WENDY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hour 52 mins.

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WENDY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hour 52 mins.

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Benh Zeitlin

WRITER:  Eliza Zeitlin

STARRING:  Yashua Mack, Devin France, Gage Naquin, Gavin Naquin, Ahmad Cage and Shay Walker

From the Writer and Director who brought you the Academy Award nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), comes a wild reimagining of sorts, as we venture to a mysterious island, notoriously known as the home of one Peter Pan (Yashua Mack), who still has not grown up.  When Wendy (Devin France), heeds Peter’s call to join him, and his band of other children too, it seems that Wendy is up to the challenge, dragging her twin brothers along too, on her secretive, and vast adventure.

As Wendy embraces her new life of never growing up, it seems that many on the island weren’t quite as lucky, as she now must face staying a child and living our her greatest adventures by Peter Pan’s side, or face the harsh realities of saving her family, and facing growing old, as they both might be the path that fulfills her adventurous spirit, after all…

I give WENDY a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX or OTHER STREAMING SERVICE:  Billed as a wild reimagining of the classic Peter Pan tale, Benh and Eliza Zeitlin did manage to bring the classic tale of Wendy and Peter Pan into the 21st century, but with a rather peculiar existence for all the characters within this new take. This film is was so peculiar throughout that it left me scratching my head as to why they created this very disjointed film.  Don’t get me wrong, young actress Devin France is superb as Wendy throughout every inch of it, as she can’t wait to venture outside the humdrum and poverty-stricken portions of her life, she is forced to endure.  But her performance alone, is where the accolades for this one end for me.   The rather strange storyline throughout, combined with the other rather mediocre performances by the remaining cast, did nothing to pique my interest in what was actually happening on screen.  And even though I realized going in that this film wasn’t a literal remaking of the story of Peter Pan from my childhood, it also didn’t feel fantasy-like either, giving it a sense of warped realism that was rather unnerving throughout for me too.  I also found myself searching for a mere moment of engagement, that would entice me to want to continue following along with this rather eccentric storyline, and film…but sadly I must share, that never happened for me either, forcing me to tell you that I definitely would just catch WENDY on Netflix or other streaming service to take this one in…

Review of THE FAVOURITE – Rated R – 1 hr. 59 mins.

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THE FAVOURITE – Rated R – 1 hr. 59 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Yorgos Lanthimos 

WRITERS:  Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara 

STARRING:  Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz 

As we are thrust into the early 18th century, France and England are at war, but sadly the fragile and feeble Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), has more impressing engagements, like duck racing…and playing with the rabbits that occupy her chambers…

And it seems too with the Queen so preoccupied by her own ailments, rather than the matters of state, her dear friend Sarah (Rachel Weisz) must take the course of action needed to keep the countries affairs afloat…

But when a beautiful new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) enters the fold at the palace, it seems that more than one fair maiden is now vying for the Queen’s attention, and affections…leaving England, and its Queen to be ruled by nothing more than promiscuity and passion…

I give THE FAVOURITE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Talk about stepping beyond the standard 18th Century period piece – THE FAVOURITE enlightens us not only to the beauty of the Victorian age, but also to the passions and pitfalls of this rather unconventional and unstable Monarchy.  This film is so incredibly fueled with exceptional performances throughout – that you literally can’t miss one second of what is being portrayed on screen – as Coleman Weisz and Stone too, should be award bound all the way through the impending awards season.  Lanthimos has brought to life a rather bodacious and uninhibited storyline, that is as unconventional, as it is enjoyable to behold.  Truth be told, I was very uncertain of how all the promiscuity and passion promised within its frames was going to unfold, amidst its Victorian laden backdrop, but it pleases me to share that it all manages to work together quite magically!  Alas, THE FAVOURITE is one of those rare films that manages to ignite an interest from within each viewer, as it manages to captivate you throughout its every frame, until you manage to arrive at its quite bitter, and rather abrupt ending…

Kathy Kaiser

Review of CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins. 

