Kathy vs. T.K.’s View of THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

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“What an incredible tribute to those who died on the battlefields of World War I…THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD is an epic depiction of war, told by those who lived it, that you must experience…”  – Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD – Rated R – 1 hr. 39 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Peter Jackson

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hobbit Trilogy, The Lovely Bones) and his editing team remaster archival footage secured from the British Archives, and join it with audio from many brave soldiers who were willing to tell their stories “back in the day”, and the result is an incredibly moving tribute to the young British Soldiers who embarked upon, without any reservation, into WWI (1914-1918).

I give THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD.  If you are a history buff, this graphically moving film is a definite MUST SEE, not only on the big screen at a theater near you, but also in 3D!  Peter Jackson painstakingly worked for years to bring this historic tribute to those who fought in the Great War to life, and let me just say, he made sure it was worth the wait!  THEY SHALL NEVER GROW OLD’s masterful imagery is definitely something to behold every step of the way, as Jackson’s storytelling is apparent throughout, finding a way to not only hold our attention within every frame of this film, but also managing to take you from the stereotypical black and white images of a time gone by, into an epic and formidable colorization of what really transpired on the battle fields so long ago.  This film will literally grasp you, heart and soul, as the soldiers themselves explain what their lives were really like during WWI!  THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD gives you a real-life view into the anguish and perils of war, like nothing you have ever seen before.  But, please let me share too, that if you aren’t into seeing real, very graphic images, of the horrors of what life was like for these young men experiencing war, then you might want to wait and catch THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD on a smaller screen, once it hits on DVD, as these real images can sometimes be a little hard to stomach, as they say.  Either way you view it though, I think that THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD is worthy of your time and energy to experience this fabulous film, as it will take you not only into the horrors of war, but also into the humanity of conflict as well, as you watch these brave soldiers never question “why must I be a part of this conflict?”…but rather, “How can we get into this war, even at our young ages, to support our country, and to defend our way of life…”

Kathy Kaiser

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THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD  – Rated R  – 1 hr. 39 mins

Directed by:  Peter Jackson

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Let me start by saying THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD is not going to be for everyone.  There are some things about this documentary that some people might find “off-putting”.  For instance, there is a lot of graphic footage of what war is really like. They show the audience images of numerous wounded and dead soldiers throughout the film and yes, there are some things a person that is squeamish cannot “unsee”.  Also, some of the veterans’ descriptions of their experiences may have an effect on you too because nothing is held back. Everything is 100% completely real. As it should be because everyone needs to understand what a soldier goes through before, during and after they have experienced combat.  THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD is not the usual war documentary that you may be used to. It doesn’t show just a black and white picture of what happened, nor does it have some campy re-enactment by a dozen or so B-actors. No, this documentary does something unique that subtly captures your viewing attention.  It starts off with the original black and white footage from the time of the first World War and as THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD continues to move forward, so does the restoration of the never-before-seen footage. And as you are watching these fantastic reflections from the past, Peter Jackson does something that is very tricky and creative…he puts all of it in COLOR!!!  He does this right at the moment our soldiers are entering battle and because he chose this moment to put them in color, his audience is now even more attached to the soldiers on the screen. We can relate to them even more now because we are seeing them for the first time as real men and not as the stories we were told from our teachers or in the history books we read in school.  The audience gets to hear and see something so unique, that you are somewhat transported into World War I in a way that you have never been before. THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD is bold, smart and ground-breaking. If you are someone who enjoys history and wants to see something very moving, then go see THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD in the theater – and see it in 3D (trust me…it’s worth the extra $$$).  Until next time, thanks for reading.

 

 

BLADERUNNER 2049 – Rated R – 2 hrs 43 mins.

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BLADERUNNER 2049 – Rated R – 2 hrs 43 mins.

Starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, and Ana de Armas 

As we venture into the future of our world, new Blade Runner K (Ryan Gosling), has unearthed a part of the past, that new creator Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), and Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright) would like to keep under wraps…as unleashing what K has found, will lead to absolute destruction of their world…

Following his instructions from Lt. Joshi, and finding more questions than answers as he continues to search for clues, K finds no other alternative, than to seek out previous Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), hoping he can shed some light on what really happened, some 30 years ago…

As the life of replicants vs. humans hangs in the balance, K must find a way to get the truth out of Deckard, before its too late…

I give BLADERUNNER 2049 a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD! Having thoroughly enjoyed the science fiction thriller that Ridley Scott created back in 1982, I knew Director Denis Villeneuve (PRISONERS, SICARIO, ARRIVAL) was going to have to make this film absolutely incredible, if he was going to win me over. Well, he tried really hard, as the twists and turns in the storyline had my attention, along with this film periodically having the same dark and intense feel of its predecessor, but the slow and somewhat stagnating first half of this film, made it really hard to stay engaged. I mean, I’m not complaining that Gosling is in almost every frame of this almost 2.43-hour film. And I loved the dark and sinister character that Leto does once again with sheer perfection. I was even lost in anticipation as to when our original blade runner would appear on screen. But, by the time the action, suspense and storyline finally began to pick up…I was kind of over it already, thus, leading me to suggest ~ If you loved the original film as much as I did, then you owe it to yourself to catch BLADERUNNER 2049 on a BIG SCREEN near you…as you won’t be happy if you don’t experience this film just like you did the original. But, if you weren’t sold on the original, or haven’t had the opportunity to view it, then you may want to make a movie night of it at home and catch the original, and this sequel on your small screen…allowing you to follow along with this storyline…plus allowing for those potty breaks within this films almost 3 hour sequence as well, because take my word for it…there is ample time to take one or two of those at the beginning of this film too…

Kathy Kaiser

KING ARTHUR: Legend of the Sword – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs 6 mins.

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KING ARTHUR: Legend of the Sword – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs 6 mins. 

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berg’es- Frisbey, Jude Law, Eric Bana and Aidan Gillan

Cast into the medieval Arthurian world by none other than English Director & Writer Guy Ritchie himself…we meet King Pendragon (Eric Bana), trying to save not only his family, but also his kingdom, from the hands of his evil brother Lord Vortigern (Jude Law).

Sent away by boat as if he was Moses himself, young Arthur (Hugh Robb / Barney Walsh) learns to fend for himself and protect those around him too, as he matures into quite a fetching young man (Charlie Hunnam), destined for greatness it seems, at every turn…

When he finds himself face-to-face with the mystical Sword in the Stone, what’s a strapping young lad to do, but pull it straight away from its home – announcing to the world his birthright and place amongst this land…

When King Vortigern learns of Arthur’s presence within his kingdom, he’ll be damned than to let this youngster take the thrown from him…as Vortigern sells his soul and the soul’s of his loved ones too, to keep HIS Kingdom from this rebellious outsider!!!

I give KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD! Just know going in that if you loved the films 300 & THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, and you just can’t miss an episode of GAME OF THRONES or THE TUDORS, or if you are drawn to the video game WARCRAFT like a moth to a flame…then you are going to be blown away by Ritchie’s latest menagerie of all of these elements…and so much more! He has masterfully served his subjects well with a slightly misconstrued tale of Arthur’s quest to become King, of course with a little help from Merlin ~ through a Mage he sent (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) to help Arthur along his way. And if I haven’t managed thus far to draw you into the magic of it all, just wait, because the “Thoresque” presence of Hunnam as Arthur will definitely do the trick to make sure that you view this head-banging (literally) good film on a big screen near you this weekend. But, if none of these references so far have awaken your movie going senses, even if I suggest you don’t want to miss Hunnam’s King like mannerisms and profoundly chiseled abs – then you might be happier waiting to catch this particular film on DVD, when its released, instead!!!

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

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE – Rated PG-13

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE – Rated PG-13

 Starring Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart

As we meet Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) – the Former High School SUPERSTAR – who is now a married man, living the super-exciting life of an accountant, as he stagnates away, looking to for some new adventure to enter his life…

When ol’ High school chum Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson), who reaches out to Calvin via Facebook, and it seems that Bob is dying to catch up with Calvin to chat about old times, their Reunion that is right around the corner, oh, and a case that Bob is working on too…

As these two friends reconnect ~ and that adventure Calvin was dying to be a part of arrives, it seems that espionage and intrigue is around every turn, bringing him to question if meeting up with old Buddy Bob, is turning out to be one of his better moves

