GREED – Rated R – 1 hr. 44 mins.

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GREED – Rated R – 1 hr. 44 mins.

WRITER/DIRECTOR – Michael Winterbottom

WRITER – Sean Gray

STARRING – Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson, David Mitchell, Asa Butterfield, Dinita Gohil, and Sophie Cookson

As we travel throughout a satire based on the life of a ruthless, super-rich Fashion tycoon Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), it seems that power and wealth have been flowing through his veins since birth.  As this self-made man focuses more on his fashion empire, than his ex-wife, his new wife, or his totally screwed up children, it seems that parliament wants to have a few words with him, regarding his unscrupulous business dealings both in the UK, and abroad.

And as we soon find out, you might want to be a tad more cautious of your greedy mis dealings, and how you treat your business associates, friends, and most of all, family too, as karma is coming for you…and in way too many directions for you to truly comprehend…

I give GREED a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX or STREAMING:  Coogan is totally entertaining, playing the ruthless fashion icon tyrant that is hell bent on amassing a fortune, off the backs of the poor seamstresses of many foreign lands.  And it seems too, that this particular role was written totally for Coogan to play, as he doesn’t seem to have to stretch to far artistically, for this rather good performance.  But as a whole, it seems that the other characters throughout, including Isla Fisher playing his still smitten ex-wife, are all rather superficial and one-dimensional, as she, and all the other characters feel as if they were just created as filler throughout this particular storyline.  I guess I should also make a point to commend Director and Writer Michael Winterbottom’s attempt to bring to light the plague of the fashion industry…as many garment workers toil in factories for mere dollars per day, as the owners of the fashion houses rake in the millions from consumers annually,  but I also think that since he conveyed this sentiment all throughout his film, the statistics he’s shares at the end of the film just comes across as an attempt to overstate the obvious.  Bottom line is, if you love Isla Fischer like I do, and if you adore Steve Coogan too, then taking an hour and 45 minutes out of you hectic schedule to catch this sometimes funny, sometimes demented, sometimes tragic film at home on your big screen, than by all means, please do so.  But,  if you’re contemplating heading out to catch GREED at a theater near you, please heed my warning, as I’m afraid when it’s all said and done, that you will feel like you not only wasted travel time, but some of your hard earned cash for this less-than-perfect film.

Check out the NEW TRAILER for TAG – THE MOVIE – Hits theaters June 15, 2018

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In theaters on June 15

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Director: Jeff Tomsic

Writers:                Screenplay by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen, screen story by Mark Steilen, based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It” by Russell Adams

Producers:  Todd Garner, Mark Steilen

Executive Producers:  Hans Ritter, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter

Cast: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner

Comedy 

One month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!”   This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready.  Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.

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CHECK OUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS / LOVE FEATURETTE – Hits Theaters December 9th

“Don’t do this…”

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal discuss the theme of unrequited love in the first featurette for Focus Features’ NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. Starring Adams and Gyllenhaal alongside Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, director Tom Ford’s haunting romantic thriller opens in select theaters on November 18th and expands to theaters nationwide December 9th.

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In Select Cities November 18

In Additional Cities November 23

In Theaters Nationwide December 9

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen

Directed By: Tom Ford (A Single Man)

Written By: Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright

Distributor: Focus Features

MPAA Rating: R

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: Rated PG-13

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES – Rated PG-13 – 105 Mins.

Starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot

From Greg Mottola, the Director who brought to the big screen films like PAUL, ADVENTURELAND, and one of my favorite comedies OF ALL TIME – SUPERBAD, comes a film that just goes to prove, your neighbors may not be at all what they seem to be…. this is KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES!

Living the mundane life of an HR Professional, we meet Jeff Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis) and his beautiful wife Karen (Isla Fisher), as they attempt to meet ~ and check out ~ their new neighbors…the gorgeous and modelesque Natalie Jones (Gal Gadot) and her strikingly handsome hubby Tim (Jon Hamm).

As Jeff figures what better way to welcome the new neighbors to the neighborhood, than to start hanging with his new super cool buddy Tim, Karen is getting a feeling that Natalie and Tim aren’t at all who they say they are…

When Karen’s snooping reveals that their new neighbors are working undercover for the government as spies, Jeff has no choice but to try to convince Karen to back off of all her craziness, as there is absolutely no way that the Joneses can have that much to hide…

I give KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES a rating between WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD or NETFLIX: Excited is an understatement about how I felt going in to see Wonder Woman, aka Gal Gadot and Don Draper, aka St. Louis native Jon Hamm hitting the big screen! I was so hoping that this film was going to be extremely enjoyable viewing, so much so that I could tell everyone to that only way you can view this film is at a theater near you on the BIG SCREEN, but, sadly, IT’S NOT! Galifianakis is more demure and subdued than you would expect to see from him, even though this performance seems a lot like what we just saw him do in MASTERMINDS a couple weeks back. Fisher’s performance  was okay this time too ~ although the guys watching are going to absolutely love her attire throughout parts of this film – so be ready ladies, I warned you!!! And casting Gadot and Hamm as spies seemed like the perfect castings too, but between the average acting, the average storyline, and the average action sequences throughout, I would have to say this film is about as average as its gets. It’s not bad, it’s not fabulous, it’s just okay…leaving me to suggest that if you thought you might want to head out to catch this one at the theater this weekend, you might want to reconsider, as KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES will probably be more palatable viewing for you, if you catch it in the comfort of your very own home, about 8 weeks from now…

Kathy Kaiser

Check out the NEW POSTER for NOCTURNAL ANIMALS – Hits Theaters nationwide December 9th

When you love someone you can’t just throw it away.

The past is never truly past with the new official poster for Focus Features’ NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. From director Tom Ford, the haunting romantic thriller starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson opens in select theaters on November 18th and expands to theaters nationwide December 9th.

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In Select Cities November 18

In Additional Cities November 23

In Theaters Nationwide December 9

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen

Directed By: Tom Ford (A Single Man)

Written By: Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright

Distributor: Focus Features

MPAA Rating: R

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