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 😉

Kathy vs. T.K.’s View of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 41 mins.

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“Expertly crafted from its first frame to its last, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is Tarantino’s finest use of screen time to date!”  Kathy Kaiser – MatineeChat.com

 

This review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser and is SPOILER FREE

 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hrs. 41 mins.

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Quentin Tarantino

STARRING:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, and Bruce Dern

As we visit LA circa 1969, the television and film industries are in the midst of big changes, as TV and film Star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes fixated on his fledging career.  When Rick’s stunt double, and bff Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) steps in to help Rick navigate his way, as they find that their fictional lives on screen, are about to intersect with the reality of their everyday lives…

I rate Once Upon A Time In Hollywood a DEFINITE MUST SEE ON THE THE BIG SCREEN!

Yep, all the hype about Tarantino’s 9th film is totally warranted, as it basks you in the nostalgia and vibe of days gone by.   Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is definitely Tarantino’s finest use of screen time to date, as he manages to embody all the sights, sounds and ambiance of movie making, into one expertly crafted ode to Hollywood.

From his creative genius in casting Pitt opposite DiCaprio, to selecting the beautiful and equally talented Margot Robbie to play real-life actress Sharon Tate, to his slew of supporting cast phenoms who brought fabulous performances to this joy ride too –  Tarantino manages to extract exceptional performances across the board, creating a truly masterful tale every step of the way.

I was also amazed by the way this film effortlessly entwines fictional characterizations with the harsh realities of its depicted “era in time“, as it literally manages to exude frame after frame of sometimes intense, yet other times hilarious moments onto the screen.

Coming from a person who either absolutely loves Tarantino’s work (Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards), or refuses to ever sit through them again, (Kill Bill, The Hateful Eight), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood totally enticed me this time around, with its perfectly developed characters, and expertly constructed storyline.  Once again Tarantino’s innate masterfulness for infusing his fictional mindset, with real-life events, makes his latest creation seamlessly flow in a way, we may never see again.

But with all the accolades that I will continue to bestow upon this incredible creation even after I release this review ~ I would be remiss if I didn’t share too ~  that I felt there were a few scenes that beckoned to be edited, as they seemed to drag on a bit too long, taking away some of the finesse for those particular depictions on screen,  But, even  with the acknowledgment of those few slight flaws for me, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is still my favorite film for 2019 so far…and make sure you stay put until the credits are through, as you don’t want to miss the last frames of this f-ing fabulous film!

 

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

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Rated R – 2 hr. 41 mins     

Director:  Quentin Tarantino

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

NO SPOILERS BELOW

ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD is Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film and just like the rest of his films, it doesn’t disappoint, but I am one of the very few people that does not agree with most fans when it comes to this movie being his best film to date.  There is absolutely NO WAY it is better than PULP FICTION!!! I think this is a perfect example of how the hype for an upcoming movie has made it “more” than what it truly is. I love all of Quentin’s movies and they’re all special in their own way, but to say this one is the best of the bunch is wrong in my humble opinion.  That being said, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD does deliver on the following: cast performances, costumes, story, soundtrack, and direction. It’s hard to pinpoint why I’m not as taken with ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD, but if I was forced to really look at why it doesn’t reach as high on my Tarantino list as his other films I would have to say its because the length of the film is so long.  There are moments in this film that are not necessary to drive the story forward. They seem to be there only for the sole purpose of playing more music and to see people driving in cars really fast. You shave off some of that time and I would bet you dollars to donuts that this movie goes up a few notches on my list of Tarantino movies. No more negative, I hate negative comments when it comes to a film that I really enjoyed.  Let’s talk about something fun instead like the star studded cast because that was my favorite part of ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD. I’m going to begin with Margot Robbie. She does a great job of being both innocent and true to a real-life person that suffered such a horrific fate. Her performance is an extremely sweet tribute to Sharon Tate and I think she would’ve been very pleased with the way it turned out. Moreover, Margot is eye poppingly beautiful.  You cannot take your eyes off her when she is on the screen and that has to do with not only her beauty, but the late 60s early 70s clothes she wears. As for our other two leads of this film, Brad and Leo are amazing together. Their chemistry is phenomenal, and they just jump off the screen. It’s surprising they have never worked together before, but I guarantee you this will not be the last time they do. It can’t be. They’re just too damn good. Both of them are hilarious and if I’m allowed one minor spoiler, for the first time since 1993, I got to see one of my favorite Brad Pitt characters of all time…Floyd from TRUE ROMANCE made an ever so slight appearance through Brad’s acting at the end of this film.  It’s brief. It’s probably not intentional. I may be the only one that notices it and it’s only a few lines and a small giggle, but Floyd returned, and I loved it. So, thank you Brad and Quentin. As for Leo – he is a movie star, plain and simple. The guy just gets the job done every time and the audience walks away being satisfied. It’s incredible to see just how far he has come throughout his career and he just keeps getting better and better. It’s definitely a high compliment when Martin Scorsese even says Leo rejuvenated his career as a director.  The guy is 100% acting gold and I love watching all of his movies.  My suggestion for ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD is to go see it in theaters.  I will warn you, it’s very long and does take awhile to get you hooked, but it’s still worth going to see in theaters.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – Stick around during the credits for a Quentin Tarantino Easter egg credit scene.