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CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Marielle Heller 

WRITER:  Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty 

STARRING:  Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone and Jane Curtin

Based on the true-life story penned in her own memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, we meet Author Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), struggling through life after being fired yet again, for insubordination.

When Lee can’t make rent, and her agent Marjorie (Jane Curtin) can’t seem to find any book deals to send her way either, Lee decides to start research for an article for Soap Opera Digest on Fanny Brice.  Imagine Lee’s surprise when she finds correspondence from Fanny Brice herself, tucked deep within one of the Library’s reference books.

Absconding with these letters, and thus remembering a letter she received from Katherine Hepburn many years ago that she has in her possession too, Lee sets off to sell not only Katherine’s letter to a local dealer, but Fanny’s too, but not before coming up with the idea to forge more letters to sell to local memorabilia dealers, to help make ends meet.

With her forging career in full swing, Lee happens upon an old acquaintance named Jack  Hock (Richard E. Grant), who is as flamboyant and carefree as they come, especially within the gay scene of New York City.

Expanding her range of celebrity forgeries, and embellishing the facts that she is sharing within these correspondences, Lee is about to be outed by one of her regular dealers, when a friend of Noel Cowards confirms that he would never have discussed his sexuality, as it was forbidden “back in the day”, thus confirming that Lee’s latest creation has to be a FAKE!

When word gets out amongst the small group of memorabilia dealers throughout the US, Lee has no alternative but to bring in Jack to take on selling her forgeries, offering to provide him with a portion of her profits…

When the FBI gets wind of Israel’s forgery escapades, and that Jack is helping her sell these forgeries now too, it doesn’t take long before Lee knows that her gig is up, and prison time might be just around the corner…

I give CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD or STREAMING!  Seeing McCarthy take on the brash, and unapologetic Author, and prolific forger, Lee Israel, was a very nice change of pace from the comedic persona she has perfected since hitting the big screen in BRIDESMAIDS.  She manages to bring out a truly despicable and nasty side that we haven’t gotten to experience from her before, thus creating lots of Oscar buzz for this fabulous portrayal.  I was also intrigued by Richard E. Grants performance, playing Israel’s friend and co-conspirator Jack Hock.  Plus, I couldn’t help but smile when Jane Curtin hit the screen too ~ playing Israel’s manager ~ who could barely stand Israel’s gruff and disrespectful ways either.  So, with all these positives about the film, why not rate it a definite MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN?  Even though I did thoroughly enjoy McCarthy’s performance, parts of this film seemed very drawn out, and unnecessary.  I mean, once you get the feel for Israel, and her less than endearing persona, revisiting it again every 15 minutes seems like a lot of overkill to me.  I also wished that with this true-storyline being such a downer throughout, that we could have adjusted the filming to not be so dark and dreary too.  With that said, I still think that with all the Oscar buzz for Best Actress floating since this film’s release in New York and Los Angeles, and if you adore McCarthy like I do, you owe it to yourself to experience CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? on the big screen.  But, if you don’t enjoy McCarthy, people who break the law, or those of us who get sheer joy out of being nasty to others, then you might want to heed my suggestion of waiting to catch this film on DVD or STREAMING, in the comfort of your own home…

Kathy Kaiser

Review of THE OLD MAN & THE GUN – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 33 mins.

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THE OLD MAN & THE GUN – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 33 mins.

DIRECTOR: David Lowery

WRITERS:  David Lowery

                     Based on the New Yorker article by David Grann 

STARRING:  Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Tom Waits

Based on the true-life story of professional bank robber, and San Quentin escapee at the age of seventy…Forest Tucker (Robert Redford), THE OLD MAN & THE GUN drops us smack dab into the life of Tucker, as he is in the midst of conducting numerous robberies, both single handedly, and sometimes with the aid of his good friends Teddy (Danny Glover) and Waller (Tom Wait) too.

