Kathy vs TK’s view of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Rated PG-13

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This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 33 mins.

DIRECTORS/WRITERS:   Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson

STARRING:  Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes, and featuring Zack Gottsagen

As we trod down a path less traveled, as this Mark Twainesque adventure unfolds, we meet Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Downs Syndrome, who by no fault of his own, has been cooped up in an old folks’ home for far too long.  Zak passes his time longing to meet his idol, The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), who is not only a wrestler, but a wrestling instructor too.  When his roommate Carl (Bruce Dern) assists Zak in a rather masterful escape, it seems that he is now on the lam, seeking out a way to find his idol, so he too can learn the art of Wrestling.

When caseworker Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) realizes Zack is on the run, she has to find him, before he gets himself into a situation, that he has no idea how to get out of.  As fate would have it, Zak ends up crossing paths with local hooligan & fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), who seems to be as lost in his own life, as Zak presently is in his.  So, as these two new compadres make their way in the world, traveling to find Zak’s idol ~ they both soon find too, that you can achieve anything in this life if you put your mind to it, and as long as you have the people who truly love you ~ for you ~ along for the ride…

Writer & Director Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson have created a film that exudes from every frame of its being, the beauty and brilliance of one young man’s life, and as authentically genuine and real as it gets.  Shia LaBeouf is exceptional, and I feel, at the top of his game this time around, playing the lost in life, and rather downtrodden Tyler.  Newcomer Zack Gottsagen is absolutely incredible every step of the way too, in this film that Schwartz and Nilson saw fit to write and create, just for him!  Dakota Johnson is fabulous too, playing Zak’s caseworker, as she really shines in this heartfelt and dramatic role.  And once you bring in veteran actors Bruce Dern, John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church to the mix, The Peanut Butter Falcon soars to new heights, bringing you a passionate story of humanity and kindness, that you absolutely must experience for yourself!  And if this films perfectly crafted storyline doesn’t tug enough at your heartstrings enough to reel you in, the cinematography of this masterpiece in the making sure will, as this film plays out as a love story to our way of life in the bayous, throughout every inch of this film as well.  Suffice to say that The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of those rare films that will touch every fiber of your being by the time it’s through, making it a definite MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN film for me, which shouldn’t be viewed any other way! It truly is one of the most touching and compassionate films I’ve seen in a very long time, and you will totally be doing yourself an injustice if you don’t run out to a theater near you this weekend and catch The Peanut Butter Falcon, in all its glory, as soon as possible


This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 33 mins        

Director:  Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz

Cast:  Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.


THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON was such a welcome surprise as far as an independent film that had more heart and humor than I was expecting.  The title alone makes people stop and go “bug eyed” if they haven’t heard of it yet. I know when I was telling people about the movie, everyone’s initial reaction to the title was exactly the same, they each said – “What’s the name of the movie?”, followed immediately by, “What the hell is it about?”.  So instead of telling them, I just let the trailer do the talking and I have to say, once again, everyone had the same response which was – “That looks good”, followed immediately by, “I’d see that” (LMAO). I love watching independent movies and I’ll use THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON as an example to why I do.  One: They are always a surprise to me. You never know what you’re going to see when you watch an independent movie because they’re not oversaturated by how much the movie company advertise them. The only way you really know anything about these films is if you do your own research by reading up on them or if you go out of your way to watch the trailer.  That being said, the only way you’re going to see a trailer for this movie is if it starts having a following. A great example of this exact situation is the movie THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING MISSOURI. No one heard anything about that movie until the actors started getting nominated for awards. A second reason I love independent movies is the cast.  The cast of independent films usually give audiences the feeling they care just “that much” more. Maybe it’s because the project hits closer to home for them. Maybe the story is their own. Maybe they want to help their friends to make it. Whatever the reason is, the cast usually gives 120% and that is definitely the case with THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON. Shia LaBeouf stands out front with this point the most.  We all know him from his crazy weird antics he’s been doing the past few years, but what a lot of us have forgotten is the guy is a great actor. He really is. And he shows us just how diverse he can be with his role in this movie. I attribute the success of this whole movie to him. I don’t want to take away from the other lead of this film, Zack Gottsagen, he does a great job too and I would say he’s the heart of the film and the rest of the supporting cast are amazing too, but the driving force of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, the thing that moves this machine forward is Shia LaBeouf.  As far as my recommendation for THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, I would say this one is either one you should see in theaters or wait to watch it at home. Either way, it’s definitely worth watching and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you will be taken with both the characters and the story. Until next time, thanks for reading.  

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.


Interview with Writer & Director Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson, chatting about their new film THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON



Writer & Director Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson sit down to chat about their new film:  THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

One of the most incredible 15 minutes of my life in the past few weeks, was having the  opportunity to sit down atop the Moonrise Hotel in University City to chat about the making of the film – The Peanut Butter Falcon – with the Writers and Directors of the film, Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson. 

Having just viewed the film before the interview, I couldn’t wait to hear Michael and Tyler’s thoughts on why they felt compelled to bring this totally authentic and genuine film to the big screen, and of course, how it all came to fruition…  

Kathy:   How long had you known Zack before you came to work with him on this film?

