John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and Director (Anjelica Huston) n JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM

Keanu Reeves returns for a third installment as over-the-top, super-badass-assassin John Wick, on the run this time after killing a member of the International Assassin’s Guild. This series, beyond being the best-of-breed in the action genre, isn’t just all adrenaline and testosterone – there’s more substance to the style here. There are plenty of subtle, nerdy… Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Dragged Across Concrete

How good is Dragged Across Concrete? The actioner is pulling in rave reviews despite clearly being “ugly,” “vile,” and other things that make critics feel icky when they have to praise a movie with characters who aren’t inclusive enough to be part of the Marvel Universe. That’s a major triumph for writer/director S. Craig Zahler,… Continue reading Dragged Across Concrete

Bad Times at the El Royale

Taking place in the late 1960s, an aging priest suffering from early signs of dementia (Jeff Bridges), a struggling female singer (Cynthia Erivo), a salesman (Jon Hamm), and a unfriendly/sarcastic young women (Dakota Johnson), all arrive by chance on the same day at Lake Tahoe’s “El Royale,” a rundown motel operated by a troubled staff… Continue reading Bad Times at the El Royale

Hotel Artemis

Ten years from now rioting breaks out in Los Angeles after privatization leads to the water company shutting off the spigot to consumers. The “Hotel Artemis” is a fortified secret ER for treating injured criminals overseen by The Nurse (Jodie Foster) and her bodyguard/healthcare provider assistant Everest (Dave Bautista – Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy)… Continue reading Hotel Artemis

Nocturnal Animals

To cover a story that is by no means simple or clear requires a simple narrative centered on a single individual, yet designer-turned-director Tom Ford’s second film is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s story Tom and Susan, which was originally intended to be a two-part series but emerged instead as the film Nocturnal Animals, a… Continue reading Nocturnal Animals

The Nice Guys

Russell Crowe is the punch-drunk, rogue, unlicensed PI who is hired to follow Ryan Gosling, a drunk. slow-witted, private investigator who has been hired to locate a near-sighted Magoo’s niece. Crowe is Bud to Gosling’s Lou; in fact, at one point in the movie Gosling comes across a dead body and delivers the old Abbott… Continue reading The Nice Guys

Triple 9

With corruption commonplace, there are but a few actual “noir” locations these days: Los Angeles secures its position as eternal noir with crime in broad daylight. There’s Washington, DC, where innocence is soiled in backroom deals. And the new kid on the chopping block is Atlanta, formerly called Terminus, where improper drainage develops into sinkholes from which… Continue reading Triple 9