Check out the FINAL TRAILER for STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, along with the Poster and Images from the film. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER hits in theaters December 20, 2019!

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Tickets to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are now available everywhere tickets are sold!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in U.S. theaters on December 20.   

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Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. 

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written by J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio.

DOLOMITE IS MY NAME – Rated R

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DOLOMITE IS MY NAME – Rated R

By Mary Cox 

Raunchy is the only word I can think of when I think of “Dolomite is My Name.” The film is the real-life story of Rudy Ray Moore who was best known as “Dolomite.” Moore, (Eddie Murphy), was a failed musician in the 1970’s who became a sensation as a stand-up comedian. He was known for his rhymes.He is considered the father of Hip-Hop. Moore decides to make a movie using all of his own money and money he had to borrow because no one else will finance it in the movie industry.

“Dolomite is My Name” is the first movie that Eddie Murphy has made in three years. This Netflix movie has no shortage of financial support as witnessed by its star-studded cast: it is full of African-American movie stars. Murphy is supported by Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg and Keegan-Michael Key. Da Vine Joy Randolph is Lady Reed. Randolph and Murphy bring a very warm human touch to their roles. You really feel for them and it made the film for me. Moore was an over-the-top kind of guy and Murphy seems to love hamming it up. This role was made for Eddie Murphy. Craig Brewer directed and was able to bring out the best in his cast. The successful writing team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who wrote “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Man on the Moon” and many more, penned “Dolomite is My Name.” I loved the costumes. Moore was known for his flamboyant outfits. His cronies all adopted garish clothes too. The costume designers must have had a ball trying to replicate the costumes. People who are turned off by the F-bomb and nudity will hate this film and need to stay far away. Moore seemed to call everyone a Mother-F bomb. If you can get through the risqué language and nudity, there is an interesting story underneath. But beware, there is more vulgarity in this film than usual. I left the theater happy for Moore and his cohorts and generally feeling good about the film.
“Dolomite is My Name” can be seen at the 24:1 cinema and Moolah Cinema on October 18 th . It will open on Netflix on October 25 th .

I give this film 4 stars.

Check out the NEW TRAILER for NETFLIX’s THE CROWN Season 3! THE CROWN Season 3 launches Sunday, November 17

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The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain. From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s – Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world. Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

The Crown Season 3 launches globally on Sunday, November 17.

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Review of MALEFICENT:  MISTRESS OF EVIL – Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins.

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This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

  

MALEFICENT:  MISTRESS OF EVIL – Rated PG – 1 hr. 58 mins.

This Review may contain Spoilers – Proceed at your own risk  

 

DIRECTOR:  Joachim Renning 

WRITERS:  Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Hapster & Linda Woolverton

STARRING:  Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Lindsay

As we venture back to the fantasy land that Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) inhabit, it seems that Prince Phillip is bound and determined to make Aurora his wife, sending both Maleficent, and Phillip’s Mother, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) into a tizzy…

And as Aurora and Phillip make plans to wed, it seems that there are many dark forces throughout both of their kingdoms, at work against their union…leaving the Prince and Princess to wonder if they will ever be free to embark upon their very own “happy ending”…

I give MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS DISNEY FLICK ON DVD!  Don’t be fooled by the name of this film, as Maleficent’s EVIL, is nothing more than is to be expected from a Mother unsure of her daughter’s choice in men, or the divisive, and bitter to the core mother-in-law she is about to acquire. Jolie’s performance is as spectacular as she was in the original, and the storyline this time around is rather endearing too, as it literally keeps you guessing the whole way through.  Pfeiffer’s devious portrayal, beacons back to her very beautiful looking on the outside, but mean and nasty on the inside portrayal that she mustered up for 2007’s Hairspray.  And with Fanning all grown up this time around, she spreads her wings more within this film, showing that she can act just as well as her famous big sister.  And it seems that since Aurora is 5 years older, she gets to marry a much cuter Prince Phillip this time around too, as Harris Dickinson takes over this vital role.  Add in the additional storyline and characters brought to this film by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ed Skrein as Maleficent’s “own kind”, plus the resurfacing of Maleficent’s favorite raven Diaval (Sam Riley) too, and you end up with one very entertaining, and very magical Disney creation, filled with superbly animated CGI throughout, and a feel good ending once it arrives too…

Review of WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 37 mins. 