I give CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Okay, so I wasn’t going in expecting much from this film, so believe me when I share that I was pleasantly surprised by all the hilariousness that ended up playing out on screen. Johnson is fabulous to view, Hart is too, and the combination of the two of them was better than I was anticipating as well, as their chemistry together plays out even better than the combination of Hart and Ice Cube!! And if you love espionage and intrigue, it’s got that too, plus enough plot twists and turns to keep you wanting more all the way through.   Suffice to say, this comedy is the WHOLE PACKAGE – from the expertly placed cameos ~ nope I’m not giving them away 😉 ~ to the references from one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE JOHN HUGHES FILMS OF ALL TIME – this one plays out as one very enjoyable film to watch from beginning to end…So if your wanting to laugh your “you know what off this weekend”, head to a theater near you to catch CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE…cause it’s THE BOMB!!

Kathy Kaiser

CHECK OUT THE #TARZAN CHALLENGE~ WEEK 1 – The Legend of TARZAN hits theaters July 1, 2016

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Don’t Miss THE CONJURING on Friday the 13th – 10 p.m. – at the Lincoln Theater, Belleville, IL

Warner Bros. is showing THE CONJURING on Friday the 13th at the Lincoln Theater in Belleville, IL at 10pmhttp://www.warnerbros.com/conjuring

Luke Naliborksi, Local Paranormal Author, Speaker and Alton Hauntings Tour Guide will be hosting the screening. His link – https://www.prairieghosts.com/lighter.html

You don’t want to miss Director James Wan who will have a special greeting to the attendees as well as show clips from THE CONJURING 2 (out on June 10th) and the opportunity for 13 lucky attendees to attend and advance screening of the film. http://www.theconjuring2.com/ – just share in the reply section what the scariest event in your life has been, and you could win a free pass to see THE CONJURING 2!!!

And the BIG QUESTION??? Why the Lincoln Theater you ask?  It’s allegedly haunted… http://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/lincoln-theatre/

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Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

The Conjuring stars Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Young Adult, Prometheus) as the Warrens, and Ron Livingston (HBO’s Band of Brothers) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’sLie to Me), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping).

Genre: Suspense/ThrillerHorror

KEANU – Rated R

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Starring Keegan Michael-Key, Jordan Peele and Tiffany Haddish

 Who better to take on a film starring comedians KEY AND PEELE, than the man who directed 99% of their television show ~ Peter Atencio…so come along as we venture to find Peele’s characters one true love in life ~ A kitten named KEANU…

Down and out after his latest break-up, Rell (Jordan Peele) is distraught and floundering through life…that is, until a sweet little tabby shows up on his doorstep, and what better name to give him than KEANU.

When Rell decides to hang with his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), someone kidnaps KEANU, and the only thing left to do, is to find out who might have stolen the little fur ball, so they can get him back.

Enter neighbor and drug-dealer Hulka (Will Forte), as his supplier Cheddar (Method Man) might be the culprit who nabbed Rell’s kitty, leaving them no time to waste…

Thrown into the world of gang’s and drugs ~ Rell and Clarence find that they will do anything ~ and I mean ANYTHING ~ to get their hands on the kitten that has stolen Rell’s heart…

I give KEANU a rating between: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ Key and Peele are on top of their game, playing multiple roles in this very funny who done it. From the different characters they pretend to be ~ in order to save their own skin ~ to the actual different characters they play throughout this film, you will absolutely love following them along in their quest to find their furry little friend. Get ready to enjoy an exquisite cameo scene or two in this film too ~ as they managed to secure one of my favorite blond comedians on both the big and small screens. And there is a voice cameo you don’t want to miss out on either. I didn’t have high hopes for KEANU going in, but I came out of the theater super-pumped by the fact that there was so much more happening on screen than I ever imagined. This film goes way beyond the love for one super cute kitty ~ causing me to give KEANU this better than average rating.