Michael:  We had known Zack for a couple years before we started down the path of making this film… 

Tyler:  We actually met Zack when Mike and I were volunteering at a camp for people with disabilities, and we were making short films with the campers there, and we saw him giving a performance that was really fantastic in the short film.  He was really making clever acting decisions and being very present.  He would do things like take his sunglasses off, and put them down on the table, and say “I’m going to do it like that, because that’s how this character would do it…”  He just had an innate sense of what to do when it came to acting, and we couldn’t believe how good he was.  I guess we’ve known him for 8 years now, about three working on the film and starting this process.  He always likes to point out that I’ve known him a little while longer than Mike J And he’s really quick to point this out too, that it’s been about a whole six months longer.  While we were making this film, he also loved teasing back and forth with Mike and I, “Tyler you are the real Director.”  And then the next hour he would say, “Mike you are the real Director”.  He likes choosing favorites, I think because he is so full of love, and he wants you to know that. But then if I would you call him out on it and tell him “I’m a real Director too Zack”, he would then just laugh and say, “your right, your right, your right…you are the real Director too!”


Kathy:  Had you done any work in film before you started working on The Peanut Butter Falcon? 

Tyler:  Mike and I had worked on a few short films, and a few commercials along the way too…but we really weren’t “Hollywood per se”, we were kind of lying on the outskirts of the film industry, working on these projects…

Michael:  In other words, we didn’t have any agents, managers, or famous friends…

Tyler:  We still are like nobody, really… we just felt that he had something that the world needed to see with Zack.  There was a story in him, that we needed to get out there for all the world to see.  I mean, most actors I’d seen before would just say their lines, and then wait for their fellow actor to say their line, and then just say their next line, not really creating a living breathing organism with their performances.   But when Zack would create scenes for us, they were fantastic, they truly became living, breathing organisms, which is a really unique thing for an actor to be able to do.  And then, on top of that, realizing that Zack, who has Down’s Syndrome, which we is considered a disability…which it really isn’t I must say…as he has a “different ability” especially when it comes to performing.  And when he would  show up stronger in his abilities than somebody that was coming to the table without any of that, we just felt compelled to share his story.

We talked about it with Zack, and he shared with us too, that he really wanted to be in movies and films.  And then once he shared these sentiments with us, and Mike and I realized what he truly wanted to do, we decided we had to make this movie with him, and for him.  I mean, there really aren’t a lot of opportunities, or material written for people in feature films with disabilities, like Downs Syndrome, so we decided to create a film where Zack could show his talents, the whole way through…

Michael:  But we also tried to be realistic with him from the start too.  Like, we didn’t try to build him up by saying “oh you can go be an astronaut Zack, because, as we all know, not everyone can be an astronaut; so we tried to take the same path with the making of this film.  We explained  there are things that you can do, and things that you can’t do for anybody in this world, including becoming an actor, as not everyone can be an actor in Hollywood.  And through this process, I made a point too to explain to him that the chance of me personally becoming a movie star was really slim as well…

Tyler:  Me too. I told him like my chances of becoming a movie star probably aren’t going to happen either.  But Zack was so sweet, and loving through the whole process, and then he just came out with “Well why don’t we just do this together. I mean, you make short films, and I AM an Actor, so let’s just do it together, and Mike and I thought about it for about 3 seconds…

Michael:  And decided GAME ON, let’s do it…

Tyler:  So, we went to the library, and checked out a bunch of books on writing screen plays.  I mean, we were story tellers, and we had done short films, and commercials, but we weren’t really versed on how to create, or write for that matter, a feature film.  Mike and I by this point have both lived a couple chapters of our lives, and we had lived our own wild stories too that we could draw from, but telling a story that is 30 seconds long, as opposed to telling a story that’s 2 hours long, is like going from running a sprint, to running a marathon, and you have to go into that process with a totally different mindset.

So, we sat for a year and worked on the writing of this film.  We went on road trips with Zack, and listened to him…


Kathy:  So how did you guys decide in what direction the storyline for your film was going to evolve?

Michael:  A lot of the dialogue in the film is actually things that Zack had shared with us over the years…I mean the storyline was truly written for him.  He loves wrestling, and that’s how that premise makes it into the storyline.  And Tyler grew up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and so he knew about crab fishing, and that world, and we were both affected by books and literature, and Mark Twain stories throughout our lives, so it was taking all of these ingredients that we love, and what Zack had shared with us that he loves too, and combining it all and building it into this film.

Tyler:  And of course, getting what we could get for Free to start out with making the movie was important too through this process.   Our original premise to start the film, was to start a Kickstarter Campaign and raise $30,000, and then we’ll go make an Indie feature, and try to get it into a few film festivals. But, thank God we couldn’t raise that much money. I mean, we couldn’t even raise $30.  So, we had to switch gears and go out and shoot a proof of concept trailer that was about 5 or 5 and 1/2 minutes long, and we sent that out in a mass email.  And low and behold, through a friend, of a friend, or a friend, you know, like “a guy that I know had dinner once with a dude” kind of thing…

Kathy:  So, you mean Destiny intervened??? 

Tyler:  Okay, I’ll say it, “Destiny intervened, and Albert and Ron got ahold of our proof of concept trailer…

Michael:  Our Producers, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, is who Tyler’s talking about.  These guys have made incredible films like Nebraska, and Little Miss Sunshine, so they were really able to bring in the star-power we needed from the start.  Like Bruce Dern, who they had made Nebraska with, and he signed on, and John Hawkes, who they made a film called Lowdown with, and he wanted to be a part of it.  And Shia LaBeouf, they had made Charlie Countryman with, so they were able to send our proof of concept to people that they knew, and that they had done incredible work with, and the actors kept saying, “Yes, I want to do this film…”

Tyler:  So then, as the yesses started coming in rather quickly, from that blessing of not getting the $30,000, both Mike and I were like…is this really happening?.  And as it all continued to blow up, we found ourselves on the phone with Dakota Johnson, who is someone we really admired from her work in Black Mass, and then she tells us she really wants to do the film too.  And then, we found ourselves on the phone with Thomas Haden Church, and he says “Okay boys, I’ll see you in a week” …it all just became too surreal!