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“This is one perfectly-crafted documentary, that you don’t want to miss!”

Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com 

 

WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 37 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Matt Tyrnauer 

STARRING:  Roy M. Cohn, Ken Auletts, Joseph McCarthy, Sam Roberts, Anne Roiphe, Steve Rubell, Roger Stone, Donald Trump and Barbara Walters.

Deeply embedded in fiber of American Politics from the ripe young age of 23, Roy Cohn became one of the master-manipulators of our Justice system, and a mentor to both President Ronald Reagan and our present Commander in Chief too, Donald Trump.

With archival footage from throughout his life, Director Matt Tyrnauer brings Roy Cohn and his influences in politics, the mafia, and avoidance to face the “real facts” of his own life too to the surface, as we experience this powerful man’s professional, and personal life…

I give WHERE’s MY ROY COHN? a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  As Documentary’s go ~this one is superb ~ as we learn the inner workings of the mastermind behind McCarthy era politics within this country, and how this ruthless manipulator managed to keep many a politician, mafia figure, or love interest, from heading to “the big house” on his watch.  Tyrnauer manages to tell an in-depth, and very fascinating true story of Cohn’s life, as he builds his life as a lawyer, tax evader, and closeted homosexual, all while surrounding himself a select group of high-profile socialite friends from both the public, and private sectors.  It’s amazing to see how easily this man managed to carve out a place for himself In American Politics, without ever heading to Congress, or occupying the White House.  It is also amazing to watch his hypocritical demeanor throughout, as he strives to persecute gay government employees, all while he lives as a closeted gay man throughout his entire life.  I was also amazed how this film managed to make me feel empathy one minute, and then ultimately contempt, disdain and disgust, as his convictions against homosexuality, and his sincere denial of having contracted the AIDS virus, from his rumored daily sexual escapades, became too much.  And how fitting, with all the hypocrisy happening throughout Cohn’s life, that Tyrnauer would use an exact quote from the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump,  when he references the poor legal representation he was receiving regarding the Russian probe, enquiring to Jeff Sessions “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” as the name of his perfectly crafted film.

Kathy vs. Tony’s view of LUCY IN THE SKY – Rated R

This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser & Tony Mosello 

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LUCY IN THE SKY – Rated R – 2 hrs. 4 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo,) 

WRITERS:  Noah Hawley, Brian C Brown, & Elliott DiGuiseppi 

STARRING:  Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens and Ellen Burstyn

Loosely based on the real-life story of former Astronaut Lisa Nowak ~ Lucy in the Sky takes us on a journey into the life of Astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman), as she ventures into space and is mesmerized not only by its beauty, but by all of her out-of-this world experiences.  Now, back on earth, Lucy finds herself struggling with her mundane existence with husband Drew (Dan Stevens), and the unexpected landing of her niece Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dickson) on her doorstep, while she was away.  Longing to return to space, and to jumpstart her love life too, Lucy goes into hyper speed, preparing for her next launch, both mentally and physically, while starting an affair with fellow Astronaut Mark Goodwin (Jon Hamm).  As Lucy struggles, her always supportive Mother, Nana Holbrook (Ellen Burstyn), is once again rooting her on…Not seeing that Lucy is struggling at every turn, whether it is in raising her teenage niece, or brushing off all the realities of life, as she continues to spiral, out of control…