When a chance encounter with the sweet and endearing Jewel (Sissy Spacek) gives Forrest a new reason to change his ways, his bank robbing ways start to slow down a little, but sadly, not for long.

When Agent John Hunt (Casey Affleck) decides to take on catching the “very nice and engaging” thief that’s continuing his spree of heists across numerous states, it seems that Hunt and Tucker are about to play a good ol’ game of “Cat & Mouse” …

But when it’s all said and done, will Hunt get his man? Or will Tucker be able to continue his nice guy robbery facade until the bitter end???

I give THE OLD MAN & THE GUN a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  Redford is perfectly cast as the seemingly nicest bank robber EVER – as between his love for the heist, and his smuttiness with Spacek’s character, you find yourself routing for “the bad guy” throughout this entire film.  C. Affleck is enjoyable to view too, as although he wants nothing more than to put Tucker behind bars, once he gets to know a little more about the bank robber everyone seems to be enchanted by, it becomes rather easy not to be too hard on the old guy J  Glover and Wait’s performances, although small, are perfectly delivered too, thus adding even more of a reason to thoroughly enjoy this film.  THE OLD MAN & THE GUN is one of those rare films that just seems to draw you in with its sweet and sentimental storyline, and it periodic comedic timing mixed in along the way for good measure.  If you want to see a film that will make you totally happy just from having spent 93 minutes watching two Academy Award winning actors do what they do best, then please, take a few hours out of your blustery weekend and go see THE OLD MAN & THE GUN at a theater near you!  This no muss, no fuss film will absolutely put a big ol smile right upon your face! 

Kathy Kaiser

Review of SUPER TROOPERS 2 – Rated R

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Director:  Jay Chandrasekhar

The Mustache Rides Again

The five Vermont Highway Patrol officer and their Captain are back in “Super Troopers 2”!  When we last saw them, they had assumed their new jobs as Spurberry Police at the end of “Super Troopers”.  16 years later, though far less in this cinematic universe, the crew find themselves in a very odd situation.  Arcot Ramathorn (Jay Chandrasekhar), MacIntyre Womack (Steve Lemme), Carl Foster (Paul Soter), Robert “Rabbit” Roto (Erik Stolhanske), and Rodney Farva (Kevin Heffernan) have since been removed from their law enforcement duties.  However, as a small area of Canada is discovered to actually be on American soil, Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) re-hires the boys and their loveable Captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) to assist in the transition from Canadian-to-American life.  Met with resistance from the locals and their Mounted division, the boys soon discover boxes of drugs and other contraband that has them all excited to crack the case once again; and of course, with all of their shenanigans along the way!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 16 years since “Super Troopers” was released.  I remember being a young kid, in 5th grade to be exact, watching the original and then doing my part and showing all of my friends.  Since that moment, Broken Lizard has been one of my favorite film teams working; “Beerfest” is still one of my all-time favorites as well, with other hilarious films like: “Club Dread” and “The Slammin’ Salmon” as well.  Unfortunately, their latest offerings weren’t met with the craze of their first few, so the films slowed to a screeching halt.  On March 24th of 2015, after receiving the “green light” from the studio, they setup an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the film.   After only 26 hours, they hit their 2 million goal and “Super Troopers 2” was coming our way! (Yes, I was one of many who helped fund this movie!)  The benefit of films such as these is that the 5 members of Broken Lizard are still best friends.  Many of them tour together for comedy shows and other public appearances, so the chemistry is still fully-intact.  Their jokes flow brilliantly and give the audience exactly what they want.  So many sequences had me laughing violently and a few scenes even brought me to tears with laughter!

