timing everyone displays, while all of this is playing out, is spot on accurate. Rachel McAdams is irreplaceable as her Annie and Bateman’s Max banter back and forth, clueless as to what is really going on. Max even tells the kidnappers to drive safely as they’re pulling his struggling brother out of the house. Hysterical. Do yourself a favor and make this movie a part of your Friday Night amusement. You won’t be sorry. It meets all the requirements of a fantastic and memorable night out.

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Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.

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Small Town Crime Movie Review

The opening scene of Eshom and Ian Nelms’ film, Small Town Crime, tells you all you need to know about Mike, (Hawkes) the protagonist of the film, and a damned engrossing protagonist might I add… however crude, crass and carnal he may appear.  He’s an ex-cop who doesn’t take shit from anyone; just ask him.  He tells everyone this about himself, especially people who want to hire him so… that they don’t hire him!  A
drunk, when we meet him he’s vomiting during his daily workout.  Preferring to spend most of his time inebriated he’d rather drive his muscle car to cash his unemployment check than have to actually work for his money.  Always with a beer in his hand, he has gotten sidetracked in life when his partner on the force is murdered during a traffic stop.  Mike, drunk at the time, is blamed for his death and is let go.

While out driving, drunk of course, he stops when he sees a very bloody young woman lying near the side of the road.  She is beaten half to death but alive.  He gets her into his car and races her off to the hospital, unfortunately, she doesn’t survive.  With not much in life to keep him roused these days, he decides he’s going to kick his investigation tactics back into high gear.  He will avenge her death no matter what it takes. 
What he finds is that his local watering hole, one he frequents and where he knows everyone by name (from being kicked out all too often), is more than it appears.  Underage prostitutes swarm the joint and it seems they have gotten themselves into trouble with people who aren’t looking for the girls for sex but rather are out to get them for what they know.

Mike tracks down the girl’s family and speaks to her grandfather (Forster).  He’s a tough, well-to-do, older man who has nothing to lose, especially now that he lost his granddaughter.  He’ll do everything to even the score and hires Mike to help track down her killers.  He’ll even haul around his own weapon if needed!  Clifton Collins Jr., who originally comes off as a miscreant about to give Mike a lot of trouble, ends up helping to try and solve the mystery they’ve all stumbled into.  Hunches, expertise and cunning get them where they need to be for the answers to all of their questions but a growing body count will have you wondering if the need to solve one murder, sans the local detectives, played by Daniel Sunjata and an aged Michael Vartan, outweighs the need to keep the many alive.

Sure, a crime has been committed and needs to be solved but how many must die to solve the said crime before you get help?  The answer to that question is answered in this gritty thriller that I recommend you see.  I like, and believe you will, too, that things don’t go exactly right for anyone, that Mike is a walking catastrophe and that the viciousness of the picture is brutal.  It gives you that much more reason to stay until the end to see if Mike gets his man or if he gets his adopted family of Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson and their children, all killed!  Did I mention this cast is absolutely stupendous??  By the way, stay for one extra clip after the credits start to roll.  Enjoy!

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The Commuter Movie Review

Though this genre is what Liam Neeson uses his particular set of skills best for, he may have wanted to take a pass on this ride for the better of the film.  That said, I like anything he’s in and did enjoy him but there were times I felt he was cast only for his name and not for what would have been more plausible.  Neeson is now sixty-five years of age and his character, Mike MacCauley, is sixty.  It was hard to watch him, even using suspension of disbelief, fight an ax-wielding younger man and believe he could stay in the fight, let alone win.  A lot of editing is used to make him look younger and capable, but we’re not fooled.  Outside of tricks used to make him look like he’s a badass, there are a lot of other visuals that are too far-fetched to accept as real, however, they come with high intensity, so you’ll forgive every one of them.

The opening credits are excellent and are used creatively to introduce you, over a span of time, to Mike and his family.  He’s working hard to pay the bills for him and his wife’s mortgage and also his son who is about to go to college and will be needing tuition soon.  The credits also take you on his commute.  Directly after the credits, Mike, an ex-cop, goes into his insurance job where he’s five years from retirement.  He’s called into his boss’s office and is let go.  The news is devastating as he already lives hand to mouth and has no nest egg to rely on.  He goes and has a drink with Alex ‘Murph’ Murphy (Wilson) and tells him what happened.  This is where the movie isn’t exactly subtle in a few hints it drops.  At the bar, we also meet Captain Hawthorne (Neill), who Mike used to work with and who has now moved up in ranks.  You won’t exactly miss some of the set-ups here. When Mike leaves the bar, he finds a seat on his train to head home and our adventure begins.

A woman by the name of Joanna (Farmiga) sits across from him and strikes up a conversation.  He tells her that he’s married and she tells him that’s not why she’s talking to him.  She explains that she studies human behavior and says she wants to know what type of person he is by asking him one questions.  That question is if she asked him to do something, anything, would he do it?  He, of course, wants to know what type of thing.  She tells him and also says that a reward would be offered but he’d never know the consequences of his actions.  What she needs is for him to find someone on the train that doesn’t belong.  His interest is piqued and yours will be, as well.  What he is to do when he finds this person is plant a tracking device on a bag that they are carrying.  He’s offered $25,000 for taking it and an extra 75,000 upon completion of the task.  He does suspect that something isn’t right but having just lost his job, a $100,000 payday sure sounds nice.  He has until the Cold Spring stop to finish the deed.

