Kingsman: The Golden Circle

In this installment the Kingsman face a new challenge. Their headquarters and all of their secret places of operation are destroyed. The Kingsman discover a US Allied Spy organization called “Statesman”. After heading to the US to the “Statesman” headquarters the Kingsman soon learn that there is a drug cartel running an operation in a place called “Poppy Land”. If not stopped the Poppy Land operation could cripple the world. The two agencies join forces to try and stop the madness. The story unfolds from there…

Although not as good as the first installment, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” does have plenty to offer in the way of action, intrigue and suspense. There is a bit of continuation from the first installment to tie the two together, but beyond that the movie starts off on a strange foot and continues on that path for quite a while. It’s not really clear at first what the movie is about. Things do start to heat up a bit and get interesting mid-way through the movie.

Once again I had high expectations due to the fact that the cast is strong and the first installment was excellent, but in the end “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was a bit like letting the air out of a fully inflated tire.

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Future Movie Reviews in 2017 and Beyond

Here is a list of Movies I plan to see in 2017 and beyond.

Red Sparrow – Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson

The Commuter – Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Killian Scott, Sam Neil, Elizabeth McGovern

Death Wish – Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Jack Kesy, Dean Norris, Beau Knapp, Michael Epps, Len Cariou, Kimberly Elise

Only the Brave – Miles Teller, Ben Hardy, Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Kitsch, Natalie Hall, James Badge Dale, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Andie MacDowell

The Foreigner – Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Lui Tao, Katie Leung, Manolo Cardona, Dermot Crowley, Simon Kunz

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween – Tyler Perry, Brock O’Hurn, Lexy Panterra, Patrice Lovely, Inanna Sarkis, Diamond White, Yousef Eraket, Cassie Davis

LBJ – Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, C. Thomas Howell. Rich Sommer, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Jenkins, Michael Mosley

Thank You for Your Service – Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey

Battle of the Sexes – Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Jessica McNamee, Natalie Morales

American Made – Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright

Molly’s Game – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Proud Mary – Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Danny Glover, Xander Berkley, Billy Brown, Margaret Avery

Flatliners (2017) – Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland

Murders on the Orient Express (2017) – Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad

Hans Solo – Star Wars Anthology Film – May 2018
Emilia Clark, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Geostorm – Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia

Ocean’s Eight – Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson

Thor:Ragnarok – Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Karl Urban

Justice League – Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane. J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg

Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James,Kristin Scott Thomas, Hannah Steele

Star Wars: Episode VIII – Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac

Downsizing – Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Niel Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Alec Baldwin

Blade Runner 2049 – Ana de Armas, Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Lenny James

Suburbicon – Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Glenn Fleshler, Noah Jupe

American Assassin

“American Assassin” follows a CIA Black Ops recruit, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) who deals with losing his fiancée in a random attack at a beach resort to being under the guidance of a Cold-War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).
The CIA assigns Mitch, Stan and a group of operatives to investigate random attacks on Military and Civilian communities around the world. These mini-missions lead the team to a bigger mission involving a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar). Together they attempt to stop a mysterious operative known as “Ghost”. The story unfolds from there…

“American Assassin” would be awesome if it did not have so many agendas that go uncompleted. The movie starts off great, but goes off track within the first 35 minutes and never recovers. This movie is missing its foundation. There is lots of action, suspense and intrigue. The cinematography and camera angles are very good.

I had high expectations due to the fact that the cast is strong, but in the end the movie is just ok.

“American Assassin” will be a great Cable, DVD or Blue-Ray viewing.

This is a 2 ½ Star Movie!

IT

Normally I do not see/review Horror Movies, but “IT” is not just any “Horror Movie” it’s a Stephen King Horror Movie! During High School, College and the early part of my Technology career I was a Stephen King fan! I have read over 20 of his books all in Hard Back. I still have a few including “IT”.

In the little town called Derry, Maine there is a 7:00pm curfew for all children. It seems that the town of Derry is cursed and over 91 children have gone missing. No one seems to know how or why this happens. The local law enforcement doesn’t have a clue.

There are a bunch of young kids who are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. As they sift through information and hunt for clues, the kids ultimately figure out that they will have to face-off with the sadistic, evil clown known as Pennywise. Myth or legend Pennywise has been associated with murders that date back centuries. The kids figure out that they are better off together as opposed to being separate because Pennywise prefers one on one. The story unfolds from there…

This installment of “IT” is definitely better than the 1990 installment. The movie is terrifying, nerve-wracking and intensely suspenseful. This installment is closely in line with Stephen King’s novel showcasing anxiety and fears that young children often face. The best part of the movie is the group of young kids. They are the heroes, but they also stay true to themselves as young innocent children.

If you can stand to be terrified, “IT” is a must see, but this movie is not for Children.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!

Wind River

After a 2 week hiatus because there hasn’t been anything good at the box office worth reviewing, I am BACK!!

“Wind River” is a well-executed Drama/Suspense thriller about the rape and murder of a young Native American Girl that occurs at the Wind River Native American Reservation.

The FBI teams up with the local law enforcement and a local game tracker to find out how this awful crime occurred, who did it and why.

The scenes are snowy with blizzard like conditions and sub-zero temperatures are the norm throughout the movie. Some of the events in the movie will have you shivering in your seat.

“Wind River” is gritty, will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat. There is a mix of male posturing as well as a mix of soul searching displayed throughout the movie.

“Wind River” opened in limited-Release on Aug 4th. It recently opened wide to a broader audience around the country.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a “quirky, funny and entertaining summer flick.”

Ryan Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, a top protection agent who has been summoned to protect a Notorious Assassin, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). Darius’s testimony is needed in criminal court case to put away a dictator who has been killing or ordering the killing of innocent people.

Michael Bryce and Darius Kincaid have a history. They don’t like each other, so when they are faced with each other and it dawns on Michael Bryce what he is getting into, dangerous sparks start flying. The story unfolds from there…

The paid critics did not like “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. The movie is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s not bad. In fact it’s funny and entertaining. There is a story, a plot, intrigue, suspense and a couple of twists. It’s mindless entertaining.

Ryan Reynolds is an unlikely bodyguard, but he does a good job. Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect assassin. The movie is worth seeing if for no other reason than to see Salma Hayek. She kicks some serious butt!!

Check out “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” for some fun entertainment.

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Logan Lucky

After a very slow start “Logan Lucky” revs its engine and races to the finish line. It’s a story we have all seen before, but “Logan Lucky” has a few entertaining moments along with a few interesting twists.

Brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver) Logan are trying to eradicate a family curse by successfully executing an elaborate bank robbery during the famous Coco-Cola 600 Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They need help and guidance, but the person they need help from is currently in prison. That doesn’t stop them. They figure out an elaborate scheme to setup a prison break and get their friend out to help them. The story unfolds from there…

“Logan Lucky” is a departure from the norm for Mr. Bond (Daniel Craig). You will see him in a very different light with his bleached blonde hair.
Director Steven Soderbergh is back from a 4 year hiatus. The last movie that he directed that I saw was “Side Effects” in 2013.

There are some strange, quirky and interesting moments in “Logan Lucky”. Example… just when things are heating up the movie plot stops for a beauty pageant. It’s a cute moment.

Director Steven Soderbergh is excellent at what he does, so I say that while “Logan Lucky” has a slow and strange start, the movie does come together at the end and it is worth a look.

I am looking forward to “Ocean’s Eight” in 2018 which is a Steven Soderbergh production.

This is a 4 Star Move!