Laughs were always going to be expected from this bunch, but I think the most surprising aspect is how timely, and at-home that felt.  Sure, they had some callbacks to the original film, but there were never going to try to complete retread former territory.  The material is fresh, the gags are hilarious, and the newcomers are surprisingly-game for this laugh fest!  Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur join the fun this time around, all clearly thoroughly enjoying themselves in their outrageous roles.  Of course, the film is also littered with hilarious cameos (some new and some old) that give you the old feeling of the classic Broken Lizard films.  However, “Super Troopers 2” does occasionally “beat the dead horse” with some of its jokes.  Many shots are taken at Canada, which seem a little repetitive at times, but it’s the only issue I find in the film.  It is impressive how the film avoids falling-into the “comedy sequel trap” (with the sub-par “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and the painful “Zoolander 2”), but the film has the perfect amount of balance for those familiar and those new to Broken Lizard and I was left thoroughly entertained, satisfied, and excited for the future of Broken Lizard!  NOW, BRING ON “POTFEST: BEERFEST PART 2”!!

BE SURE TO STAY AFTER THE CREDITS!!

Tony Mosello

4.5/5

Kathy & TK Review: THE SHAPE OF WATER – Rated R

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THE SHAPE OF WATER- Rated R – 2 hrs. 3 mins. 

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Guillermo Del Toro 

STARRING: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins

As we venture into the mostly nonexistent life of Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), we find that living in isolation is an understatement, as she trods through life working at a high-security Government facility, circa 1962.  When Elisa and her co-worker Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer), run across “a super-classified experiment” in a holding tank, things in Elisa’s life start to change for the better.

As the government tries to decide what to do with their exotic find, Elisa’s gut instinct kicks in, as she tries to befriend this incredible creature.  When government agent Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) is put in charge of this case, and this creature, little does he know that Elisa is keeping even closer tabs than he, on this new exotic creature…that apparently wants nothing more than to be set free

I give THE SHAPE OF WATER a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  One minute fantasy, one minute real-life tragedy, this latest Del Toro creation is by my estimation his best film yet!  Hawkins is perfectly cast as the mute, emotional and loving Elisa.  Spencer is perfectly cast as well as Elisa’s co-hart at work, and at moments in life too, as she tries to understand her friends’ emotions for this elaborately beautiful aquatic creature.  Shannon is also brilliant as government agent Strickland, being forced to handle this top-secret find, while he’s being undermined by numerous sources, at every turn Jenkins is also perfectly cast as Elisa’s roommate and protector, as this role allows for his genuine likability and emotional stamina to really shine through.  Suffice to say, Del Toro managed to immerse as much fantasy as he can into as many real-life scenarios as possible, bringing to light the questions of life, love and loss, in a very humanistic and undeniably moving display…

Kathy Kaiser

 


 

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

Written & Director by:  Guillermo del Toro

Cast:   Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer,

Michael Stuhlbarg & Doug Jones

During the Cold War Era, a lonely cleaning woman discovers companionship with an aquatic creature imprisoned in a government facility.

BELOW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS…CONTINUE READING AT OWN RISK

The Shape of Water is a hard one to discuss.  Because everytime I told someone the plot of what I was going to go see, they all made scrunchy faces at me and said, “Huh?”.  Yes, this is a love story.  Yes, it involves a cleaning woman and a sea creature.  Yes, there are scenes in this movie that are difficult to view.  But at the same time, this is a very beautifully shot movie and Guillermo del Toro is an amazing story teller & director.  I’ve enjoyed nearly all of his films like: Pan’s Labyrinth (more creepy creatures), Pacific Rim (Giant Robots vs. Giant Monsters…umm yes please!), Hellboy (my dad loved this one), Hellboy II (my dad did not love this one, LOL), Crimson Peak (Is that Loki?), & Blade II (why can’t anyone use Donnie Yen correctly?).  But for some reason, as much as I liked The Shape of Water, there was still something there that was holding me back from loving it.  And I think it has to be the sea creature itself.  The effects were amazing and Doug Jones performance as the creature was terrific as always, but there was no emotion in the face of the creature.  I couldn’t see the affection it had for Sally Hawkins (the cleaning woman).  And it looked too much like Abe Sapien, a character from Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies.  Way too much.  This movie could almost be an origin story for Abe, that’s how close they look to me.  If del Toro never made Hellboy or Hellboy II, I think The Shape of Water would have affected me a lot differently than it did.