I give LUCY IN THE SKY a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX!  If you love Natalie Portman, and her acting prowess, then you are going to want to head out to a theater near you to catch this performance on the big screen too.  But, keep in mind that even though her performance throughout this film is good, it’s not her best work to date.  I wish that Hawley would have let her scrap the Southern accent throughout this performance too, as for me, it just took away from seriousness of the mentally deranged aspects of her character throughout this film.  Hamm once again is typecast in the “bad boy role” of using, abusing and playing games with women, but I guess if your good at playing something, why not continue…and I was saddened too, by the total lack of chemistry between Portman and Stevens, as the only bonding experiences that played out on film, was the mere fact that they cohabitate together.  But, on the flip side of the equation, I think that LUCY IN THE SKY did have a few intellectually stimulating messages too, causing me to stop and think about all the different aspects of life that encompass any woman’s existence, and how hard it can be to navigate them all, both personally, and professionally.  Rounding out the cast throughout this film were good performances by veteran Ellen Burstyn and another small, but pivotal role again this time around for Zazie Beetz (you can catch her presently too in another small, but pivotal role in JOKER), and I can’t help but wonder, if the translation of this film onto the big screen may have been better handled by a woman Director?  I don’t mean for that to come across in a sexist way, I just felt that the second half of this film, which takes Portman’s character into the oblivion mentally, might have been better translated, adding to the film as a whole, from a women’s perspective, rather than the crushing frame after frame of abrash craziness, that makes it onto the screen.  All-in all, LUCY IN THE SKY definitely had all the perfect elements in place for this film to become something absolutely spectacular, it just sadly couldn’t find the centrical force it needed, to knock it into the stratosphere…

 

This Review brought to you by Tony Mosello ~

How Does it Feel to be Home?

In 2007, headlines were dominated by an interesting love triangle involving multiple NASA astronauts. “Lucy in the Sky” recounts the events that transpired in a brand new story, beginning as internally-motivated Lucy (Natalie Portman) arrives back on Earth following her trip to space. Suffering to find her footing back on the ground, she finds herself lost and searching for something; longing to return to space where things seemed much simpler. During her struggles, she sparks an affair with a fellow astronaut named Mark (Jon Hamm), feeling seemingly-indifferent to the hurt she may cause her husband (Dan Stevens).

As Lucy begins to spiral out-of-control, she is left searching for her true self;
falling for Mark and distancing herself from her husband. As she learns the feeling may not be mutual and Mark entangles with another astronaut (Zazie Beetz), Lucy can only think of one solution.

It’s always refreshing to see Natalie Portman on the screen and she finds herself back in space this time around. Her performance is crucial to the film, as she commands the screen as we watch her descend into nothing. The surrounding cast features Hamm, Beetz, Stevens (in one of the most bizarre and poorly-casted roles of his career), Pearl Amanda Dickson, Ellen Burstyn, Tig Notaro, and Jeffrey Donovan; given this group I thoroughly expected more from them but the script held them back immensely. While focusing around NASA, “Lucy in the Sky” is hardly a space movie, which isn’t a bad characteristic. Rather than focus on the mission and the dealings in space, the film follows an astronaut’s life after they come back; their mental state, their family life, and their adjustment. The film starts out promising, but quickly deteriorates as it becomes a run-of-the-mill after school special.

Distinctly different from the real-life story, “Lucy in the Sky” takes many artistic liberties to build its story; including that of female harassment. Lucy suffers multiple instances of belittling and her tragicdownfall is ultimately sparked by a man taking advantage of her mental state, but instead of subtlety proving a point, the director chooses to bash you in the face with this plot point. One can’t help but wonder how much better this film would have been if it was told by a woman (which is shocking as even Reese Witherspoon is listed as an executive producer). Meanwhile, as what I can only imagine is a link to her fragile mentality, the film’s editing features distracted filmmaking techniques with multiple image-breaks and whispering dialogue that only serve to irritate the viewer. The film also could have largely benefited from having 30 minutes or so cut from its 124 minute running time, as it would have led to a cleaner, less jumbled mess. Portman firmly gives it her all, but even that can’t save “Lucy in the Sky” from becoming one of the year’s most forgettable films.

 

GEMINI MAN – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 57 mins.

