KNIVES OUT – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 10 mins.

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“A Modern Day, yet classic “Who Done It” you don’t want to miss! – Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com

KNIVES OUT – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 10 mins.

DIRECTOR & WRITER:  Rian Johnson

STARRING:  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Ana De Armas and Toni Collette

Do you love mysteries?  Do you love suspense?  Do you love the game CLUE? Well. If you said yes to any of these questions, then let’s travel to home of renowned Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who has just celebrated his 85th Birthday with the entire family in attendance, and who has now been found dead at his estate…

Enter Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who has somehow been summoned to investigate Thrombey’s mysterious demise.  Now as Blanc starts his intense investigation, a who’s who of “who done it”, is about to unfold…

I give KNIVES OUT a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  Exhilaratingly fun the whole way through, Knives Out is one of those films that keeps you intrigued more, and more through each passing frame.  Daniel Craig is fabulous, as the sleuth on a mission to uncover who was the culprit behind Harlan Thrombey’s untimely demise, and it’s so awesome to0, to see him in another role than 007.  Chris Evans is superb throughout this film too, although he doesn’t get quite as much screen time as I would have liked along the way, what time he does get is sheer perfection,  without any Captain America flashbacks either along the way! And talk about a star-studded cast – from Jamie Lee Curtis as the “perfect daughter”, to Don Johnson playing her POS husband, to Michael Shannon filling in quite nicely as the “Chosen Son”, with way too much pressure coming at him from every direction, Knives Out is one of those impeccably crafted films that everyone above the age of 12 should venture out to see this Thanksgiving Holiday!  Kudos to Writer and Director Rian Johnson too, as she has managed to create a modern-day murder mystery classic, that is just as funny, as it is dramatic.  And I have to give a shout out too to the fabulous marketing team for this film too, as those commercials on knives featuring Martha Stewart and Jamie Lee Curtis, is some of the best “out of the box” film marketing I’ve seen in quite some time!  So gather the family and head out to catch Knives Out at some point this Thanksgiving holiday,  as it will totally help you to avoid that awkward family drama you know is coming, and those political discussions at nauseum too, making for one extremely enjoyable Thanksgiving that whole family won;t mind remembering, come next year!

THE CURRENT WAR – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 47 mins.

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THE CURRENT WAR – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 47 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

WRITER:  Michael Mitnick 

STARRING:  Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Katherine Waterson, and Nicholas Hoult

Based on the true-life story of Electricity pioneers Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), we venture into the past of our great American Society, where up until now, it has only been lit by candlelight…

With Edison (Cumberbatch) in constant inventor mode, every waking minute of his life, he devises a way to create electricity, and a distribution plan for his newly invented electricity too, with the aid of his assistant, Samuel Insull (Tom Holland).

But fellow inventor, and shrewd business tycoon George Westinghouse (Shannon) has a few tricks up his sleeve as well, having invented a more cost-effective electricity source, and a better-developed distribution system too, thus being able to reach significantly more businesses and homes, than Edison’s ever will…

Enter Nikola Tesla, and his own ideas on transforming our world from a world of darkness, into light, as the late 1800’s in America is never going to be the same, with all the genius that is unfolding to light up our world, thus leaving the burning question, who will be one to actually make it to the finish line??

I give THE CURRENT WAR a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  If you are into inventing, or just enjoy watching history unfold, then this is that one film you are definitely going to want to catch this weekend, at a theater near you!  Watching the “Electricity war” unfold between Edison and Westinghouse is a history lesson like no other, as it goes to show that even if you have the smarts to invent, you must also have loads of business savvy too, if you are going to take over the world! Cumberbatch is excellent as totally engrossed inventor Thomas Edison, who tries to make time for his wife, and children too, but just can’t seem to find a way to reach am acceptable work/life balance.  Shannon is exceptional this time around too, playing business mogul George Westinghouse, who knows his way to generate and distribute electricity to the masses is better, as he faces his own internal struggles too with forcing Edison, and his inventions out, to make way for what our country needs, and wants.  Hoult is also very good to watch in his less significant, but pivotal role as Tesla, joining forces with both Edison and Westinghouse respectively, bringing his genius along for the ride too.   And besides the storyline, the incredible cinematography throughout each and every frame of this film, caught my eye as well, as I felt that it’s focus on exceptional imagery throughout was very apropos for this film, since Edison invented the first motion-picture camera too!  All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed THE CURRENT WAR, and its history lesson throughout, but if you aren’t into inventors, or history for that matter, then you might want to skip heading to a theater near you, and wait to catch this film on DVD in a few weeks from now, as it’s fascinating storyline should be experienced by all…I’m just not sure if you’ll agree with the dropping money at the box office to see it, if you aren’t as into history or cinematography as I am…

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS – Rated R

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS – Rated R – 116 minutes

Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Isla Fisher, and Michael Shannon

It’s been seven years since FASHION DESIGNER Extraordinaire Tom Ford has sat in the Directors Chair making A Single Man, which he also wrote the screenplay for.  So it’s no surprise that he wanted to pen the screenplay this time around as well, before he could bring Austin Wrights novel Tony and Susan to life. Now, get ready, and settle in, as Ford is back in the chair, and bringing to life a storyline that you won’t soon forget…This is NOCTURNAL ANIMALS!