Michael:  If you would have told me before we started that we would have any one of these Actors cast in our film, I would have told you “NO WAY”!


Kathy:  Well, you guys have totally managed to blow my theory out of the water, after seeing the film, as I thought for sure you had these Actors in mind while you were writing the film, as they are so perfectly cast in their respective roles…

Tyler:  No, Not really. I mean Shia was a first choice for sure for his part, by far, as I think he is one of the finest Actors of my generation – and we both truly love his work as an Actor – and of course, they would all have been our first choices for sure.  And Dakota brought something that was so special too to the film too, but we never thought to dream that BIG! We never thought to dream that all these incredible Actors would want to sign on to do our film…

Michael:  I mean, when the whole process started, we thought we would get Bill from the dock to play Duncan, as we never dreamed that John Hawkes would want to come on and make this movie with us…

Tyler:  It was actually written as Duncan, because my buddies name is Duncan. Like there is a character named Winky in the film, who is Duncan’s Dad, and he owns a fish dock, and we just assumed we would get Winky to play that role.  The Character of Tyler is named Tyler, because we never thought we would get someone to come out to the bayous of North Carolina for a month, much less three to film this movie with us, so we assumed I would have to step into the role.  And in some ways, I attribute Zack dreaming bigger than people say he should dream, to allowing us to dream bigger too through this process too; realizing a bigger vision for ourselves that we even thought possible.  I mean, I never imagined being a Writer and a Director, and I don’t think you did either, did you Mike?

Michael:   No, it wasn’t a big goal of mine, I think as you focus on telling the story, you just step into the space that needs to be filled.  I mean, if Ron Howard would have said he was wanting to Direct our film, we would have said “Cool, he’s a great choice for that”, but that didn’t happen, so we just did it.


Kathy:  Now that you’ve created your first feature film, do you feel like you want to take on the roles again of Writing and Directing?

Michael:  I think we can, but I think it all worked because Tyler and I are first, good storytellers.  Like, I know how its suppose to go, you know…leading the story to where it needs to go.  So sometimes that means you lead, and sometimes you just need to get out of the way…and innately, I think we know that…

Tyler:  We aren’t fancying ourselves as professional Writers or Directors, but damn if I don’t fancy myself a good storyteller, like Mike said.  The people in my life that I always gravitated towards when I was younger, were people who told great stories.   You know, I loved the old guy sitting around the campfire who would say “Sit down son, I got a good yarn for ya…”.  I think loving those kinds of people in my life, and gravitating to those types of people, is a lot of the reason why we could sit down and write this film.  I mean, Mike and I knew what a good story was, and how to start and end it.  It wasn’t like we were doing brain surgery, wondering where to begin…once we sat down to write it, it felt natural for us to just sit down, and put it all together…


Kathy:  Well having just seen this film, I have to share with both of you that I was blown away by how authentic and real this film feels, and how the story just continues to unfold in a unbridled way… 

Michael: I have to say about the “realness” of this film, now that you brought it up, that when Shia showed up on set, we talked at length about going for the realness in every inch of this film.  I think that movie magic happens along the way in every film, but we really wanted this storyline to feel as real as we could get it, every step of the way.  And I think the entire cast bought into what we were shooting for, which is truly how this film ended up being so special when it was all said and done…

The Peanut Butter Falcon is A MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN FOR ME, Hitting theaters this Thursday August 22, 2019,  @ Landmark’s Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac Theatres

Tony vs. TK’s view of GOOD BOYS – Rated R

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This review is brought to you by TONY MOSELLO

GOOD BOYS – Rated R – 1 hr. 29 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Gene Stupnitsky

WRITERS:  Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg

STARRING:  Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery, Retta and Mariessa Portelance


One Bad Decision Leads to Another

Ever find yourself wondering just how exposed kids are these days?  Well, wonder no more because “Good Boys” is here to terrify all current and future parents with how much their children may already be exposed to.  With Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon) about to enter the 6th grade, the bean bag brothers are faced with a harsh reality; it’s time to grow-up.  With their first kissing party on the horizon, the boys exercise all available options to learn how to kiss; including an ill-fated look search of porn, practicing on a sex doll, and spying on their neighbors with Max’s dad’s drone.  After the drone is captured by two older girls, the boys unknowingly involve themselves is a plot that is way over their heads.  With the party only hours away and Max’s goal of kissing his true love hanging in the balance, the boys must conquer every obstacle to make it to the party and cement themselves as 6th graders.

Let me start off by making this loud and clear: “Good Boys” is not for kids!  While the film centers-around a trio of young kids, the subject matter is strongly-adult, crude, and filled with drug and sexual references.  So much of the film’s success relies on the trio of young actors and they do not disappoint!  Tremblay, Williams, and Noon absolutely nail their character’s extreme naiveté and innocence, with each of them offering their own unique spin as well.  The supporting cast, while seldom-featured, is also quite strong; most notably Will Forte as Max’s loving Dad and Lil Rel Howery and Retta as Lucas’ parents.  While the cast is important to pull-off the vision, the screenwriters deserve the majority of the credit here.  The jokes are absolutely endless and never get old.  I promise you will laugh from start-to-finish at all of them; even the countless misinterpreted sexual lingo jokes that are littered-throughout.

