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Wind River Movie Review

Taylor Sheridan has written the screenplays for some terrific movies, including ‘Sicario’ and ‘Hell or High Water’. Now you can add ‘Wind River’ to his growing list of accomplishments. On top of that, he also directed this movie. Sheridan is becoming a major player in Hollywood. ‘Sicario’ was set in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. ‘Hell or High Water’ was set in West Texas. Now ‘Wind River’ is set in the Pacific Mountain West, and it is brutal look at the land and people who live there.

Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) works for U.S. government in Wyoming for Fish and Wildlife department. He is in charge of ‘predator control’, meaning he tracks and kills wolves, mountain lions and the like. One day he is out tracking and he finds the body of a young Indian woman. She is from the Wind River reservation. His ex-wife is also from the ‘rez’, so he goes and checks out what they say. He meets the Tribal Police Chief Ben (Graham Greene) and meets with the father of the young woman. Martin (Gil Birmingham) is the father and he is heart-broken.

 

They all meet up with a young and inexperienced FBI agent, Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen). she was sent to help solve the murder. The young woman was raped and beaten, then while bleeding still she ran six miles barefoot in the snow. However, the local coroner is not helping. Even with the amount of violence heaped on her, he will not mark the cause of death as ‘murder’. The FBI will not send any more resources in to help out. Jane must ask Cory for his help, even though he is not in law enforcement.

Cory knows how to track, so that is how he helps. They go out and discover another body. So there is plenty of bad stuff going on. They just need to see what is behind it all. They go with Chief Ben to visit the young woman’s druggie brother and a couple of loser friends. That ends in a violent confrontation. But they learn that the woman had a white boyfriend named Matt (Jon Bernthal). Matt works on a security team at a nearby oil rig setup, about six miles from where Cory found the body.

Cory and Jane are beginning to think that some things are starting to come together, as a cloud of suspicion falls over Matt. So they plan for a trip out the oil rig location to find out what the people stationed there know about Matt or the woman. If they can place Matt somewhere near the place where Cory found her body, then they might be able to solve the case. But could there be more twists and turns in store for the investigators?

 

Jeremy Renner plays Cory in a very understated manner. He is not flashy, but focused – his character also has a tragic past with a dead daughter. He agrees to assist Jane because she is out of her depth when she is out on the reservation and in the wilderness. He portrays a dedicated man in touch with deep inner sense of justice, and he is not afraid to be a tracker/hunter for all types of predators.

Elizabeth Olsen does a wonderful job as Jane. Because her character is struggling in an overwhelming situation, she uses the talents of the people around her; Cory, Chief Ben and others. She is not afraid to confront wrongdoers, and she can take charge when she needs to. She has a palpable sense of outrage over the young woman’s rape and murder. The local customs and traits of the reservation are alien to her, and she out of her range when in the wilds of Wyoming.

The rest of the cast fits in perfectly with all the roles helping move the story along. The pacing is slower at the beginning, and then there are some areas where the danger and suspense kicks in and keeps you tense. It is an intriguing story that marries the reservation world with the larger one surrounding it. It keeps you wanting to learn more of Cory’s background and what makes him tick. You want to see a murder solved, even if the local coroner is not able to declare it a ‘murder’.

Justice must be served, and it is served in the chilly snow of the Rocky Mountain peaks. Taylor Sheridan has created a new genre with this movie. I would call it ‘Snow Noir’.

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Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer 

Written by: Darren Aronofsky


A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

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In Theaters September 15th

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Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Perfect for the summer heat, this is a fun, exciting and provocative action packed spy thriller.  Atomic Blonde is based on the ONI PRESS Graphic Novel Series called “The Coldest City,” written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart.  I’m quite certain they’re happy to see Charlize Theron was cast in this because she’s both incredibly steely and sexy in this screen adaptation of their character, Lorraine Broughton, a fearless MI6 agent. 

Set in 1989, Lorraine is sent to Berlin around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  When she goes in for her next task, she learns of the assassination of her colleague and her lover.  She is sent out to retrieve a list of highly secret agents and their codenames that was filched from him at the time of his murder by a Russian agent.  As she begins her work, she glides her way through Berlin’s clubs to an awesome 80’s soundtrack, some of which I believe may have been only in her head to help her become what she must to be the badass, callous killing machine she may need to be to get the job done.