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The review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser 

 

GEMINI MAN – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 57 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) 

WRITERS:  David Benioff, Billy Ray, & Darren Lemke

STARRING:  Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Douglas Hodge and Ralph Brown

He can still do an action film at the ripe out age of 51 ~ which is referenced many times throughout Ang Lee’s latest creation ~ as we meet soon to be ex-assassin Henry Bogan (Will Smith), when he decides now is the perfect time to venture into a more normal existence , while he still can.  But wait, not so fast there, as now it seems that someone has sent a killer to take Henry out before he gets the chance to retire, and he seems to look very familiar to him, to say the least.  Now, as Bogan, and his new partner Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) are forced to join forces to stay alive, they must also find out quickly if they can, who this clone is, and where did he come from…

I give GEMINI MAN a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or NETFLIX!    Wow, how it pains me to not be telling you to head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch Ang Lee’s latest creation, but boy, or boy, did this one miss the mark on soooo many levels.  Don’t get me wrong, Smith is his usual charismatic self, and yes, he does still have “the stuff” to pull off any action-packed thriller.  But, sadly, even Smith couldn’t keep this film from hitting a nosedive or two along the way with its subpar storyline, and even greater subpar CGI and age regression imaging throughout.  I mean, going into this script, Lee knew that creating a younger Will Smith was vital to making this concept work, and why his team didn’t focus more time, or money, on making sure that that part of the film was flawless, I haven’t got a clue.  I also wasn’t blown away by the chemistry between Will Smith’s character, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character either, as I think if we could have mustered a true chemistry, either professionally or personally throughout this film for these two lead characters, it might have helped save a few scenes along the way.  Is this the most torturous film I’ve had to sit through all year, absolutely not, but did the GEMINI MAN end up turning out to be everything it could have been, well, sadly the answer is NO there too…leaving me to suggest that you just wait to catch GEMINI MAN on your small screen at home once it pops on DVD or NETFLIX, saving you some money, and hopefully making the subpar CGI issues not so obvious, making viewing this one a little better, when it’s all said and done…

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Rated PG – 1 hr. 27 mins.

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This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser & don’t forget to check out Emma’s thoughts on the film too in the audio below 🙂

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Rated PG – 1 hr. 27 mins.

DIRECTORS:  Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

WRITER:  Matt Lieberman (Screenplay)  – Based on characters by Charles Addams

STARRING the Voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe’ Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janey and Martin Short

Whether you we hooked when the original Comic Strip hit the New Yorker all the way back in 1938, or you were engrossed as a child in the television series featuring this ghoulish family, originally hitting little screen back in 1964, before syndication, or maybe you became charmed by the big screen version of the Addams Family throughout the 90’s, regardless, this latest animated version of our favorite family of creepers is all hitting the big screen yet again, and this time it’s all about being “the best neighbors possible” as we meet Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron), venturing to find the perfect abode to raise their adorable, yet rather eccentric children, Wednesday (Chloe’ Grace Moretz) and Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard).  Enter new housing developer, and new-fangled creeper to in her own right, Margaux Needler (Allison Janey), who is bound and determined to make the Addams Family disappear, before “their kind” ruin her neighborhood.  With a big family event about to take place, our favorite Butler Lurch (Conrad Vernon) is of course helping out, and all of our favorite family members are about to arrive, including Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll), It (Snoop Dogg) and Grandma (Bette Midler), and their new neighbors have no idea what’s in store, once they converge on them, full force…

I give THE ADDAMS FAMILY a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS ANIMATED VERSION on DVD.  Funny, charming, and so reminiscent of the TV show that we have all come to love over the years, The Addams Family this time around is enjoyable to view, and with a good message along the way for the kiddos too.  Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron are perfect playing the Patriarch and Matriarch of our favorite Ghoulish family, as are Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday and Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, both bringing a new “Edge” to the totally eccentric and slightly psychotic Wednesday and Pugsley, respectively!  Nick Kroll is also enjoyable playing our most favorite Uncle EVER, and even though she doesn’t arrive for quite some time within the storyline, Bette Midler playing Grandma, is really enjoyable view as well.  Lest we not forget the sinister character within our storyline, as its not any of the Addams Family with all the issues, it’s the neighborhood developer Margaux, played by Allison Janey, that is the “total creeper” throughout this film.  So, if you have loved this eccentric family right from the start, then you must pack up the kiddos and head out this weekend to catch this new perfectly cast THE ADDAMS FAMILY at a theater near you…but if you didn’t enjoy the Television show, or any of the three big screen versions of this family, like I did, then you might want to sit this one out, and catch it with your youngsters when it hits on DVD,  just a few weeks from now…

And now let’s hear Emma’s thoughts on her favorite parts of The Addams Family film…

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JOKER- Rated R – 2 hours and 2 mins.

