Review of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Rated R – 1 hr. 59 mins. 

If Beale Street Could Talk

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Rated R – 1 hr. 59 mins. 

WRITER/DIRECTOR:  Barry Jenkins  

WRITER:  Based on the book by James Baldwin 

STARRING:  KiKi Layne, Stephan James, and Regina King,  

Venturing into the young and uncertain life of Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne), we share in the joy, and anticipation of being pregnant with her first child, by longtime friend, and now lover Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James).  When Fonny finds himself being accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to his friends, family and his best girl Tish, to try to set the record straight…and get him free…

I give IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD, NETFLIX or STREAMING!  Although I was moved at particular points throughout this periodically touching film, I cannot say that I was totally enamored by this storyline, which is filled with not enough peaks, and too many valleys throughout the life of our heroin.  But, with that said, I do believe that Barry Jenkins managed to achieve some outstanding performances from KiKi Layne and Regina King, as both are worthy of nods this award season for their exceptional work in this film, which is why it saddens me too to rate this film less than a must see.   I also feel that IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK hadn’t taken its good old time in getting to the pinnacle of its essence, I would have given it a much better rating too.  Jenkins also manages to push his creativity and film making skills to bring us this impassioned storyline, circa 1974, but even with its sweet nostalgic moments, and its beautifully crafted cinematography throughout, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK still felt rather disjointed for me the whole way through.  I also felt the whole time I was viewing this film, that it wasn’t anything that I hadn’t experienced before…thus which is why I am suggesting that you wait and catch IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK when it hits on DVD, NETFLIX or other STREAMING SERVICE in a few weeks, as even though it does contain a couple of superb performances, the rest of the magic it tried to achieve just fell short, in making it into the fabulous film it might have been…

Kathy Kaiser     

Check out the FINAL TRAILER for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Hits Theaters December 14, 2018

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Academy Award-winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel — the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

Director: Barry Jenkins

Writer: Barry Jenkins

Producers: Megan Ellison, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner

Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael BeachEd Skrein, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal

Review of WIDOWS – Rated R – 2 hrs. 9 mins.

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WIDOWS – Rated R – 2 hrs. 9 mins.

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Steve McQueen

WRITERS:  Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Lynda La Plante (Book)

STARRING:  Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Cynthia Erivo and Carrie Coon

From the Director who brought us the 3 time Academy Award winning film – 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Steve McQueen – we now venture into the life of Veronica Rawlings (Viola Davis) and Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson), their lives seem picturesque living in Chicago, but not of long…as Harry’s chosen criminal profession is about to unravel…leaving Veronica and the wives of his newly expired crew, Linda (Michelle Rodriquez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Amanda (Carrie Coon), seeking a way to save what’s left of their, and their children’s tattered lives…

When Crime Boss / Campaigning Alderman Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) surfaces, it seems that good ol’ Harry has stolen lots of Manning’s moolah before his untimely demise, and Jamal wants his 2 Mil back, not caring what Veronica has to do to get it…leaving Veronica to try to figure out a way, before Jamal’s little brother/hitman Jetamme (Daniel Kaluuya) heads her way…

Seeking out the wives of the men in Harry’s crew, Veronica puts in motion a plan to get Jamal his money, in hopes of saving each of their lives in the process.  Now, with the plan in motion, and each of these Widow’s immersing themselves into a crazy world they know nothing about, it’s going to take everything they’ve got, to pull this heist off …

I give WIDOWS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Davis is incredible in her role as Veronica, proving that you can become whatever you need to in this life, if it means saving yourself, and the lives of your new friends too along the way! She is as buff as I have ever seen her, proving too that if you want something bad enough, like a role in a totally awesome female heist film, she will also in real life go to the lengths necessary, to be prepared for her next role! Rodriguez and Erivo are spectacular too, becoming some real badass bitches, seeking to save their own lives, and the lives of their children along the way as well.   Add in the superbly crafted performance by Debicki, who also totally impressed me every step of the way, having Ioved her in her sinister role in 2015’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. too!  Lest we not forget to give shout outs to the men who played key roles in McQueen’s thriller as well, as Neeson, Farrell, Duvall and Henry made their marks on the big screen throughout every inch of this film. But, the stand out performance for me when it comes to the male leads for this film, is none other than last year’s Golden Globe and Oscar nominee for his leading performance in GET OUT, Daniel Kaluuya!  Kaluuya’s performance in this film is about as intense and masterful as it gets, every time he’s on screen.  From its slow to burning beginning, to its strategically placed plot twists, to its superb casting totally across the board, WIDOWS Is one of those films that you have to experience on the big screen, at a theater near you, and no other way!!!