Now, let’s talk about the cast.  I think this film has two stand out performances and they are by two actors that are relatively unknown by most moviegoers.  The first one is our lead actress of the film, Sally Hawkins.  Her performance as our lonely mute cleaning woman that falls in love with the sea creature was outstanding.  For the most part, she is using sign language to speak to everyone in the film and Hawkins does an incredible job capturing your attention without saying a word.  The second actor that POPS of the screen in this film is Michael Stuhlbarg.  He plays a government scientist that has conflicted feelings about the treatment of the sea creature by his fellow co-workers.  Stuhlbarg has become one of my favorite actors working today.  Most people don’t even know who he is until I start telling them the other films he has been in.  And if you’re one of those people, then here we go…Doctor Strange (the bullet in the brain doctor), Cut Bank (where is my parcel?), Seven Psychopaths (hitman shot in the eyeball?), & finally Men in Black 3 (he was the guy in the ski hat w tassels that could see the future)…still nothing…really?…go look him up then…Ha!  Keep an eye out (Seven Psychopaths again, LOL) for Michael Stuhlbarg because I believe he is going to continue to put out great performances in the near future.  In conclusion, if you have never heard of the movie Hellboy, then go to the theater and see this movie.  Otherwise, this is one you can wait to watch at home.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

Review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Cast:  Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones

Director:  Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the story of a grief stricken mother who decides to put up three large billboards on the outskirts of town with the sole purpose of mocking the police’s investigation into her daughter’s murder.

Let’s jump right into this.  Academy award winning director/writer Martin McDonagh has only made 3 feature films including this one and all three are amazing.  In Bruges (it’s a real place) & Seven Psychopaths (title sounds worse than it is) are his two prior films and along with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are written with amazing humor, heart, and realism.  The two stand out stars of this film are (and I’m sorry Woody), Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell.  They both did outstanding jobs.  Let’s begin with Frances McDormand.  She knocks it out of the park with this character.  She hasn’t been this good since her Oscar Winning role in Fargo.  Now that’s not saying she hasn’t done anything since then.  She was terrific in Promised Land and Burn After Reading, but this is one of those rare performances you can tell the actor just “gets it”.  Right from the start of the movie you literally were not watching McDormand, you were watching Mildred Hayes.  She commands your attention effortlessly in every scene and you feel so much for her that you know when she laughs, you can laugh.  When she cries, you can cry.  And when she is raging…and she DOES RAGE, you are right there with her cheering her on.

Now…(take a breath because there’s more).  

On to Mr. Sam Rockwell.  I love Sam Rockwell.  I think he’s one of the most talented actors working today.  When McDormand is not on the screen, you’re looking for Rockwell and with good reason too because he hasn’t been this good since Seven Psychopaths, Moon (it’s hard to play ping pong against yourself btw), and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Zaphod Beeblebrox made that movie).  Rockwell plays the dimwitted short tempered police officer that has no problem saying what is on his mind…and he does… A LOT.  I don’t think anyone could have played this role better than Sam Rockwell.  I don’t know if it’s because he loves working with the director/writer (Martin McDonagh) or if he is finally just hitting that stride you want to see actors go through where they just can’t be touched, but whatever it is…Rockwell is on his way to a level of success that I can not wait to see.  My suggestion is to go see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the theater.  It’s definitely worth your money.  The story is solid and the acting is incredible.  You’ll thank me when the Oscars come around.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES – Rated PG-13 – 2hr. 1 min

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES – Rated PG-13 – 2hr. 1 min 

Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell

Dynamic creative and directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, RUBY SPARKS (movies) SMASHING PUMPKINS, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (movie videos) take on the Tennis battle of the ages and bring it to the big screen – THIS IS BATTLE OF THE SEXES!