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This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

JOKER- Rated R – 2 hours and 2 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Todd Phillips (The Hangover, – 1, 2 & 3, Road Trip, Due Date, Old School…just to name a few) 

WRITERS:  Todd Phillips, Scott Silver 

STARRING:  Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy

Venturing into to the less-than-surreal existence of one Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), we find him trying to make his way in this cruel world, although it seems that whether its mean kids on the block, or some a-hole drunkards on the subway, Arthur just can’t seem to catch a break.  And to add to his sad day to day existence, Arthur must take care of his bed ridden mother Penny (Frances Conroy, who seems to be a little “off her rocker” too.  Now, attempting to escape from the tortures of real-life, Arthur finds some sense of relief, as he focuses on his obsession with talk-show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro), and his attraction to the beautiful girl down the hall, Sophie Dumond (Zazie Beetz) too,  hoping and wishing that his infatuation with her, will someday be reciprocated.

Now, pushed to the limits by society as a whole, Arthur decides to take matters into his own hands, ridding Gotham City, and his own life, of those who seem to taunt him at every turn…Emerging from his clowning gigs, and stand-up dreams,  into a persona that even the streets of Gotham cannot deny, as JOKER my friends, has finally arrived…

I give JOKER a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Dark and demented from its first frame to its last, Todd Phillips has truly veered from his comedic genre of film making this time around, as JOKER is nothing like you have ever seen from him before.  Joaquin’s performance as the most notorious, face painted villain in Gotham is astounding too, as his take on this character can definitely go up against both Nicholson’s and Ledgers performances, that preceding him.  And just as brilliant as it was to cast Phoenix in this role, was the casting of Robert De Niro as Talk show host Murray Franklin, as he’s plays this role out about as Carsonesque as it gets, along with the perfect castings of Frances Conroy as the Joker’s mentally-ill mother, and Zazee Beetz as the love interest, making this one of the most perfectly constructed casts I have seen all year too.  And with all of the hype surrounding this film, and its graphic violence, that many feel is not needed at this particular time in our society, I must say that I was not so much affected by the violence of this film, as if you know anything about these comic book characters, you know that violence has been a part of the storyline since its inception, but  I personally was more affected by the  mental-illness storyline throughout this film ~ which is also a profound issue within our society that seems to get brushed under the rug, right along with stricter gun control laws,  I am not discounting the views that have been shared, I just think that it’s sad that many people will be scared off by all this negative press, and not allow themselves to experience the most exceptional male performance I have seen so far this year.  And sad too will be catching this film any other way than on the biggest movie screen you can find, as watching on television will take away from its imagery and intenseness as a whole, leaving you totally shortchanged from the whole experience…

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming film THE KING’S MAN. THE KING’S MAN arrives in theaters everywhere in February 2020.

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming film THE KING’S MAN. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in THE KING’S MAN.

THE KING’S MAN
Release: February 2020
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Based on the Comic Book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Cast:  Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles DanceSYNOPSIS
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King’s Man, directed by Matthew Vaughn, coming to theaters February 2020.

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Review of ABOMINABLE – Rated PG – 1 hr. 37 mins.

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This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser 

ABOMINABLE – Rated PG – 1 hr. 37 mins.