Kathy Kaiser

Check out the NEW TRAILER for Focus Features EVERYBODY KNOWS – Hits Theaters February 8, 2019

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Story: The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion.   Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi (“The Salesman,” “A Separation”)

Producers: Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Álvaro Longoria

Cast:  Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín 

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Review of A STAR IS BORN – Rated R – 2 hrs. 15 mins.

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“It’s true, the 4th time is definitely the charm ~ as the much-anticipated directorial debut of 3 time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has finally arrived, and A STAR IS BORN has definitely been worth the wait” – Kathy Kaiser – Matineechat

A STAR IS BORN – Rated R – 2 hrs. 15 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Bradley Cooper 

WRITERS:  Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, & Will Fetters (Screenplay)

                      William A. Wellman, Robert Carson (Based on a story by)  

STARRING:  Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, and Andrew Dice Clay 

It’s true, the 4th time is the charm ~ as the much-anticipated directorial debut of 3 time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has finally arrived, and A STAR IS BORN has definitely been worth the wait ~ As we are thrust into the dysfunctional life of musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who loves music making, but not quite as much as his constant companions: Alcohol, and older Brother Bobby (Sam Elliott).

When a chance encounter drops the beautiful, and very talented Ally (Lady Gaga) into Jackson’s life – it seems this natural beauty ~ with the voice of an angel, and exceptional musical writing abilities too~ is about to knock him right out of his boots…

Realizing how talented Ally truly is as their relationship blossoms, Jackson sets out to make her the “STAR” she is destined to be…

As they venture deeper and deeper into the world of Music, and the chaos that comes along with it, Jackson and Ally seek to find a place of “common ground”, within Ally’s skyrocketing career, and Jackson’s demons that he can’t seem to shake, thus putting a strain on both their careers, and their tumultuous relationship as well…

I give A STAR IS BORN a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  This film is so passionate and powerful throughout each passing frame, as you experience the perfectly cast Cooper and Gaga as musicians, lovers and soulmates.  And if the seamlessly orchestrated storyline doesn’t touch deep within your soul, then the fabulously magnificent soundtrack has to, as there is not a moment in time that you are not moved by the music within this film – regardless if its Gaga behind the mic, or Cooper performing as well.  I also hope that the “powers that be” take note of Cooper’s Directorial prowess with this film, as he made sure that every performance ~ including his own ~ was nothing sheer of absolute perfection.  Cooper also managed to make the small,  yet pivotal roles played by Clay and Chappelle, bring a palatable substance to this film.  I’m also in hopes that come awards season both Cooper and Gaga are reaping the benefits of their performances, as they are both worthy of Globe and Oscar nods for what they put upon the screen!  It’s hard to imagine that a film that has been made 4 times, can only get better with each passing decade, but its seems my friends, that this is exactly the case with this latest remake of A STAR IS BORN.  And I beg of you, please, please, please don’t wait to catch this film on the small screen, as you have to view this film on the biggest screen you can find, and with the largest sound system too!  A STAR IS BORN is truly an exceptional musical masterpiece of film, that even managed to move me more than my favorite Musical/Motion Picture – 2016’s LA LA LAND!

Kathy Kaiser

Review of LIFE ITSELF – Rated R – 1 hr. 58 mins.  

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LIFE ITSELF is by far, One of the BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR!” – Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

LIFE ITSELF – Rated R – 1 hr. 58 mins.  

DIRECTOR:  Dan Fogelman 

WRITER:  Dan Fogelman 

STARRING:  Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin, Jean Smart, Olivia Cooke, and Antonio Banderas

As we meet passionately in love College Student Will (Oscar Isaac), he has fallen for the beautiful and mysterious Abby (Olivia Wilde), as they attempt to find a common ground through which to embark upon an amazing life together…

Flash forward as Will is now in deep in despair, and seeking the help and advice of Psychologist Dr. Cait Morris (Annette Bening), who is trying her best to reach him, and to pull him out of his misery…

As we venture from present to future, it seems that many lives have been touched by tragic events, including Will’s daughter Dylan (Olivia Cooke) who is struggling with more pain and anguish that any one child should have to endure…