Caught up in pretty much loveless marriage, with no real resolution in sight, we meet Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), an art gallery owner discontented with her better than average existence.

When a manuscript arrives penned by her ex-husband, Novelist Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal), Susan finds herself engrossed in its pages, but dismayed at the fact that it is dedicated to her.

As the storyline of this novel unravels, Susan isn’t sure exactly how to take this book, as its characters are becoming way to real for her. And so is all the craziness and destruction that is unfolding within its pages…

I give NOCTURNAL ANIMALS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Adams is perfectly cast in this role, as is Gyllenhaal, as you follow them into their past, and the alter-persona that Susan envisions for Gyllenhaal’s character too. Ford found a way to not only bring Wright’s novel to life, but to bring out outstanding performances from his lead actors as well! And I especially enjoyed the way this film plays out one minute in real-time, and one minute from the novel the next, as Nocturnal Animals will definitely keep your attention throughout each and every frame. I’m expecting some Oscar buzz come awards season too, for Adams and Gyllenhaal, and Ford might even get a Best Director nod too!

Kathy Kaiser

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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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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See Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in new character posters from Focus Features’ haunting romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. From writer/director Tom Ford. The official 2016 Toronto International Film Festival selection makes its North American premiere there on Sunday, September 11.

Check out the NEW CHARACTER POSTERS from NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

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In Select Cities November 18

In Additional Cities November 23

In Theaters Nationwide December 9

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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COMPLETE UNKNOWN – Rated R

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COMPLETE UNKNOWN ~ Rated R – 1 hr. 30 min – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover

“There is this moment when you are a blank slate…it’s like a high…and you’re deciding what’s next?”

When the walls of life seem to be closing in, what’s a girl to do but to change her direction, and her identity: THIS IS COMPLETE UNKNOWN!

In the midst of struggling with yet another birthday, we meet Tom (Michael Shannon), who is also overwhelmed at the moment with keeping his marriage in tact, and keeping his career on the right path.

When a “new friend” of his co-worker ends up at his birthday bash, Tom is caught off guard by her familiarity, even though her name is acutely not so. As Alice (Rachel Weisz) explains her mystical life and captivating past, everyone seems to be mesmerized by her life stories, and her beauty too.

Able to sneak away for just a moment with Alice, Tom must know if this special guest is really Jenny ~ a love interest from his past ~ as he contemplates her seemingly far fetched stories, and questions why she vanished unexplainably so many years ago.

As Jenny explains how she has perfected becoming whomever she wants, whenever she wants, Tom is intrigued, even stepping into one of her psychotic “portrayals” himself for a little while. But, as reality sinks in, Tom finds that living life as someone else, isn’t the reality he wants for his own life, in the end…

I give COMPLETE UNKNOWN a rating of CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX: Weisz again gives an adequate performance, as the whimsical maiden compelled to become a chameleon in life, at the flip of a switch. Shannon is good too, as the man torn between this woman from his past and his present existence. I was even intrigued by the storyline going in, as how many different lives can one woman actually pull off in her lifetime. So why isn’t this a MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN for me? From the lack of visual acuity within many of the scenes, even with my glasses on, to the questions throughout the storyline that you never get answers to, to the unconvincing chemistry between Weisz and Shannon, as past love interests, this film seems subpar across the board. It feels more like a rainy day Sunday viewing on your comfy couch, than a rush out to see this one at a movie theater near you, so that is exactly what I am suggesting that you do. 😉

Kathy Kaiser

ELVIS & NIXON – Rated R

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Starring Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters and Tate Donovan

 “Sometimes TRUTH is stranger than FICTION” ~

The date is December 20th, 1970 – and occupying the same space and time is the KING of Rock and Roll~ Elvis Presley and the 37th President of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon ~ setting the stage fro one of the most outlandish meetings EVER and garnering the most requested photo in U.S. History ~THIS IS ELVIS and NIXON!!

Tired of the anti-establishment groups and their views, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) reaches out to Commander-in-Chief Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) to share his thoughts on what is going to be the downfall of our society in this great nation of ours…

Bound and determined for the President to hear him, and to propose aiding in our countries plight to push forward his conservative views, Presley arrives at the White House to convey this message in person, and to request becoming an Agent at Large to help the FBI in their efforts too…

When this request leads to the most unconventional meeting ever, these two GREAT POWERS seem to form a rather strange bond… and only the walls of the oval office know for sure, exactly what happened when it ALL WENT DOWN…

I give ELVIS & NIXON a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Spacey is at his finest playing Nixon, and why wouldn’t he be with all the practice he gets playing a President in House of Cards. Shannon is good too, as he has the mannerisms and annunciation down perfectly to play THE KING, although I think with all the Elvis impersonators in the world, we could have secured someone who was a tad bit better looking. The casting of Alex Pettyfer as Elvis’s right-hand man Jerry Schilling and Colin Hanks, Evan Peters and Tate Donovan as All the Presidents men…played into some perfectly played out and funny moments as well. From the first frame to the last, I was mesmerized following these two men through a time and moment that seemed to be so hilarious, so ridiculous, so UNBELIEVABLE…that in the end, it has to TRUE…and from all accounts it was, even though there really is no proof of what ACTUALLY OCCURRED, as Nixon didn’t take up recording meetings until many months later 😉

Kathy Kaiser