Speaking of what it takes to get the job done, she meets up with British agent David Percival (McAvoy) who she has an immediate distrust of but still builds something of a coalition with.  Soon, she meets a beautiful French spy (Boutella) and is more than willing to get down and dirty and use her to get the information she needs.  This movie isn’t afraid to show you exactly what that is and, much to the bewilderment of some and awe of others, we crawl in bed with these two women and stay there through a scene that can only be described as explicit.  This scene gives Atomic Blonde the edge that many films before it were afraid to stroll up to and gives the director, David Leitch, a head up on the competition.    

McAvoy is incredible in the role and Boutella stands out but this is a Carlize Theron film.  Theron, knowing her way around Hollywood well enough, has brought us many memorable characters and Lorraine is no different.  Willing to do many of her own stunts, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her with several more movies of this ilk, come her way because she’s cold and brutal when she needs to be and wells with passion and warmth whenever the right moment presents itself. 

There are a few scenes that are so gut wrenchingly painful looking that you’ll not only laugh at the ridiculousness of them but cheer at how bold the film is and how fully Theron committed herself to this character.  There’s one scene in particular in a stairwell that is the example for my previous sentence.  You’ll recall these words when you see the film.  The movie itself may not be perfect but it’s exactly what you want out of a summer release.  Leitch is known for his stunt work in 82 films, including Hitman: Agent 47, The Bourne Legacy, The Mechanic and many more so it’s not hard to see why the technical performances are so on the nose here. 

It goes over the top as films of this genre do but I don’t think that hurt it.  If anything, that is its appeal and more than makes up for the few times when the plot drags some getting to the point. Told through flashbacks, it’s colorful, stylish and memorable and something I recommend seeing at the theatre this weekend.  You’ll want to see these fight sequences on the big screen. 

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Welcome to Suburbicon
A town of great wonder and excitement. Built with the promise of prosperity for all. 

Directed by: George Clooney

Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe and Oscar Isaac

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon. 


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In Theaters October 27

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NETFLIX – Shimmer Lake Movie Review

‘Shimmer Lake’ is a NETFLIX Original movie, and it shows that creativity is not limited to the big screen. This is now available for streaming right now, so you can check it out for yourself. This takes a tale of a bank robbery in a small Midwestern town and turns it upside-down.

More accurately, it tells the story in reverse. That is, the movie is told in backwards order. The first thing shown are the events of Friday, which is three days after the robbery. The following day that is portrayed is Thursday, and so on. This structure does have a very important reason, but you do not see that until the first day. That first day is the day of the robbery, and it is the last day that is shown in the movie.

The events surround Sherriff Zeke Sikes (Benjamin Walker) who is caught up in the chase for the bad guys. One of the three turns out to be his brother Andy Sikes (Rainn Wilson). The local bank is owned by Judge Dawkins (John Michael Higgins), who had large amounts of cash on hand for the annual crop payments. The other thief is Chris Morrow (Mark Rendall). However the leader is Ed Burton (Wyatt Russell), a local meth dealer just released from prison.

Because the bank was federally insured, there are two bumbling FBI agents in town to ‘help out’. Agent Biltmore (Rob Corddry) and Agent Walker (Ron Livingston) don’t mind if Sherriff Zeke does all the work and solves the case, because they are pretty lazy. One of the main leads is Ed Burton’s wife, Steph Burton (Stephanie Sigman). She says that Ed said he was going to flee the country, so he beat her up and left. Steph is still upset with Ed because of what he did way before…

Ed’s time in prison was a result of an accident at his meth lab near Shimmer Lake. He and Chris Morrow were cooking the product. Ed Jr. was also there, because Ed had no other place to put him.  An accidental explosion blew up the cabin. Ed Burton Jr. was only five years old when he died. Steph has never forgiven Ed.

Judge Dawkins was the one who gave Ed Burton an extremely light sentence. And Sherriff Zeke’s brother Andy Sikes was the chief Prosecutor who approved the unusual plea deal. There are a lot of shady characters and plenty of blame to go around. Since it is such a small town, the people there are keeping secrets.

When some of the secrets get revealed, there is a price to be paid by the people involved. Since the story gets told in reverse, the most shocking reveal happens on the first day. But you do not have that full impact until the very end of the movie. And that is a smart way to deliver some important facts…

You can say that the ‘backward story’ thing is a gimmick. However, the way that Oren Uziel tells the story, and way the facts are slowly revealed; it makes this the only way that it could have been done correctly. There are a lot of minor clues and little reveals that make you sit and ponder. The overall concept of working backwards in the calendar makes a lot of sense.