 

Review of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Rated R – 2 hrs 4 mins 

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Rated R – 2 hrs 4 mins 

DIRECTOR:  Josie Rourke 

WRITERS: Beau WiIlimon (Screenplay), Based on the Book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart) by John Guy

STARRING: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Adrian Lester, Guy Pearce

From its first frame to its last, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS is an abounding menagerie of beauty, mystique, drama and beautifully mastered images that you must see on the big screen, in order to fully experience the life and times of the young, yet widowed Queen of Scotland, Mary (Saiorse Ronan).  As Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) becomes ruffled in discontent by the return of her cousin, Mary pays her no mind, as she knows that her destiny lies in the ruling both of Scotland and England.  As our Queen’s try to navigate a peaceful way through which to enter into each other’s worlds, it seems that the men in their command have alternative plans, playing themselves as allies, lest they be enemies instead…

When Mary produces an heir, and Elizabeth does not, the tables of power begin to turn, leading to a world where it seems that only one Queen can rule across the lands…but the question remains, which Queen will finally meet her destiny…?

I give MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!:  Saoirse Ronan is incredible, giving another Oscar-worthy performance as the very intelligent, feisty and determined Mary, Queen of Scots.  Margie Robbie’s performance is sheer perfection too, as she plays the strong, yet very paranoid, Queen Elizabeth I.  Kudos to Director Josie Rourke for bringing to life this tale of royalty, intrigue and betrayal so beautifully, that you will find yourself not only being moved by this storyline, but by this films incredible imagery and score as well, every step of the way.  Plus, once you add in the exceptional performances across the board by the “Queens Men” throughout, you end up with one extremely superb and mesmerizing film, that you MUST SEE on the biggest screen you can find…

Kathy Kaiser   

CHECK OUT THE FINAL POSTER and TRAILER for MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Hits theaters December 7, 2018

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In select theaters on December 7, 2018 

Story: “Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie).  Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Director: Josie Rourke (artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse)

Writer: Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March,” “House of Cards”), based on Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy

Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward

Cast:  Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, with David Tennant, and Guy Pearce

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Check out the TRAILER and MOVIE POSTERS for MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – Hits Theaters December 7, 2018

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Story: “Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie).  Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Director: Josie Rourke (artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse)

Writer: Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March,” “House of Cards”), based on Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy

Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward

Cast:  Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, with David Tennant, and Guy Pearce.

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SUICIDE SQUAD – Rated PG-13 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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SUICIDE SQUAD – Rated PG-13 ~ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

“This film brings a whole new meaning to “bat-shit crazy” from its first frame to its last!!! “

Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis & Jai Courtney, Ben Affleck…and many, many more

From writer & director David Ayer, the man who wrote, produced or directed such action packed thrillers as FAST & FURIOUS, FURY, SABOTAGE and TRAINING DAY, comes the much-anticipated Summer Blockbuster we’ve been waiting for – so get ready to venture deep into the world of DC Comics and it’s diabolical anti-heroes, as they team up to save our world with the hope of getting time off their sentences for good behavior… This is SUICIDE SQUAD!!!

US Intelligence officer and government ally Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has put together a plan to save our planet from any threat, foreign or domestic, including being taken over by supernatural forces. Convincing our governments top officials to put her plan into action, Waller unleashes her team of anti-heroes led by Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnerman), and comprised of Dead shot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Slipknot (Adam Beach) and lest we not forget, our favorite “Killer couple” Dr. Harleen Quinzel (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Jared Leto).

When Waller embeds a device that can kill any of them at the push of a button, our bad guys ~ trying to be good ~ go after Dr. June Moone, a.k.a. The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), as she and her little brother have plans for our universe, and it’s not looking good for anyone involved…