However, the laughs are only part of the film’s main goal.  The film is a fantastic coming-of-age story that viewers of all (appropriate) ages can relate to.  While the film is FILLED with dirty and raunchy humor, there is truly a beautiful message that acts as the film’s moral compass; separating “Good Boys” from most other raunchy comedies these days.  Coming-in at a brisk 89 minutes, “Good Boys” flows seamlessly as the laughs continue.  I truly view “Superbad” as one of the most important comedies in the last 20 years and I think “Good Boys” will carry that same importance as well.  While the previous focused on high school seniors before heading-off the college, this one focuses on the youth.  While some of it may be extreme, kids are learning about this time of subject matter at a much earlier age nowadays and, while the film in no way glorifies it, it’s important for them to learn about it in a safe, controlled environment.  I am by NO MEANS recommending parents to take their middle schoolers to see this, but it may be a film that kids inevitably find a way to take off their parents shelves and watch with their friends; and that’s maybe not such a bad thing.

“Good Boys” is by-far the funniest film of 2019 so far and it’s a refreshing take on the adolescent scene and is filled with laughs from start-to-finish.  I can’t wait to watch it again!

4.5 out of 5



This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

GOOD BOYS  – Rated R  – 1 hr. 29 mins     

Director:  Gene Stupnitsky

Cast:  Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery

Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.


I thought the new movie GOOD BOYS was going to be a combination of two movies – AMERICAN PIE and SUPERBAD.  You know the kinda movie I’m talking about right? One that’s a very raunchy comedy with loads of unnecessary cussing (which I love) and sexually explicit images (which I don’t mind), but to my surprise, GOOD BOYS wasn’t like that at all.  The characters weren’t just cussing “just to cuss”. Same with the movie’s sexual references. Everything in the movie had a purpose and that purpose was to help reinforce the fact that these three kids we follow don’t have a clue what it means to be an adult.  They constantly have to guess what “adult things” are and why people are saying the things they say, but for the most part they are just three uncorrupted kids going through what they believe to be the biggest problems they will ever have to deal with in their entire lives.  This is Gene Stupnitsky’s first time directing a feature film and I thought he did a great job his first time out. I really enjoyed how he kept the theme of wholesomeness throughout the movie because it did remind me of how I was when I was a kid. And just like everyone else, I pretended to know what things meant and never admitted to “not knowing” because if I did, I would get made fun of by another kid that probably just learned the answer 5 minutes before asking everyone else.  Another reason this movie works is the casting of Jacob Tremblay – He is perfect for this role! His performances in WONDER and ROOM add to his character’s innocence in the story, which in turn sells each joke in the movie even more. That is what’s really great about this movie, the innocence of the characters. Here you have an R rated comedy starring mostly just “sixth graders” and it works because you believe these kids are squeaky clean by the way they use harsh language and how overwhelmingly naive they are when it comes to the topic of sex.  Now don’t get me wrong, this movie is still rated R and still has loads of inappropriate humor, but don’t start thinking GOOD BOYS is not worth watching because that is not what I’m trying to get across. What I’m trying to prepare you for is a comedy that is much smarter than what you may have originally thought was going to be just another dick & fart joke movie. My suggestion is to go see GOOD BOYS in theaters or wait to watch it at home, either way it’s worth your time & money. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.


The art of racing in the rain

This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser


“No race was ever won in the first corner…”

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN – Rated PG – 1 hr. 49 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Simon Curtis

WRITERS:  Mark Bomback (screenplay) Garth Stein (Novel) 

STARRING:  Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker and Martin Donovan

As we venture into the life of the most adorable Golden Retriever EVER named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), his owner, and aspiring Formula One Race Car Driver Denny (Milo Ventimiglia) seems to have a way with the ladies, when he meets the beautiful Eve (Amanda Seyfried), and as sparks fly, it seems that Enzo’s life is about to change, and not necessarily for the better…

But as Enzo settles in to his new existence, his life’s journey with Denny will take a few more twists and turns along the way too, as they both find themselves trying to navigate this thing, we call LIFE… 

I give THE ART OF DRIVING IN THE RAIN a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:  Emotionally draining and rather depressing at times, I suggest that you may want to wait and catch this film when there is more of a pep in your step, as this particular storyline makes some really sad and depressing pitstops along the way.  But, with that said, I thoroughly enjoyed Kevin Costner’s narration of this very touching film, as he adjusts to the trials and tribulations of life, trying to be the best companion he can be.   Milo Ventimiglia’s performance as Racecar Driver and Family man Denny is also exceptional, as he transitions from his television persona to big screen leading man rather seamlessly.  Let’s just say, I’m hoping that Milo has the role of 007 in his future, as he has the perfect presence on screen to totally pull off playing Bond.   Seyfried is perfectly cast this time too, as the girlfriend/wife and eventual mostly single mother, as she supports her husband’s dreams of racing “on the big stage” as a Formula One driver, someday.  Add in the complex family dynamic of Eve’s Father (Martin Donovan) and Mother (Kathy Baker), and you have one multi-dimensional story that leaves you needing a tissue or two, before this total tear-jerker is through…

Kathy vs. T.K.’s View of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 41 mins.


“Expertly crafted from its first frame to its last, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is Tarantino’s finest use of screen time to date!”  Kathy Kaiser – MatineeChat.com


This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser and is SPOILER FREE


ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 41 mins.

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Quentin Tarantino

STARRING:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, and Bruce Dern

As we visit LA circa 1969, the television and film industries are in the midst of big changes, as TV and film Star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes fixated on his fledging career.  When Rick’s stunt double, and bff Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) steps in to help Rick navigate his way, as they find that their fictional lives on screen, are about to intersect with the reality of their everyday lives…

I rate Once Upon A Time In Hollywood a DEFINITE MUST SEE ON THE THE BIG SCREEN!