Quite a few of the actors are known mostly for comedy roles. But they do a fine job with this interesting and well-paced drama/mystery. Benjamin Walker comes off a little flat as Zeke. But that is how his character needs to be at the moment, not emotional but focused on the facts of the crime. Wyatt Russell, Rainn Wilson and John Michael Higgins do the tense drama very well. Ron Livingston & Rob Corddry do most of the comedy relief.

Perhaps this movie is in the shadow of ‘Memento’, another famous backward-sequenced film. Also, like that film, ‘Shimmer Lake’ is about a crime and the search to find the bad guys and see that justice is done. Then at the very end of the movie, you get some important information that changes everything. I guess you call it a ‘twist beginning’.

The Beguiled Advance Movie Screening

Movie Screening Summary: “The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

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My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel starts with a letter from one cousin to the other; cousins who love and respect one another but have been apart for a very long time.  This is writer/director Roger Michell’s (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) take on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier and it’s rather entertaining, even if you do leave scratching your head. 

Having been orphaned as a child when both of his parents had died, Philip (Claflin) is raised by Ambrose who gladly took him in.  He, while single, managed to even play father figure while contemporaneously playing best friend to Philip.  One day, Philip gets a letter from him and within the letter, he notices a secret message to him regarding his cousin’s wife, Rachel (Weisz).  Ambrose believes that she is a danger to him and requests that Philip come as quickly as possible to help him.  Sadly, he isn’t fast enough.  Ambrose passes and he is beyond devastated.  He was already looking to help Ambrose with his problem, now he wants desperately, to hunt her down and exact his revenge.  

Philip speaks to the family lawyer, Kendall (Glen) about the estate and learns that Rachel had received no inheritance.  This being the case, what would she have to gain from doing anything to hurt Ambrose?  Philip is not deterred by this.  Kendall may think she’s innocent but Philip, now head of the estate, will use all of his power to find Rachel and acquire the truth.  Guessing she’s a foul beast, he calls on her and she comes to stay as a guest in the worst room Philip can put her in.  She’s ever grateful and sweet about everything; fine with the accommodations and pleased to be so welcome.  Once he sets his eyes on her, all plans Philip had are out the window.  As his cousin surely did, he falls instantly in love.  Is she a witch?  Is she a vixen?  Has she cast a spell on the impressionable young master of the house?  Louise (Grainger), Kendall’s daughter, who had joked with Philip about what an awful person this Rachel must be and knew of his plans to ruin her, had set her eyes on Philip long ago.  Once she sees Rachel with him, she knows she has no chance. 

As her heart breaks, the audience grows suspicious about who this woman is and what she’s really after.  If she is who Ambrose said she is, this young man who has zero experience with women has no chance against the likes of her.  Let the games begin.  It’s intriguing watching Rachel work her magic, both the actress and the character.  With just one look from her, he changes in an instant… one tiny little kiss and he’s wrapped around her finger.  She tells him intimate things such as the time she lost her baby and shows him honesty when people try to prove her anything but which leaves him more vulnerable and finds him more beguiled than before.  Seems all is going according to plan, wouldn’t you say?

That’s where I got a little lost.  I’m not certain of that.  As I previously mentioned, by the time the credits role, this could be a little bit of a head scratcher for you.  I must mention, however, that the performances were more than acceptable.  His infatuated boy trying to become a man is very good and Weisz is strong as a woman to be suspicious of.  She shows range as her character becomes sickeningly sweet one minute, full of despair the next, then suddenly turns back into someone you may have never known at all.  I recommend a theatre watch, but maybe just a matinee.  It’s beautiful to watch and the music is more than satisfactory for the period and is pleasing to your ears.    

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

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Mystery

Release: November 10, 2017

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Screenplay by: Michael Green

Based upon the Novel by: Agatha Christie

Produced by: Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Michael Schaefer

Cast: Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin

Atomic Summer is here!!

Leading up to the July 28 release, Focus Features will be bringing the heat by giving fans exclusive looks at ATOMIC BLONDE throughout the summer.  The first clip is “Chapter 1: Father Figure”…

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) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style, Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones, the film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series“The Coldest City,” by Antony Johnston & illustrator Sam Hart. Kurt Johnstad (300) wrote the screenplay.

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In Theaters July 28th

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It Comes at Night New Trailer

STARRING

Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

WRITTEN BY

Trey Edward Shults

DIRECTED BY

Trey Edward Shults


Trey Edward Shults’ highly anticipated horror-thriller stunned critics at a secret screening at the famed Timberline Lodge this past weekend. Watch Joel Edgerton give us the rules for survival in terrifying new trailer.

In Theaters June 9th

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