Review: John Wick 3: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

By Renee’ C.
Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere (IMDB).

Reeves is back as the ever diligent and driven Wick who does what he wants no matter the cost or the rules. I for one do not usually like shoot them up gory type films but this one for me is more than that. Sure, he kills scores of people, but here he simply wants to survive to remember his dead wife no matter the cost. Oh, and there is always a dog involved. In this film it is more of a side character because Wick leaves the dog in the care of the concierge at the Continental (a safe house for people in assassin guild) while he deals with his situation. The cinematography of this film like the previous two is spectacular. Enormous effort is given to the choreography of the fight scenes and they are visually extremely well done.

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Review: THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon, this romantic drama addresses the issues faced by both immigrants in the U.S. and the troubles that the first generation, American children of immigrants often face. Though the romance that develops between the two leads has its lovely and charming moments, this story’s underlying urgency and conflicts get undermined by poor development and weak conception. The Sun is Also A Star might be relevant to current problems in the United States, and its messages do mean well. However, the story struggles to remain truly impactful by its stumblings to get off on the right foot.

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Review: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

With John Wick (Chapter 1), a great foundation was laid for a new and amazing franchise and gritty world of assassins and criminals. With John Wick: Chapter 2, the filmmakers expanded on this world in some exciting and imaginative ways, taking its protagonists and the audience on a wild and thrilling journey. With John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, audiences won’t get a lot of further development of the world’s lore, but one cannot deny, that it is still one hell of a wild ride. Keanu Reeves reprises his role as the titular “Baba Yaga,” and the filmmakers, once again, outdo themselves when it comes to the action and violence. My only slight disappointment is that they didn’t have much more than that to offer this time.

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Review: The Hustle

By Renee’ C.
Rating: 2 (Out of 5 Reels)

Josephine (Ann Hathaway) and Penny (Rebel Wilson) are female scam artist, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the men who have wronged them (IMDB).

This film is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Just about everything is the same overall. The tricks these women play on men are not the same as in the original but definitely on the same level.

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Film News: “Her Smell” is Now Available on Digital Platforms after Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

By Liz Lopez

Source: Gunpowder and Sky

Elizabeth Moss stars in “Her Smell” that screened at the SXSW Film Festival in the Festival Favorites category and played in select theaters, but it is now available on all digital platforms this month. The award-winning actress was in Austin for the one festival screening.

Anchored by a performance from Golden Globe and Emmy winner Elizabeth Moss, and supported by a stellar ensemble cast, “Her Smell” examines the grit, grace and gravitas of an unforgettable fictional rock star crashing down to earth into the harsh realities of life. With his sixth feature, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip,” “Golden Exits”) pumps up the volume and shines a light on the terrifying moment when superstardom wanes – and quiet becomes the new loud.

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