Ranked the #1 seed in Woman’s tennis in 1973 – Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) is making her waves felt in the tennis world, both on and off the court. With her hubby Larry King (Austin Stowell) as her biggest supporter, Billie Jean takes on the establishment, and Tennis Association Chairman Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman), pushing for equal pay between the sexes.

Enter the absolute showman and MSP (Male Chauvinist Pig) of the world, former Wimbledon and US National Champion Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), who challenges Billy Jean to play him in a “Battle of the Sexes” match, proving once and for all, Men are superior athletes.

Declining his suggestion at first, King soon finds herself lost in a midst of mayhem when fellow women’s tennis professional Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee) accepts Bobby’s challenge, and looses to him.

Now with the pressure of the world, and women’s tennis on her shoulders…King agrees to accept Riggs crazy notion of MAN vs. WOMAN on the tennis court, in public opinion, and on the televised world-stage too…as she proves that sex has nothing to do with what makes a CHAMPION in the world tennis…once and for all…

I rate BATTLE OF THE SEXES a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Having viewed this actual “Battle” many years ago and the ripe old age of 9, I was anxious to see if Stone and Carell could take on these bigger than life characters, and take them on, they did!! Stone is exceptional as the tennis player and feminist, Billy Jean King, as I think another nod during awards season is a few months is coming her way for her performance. And who could play the chauvinistic, arrogant showman Riggs any better than Carell? No one…as his performance is top notch too! I was even blown away by the storyline of this film, which delves into the personal lives of King and Carell as well, bringing to light the struggles they both faced not only professionally, but personally as well. The most amazing part for me experiencing this film in 2017, was the fact that even though woman have made significant strides in the world of sports, and business, in achieving equal pay since 1973, for many of us, this struggle still remains – equal pay for our position, regardless of our sex…some 44 years later, which is truly sad when you think about it…but, even with that notion shared, I think that whether or not you love tennis, love the thrill of competition, or are just a fan of Stone and Carell’s previous work…you have to catch BATTLE OF THE SEXES on THE BIG SCREEN at a theater near you this weekend… as the thrill and struggle is as real as it was – back in the day

Kathy Kaiser

STEP – Rated PG – 1 hr. 23 mins.

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STEP – Rated PG – 1 hr. 23 mins. 

“STEP is the art form that can reach EVERY SINGLE PERSON…”

Set amongst the backdrop of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, Director Amanda Lipitz invites you into the lives of the “Lethal Ladies” of BLS, the all-girl Step group that has been in place since the schools inception. Through their practice sessions, real-life situations, and path to completion, you will be moved by how these young women convey their strength, determination, and perseverance, as they manage to choreograph their lives, and futures into something truly special…

I give STEP a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD. As documentaries go, STEP is not only entertaining, but also powerful, as you venture into the lives of these young women – trying to solidify their place within the STEP community, and their futures beyond the comfort of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. You will be amazed one minute, and heart broken the next, as you watch this film play out, revealing the importance that STEP has for each of them, and how their lives are truly affected by their coach, their families and most definitely by their school guidance counselor, as these individuals want what is best for every young woman in attendance as BLS, pushing and helping them strive to SUCEED, no matter what the cost…

Kathy Kaiser

MY COUSIN RACHEL – Rated PG-13 1 hr. 46 min

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MY COUSIN RACHEL – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 46 min

Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen and Holliday Grainger

From the man who brought us such classic rom com’s as 1999’s NOTTING HILL, & 2010’s MORNING GLORY – Roger Michell – comes the early 20th Century mystery and romance, based from English Novelist Daphne Du Maurier’s work by the same name ~ THIS IS MY COUSIN RACHEL!

Orphaned at a young age, we meet Philip (Sam Claflin), who is taken a back when his life-long guardian leaves to wed Philip’s cousin – the mysterious Rachel Ashley (Rachel Weisz).

