John Wick 2 (****1/2): You’re always that guy…

John Wick Chapter 2 - 2017 Director Chad Stahelski Screenplay Derek Kolstad Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Claudia Gerini If it takes away your peace, it's too expensive. That's what some wise people say. Even wiser it is to take those taking away your peace with a head-shot or 70. This time … Continue reading John Wick 2 (****1/2): You’re always that guy…

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American Ultra (***): Stoned Identity

American Ultra - 2015 Director Nima Nourizadeh Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale Screenplay Max Landis One of the least appealing aspects about Pulp Fiction is the way Tarantino cuts the legs off the ending about halfway through the film. Seeing that Vincent and Marsellus arrive in tact and uninjured from their … Continue reading American Ultra (***): Stoned Identity

John Wick (***1/2): I’m thinking you don’t kill the dog

John Wick - 2014 Director Chad Stahelski, David Leitch Starring Keanu Reeves,Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe Screenplay Derek Kolstad John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hitman / tough guy for the Russian Mob. He got out and nobody really wanted him back in. The Mob Boss's Son, who amazingly had no clue who he was, … Continue reading John Wick (***1/2): I’m thinking you don’t kill the dog

Chef (***1/2) is a plea to be recognized right out in the open

Chef - 2014 Written and Directed by Jon Favreau Starring Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony One has only to look at Jon Favreau's Carl Casper's delicate handling of a menu that he's made for no one while his staff makes a 10 year menu for a packed house to realize … Continue reading Chef (***1/2) is a plea to be recognized right out in the open

Ride Along is what you call a vehicle

Ride Along - 2014 Director Tim Story Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Laurence Fishburne Screenplay Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi Ice Cube is one of the most likable stars out there.  It must be the permanent scowl.  Ever since the movie BarberShop, the secret's been out, though.  The director of BarberShop, Tim Story, has had a consistent … Continue reading Ride Along is what you call a vehicle

The Rules of The Counselor

The Counselor - 2013 Director Ridley Scott Starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo Written by Cormac McCarthy Rule 13: A spec script, or non-commissioned screenplay, is not solicited by anybody.  It must be sold. Rule 25: A good opening scene, with remarkable visuals and as a bonus incredible sound, gives the viewer hope that they … Continue reading The Rules of The Counselor

The Hangover Part III and Kick-Ass 2: Delightful if not so funny

The Hangover Part III - 2013 Director Todd Phillips Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, Jamie Chung, John Goodman Screenplay Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin Kick-Ass 2 - 2013 Writer and Director Jeff Wadlow Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, Olga Kurkulina, Lindy Booth, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut, Donald Faison Two notable comedies had sequels in the summer of 2013, and both … Continue reading The Hangover Part III and Kick-Ass 2: Delightful if not so funny