Yep, all the hype about Tarantino’s 9th film is totally warranted, as it basks you in the nostalgia and vibe of days gone by.   Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is definitely Tarantino’s finest use of screen time to date, as he manages to embody all the sights, sounds and ambiance of movie making, into one expertly crafted ode to Hollywood.

From his creative genius in casting Pitt opposite DiCaprio, to selecting the beautiful and equally talented Margot Robbie to play real-life actress Sharon Tate, to his slew of supporting cast phenoms who brought fabulous performances to this joy ride too –  Tarantino manages to extract exceptional performances across the board, creating a truly masterful tale every step of the way.

I was also amazed by the way this film effortlessly entwines fictional characterizations with the harsh realities of its depicted “era in time“, as it literally manages to exude frame after frame of sometimes intense, yet other times hilarious moments onto the screen.

Coming from a person who either absolutely loves Tarantino’s work (Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards), or refuses to ever sit through them again, (Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood totally enticed me this time around, with its perfectly developed characters, and expertly constructed storyline.  Once again Tarantino’s innate masterfulness for infusing his fictional mindset, with real-life events, makes his latest creation seamlessly flow in a way, we may never see again.

But with all the accolades that I will continue to bestow upon this incredible creation even after I release this review ~ I would be remiss if I didn’t share too ~  that I felt there were a few scenes that beckoned to be edited, as they seemed to drag on a bit too long, taking away some of the finesse for those particular depictions on screen,  But, even  with the acknowledgment of those few slight flaws for me, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is still my favorite film for 2019 so far…and make sure you stay put until the credits are through, as you don’t want to miss the last frames of this f-ing fabulous film!


This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hr. 41 mins     

Director:  Quentin Tarantino

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.


ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD is Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film and just like the rest of his films, it doesn’t disappoint, but I am one of the very few people that does not agree with most fans when it comes to this movie being his best film to date.  There is absolutely NO WAY it is better than PULP FICTION!!! I think this is a perfect example of how the hype for an upcoming movie has made it “more” than what it truly is. I love all of Quentin’s movies and they’re all special in their own way, but to say this one is the best of the bunch is wrong in my humble opinion.  That being said, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD does deliver on the following: cast performances, costumes, story, soundtrack, and direction. It’s hard to pinpoint why I’m not as taken with ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD, but if I was forced to really look at why it doesn’t reach as high on my Tarantino list as his other films I would have to say its because the length of the film is so long.  There are moments in this film that are not necessary to drive the story forward. They seem to be there only for the sole purpose of playing more music and to see people driving in cars really fast. You shave off some of that time and I would bet you dollars to donuts that this movie goes up a few notches on my list of Tarantino movies. No more negative, I hate negative comments when it comes to a film that I really enjoyed.  Let’s talk about something fun instead like the star studded cast because that was my favorite part of ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD. I’m going to begin with Margot Robbie. She does a great job of being both innocent and true to a real-life person that suffered such a horrific fate. Her performance is an extremely sweet tribute to Sharon Tate and I think she would’ve been very pleased with the way it turned out. Moreover, Margot is eye poppingly beautiful.  You cannot take your eyes off her when she is on the screen and that has to do with not only her beauty, but the late 60s early 70s clothes she wears. As for our other two leads of this film, Brad and Leo are amazing together. Their chemistry is phenomenal, and they just jump off the screen. It’s surprising they have never worked together before, but I guarantee you this will not be the last time they do. It can’t be. They’re just too damn good. Both of them are hilarious and if I’m allowed one minor spoiler, for the first time since 1993, I got to see one of my favorite Brad Pitt characters of all time…Floyd from TRUE ROMANCE made an ever so slight appearance through Brad’s acting at the end of this film.  It’s brief. It’s probably not intentional. I may be the only one that notices it and it’s only a few lines and a small giggle, but Floyd returned, and I loved it. So, thank you Brad and Quentin. As for Leo – he is a movie star, plain and simple. The guy just gets the job done every time and the audience walks away being satisfied. It’s incredible to see just how far he has come throughout his career and he just keeps getting better and better. It’s definitely a high compliment when Martin Scorsese even says Leo rejuvenated his career as a director.  The guy is 100% acting gold and I love watching all of his movies.  My suggestion for ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD is to go see it in theaters.  I will warn you, it’s very long and does take awhile to get you hooked, but it’s still worth going to see in theaters.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – Stick around during the credits for a Quentin Tarantino Easter egg credit scene.


THE LION KING – Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins.


This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser 


THE LION KING – Rated PG – 1 hr. 59 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Jon Favreau 

WRITERS:  Jeff Nathanson and Brenda Chapman 

STARRING:  James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé’, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogan, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan Michael Key, Eric Andre and Chance the Rapper

As we venture back into the Circle of Life, and the storyline that has moved us for generations, we once again meet Mufasa (James Earl Jones), as he teaches his son Simba (Donald Glover) the ways of their kingdom.   Enter Mufasa’s nasty brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is bound and determined to make sure that Simba never becomes the ruler he is destined to be.  And as Scar seeks his revenge on his own family, it seems that it’s going to be up to Simba’s friends Nala (Beyoncé’), Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and Timon (Billy Eichner) to help Simba find his way back to his homeland, and Kingdom that are rightfully his…

