The second full trailer for next month’s Ghost in the Shell is out, and-as someone who has little to no history with the anime series it’s based on-I feel like it’s intriguing and visually stunning. I also feel like this trailer is one of those that makes you feel like I have already seen the entire movie. However, Killing Time has an official policy on Scarlett Johansson movies than involves onesies, so I’ll be there when the film opens on March 31, 2017. It’s policy. What can I do?
I think the best compliment you can give a sequel is not only is it a better film than the one it follows, but it makes that original film better in retrospect. I was not an enormous fan of John Wick when it came out (you can read my underwhelmed review here, which I would now probably bump up several points). I think it was a combination of it being one of those cult movies that gets overhyped by the time it gets to you and you can no longer be pleasantly surprised along with some thematic material in John’s origin that whacks certain personal buttons with me (btw, we’ll try to stay spoiler free on Chapter 2, but if you read on, I’m assuming you saw the first film). John Wick Chapter 2 takes everything that worked in the first film, amps it to 11, and ends up being a much better movie that earns both its own existence and the inevitable Chapter 3 to come. Continue reading Movie Review: John Wick Chapter 2 “A Ballet of Blood”
The Boston Marathon bombings are still a fresh wound for the country, even more so in Boston, so a movie about them so quickly at first glance seems too soon. However, enter Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg who are on a roll turning horrific tragedies and current events issues which normally spiral off into larger debates (The War in Afghanistan, environmental impact, terrorism) into focused stories on the heroism of the day. Some people go their whole lives without having a day. But if you’ve had one, you know that the rest of your life is viewed in light of what happened before that day and what came after. It’s for the people who had these days that Berg is making these films. Deepwater Horizon (which only came out months ago) reminded us that it wasn’t just a horrid environmental disaster; it cost 11 people their lives. Patriots Day‘s scope is larger than Deepwater’s by a factor of ten. It’s Berg’s best film yet, Mark Wahlberg’s best performance of his career, features an outstanding cast of some of the best character actors working, and the end result is a memorial to a city that stood strong during a day that will forever be etched into its psyche. Continue reading Movie Review: Patriots Day (2016) *Boston Strong*
This is just stunning. The teaser and the two trailers for this film have been clinics on how to sell a film to an audience. The only criticism I can lay is I can’t imagine that any other rendition of the original Beauty and the Beast anthem that’s played over this trailer can equal the original, but so much looks so good that I’m going into this expecting something very special. Beauty and the Beast opens March 17, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*
Chris Evans is so busy with his work in the MCU as Captain America that we’ve probably seen less of him than any of the other key players in other projects since he first picked up the shield. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, we’re not guaranteed of seeing Cap again until Avengers: Infinity War next May, so he finally has some time to do some side projects. Evans, actually, was recently talking about retiring from acting and walking away from it, but seems to have been re-energized of late.
In Gifted, Evans plays a man trying to raise his extraordinarily gifted niece in the way his late sister would have wanted, battling his parents, his past, and those who see her merely as a prodigy and not a little girl. The film also stars McKenna Grace, Jenny Slate, and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer. It’s directed by Marc Webb, who is trying to make a career recovery after the disaster that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he did also direct 500 Days of Summer, so here’s hoping he gets back on his game. The first trailer looks promising. Gifted opens in theaters April 7, 2017.