Kathy Kaiser

MATINEE CHAT PODCAST Vol #37 – Reviews of BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, CRIMINAL & THE JUNGLE BOOK

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And don’t forget to leave your answers below in the reply section for SAY WHAT and NAME THAT MOVIE TUNE ~ for you chance to snag 4 FREE PASSES to the LINCOLN THEATRE and THE EDGE 5 Theaters…

 

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Barbershop: THE NEXT CUT – Rated PG-13

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BARBERSHOP ~ THE NEXT CUT – Rated PG-13

Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Common, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Harris, Anthony Anderson and Nicki Minaj

Back for another go round in the BARBERSHOP we have loved since 2002, Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the gang have joined forces with the ladies who cohabitate in the shop with them, Angie, (Regina Hall), Eve (Terri) and Draya (Nicki Minaj), as they seek to find a way to stop the gang violence that has taken over their street, and the entire Southside of Chicago too it seems…

As Calvin not only fights for his livelihood, but the lives of his son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) and the rest of the youngsters being beckoned to the streets too, these hair cutting masters and mentors are finding a way to peace, and saving their babies from perishing too…

I give BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT a rating between WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD OR NETFLIX ~ Having loved this series from its inception, I was anxious to see what the next chapter would hold for these comedic scissor wielding dudes, and if this installment could hold a candle to the first, and it was almost there, but not quite. Ice Cube is once again perfect as Calvin, trying to save the world, and his family too, and Cedric the Entertainer is just as funny as ever as Eddie, and I thoroughly liked all the LADIES IN THE HOUSE too ~ as this dynamic made for an added girl perspective throughout each and every frame of this film. So why the subpar rating you ask? The storyline, though serious in nature and not be taken lightly, began to come across pretty PREACHY as this film meandered along. And even though I do love all of these actors and their work, I was taken back by one line in the film, and I’ll leave it at that… My hope is that this film reaches the masses they are hoping to connect with, and that the lives of those being affected by the killings and its aftermath in Chicago, will take heed to the message Cube and this film are trying to convey ~ with their message of hope in keeping all this madness at bay, and to change the reality in which the Southside lives, every single day…

Kathy Kaiser

THE 33 – Rated PG-13

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“You are my Brothers, and we will pull together to get out of here…”

 Brought to the big screen by Director Patricia Riggen and based on the book “Deep Down Dark” By Hector Tobar ~ we embark on the tale of 33 Chilian Miners who are forced to learn to survive on little more than hope, as they must endure their entombment underground for 69 days…THIS IS THE 33!

Living the same life as many of his fellow countryman do – Miner by day~ loving family man by night ~ we meet Mario Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas) as he rallies the troops for another exhibition underground.

When foreman Don Lucho (Lou Diamond Phillips) realizes that it appears their mine is shifting, he brings this pertinent information to his boss, it seems that it is falling on deaf ears.

As the men journey deeper and deeper into the mine, it becomes apparent very quickly that something is wrong…as the men scramble to find solace in the large open area within the cavern ~ it seems that they are all alive, but trapped deep within the center of the mine. But, lucky for them, the mine owners have provided safety features within the mine so they were prepared for such an incident ~ like story enough food and water to sustain these men till they are rescued ~ or maybe not!!!

When the news of the collapse reaches the miners families, they hold vigil outside the mine, asking for answers on how this could have happened, and what is the mine owner, and the President of Chili going to do, to free their loved ones…

Directed to secure what ever means possible to get these 33 miners out ~no matter what the cost ~ Presidential advisor Laurence Golborne (Rodrigo Santoro) has reached out to his countryman for answers, and to other countries too ~ as it seems it is going to take the assistance of many countries on Chili’s behalf to get to these men, and to hopefully, bring them all back to the surface ALIVE…

I give THE 33 a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD – I love real life stories, and once again this year, the studios are going for the REAL FACTOR in producing THE 33. Banderas is as fantastic as he always is, and seeing Phillips on back in action was enjoyable to view too. Binoche was also enjoyable to watch, as the sister on a mission to retrieve her little brother, and not excepting the governments lame ass excuses for why things aren’t happening faster, and it was good too to see Josh Brolin’s Daddy James back on the big screen as well ~ as it’s been quite a long time ~ as he, plays the American that finally GETS THE JOB DONE. But, even though the acting was good across the board, and the cinematography throughout was very realistic and heart-wrenching too, parts of this film seemed to drag on, and on, and on for me~ maybe it was done that way so that we felt like we were actually STUCK with them for their 69 days in captivity ~ but I think that moving the storyline along would have made for a more enjoyable viewing experience when it was all said and done. If you love courageous true stories with frame after frame of acceptable acting, then head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch this film…but, if your not feeling like it’s a MUST SEE IN THEATERS after reading this review, you’ll be just as happy if you wait to catch it when it comes out on DVD then too!

Kathy Kaiser