I give THE LION KING a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  From its masterful CGI, to its timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and finding your destiny, The Lion King is nothing but sheer enjoyment yet again!   I was super excited that 25 years later James Earl Jones was given the opportunity to return as the mighty Mufasa, as replacing his voice, would have been a travesty to say the least.  But, with that said, the other voices that were chosen to take on this classic tale were next to sheer perfection – including the nasty Scar himself, this time portrayed by the very talented Chiwetel Ejiorfor, and a new Simba too, played by the Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover, and then when you add in Beyoncé’ showing off not only her voiceover chops, but sharing her shining singing voice too as Nala, you have one incredibly entertaining film, that stands atop the pinnacle of awesomeness.  Plus, I must share too, that Jon Favreau’s decision to cast Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen together as our favorite pals Timon and Pumbaa, was a total “slam dunk” as they not only brought the joy and excitement of these two characters to life, but added enough of their own “stuff” to the mix, that it will make you love these two pals now, even more!  The fact is Favreau, and his all-star cast have managed to make the stars align, as they stay true to the magic of the Original Disney Animated classic, while adding enough of each of their “own magic” to the storyline along the way too, that it makes this film one of the best Disney remakes to date.  Mark my words when I tell you, you will be fighting an array of emotions through every minute of this film, as it manages to draw you in more and more with each passing frame.   Bottom line, If you and your loved ones have enjoyed viewing the 1994 original animated film as much as my family has over the years, then you have to make plans to get your entire pride together, and go get your Hakuna Matata on at a theater near you too!!!

Kathy vs TK’s view of STUBER – Rated R


This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

STUBER – Rated R – 1 hr. 33 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Michael Dowse

WRITER:  Tripper Clancy

STARRING:  Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Karen Gillan, Jimmy Tatro and Steve Howey

When undercover detective Vic Manning (Dave Bautista) gets a tip on the rats he’s been tracking a long time, it seems that impaired vision after Lasix surgery is no match for this cop on a mission!  Now, unable to drive, Manning must enlist the services of the nearest Uber driver…enter Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), who is more than happy to take Manning wherever he needs to go, as he continues to strive for a 5 star rating!  But when a one-way ride with his new passenger ~ turns into a crime stopping spree of epic proportions ~ Stu’s soon realizes his second job as an Uber driver to help pay his bills, is about to totally up the ante of his less than exciting life…

I give STUBER a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  For all you Uber drivers out there…I can only hope that your excursions with your passengers are ½ as much fun as the encounter portrayed in STUBER, as I haven’t had this much fun watching a comedy in quite some time!  Perfectly cast together, Nanjiani and Bautista bring their own spin to “the partner scenario”, playing off one another very well, thus making this film a laugh a minute the whole way through.  And the supportive character cast, including Sorvino, Morales, Gillan, Tatro…even the cameo performance by Steve Howey, were so perfectly played out this time around, they all had me chuckling throughout every frame that they occupied too.  Suffice to say that if you love Nanjiani the way I do, or if you are dying to see Bautista play a character totally different than Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, then you have to head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch STUBER.  But, if buddy films that are a laugh a minute aren’t really “your deal”, then you’ll be fine waiting to catch STUBER when it hits on DVD too, as even though this film it very entertaining, it’s still not one of those super funny films that you just can’t wait one more second till you get the opportunity to see it.  And regardless of which way you view this film, know too that you don’t need to stick around past the credits, as there are no post credit scenes shared once its through…Enough said…


This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

STUBER –  Rated R  – 1 h 33 mins     

Director:  Michael Dowse

Cast:  Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan, Iko Uwais

A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.


STUBER had the potential to be a really funny movie filled with amazing action, but instead it misses the mark ever so slightly. Buddy comedies are hard to do because it is entirely based on the chemistry of the actors in the film.  Bautista and Kumail are both great individually and their resumes speak for themselves, but their chemistry in STUBER just couldn’t quite find its groove. I mean there were a few moments in the movie that were laugh out loud, but not enough for me to consider this movie a “hit” or a “must see”.  It felt like Kumail was holding back too much and Bautista was too worried about being more dramatic. There was no common ground between the two of them and that caused the jokes to be less funny. Normally, when this happens the action is upped a few more notches and this in turn compensates for the movie dragging, but even the action couldn’t keep my attention, which is a real shame because you have Iko Uwais in your movie and his martial arts skills are unbelievable to watch.  Even the movie’s story had the potential to be better than it was, but once again it fell just shy of the goal line. I think if they added about 30 more minutes of story and focused a little bit more on the relationship of our two leads, then the finished film would have turned out better. Now, I do realize that I’m getting greedy when it comes to a movie about a quasi-blind cop commandeering an uber driver to help him solve his ongoing case…I see that – LMAO, but Hey…I want, what I want.  In all honesty, I really was pulling for STUBER to be better than it was and had high hopes that it would turn into a classic comedy worthy of a sequel, but unfortunately it just didn’t entertain me as much as I wanted it too. I love action comedies and we don’t see enough of them and I will be in the front of the line for the next one that comes down the pipeline. As for STUBER, save your money and watch this one at home. It still has some funny parts in it and it’s worth a watch, just not in the theaters.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.

Review of YESTERDAY – Rated  PG-13 – 1 hr. 56 mins.

Yesterday Movie Poster

“Yesterday is one of those feel good movies you just don’t want to miss…

Kathy Kaiser – Matineechat.com


YESTERDAY – Rated  PG-13 – 1 hr. 56 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) 

WRITERS:  Story by Jack Barth and Richard Curtis, Screenplay by Richard Curtis

STARRING:  Himesh Patel, Lily James, Meera Syal, Sanheev Bhaskar, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran

As we meet struggling musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), he has been playing his own music for many years now, but it seems that stardom may not be in the cards…

Following Jack on this journey is life-long friend Ellie (Lily James), who longs for Jack to become a star, maybe even more than he does…

When a Black-out of epic proportions seems to have altered our universe, it seems that no one, except Jack, has heard any of the Beatles incredible music, putting Jack in a very precocious predicament, as everyone thinks that the songs he is playing are HIS – and as a result, this music  thrusts him into the fame and fortune he has longed for, for much too long…

