BOMBSHELL – Rated R – 1 hr. 48 mins.

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“Powerful performances throughout…is just beginning”  Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

BOMBSHELL – Rated R – 1 hr. 48 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Jay Roach

WRITER:  Charles Randolph

STARRING:  Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton and Malcolm McDowell

Based on the real-life takedown of Media mogul Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), due to his unscrupulous sexual harassment of his female anchors at Fox News, we step into the embattled  lives of Fox and Friends Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), America LIVE host Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), and new blond bombshell about the newsroom, Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), who are given no other option, but to bring to light the sexual misconduct that they must endure, if they want their careers to reach the “pinnacle of greatness” at Fox News.

I give BOMBSHELL a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  This film is absolutely incredible in every way, including the “bombshell of a storyline” of what Gretchen Carlson was eventually able to accomplish, once she took on one of the most unscrupulous men in media, Roger Ailes.  And as far as performances go this year, you can’t miss Charlize Theron on the big screen, playing Megyn Kelly!  She is so incredible throughout, at times it’s as if Megyn Kelly is really on screen, playing Megyn Kelly!  She is destined for more Best Actress nods along the way too, beyond her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice nods; as I’m sure she is destined to receive an Oscar nod soon too for this truly outstanding, and untouchable performance!  Nicole Kidman is good too, playing the woman who finally decides enough is enough, and starts the process to take down Ailes, with or without any backing from her fellow employees.  But for me, the other incredible performance throughout this film comes from Margot Robbie.  Her performance as the young, wanna be anchor, making her way up the ranks at FOX, and her encounters with Ailes, is nothing less than sheer perfection too, which is why she has received numerous nods for Best Supporting Actress for her performance this year too!  And as much as I love John Lithgow (he still holds a place in my heart from his performance opposite Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment), him paying the disgusting in every way Roger Ailes, is an actual nauseatingly perfect eye opener into the ways that sexual harassment rears its ugly head.  Even the casting of Malcolm McDowell as FOX CEO Rupert Murdoch, Allison Janney as Lawyer Susan Estrich, and Kate McKinnon, in one of my favorite roles she has played to date, that of Fox Analyst Jess Carr, are all perfectly played out, adding a lot of depth to this already fabulous film.  Suffice to say, there isn’t a flaw anywhere in this film, oh, except for the way Roger Ailes sexually harassed many of his staff throughout his entire tenure at Fox News… so if you are looking for a real no holds barred, perfectly crafted film to catch at a theater near you this weekend, make it BOMBSHELL, if for no other reason, than to catch Theron and Robbie’s incredible performances before the awards start rolling in 😉

Review of PET SEMATARY – Rated R

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This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

PET SEMATARY  – Rated R  – 1 hr. 41 mins

DIRECTOR:  Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

STARRING:  Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW

In 1989, I saw something that forever changed me, which was the original PET SEMATARY movie.  There were things in that movie that just never left my brain. Horrible images of a dead kid, a car accident victim with his head split open and a woman named Zelda that haunted my childhood nightmares for weeks, years and now it would seem, decades to come.  I thought they were gone and would never come back. I pushed them way down deep in my subconscious. I’m talking deep, deep in my subconscious. A dark place where the KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, EXORCIST, IT (1990), and GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: THE MOVIE lives.  And thanks to the success of the new IT movie, PET SEMATARY got a rebooted movie now too. Now all these suppressed memories of a demonic cat with glowing eyes, a head trauma victim, the kid from kindergarten cop trying to kill his parents, and F-ing Zelda are flooding back to me.  Welcome back nightmares! It’s’ been awhile! How ya been? Still horrifying. Good. Glad to hear it. The new PET SEMATARY film delivers on everything you’re expecting it to, but this time around the story is tweaked just a bit in parts to make it feel new and exciting, while also providing the audience with scares they may not see coming.  Here are a few things (Spoiler FREE) you will find out after watching the new PET SEMATARY:

  1. The movie is scarier if you were terrified of the original.
  2. Zelda is still creepy as balls!
  3. 1989 head trauma makeup looks just as disgusting as 2019 head trauma makeup.
  4. Dogs are better than cats.
  5. Checking out the traffic situation around your house before you buy it is always a great idea.
  6. You probably should’ve worn your brown pants to the movie.
  7. John Lithgow is a God!

I could go on and on about the things that are both horrifying and psychologically damaging in PET SEMATARY, but I’m late for my therapist appointment and I have to save some of this stuff for her…I mean I paid for a whole session I might as well use it.  If you love horror films and you’re a fan of Stephen King & the original film, then go see PET SEMATARY in the theaters. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There are no post credit scenes.

BEATRIZ at DINNER – Rated R – 1 hr. 32 mins.

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BEATRIZ at DINNER – Rated R – 1 hr. 32 mins.

Starring Salma Hayak, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, David Warshofsky, Chloe Sevigny, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and John Early

Puerto Rican born Director Miguel Arteta (THE GOOD GIRL, ALEXANDER and the TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY) brings to light the latest fictional work of Writer Mike White (THE GOOD GIRL, NACHO LIBRE, SCHOOL OF ROCK), as we venture into the multidimensional life of holistic healer Beatriz…THIS IS BEATRIZ at DINNER!

Sharing her life with the world as a holistic medicine practitioner, we meet Beatriz (Salma Hayek), visiting her client, and friend Cathy (Connie Britton).

When her car won’t start, Cathy graciously invites Beatriz to stay for dinner, as Cathy is hosting a party that evening for a few of her husband Grant’s (David Warshofsky) business associates.

Cast into a situation at dinner that her life, and lifestyle have ill equipped her for, Beatriz soon finds herself lashing out at a guest ~ business mogul Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) ~ as his statements about acquisitions, destroying land, animal habitat and people’s lives too in the process, is making her blood boil!!!

As this dinner party continues to go awry, Beatriz must decide if she is going to stay over night as Cathy had suggested earlier in the evening, or if she is going to find a way to leave this madness, before she uses all control with these abhorrently vial individuals…

I give BEATRIZ at DINNER a rating of WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON NETFLIX OR HULU: Even though I totally adore Salma Hayak, and found myself looking forward to viewing another comedic work of Mike White’s – this film is far from comedic, or nearly as entertaining as I had hoped it would be going in. The foundation of a storyline is there – as we experience Beatriz living in a connected world with nature and the “real world” most of us inhabit throughout our lives. And her challenging the business and environmentally cruel world that Lithgow’s character revels in, in contrast to hers, is emotionally charged and poignant too. But this film, with its experienced cast, and environmental viewpoint, was totally missing something for me. When it was all said and done, BEATRIZ at DINNER needed more substance ~ even with its beautiful images, and stark contrast of views on life. And its meager attempts at comedy seemed rather futile, as this film totally plays out more as a drama with a message, than any comedy film I’ve ever seen.  Plus, there were just too many holes within the frames of this film for me to gather a clear understanding of what White’s vision for this story truly was…leading me to suggest you wait and catch this film in a few weeks, in the comfort of your very own home!

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