Having accepted the assignment, the film slows down a bit as he wades through the trivial, even boring characters on the train with him.  I have to mention to be on the lookout for a certain Goldman Sachs reference you might appreciate.  Anyway, with threats now coming from Joanna, he’s getting more and more crazed and desperate as he searches for the mystery man.  Eventually, Mike decides he’s not going to find who Joanna wants him to for the reason she wants him to.  Once a cop, always a cop.

There are a great many clichés in the film and you’ll recognize Collet-Serra’s ode to Hitchcock films but herein lies the fun even though a lot of the CG and hand-held camera work is quite bad at times.  As we move along the tracks our story builds and our energy is heightened.  The movie is always engaging.

You’ll have a lot of fun with The Commuter especially if you’re a Neeson fan and if you are fascinated with action movies that are way over the top.  Again, if you’re a fan of Liam Neeson, you can’t skip what’s sure to be the last of this genre for him.  He’ll give you his all, as he always has, even if this isn’t his best.


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All the Money in the World – Movie Review

‘All the money in the world can buy you many things, but it can’t buy you love.’  Isn’t that how the saying goes?  Perfect title for this film because this movie is that very statement come to life.  With this project, director Ridley Scott has taken on a story about oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. 
Getty has amassed a great fortune, has become the world’s first billionaire, and has become hardened to love.  Since he has so much money, more than he could ever spend, it seems everyone wants a piece of it.  People even send him letters, on a daily basis, pleading their case to see if he’d be willing to give them a few dollars to get them out of their current woes but his prosperity has one nasty side effect… greed.  In his greed lies the true heart of this story.

Early in the film, you see a little history on Getty, who’s played magnificently by Christopher Plummer, and how he gained his wealth.  He made deals for Saudi oil and then brought the oil out of the desert by creating a supertanker to carry it all out.  His intellect and understanding of how finance works then made his money grow.  Scott takes us to May of 1973 where one of Getty’s favorite grandchildren, John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer; no relation to Christopher), is kidnapped.  The kidnappers want seventeen million dollars for his safe return.  The kidnappers try to get the money from his mother, Gail Harris (Williams), who is divorced from Getty’s son.  She doesn’t have seventeen million dollars so she tries desperately to get the older Getty to understand what Paul’s life means to her.  She points out that she and Paul aren’t people writing a letter to him to try and get a piece of his fortune but instead that Paul, his own flesh and blood, is in real danger.

For foreshadowing on who Getty has become, we cut to nine years earlier where Getty is explaining to his young grandson that everything has a price.  To his own son, John Paul Getty II (Buchan), he explains why he was never home.  He had a business to run and he couldn’t be ‘weighed down’ with family.  Pay close attention to the wonderful dialogue in the script regarding money and who Getty considered himself to be.  Plummer is priceless.  The film originally had Kevin Spacey cast in the role of Getty but after he was accused of sexual misconduct, Spacey was replaced with Plummer who seemed so perfectly cast you can’t imagine Scott ever had someone else in mind.  Plummer’s stone face and cold heart, when it comes to what should be an easy decision to make, were almost frightening.

Getty gives a reason why he has decided not to pay to get his grandchild back.  The main reason is that he has fourteen grandchildren and if he pays for one, they may all be kidnapped.  During this period, he buys millions of dollars’ worth of collectibles that appreciate in value, but people aren’t profitable so therefore expendable.  Getty does allow Fletcher Chase (Wahlberg) his assistant, an ex-spy who specializes in negotiations, to help try and retrieve the boy from the kidnappers without it costing Getty a penny.  Wahlberg and Williams have great chemistry.  This chemistry builds with the stress of her plight and a relationship between them builds with the stress of her plight.  It continues throughout the rest of the story when Chase shows more feeling toward what she’s going through than Getty does.  Time goes by and the kidnappers get more and more anxious.  For the audience, the tension increases with every one of their unmet demands.  The price is dropped yet still Getty refuses to pay.  One of the kidnappers shows warmth for the boy but even this doesn’t save him from getting an ear removed.

Scott does a sensational job of juggling the story of desperate kidnappers, the frightened abducted youngster and almost despondent mother who, in dire straits, still hangs on to hope that she can get through to Scrooge.  She never cries for Getty, instead, illustrates for him how Paul having the Getty name is what has put him in danger and that Getty, himself, has some responsibility to help him.

All the Money in the World is definitely one of the best pictures of the year and Plummer’s performance is easily one of the best of the year, as well.  It comes out today, Christmas 2017, and I recommend you see it as a gift to yourself.

SICARIO 2: SOLDADO Official Teaser Trailer

SICARIO 2: SOLDADO is in theaters June 29, 2018.


In Sicario 2: Soldado, the drug war on the US – Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border.

To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) reteams with the mercurial Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro).

Witness the next chapter of the Sicario saga in theaters June 2018. #SoldadoMovie #SicarioNeverDies

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In Theaters June 29th, 2018