I give YESTERDAY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Truth be told, the premise of this film had me questioning if I was truly going to enjoy viewing it.  I mean, how can the world not remember the music of one of the most musically influential bands EVER ~ but, as this premise and storyline unfolds ~ you become not only entranced with the concept, but totally enthralled with what is happening on screen.  Boyle manages to bring out exceptional performances not only from his leading man Himesh Patel, but from Lily James as well, as the chemistry between them both is palatable throughout, thus adding another dimension that makes this film feel even more believable, as it unfolds.  And once you add in the additional exceptional performances by Meera Syal and Sanheev Bhaskar as Jack’s parents, Kate McKinnon, as Jack’s new Manager, and a supporting role for Ed Sheeran, playing himself…you get one incredible film that will make you smile, and maybe even shed a tear or two, before it’s all through.  Surprisingly, even my youngest, who insists she isn’t as fond of the Beatles music as her mother, ended up being blown away by Yesterday’s storyline, and soundtrack too.  So, if you love romantic comedies that are filled with fabulous performances, plus an incredible soundtrack filled with the Best of the Beatles from “back in the day”, then you have to make plans to catch Yesterday this weekend for the “perfect date night”, at a theater near you!


*** Congratulations to “Yesterday.” The film has received the #CriticsChoice Seal of Distinction from the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association! @yesterdaymovie #YesterdayMovie



Kathy vs. TK’s view of TOY STORY 4 – Rated G


These thoughts are brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

TOY STORY 4 – Rated G – 1 hr. 40 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Josh Cooley

WRITERS:  John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe

Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes and Stephany Folsom

STARRING the voices of:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Joan Cusack, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Carl Weathers, Laurie Metcalf, and  many, many more!

It’s been Nine years since we’ve had the opportunity to hang out with our “Favorite Toys”, and as we embark on our next adventure, we find that Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) are enjoying their new home with Bonnie, although it seems that Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) has created a new friend for them to hang with, her buddy Forky (Tony Hale).  As everyone is lucky enough to join Bonnie and her family on a “road trip of a lifetime” …we find our friends both old, and new, soon find ~ the world outside Bonnie’s room is about to turn into one big fabulous adventure, yet again…

I give TOY STORY 4 a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN, but you already knew that right?!:  Woody, Buzz and the gang are back and so is our beloved Bo Peep for this next installment of the best Pixar franchise for me!  Toy Story 4 seems if no time has passed at all, as Hanks and Allen – I mean Woody and Buzz, bring their characters back to the big screen, with all the joy and humbleness that we’ve known and loved since the beginning!  PIXAR has definitely managed to do it again, ~ as only they can ~ and with another adventurous storyline that will tug at your heartstrings, every step of the way.  I just knew that Toy Story 4 wasn’t going to be able to make me “the blubbering fool” that the 3rd installment did, as that storyline was way too close to home with my eldest heading off to College, just like Andy did.  Well, that was very wishful thinking on my part ~ and very stupid of me as well ~ because in true PIXAR Fashion, they managed to once again make sure that you need a few tissues to get through this one too!  And let me assure you that I was not the only one in my family touched by this film, as both my 19-year old daughter, and my hubby too, were shedding tears right along with me.  Yep, be prepared for this installment to emotionally affect your whole crew as well! I mean, truth be told, I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, once this 4th installment finished playing out.  And I am amazed at how each of these actors/characters manage to touch your soul so deeply, that you just start to relive your childhood each time another film is released.  I absolutely loved seeing Woody and Buzz again,  and Bo Peep too, and the writers brought along some incredible new characters to add to the excitement too, including Duke Caboom – played by Keanu Reeves, and the masterfully crafted addition of Bunny and Ducky, brought to life by none other than Key and Peele,  thus making this next installment even more stupendous, if you can believe that!  So now that you know to prepare yourself for another very exciting, and very emotional adventure at the hands of Pixar, make sure to gather up your whole family, and head out the a theater near you to catch TOY STORY 4 this weekend.  This film is absolutely sheer perfection to view, throughout each passing frame – including the last few…so make sure to stick around till the very end 😉

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

TOY STORY 4  – Rated G  – 1 hr. 40 mins

Director:  Josh Cooley

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Bonnie Hunt, Joan Cusack

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.


Let’s not pull any punches here, if you have kids or if you have seen any of the other TOY STORY films, you’re going to see TOY STORY 4.  It’s a fact and we all know it. And to be honest, TOY STORY 4 is worth your time and money. These four movies are done with such love and heart that I would say it is impossible to not get caught up in all the fun they provide their audience.  Each story is its own and after watching TOY STORY 4 I have now noticed the outstanding character arcs provided for all these wonderful toys we see on the silver screen. It’s very subtle, but it’s there and that is one of the many reasons why I fell in love with these movies.  Another reason why I love the TOY STORY franchise is the evolution of the animation. It is the perfect example of how Pixar has evolved into the animation giant they have become. The original TOY STORY movie came out in the year 1995 and since then, the world of computer-generated movies has been pushing the limits of how far they can actually go.  The attention to detail has become astounding. For example, a cowboy’s leather hat has visible wear and tear, the stickers on an astronaut’s spacesuit are now showing they have bunched and bubbled over time, and a porcelain sheep herder has a sheen to her that reflects all her surroundings. Seeing these things is just the tip of the iceberg too. The use of camera angles has gone to a place that even the animators probably never thought it could go.  I absolutely cannot wait to see what these digital geniuses come up with next. And finally, I would like to talk about the voice talent. Tom Hanks – well it’s Tom Hanks. He’s amazing and comes across as one of the most caring human beings ever. Tim Allen has brought his A game once again. But the surprise of this movie is Annie Potts who voices Bo Peep. She started off in these movies as a supporting character, but this time around she is a major contributor to the pushing forward of this story.  And that’s the beauty of Pixar animation. An actor may only have a couple of lines in the first film, but then in a sequel (which could be years down the line) they could be the main focus of the movie. Great job all around!!! Go see TOY STORY 4 in theaters as soon as you can! Like I said earlier, it is worth your time and money. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene, but if you’re a true fan of the TOY STORY franchise, then stick around until after the credits have rolled because there are a couple of dedications that deserve your nod.