I give SUICIDE SQUAD a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!!! ~ After we got our first glimpse of this film back in July of 2015 at last years COMIC-CON, everyone has been patiently waiting to see Smith, Leto, Robbie and the gang show us what REAL VILLAINS are all about…and I think it was so worth the wait. Smith is on his game, Robbie too…as what woman doesn’t want to be the sexy Harley Quinn, with her “weapon of choice” from my favorite sport too.  And everyone else cast, including Davis, Hernandez, Courtney, Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Beach are fabulous as well. I even enjoyed seeing Kinnerman command all these crazies throughout the film. And the sound track this time around – WHOA…it’s the best soundtrack of a film I’ve seen in years…it’s even better than the soundtrack from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and I didn’t think any film was going to top that !!! The only let down for me personally, was the lack of Leto in action as the Joker, as his scenes are actually few and far between throughout the film. With all the hype about his performance, I was hoping he would have a more significant contribution this time around. But, even though his screen time is minimal, he still plays a wickedly menacing character that I hope will be given significantly more screen time in the sequel, to this incredibly fabulous film. My only suggestion before you head out the theaters this weekend is to catch SUICIDE SQUAD is to view BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN if you haven’t seen it yet, because if you do, you will know right where we are headed with Bruce Wayne, a.k.a Batman (Ben Affleck), and his cameos for this one too.

Kathy Kaiser

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN – Rated PG-13

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN – Rated PG-13

Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson

Director David Yates, who has brought us many a vision of Harry Potter over the years, is taking on another English character, this time the “KING OF THE JUNGLE”, as he has returned to London to live out his life as a man, not an animal.

Although it seems ~ the jungle is still calling his name ~ when Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) is asked to return to the them to pursue mean and nasty businessman Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who is invading Tarzan’s home, in hopes of staking claim to its diamond mines…

And what’s a trek back to the land of your youth, without your beautiful jungle princess in tow, as Jane Clayton (Margot Robbie) isn’t about to let her hunk of a man make this trip back to the wild without her…

As Tarzan finds his way back to the JUNGLE MAN he once was, he must now face the demons of his past, and forge a brighter future, for his people, his animals and himself, in the place he calls HOME.

I give THE LEGEND OF TARZAN a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD – Skarsgard is perfectly cast as the eye-catching, high-swinging “man of the jungle” – as his moves and mannerisms will have you from his very first entrance on screen as the savage turned businessman John Clayton. Robbie is superb too playing the headstrong and extremely beautiful Jane. Jackson is also perfectly cast, as the wisecracking comrade of Tarzan’s – George Washington Williams. And lest we not forget to mention “Mr. Mean and Nasty” yet again ~ Christoph Waltz – as I am beginning to think he is being typecast as same character in each film ~ which I am sure totally works for his bank account ~ but I would love to see him playing something else for a change. All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film – beyond it’s perfect casting – to it’s epic cinematography and it’s well written storyline, heck, I even thought the animal CGI was just as good, if not better than this year’s JUNGLE BOOK. So, if you were thinking like I was, that this was going to be a big ol’ flop and a waste of your time or money – think again, as I ended up enjoying this film very much from beginning to end…

Kathy Kaiser

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT – Rated R

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WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (WTF?) – Rated R

 “I’ve seen people with actual experience make bad choices here…”

Making an epic career move ~ journalist turned War correspondent ~ Kim Barker heads to the middle east to cover the war in Afghanistan, finding out that she might have bitten off even more than she had ever anticipated ~ THIS IS WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT!!

Bored with her humdrum career of copy writing ~ and her humdrum love life too, Kim (Tina Fey) decides to take on a new career ~ becoming a war correspondent for her network in Afghanistan.

Realizing that she might want to speed up her lackadaisical views of “following the rules of women” in this country, Kim reaches out in every direction she can to acquire stories worthy of coverage back home, with the assistance of interpreter Fahim Ahmadzai (Christopher Abbott) and her body guard Nic (Stephen Peakcocke) in tow. Being the ROOKIE that she is, Kim decides that it might be in her best interest to befriend the beautiful and experienced war correspondent about town, Tanya Vanderpoel (Margot Robbie).

When 3 months coverage turns into a year, and then more, Kim’s relationship back home begins to suffer. When Kim is introduced to the charming and witty Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman), even she is having trouble warding off this enchanting man, who seems to be quite the womanizer about their compound…

Now a seasoned veteran in Afghanistan, Kim must choose between continuing to uncover relevant stories of a war that is becoming all but forgotten back home, or to return home to her less than exciting life, to regroup…

I give WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ Even though I love TRUE STORIES ~ Which this film is, being based on the book “THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE” by Kim Barker ~ who also wrote the screenplay ~ I found that I was still apprehensive after seeing the trailer, that this film might just be a big ol’ flop ~ And WAS I SO WRONG!!! Fey does a fabulous job taking on a more dramatic role that we are accustomed to seeing from her ~ it feels very reminiscent of her role in last year’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, But, she doesn’t keep all of her comedic timing out of the film either, which also makes for an enjoyable seen or two along the way!! Robbie is fabulous as well, playing a fellow war correspondent ~ she definitely steals a scene or two from Fey along the way, and Freeman’s role is perfection too, as the womanizing love interest of Fey’s. Suffice to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this film as you follow Barker down her new career path, which is filled with excitement, intrigue and many REAL life-changing experiences.

Kathy Kaiser