DIRECTORS:  Jill Culton, Todd WIlderman 

WRITER: Jill Culton 

STARRING THE VOICES OF:  Chloe Bennett, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Michelle Wong and Joseph Izzo

As we meet the incredibly talented Yi (Chloe Bennett), she is struggling with the circumstances of her life, even at her young age.  Venturing to her rooftop for her nightly escape, she finds an adorable Yeti hiding out there too, who is trying to escape his captors, Zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) and his owner Mr. Burnish (Eddie Izzard).  And as Yi decides how to help this wonderful creature escape from his predicament too, she garners the assistance of friends Peng (Albert Tsai) and Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) to join her on her quest to get this Yeti back to his “real home”, Mt. Everest, as they find themselves embarking on an adventure of epic proportions…

I give ABOMINABLE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:   Very entertaining from beginning to end, Abominable is the perfect family film for everyone in your life to enjoy, even the little ones who haven’t yet ventured to a movie theater yet.  Director and Writer Jill Culton has created a film, that is as magical, as it is adorable, as you find yourself drawn into the lives of these perfectly created characters, and of course, the sweet and adorable Yeti that is along for this adventure too!  DreamWork’s Animators have created a film this time around that is as breathtakingly beautiful, as the story that is conveyed throughout every frame as well.   And surprisingly for me too, the vibe that the trailer gives you of “been there, seen that”, ends up being totally misleading, as ABOMINABLE may have an incredibly cute Yeti just like last year’s Smallfoot, but that is where the similarities of these two films ends.  And as I sat there taking in all that was happening on screen, I must attest, that my favorite part of viewing the advanced screening of ABOMINABLE, was hearing all the adorable little giggles throughout the movie theater while it was showing, justifying that they all were enjoying this film, just as much as I was.  So, if you’ve been looking for a film that the entire family will enjoy, look no further than your nearest theater showing ABOMINABLE.  It will bring a smile to everyone’s face, and it’s not too long either, so your little ones will be able to sit through it too, making this film a total win/win in my book!!

Review of JUDY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 58 mins. 

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This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser 

JUDY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 58 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Rupert Goold

WRITERS:  Tom Edge (Screenplay), Based on the stage play “End of the Rainbow” by Peter Quilter

STARRING:  Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Bella Ramsey

Based on the final years of her life, amidst the turmoil of her personal life, and her declining career, Judy (Renee Zellweger) finds herself venturing across the big pond to perform for her fan’s in London, embarking on the last performances of her illustrious career…

I give JUDY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Oscar buzz is abounding and rightfully so, as Zellweger not only channels the famed actress – Judy Garland – but also attempts to channel her sultry and unforgettable pipes throughout too, thus arriving at the best performance, by any actress I’ve seen, so far this year.

But, just as amazing as Zellweger’s performance is, JUDY also manages to take us down a few roads, that are far from shiny, or yellow-bricked, as it takes us deep into the ultimately cruel world of young Judy’s life as an actress (played to perfection by the fabulous Darci Shaw), at the manipulative and misguided hands of Studio magnate Louis B. Mayer, and her star-struck and uncompassionate mother, Ethel Gumm (Natasha Powell), who are both responsible for Garland’s struggles with drugs and alcohol, that ultimately plagued her entire life, and career.  Theatrical Director Rupert Gould manages to make a masterpiece of film work this time too, as he also channels exceptional performances from Finn Wittrock, playing Judy’s last husband, Micky Deans, and from the beautiful Jessie Buckley, who plays Judy’s London Assistant Rosalyn Wilder, who attempts to make sure that Judy gives memorable performances each and every night, but as fate would have it, the alcohol and drugs continue to affect her performances frequently throughout this engagement as well.  Once you add in the small, but meaningful performances by Bella Ramsey, playing Judy’s daughter Lorna Luft, and Rufus Sewell, playing her estranged ex-husband Sid Luft too, you have one beautifully tragic, yet amazingly entertaining masterpiece.  Please do yourself a favor and venture to a theater near you this weekend to catch JUDY, as the buzz will only be intensifying now that the film is hitting in theaters, and you don’t want to be the only one of your family, or friends, that hasn’t had the opportunity to experience this film, and the fabulously perfect performance that Zellweger ultimately shares with the world…