LIVE BY NIGHT – Rated R

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LIVE BY NIGHT – Rated R – 2 hours 8 mins.

Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana

Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and brought to life by Ben Affleck, who not only wrote the screenplay, but who also directs and stars this time around, we enter into Boston during the roaring 20’s ~ with all its glamour. pizazz and corruption in full view.

When we first meet Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), he is nothing but a petty thief on the streets, hell bent on defying his moralistic upbringing under the direction of his father, Police Captain Thomas Coughlin (Brendan Gleeson).

Joe soon finds himself turning from small time thief, to big time mobster, when he gets mixed up in dealings with mob boss about town Tim Hickey (Titus Welliver). When Joe he decides to bed rival boss Albert White’s (Robert Glenister) leading lady, the beautiful Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), all hell breaks lose…as Joe soon finds himself incarnated, and trying to stay alive, without the love of his life…

Once free, Joe heads south to Florida to continue his dealings in rum and racketeering, when he comes across Cuban beauty Graciela, who he must make his wife. Trying to jump from his mobster ways, to a respectable life is harder than he thought, and Joe’s past just continues to rear its ugly head…

I give LIVE BY NIGHT a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD ~ Affleck is superb as mobster with a heart Joe Coughlin, and Miller and Saldana are perfect too, as his love interests throughout this film. And who better to play the stoic Irish father and police captain than Gleeson! I also enjoyed the nostalgia and the ambiance throughout this film, as some of the scenes throughout are absolutely exquisite to say the least. So why the less than perfect review? As mobster movies go, this one is about as tame as it gets ~ so if your thinking this film might hold a candle to THE GODFATHER, GOODFELLAS, THE UNTOUCHABLES or even THE DEPARTED, think again! The storyline is good too, but not superb, as you can figure out what is about to happen around almost every turn. All in all, I was happy to see Ben Affleck play a tamed down version of a mobster, as it doesn’t make him loose his appeal as the good guy that we have come to love him for playing over the years ~ but he might have wanted to raise the nastiness of the other characters in his film to counter act his lack there of, thus making this film more appealing to the true MOBSTER LOVING viewers who, who he definitely wants to head out and catch his film…

Kathy Kaiser

THE ACCOUNTANT – Rated R

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THE ACCOUNTANT – Rated R – 2 hrs. 8 min.

Starring Ben Affleck, JK Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow and Cynthia Addai Robinson

Living in a world where numbers ~ and his brother ~ seem to be his only friends ~ we meet mathematic savant Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), making his way through life pretty much a loner, except for a few “select clients” he’s picked up along the way.

When Wolff decides to move from money laundering for criminals to auditing an actual Robotics company for CEO Lamar Black (John Lithgow), he’s asked to determine if a discrepancy unearthed by young CPA Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), is legit.

As Wolff works to determine who has been cooking these books in their own favor, it seems that he has not only drawn the attention of the US Treasury Dept.’s lead agent, Ray King (JK Simmons) and his protégé Medina (Cynthia Addai Robinson), but some rather unsavory characters too who want to put an end to his meddling, once and for all…

I give THE ACCOUNTANT a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: This film is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Talk about the perfect cast brought to life ~ kudos to Director Gavin O’Connor ~ as he brought out the best in every one of his actors this time around! This is without question some of Affleck’s best work EVER, playing the highly functioning autistic savant Christian Wolff. Simmons and Robinson are exceptional too, playing US Treasury agents on a mission to stop Wolff’s money laundering deals all around the world. And Kendrick is superb as well, playing the possible love interest to Affleck’s character – their chemistry, or lack there of is sheer perfection. And shockingly too, the trailer for this film doesn’t give it all away, as the real storyline isn’t even conveyed ahead of time, giving THE ACCOUNTANT a refreshing feel as played out on the big screen. This film takes so many twists and turns, and in directions you don’t see coming, you won’t want to miss a single minute it. And luckily throughout too, Affleck is given the chance to work on and perfect his action skills, keeping him rough and ready for his next stint as the caped crusader too!!!

Kathy Kaiser

Matinee Chat Vol #35 – Reviews of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 & BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

 

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And don’t forget to leave your answers for this week’s NAME THAT MOVIE TUNE and SAY WHAT ~ and it could be YOUR SUPER WEEK TOO~~~ Just answer in the reply section below…IT’S THAT EASY 🙂

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – Rated PG-13

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As the WAR OF THE COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO MOVIE STUDIOS RAGES ON… ENTER DC’S NEXT INSTALLMENT as Director Zach Snyder ~ known for such awesome films as 300 and MAN OF STEEL takes us back into the world of DC for this little showdown, where it seems that SUPERMAN (HENRY CAVILL) and his powers are being questioned to determine if he is a man of virtue or of ultimate demise??

Seeing Superman as a menace to our way of life ~ after witnessing the aftermath created by the MAN OF STEEL years ago, our CAPED CRUSADER BATMAN (BEN AFFLECK) vows to end the reign of this nemesis and False hero once and for all…

When a youngster by the name of LEX LUTHOR (JESSE EISENBERG) arrives on the scene, it seems that Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are both on the guest list of his little soiree ~ along with the breathtakingly beautiful Diana Prince ~ aka WONDER WOMAN (GAL GADOT) ~ and the result of this convergence of time and space is one incredibly ACTION PACKED SUPERHERO CLASH, that just doesn’t want to end…

I GIVE BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN AND IN IMAX3D ~ After months and months of anticipation, the day has finally arrived for us to see the SUPERHEROES in CAPES and exactly why they are going to HAVE AT IT…AND BOY, DO THEY!!! From the entrance of Jeremy Irons playing ALFRED ~ Who is absolutely SUPERB in this role ~ to my unexpected fondness that continued to grow for BEN AFFLECK as BATMAN throughout the film~Didn’t see that one coming either ~ to the super sexy shirtless scene of my guy CLARK KENT/HENRY CAVILL ~Hubba, Hubba 😉 ~ BATMAN v SUPERMAN IS A TOTAL KNOCK DOWN, DRAG OUT WINNER FOR ME!!! It was also fabulous to see Amy Adams back as Lois Lane, and a quick glimpse of one of my first TRUE LOVES ON THE BIG SCREEN Kevin Costner too…And, even though I definitely feel that this DC’s BEST TO DATE ~ and I WAS’NT EXPECTING TO UTTER THOSE WORDS EITHER…~ There were just a few oversights along the way, that I wish they would have addressed before its release ~ which would have made it ABSOLUTELY PERFECT…Like, I needed to see WONDER WOMAN long before we did and with her playing a much more significant role. And even though I definitely suggest that you catch this one in IMAX3D to experience this film in all it’s SUPERNESS – I think they could have turned down the volume a tad as well, as parts of this film were just so OVER-THE-TOP LOUD it took away from the enjoyment factor ~ and I know they always feel like they want to give us our MONIES WORTH, but I think we could have shortened some of the drawn out action sequences just a bit – so that we didn’t have to be viewing this one for the extended time of 151 minutes… But, with all that said, I am waiting in ultimate anticipation for the our next DC ADVENTURE…as it seems it is going to be ANOTHER ADVENTURE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS to say the least ~ So get your SUPERHERO LOVIN CREW together and head out to a theater near you TODAY to experience BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE ~ it truly is A DEFINITE MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ as you can’t view this one ANY OTHER WAY ~

Kathy Kaiser