Their world is about to get a whole lot bigger, and a whole lot louder! Watch the NEW TRAILER for DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS WORLD TOUR! Hits Theaters April 17, 2020!


Their world is about to get a whole lot bigger, and a whole lot louder.

Watch and share the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS WORLD TOUR, plus download new photos.

#TrollsWorldTour is in theaters April 2020.

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TROLLS WORLD TOUR – In Theaters April 17, 2020

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Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.

A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a hip-hop newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.

Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first Trolls. Trolls World Tour will also feature original music by Justin Timberlake, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his song for 2016’s Trolls, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” and a score by Theodore Shapiro (2016’s Ghostbusters, The Devil Wears Prada).

Genre: Animated Musical Adventure

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, Flula Borg, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Ester Dean, Jamie Dornan, Gustavo Dudamel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar, Ozzy Osbourne, Anderson .Paak, Anthony Ramos, Sam Rockwell, Betsy Sodaro, Karan Soni, Kenan Thompson, Charlyne Yi, with George Clinton and Mary J. Blige

Director: Walt Dohrn

Producer: Gina Shay

Co-director: David P. Smith

Co-producer: Kelly Cooney Cilella

Watch YESTERDAY star Himesh Patel perform Live at Abbey Road Studios. Today marks the anniversary of The Beatles recording ‘Yesterday’ 54 years ago from the very same legendary studio. Tickets are on sale now for the film Billboard calls “the feel-fantastic movie of the summer.” In theaters June 28.

Yesterday Movie Poster

Watch YESTERDAY star Himesh Patel perform Live at Abbey Road Studios. Today marks the anniversary of The Beatles recording ‘Yesterday’ 54 years ago from the very same legendary studio. Tickets are on sale now for the film Billboard calls “the feel-fantastic movie of the summer.” In theaters June 28.

The YESTERDAY original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available for pre-order here.

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In Yesterday, Himesh Patel is Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support and devotion of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). When Jack wakes up after a freak accident to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).

Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon
Director: Danny Boyle
Screenplay By: Richard Curtis
Story By: Jack Barth and Richard Curtis
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Matthew James Wilkinson, Bernie Bellew, Richard Curtis, Danny Boyle
Executive Producers: Nick Angel, Lee Brazier, Liza Chasin

Review of MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 54 mins.


This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards


MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 54 mins

Director:  F. Gary Gray

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

( i ) = This is my symbol for a MIB neuralizer.  When you see this you have been neuralized and you should forget what you have just read.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL is not a sequel, it is a spinoff.  Now without telling you who, it does have some characters you will remember from the first 3 movies but make no mistake MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL is its’ own movie filled with brand new characters, following a brand-new story.  That being said, let’s discuss these two new leads we follow and whether or not they did a good job. McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli  ( i ) .  The new story follows Tessa Thompson as someone who has been searching for the MIB her entire life.  She wants to be part of this organization and is willing to do anything to be recruited. It’s illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland because they get lonely  ( i ) .  Chris Hemsworth is already working as an agent with the MIB and he definitely plays a character that audiences have never seen before or at least the kind of MIB agent we’re not used to.  Thompson and Hemsworth’s chemistry is almost as good as the first time we saw them together in THOR: RAGNAROK. Seeing them together does bring a smile to your face and completely feels natural.  They are definitely a great duo to watch. Wombat poop is cube-shaped ( i ) .  As far as the new MIB movie goes, the main question on audiences’ minds is going to be – “Can MEN IN BLACK work without Will Smith as the lead character?”  The answer…Absolutely! I’m not saying he’s not in this movie and I’m not saying he is in this movie, but what I am saying is that the world of MIB can function without having to follow just Will Smith.  There are plenty of stories that can involve lots of different characters. Now, let’s stop talking about the cast and move on to the director F. Gary Gray. The British royal family isn’t allowed to play Monopoly ( i ) .  MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL marks the first time in the MEN IN BLACK franchise that a new director, other than Barry Sonnenfeld, has sat behind the camera.  Gray has done some very good films (which include FRIDAY, THE NEGOTIATOR, THE ITALIAN JOB, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS) and I was very excited to see what he was going to do with this new chapter of MEN IN BLACK.  Right away I could tell he understood the world, made it his own and kept it familiar to all the loyal MIB fans and because of all this, I hope they give him a chance to make another MIB film. Lego is the largest tire manufacturer in the world ( i ) .   Finally (and briefly) I want to give the special effects of this film a nod.  Creating new and exciting MIB aliens has to be very challenging, but once again…mission accomplished.  The hard part of this task is exactly what F. Gary Gray had to deal with. Can you come into this world and create aliens/creatures that seem familiar, but are new, fresh and exciting?  The special effects team did this and more. Great job all around. My suggestion is to go see MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL in the theaters. It’s a fun ride from start to finish and gives the audience everything they are looking for out of a MEN IN BLACK movie.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene.  Sea otters have a pouch under their forearm to store their favorite rocks ( i )