Now, as we venture back in time, we find that the many interactions of our lives, some of which we know, and some we have no idea about, ultimately become the essence of our own existence…if we take the time to take it all in…

I give LIFE ITSELF a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  THIS FILM IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE EXPERIENCED ALL YEAR! Get ready to blown away by Dan Fogelman yet again, with a film that entrenches you in the frailties, joy, and tragedies of Life, all while you experience how each of us not only affect the lives of those closest to us, but how we affect the lives of everyone we come in contact with.  Oscar Isaac should be Oscar bound for his incredibly moving and profoundly shocking performance in this film ~ as it’s been a long time since I have seen such a powerful performance on screen.  Bening and Wilde are also perfectly cast, as they too bring a sense of profound clarity and realism to this film. I was also intrigued by Antonio Banderas’s performance throughout this film as well, as his character is integral to this film, from the moment he appears on screen.  Moving and emotional, and at times, blatantly gut-wrenching and heart-stopping too, LIFE ITSELF is one of those films that will resonate with you long after you leave the theater.  It’s poignant view of love, happiness, and yes, even the disappointments, tragedies, and the breathtaking frailties of this thing we call LIFE, is on the screen, in full view, for us to take in, and deeply experience.  LIFE ITSELF is one of those films that you have to be prepared to encounter, as, take my word for it…this film, and its characters are going to grab ahold of your emotions, and not let go…

Kathy Kaiser

CRAZY RICH ASIANS:  Rated PG-13 – 2hrs. 

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS:  Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 

DIRECTOR:  Jon M. Chu

WRITERS: Kevin Wan (Novel), Peer Chiarelli, Adele Lim 

STARRING:  Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong

Based on the bestselling novel by the same name, we meet young professor Rachel Chu(Constance Wu), who has fallen for the gorgeously handsome Nick Young (Henry Golding).  When Nick must return to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, he wants Rachel by his side.  Not prepared for what the real story is about Nick ~ that he’s super rich ~ Rachel must come to terms with this new development, and the fact that Nick’s Mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), isn’t quite fond of her either…

So, what’s a girl to do when it seems she isn’t the “right girl” for the man she loves?  She comes out fighting to show everyone, including Nick’s mother, there is more to her than meets the eye!!!

I give CRAZY RICH ASIANS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Of course, this film is a total ‘Chick Flick” in every way, from the storyline that perfectly plays out on screen, to the romantic encounters throughout every inch of this film.  But surprisingly, CRAZY RICH ASIANS ended up having a lot more depth than the trailers for the film have eluded to, which is always a positive for me.  And talk about absolutely perfect casting, Wu, Golding and Yeoh are exceptional in their respective roles, as is the rest of this superb casting throughout this film, including the incredibly gorgeous Gemma Chan, and the brilliantly funny Awkwafina, and Ken Jeong too.  And of course, as the title eludes to as well, there is quite a bit of crazy going on throughout this film too, but I’m happy to report it’s the enjoyable kind, that you can’t help but want to view all the way through.  Even my 18 and 27-year-old daughters thought this film was outstanding, when they joined me for the advanced screening.  There is truly not a flaw in any part of this film, thus leading me to suggest that you take some time for a midweek rendezvous at a theater near you, and catch CRAZY RICH ASIANS on the biggest screen you can find.  This is one romantic comedy, that you won’t mind unwinding to before the weekend arrives…

Kathy Kaiser

Check out the new TRAILER for Warner Brothers A STAR IS BORN – Hits Theaters October 5, 2018…

 

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#AStarIsBorn, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. In cinemas October. “A Star is Born” stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper helms the drama, marking his directorial debut. In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight.

But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing Ally, Gaga, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson.

All the music is original and was recorded live. “A Star is Born” is produced by Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor. Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino and Heather Parry serve as executive producers.

The screenplay is by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters. Collaborating with Cooper behind the scenes are Oscar-nominated director of photography Matty Libatique (“Black Swan”), production designer Karen Murphy, three-time Oscar-nominated editor Jay Cassidy (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Into the Wild”), and costume designer Erin Benach. Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Live Nation Productions, in Association with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, A Jon Peters/Bill Gerber/Joint Effort Production, “A Star is Born.” Slated for release beginning October 5, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. http://www.astarisbornmovie.net

Review of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – Rated PG-13

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – Rated PG-13 – 2 hr. 15 mins

Director by: Ron Howard

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Jon Favreau

Set prior to the original film trilogy, Han Solo tries to fulfill a promise he made to someone on his home planet, but ends up making a name for himself in his first STAR WARS adventure.