Smitten since childhood, the young and beautiful Louise Kendall (Holliday Grainger) steps up to aid Philip in his search for his guardian, only to realize rather quickly that Cousin Rachel, her charms, and her deep rooted secrets, are nothing to be messing with…

When his guardian mysteriously dies, and it looks like it is at the hands of his “new wife” Rachel, Philip is hell bent on revenge, trudging to find this horrific wench, with plans of making her pay for this atrocity.

But, as fate would have it, once in the presence his divinely exquisite cousin, Philip too finds himself entranced not only by her beauty, but by her mysterious “healing powers” as well…

I give MY COUSIN RACHEL a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! – This film is absolutely breathtaking throughout ~ from the mysterious twists and turns of its storyline, to the incredible performances by Weisz ~ as the stunning sociopath Rachel ~ and by Claflin ~ as the young lover ~ falling fast and hard for his cousin and her “extremely enchanting” ways. Holliday Grainger also manages to light up the screen, playing the lovelorn Louise. This entrancing film is nothing shy of sheer perfection – as Michell brings to life the world of early 20th Century England, and Du Maurier’s exquisitely written characters. Between Weisz pulling off one of the most beautiful and sinister women I’ve viewed in a very long time, to Claflin’s innocent, yet super-sexy portrayal of young Philip, each moment of MY COUSIN RACHEL is delightfully beautiful, and opulently disturbing, with each passing frame…making this film a definite MUST SEE!

Kathy Kaiser 

Check out the trailer for BATTLE OF THE SEXES – Hits theaters 9/22/2017

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The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

In Theaters September 22, 2017

Directed by: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton

Produced by: Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Robert Graf

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GIFTED – Rated PG-13

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“Evans performance definitely garners him the distinction of FATHER OF THE YEAR with this film!” – Matinee Chat with Kathy Kaiser

 GIFTED – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr 41 mins

Starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer

From the Director who brought us the romantic comedy 500 HUNDRED DAYS OF SUMMER, and THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 1 & 2 – Marc Webb – comes the tale of a devoted uncle, an extremely gifted child, and a world and grandmother who believe they truly know “what’s best for her”…this is GIFTED!!!

Raising his sister’s child since infancy, we meet “uncle extraordinaire” Frank Adler (Chris Evans), as he attempts to do what is best for his extremely gifted niece Mary (Mckenna Grace). After evaluating her home schooling thus far, Frank decides its time for Mary to attend public school, and its socially abundant setting, because even though Mary is brilliant, her socialization with others takes a lot to be desired, and she could definitely us some friends “her own age”…

Amazed at the genius of her new student, and her very abrasive attitude too, teacher Ms. Bonnie (Jenny Slate) discusses these issues with Frank, and her principal too, hoping to get Mary into the type of environment that will challenge her mind. When Grandma Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) gets notice of Mary, and her whereabouts, it doesn’t take long for her to arrive, and attempt to get Mary into the proper schooling, and the right guardianship too…with her!

As good friend and neighbor Roberta (Octavia Spencer) tries to support Frank, and his attempt to raise Mary as “a normal kid”, it seems that Grandma, the school system, and the judge have other thoughts in mind for Mary – questioning not only Frank’s parenting style, but his less than stellar job, and unacceptable home life too, which apparently is holding Mary back from reaching “her full potential”…

I rate the film GIFTED a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!!! Evans is perfect as the uncle who only wants what’s best for his niece, and is willing to do whatever it takes to do what’s right! And as a father figure for her too – he definitely garners my vote for “FATHER OF THE YEAR”! Grace is extraordinary as well, playing the young genius Mary. Her performance is truly incredible, and here’s to hoping they remember this child and her stellar performance come awards season this year. And kudos to the casting agent on this film too – as Duncan, Slate and Spencer are all perfectly cast in their respective roles throughout this film as well. If you love family dramas, and want to catch “Captain America” in one of his best dramatic performances to date, then grab the entire family this holiday weekend and go check out GIFTED at a theater near you. It’s one of those heart-warming one minute, heart-wrenching the next films that you definitely don’t want to miss!!!

Kathy Kaiser