THIS SEGMENT WILL BE SPOILER FREE … I PROMISE…I LOVE STAR WARS TOO.

If I had to describe SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY in one word it would be…FUN!!! Man, I needed this movie to be good. After having my childhood heart broken by LAST JEDI and having FORCE AWAKENS story then ruined by Episode 8..I’ll repeat…I NEEDED THIS MOVIE TO BE GOOD!!! Thank you Ron Howard for taking over the reigns of this film and making such an enjoyable movie bring back the kid in me. This was exactly what I needed to get back into loving STAR WARS again. I think that’s because J.J. Abrams took one of my most beloved characters away from me, which i was NOT upset about because it made for a great story and was the only thing that was needed to move the current trilogy in a new direction (cough…Rian…rolling tear down my cheek). But then…from out of nowhere, Mr. Ron Howard (Captain BACKDRAFT, Mr. GRINCH, the CINDERELLA MAN himself, swooped in and gave him back to me (Birthday wishes really do come true everyone…you’re welcome…LOL). His vision was terrific. His tone was outstanding. And his direction was exactly what this story needed. Ron Howard was the perfect choice for directing SOLO and he did something i never thought could be possible…Ron Howard gave me back the Han Solo I haven’t seen since Episode 4! This time Solo’s sarcasm, subtle humor, and conceited charm was being performed by Alden Ehrenreich who didn’t let me down either. If I had one criticism though, it would be that it took him awhile to get into character. At the beginning he was just Alden, but then came the addition of one of my other favorite characters of all time…based on George Lucas’s dog named Indiana…none other than…da dada daaaaa…CHEWBACCA!!! Arrr(rolling L’s)rrrrrr!!! The moment Chewy joined Han the movie just took off with loads of action, comedy and heart. This movie would not have worked if these two characters’ chemistry didn’t pour out onto the silver screen. You had to believe they were friends and that they were having these conversations that only they could understand. Seeing them together is what makes this movie great! Push aside all the action (which SOLO has everything you want and more), all the comedy (this movie has some hilarious moments), all the other characters (Donald Glover was made to play Lando Calrissian) and all the easter eggs (there are soooo many easter eggs and fans are going to go out of their minds by what they bear witness to), this movie will always come back to Han Solo and Chewbacca being on screen together doing the things we only heard them talk about in the original trilogy. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is a fun ride from beginning to end and deserves a sequel as soon as possible. Go see this one in the theaters and wash out the LAST JEDI taste in your mouth. I don’t look forward to the new episodes anymore, but because of SOLO & ROGUE ONE I am now officially looking forward to just all the stand alone STAR WARS films. Until next time, thanks for reading.

Love, SIMON – Rated PG-13

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LOVE, SIMON – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 49 mins. 

Director:  Greg Berlanti 

Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Jorge Lendeborg Jr and Keiynan Lonsdale

Based on the Novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli – we meet

High School Senior Simon (Nick Robinson), who is blessed with a loving family, life-long friends, and a secret he’s been keeping from everyone around him…or so he thinks…

When a message via email finds Simon, it seems that someone else within his class is struggling with the same exact issue, keeping from everyone around them that they are homosexual.

Simon ~ and his anonymous new friend via the internet ~ soon find that having the opportunity to share their feelings with one another, and their issues with letting the outside world know who they really are, is eased, just by having someone to talk to…

But when an acquaintance at school by the name of Martin (Logan Miller) finds out about Simon, and his anonymous friend, Simon is torn between telling everyone who he really is NOW, or to attempt to keep his secret from the world, if only for a little while longer…

I give LOVE, SIMON a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Yep, that’s right.  I think everyone parent, every teenager, anyone who is struggling with any issue in their lives should see this film on the big screen.  I know you’re thinking” Dear God, another coming of age film…but with a “coming out” twist, really???” But don’t let the trailer for this film mislead you, as this film, and the way it tells Simon’s story, is not only touching and moving at every turn, but LOVE, SIMON makes you stop and look at the world, and each other, with more openness and acceptance, every step of the way.  From its multi-dimensional storyline, to its superbly mastered cast, there isn’t one inch of this film that I didn’t absolutely love!!!  Robinson’s perfect performance as Simon is exceptional throughout (Watch out Ansel Elgort, there’s new kid in town with the same look, and he’s really good too J ).  Add in the small, but endearing performances by Garner and Duhamel as his parents, with the perfectly portrayed performances by Langford, Shipp, Miller, Lonsdale and Lendeborg, and you have a down-right fabulous film the whole family.  I also thoroughly enjoyed the vastly comedic performance by Tony Hale, as Principal Worth, as well.  Take my word for it, each element of this film is so brilliant, so inviting, so genuine, that you just have to see this story play out on the big screen this weekend at a theater near you…That is ALL! J

Kathy Kaiser 

FIFTY SHADES FREED – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins.

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FIFTY SHADES FREED – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins.

Director: James Foley 

Starring:  Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson

As the 50 Shades Trilogy comes to its climactic end…it seems that Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) has not only swept Ms. Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) off her feet, and into his bed, but he has finally taken her “off the market” too.

As the newlyweds settle into married life, continuing to fulfill one another’s extreme sexual desires, it seems that total creeper from the past Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) isn’t quite through with Anastasia yet.

But when things with Hyde, and in married life, get a lot more intense than Christian or Anastasia had ever expected, the hopes for “happily ever after” may not be as easy a road as either of them had anticipated…

I give 50 Shades FREED a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX OR STREAMING:  Okay, now I know that everyone out there who has read this trilogy and viewed the first two films on the big screen, is running out to catch this film this weekend the exact same way.  And many a lover is out there, hoping that sitting through this film with their significant other, is going to secure them great hope with “getting lucky” too!  But, even with all that said…it’s hard to imagine that this final film could be even worse than its predecessors, but it’s TRUE!!  Between Johnson’s acting getting worse, not better, throughout each of these films, and the once again less-than-passionate sex scenes taking their toll, I would say this Fifty Shades is by far, the worst of them all.  Yes, you heard that right!  Even with the continuation of the S & M being portrayed throughout, and the fact that they do manage to obtain their “Storybook ending”, I am happy to be FREED from watching anymore of these lack luster films, which have not come close to the passionate filled masterpieces they are based off of by E. L. James.  I truly feel that these films could have been so much more with a pair of actors whose chemistry together was off the charts, as I have stated before in my reviews of these films, and now, after viewing FREED on the big screen, I’m sure of it!  I just so wish we could have scored a cozier pair of stars to portray this passionate and lustful filled love affair on screen, because I was once again not enamored with what was playing out on screen.  I mean, I would rather view MR. & MRS SMITH, or THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, over and over, as you can feel the passion and Brad and Angelina, or Michael and Alicia, as they fall head over heels in love on screen, as it translates to a lot more excitement than any of the 50 Shades films have ever portrayed, all along the way…

Kathy Kaiser

PHANTOM THREAD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 10 mins. 

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PHANTOM THREAD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 10 mins. 

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Leslie Manville

Director and Writer Paul Thomas Anderson (BOOGIE NIGHTS, THE MASTER, INHERENT VICE) takes us back to 1950’s England, full of the glamour and essence of the era, and into the life of renowned dress maker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis).  Woodcock is not only brilliant in dressmaking, but makes his way in this world very regimented, to say the least.  That is until he meets the incredibly beautiful young waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps), who becomes his latest muse, and lover, as she inspires him both with his latest line of fashions…and eventually too, in the bedroom…

I give PHANTOM THREAD a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX or STREAMING:  I know that this film has been getting rave reviews for months now…but I personally don’t understand what all the hype was about.  Daniel Day Lewis’s performance is good, just like most of his previous performances have been throughout his career – as every time I hear his name, my thoughts still harken back to his incredible performance in 1992’s THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS.  And the young and beautiful Krieps’s performance isn’t too shabby either, but between the incredible slowness of this epic period piece, and its rather bizarre evolving relationship between these two characters, I wasn’t as enamored as apparently so many other critics have been with this film. Even with my love of fashion beaconing to me to “love it for the fashion aspects that are playing out on screen” I couldn’t make myself view this film any differently.  I’m also in hopes that even though his says this is his last film, that Day-Lewis decides to make another few before he leaves this world, as this is definitely not the film I want to remember as his last performance, as the tortured soul he plays in this film, is a role quite shy of what makes this incredible actor, such a memorable enigma on screen…

Kathy Kaiser