“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” a Brilliant Satire

A great assembling of actors, excellent control by director Martin McDonagh and a vicious script make Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a winner. The crime drama, laced with cynical comedy puts the film up there with the movie Fargo and even TV’s “Fargo”. While I may like the film, it does have some racist tones that may offend. That said, McDonagh has a penchant for turning the tables on the offensive comments and actions, and here he does it big time. Read more

“Crown Heights” a True Story of Injustice

This true story aims straight at the heart with a compassionate delivery of one of America’s anomalies, wrongly convictions for a crime. According to the film 2.4 million people are in prison and an estimate 120,000 are innocent. Quite a statement don’t you think? The movie drama Crown Heights follows one such innocent convict showing how the penalty system can fail. Read more

“Good Time” a Hypnotic Adrenaline Rush

A powerful, captivating, thrilling, jaw dropper, the exciting film Good Time showcases a fine performance by Robert Pattinson and a creative script by Roland Bronstein and Josh Safdie. The crime story works its way into your head as Patterson’s protagonist finds himself caught up in a paradox created by wrong decisions. Decisions that will decide the fate of himself and his mentally challenged brother. It’s a hypnotic non-stop adrenaline rush from start to finish. Read more

“Logan Lucky” a Race for the Money

Robbing a bank is hard enough, but what Logan Lucky features is a whole new ballgame on robbery. The film goes for high stakes at a motor speedway and even though it’s fiction, it’s a lot of fun fantasizing on the plan and the getaway. The treat here is not Channing Tatum as a redneck bank robber, but Daniel Craig as an accomplice to the whole event. Craig digs down deep and comes up with an American Southern drawl that’s convincing, yet comical knowing he was  “James Bond” shaken not stirred. Read more

“Shot Caller” a Gutsy Crime Flick

Hard-hitting and brutal, the movie Shot Caller shows how far a man will go to make it in prison and come out alive. Filmed with a passionate desire to show the danger, violence, torture and ruthlessness, Director Ric Roman Waugh hits the film on all four cylinders. If you like a gut-wrenching movie with realistic performances, then do not miss Shot Caller. Read more

“Baby Driver” a High Speed Thriller

High energy Baby Driver takes audiences on the roller coaster bank heist ride with a cast that turns this indie into a major film. The wild and crazy adventure lays rubber from its opening scene to a finale that will blow you away. Dealing with an unpaid debt, a little romance and an out of control gang, director Edgar Wright puts all the elements together and adds a nonstop rocking soundtrack for something completely different. Read more

“Money” a Nicely Crafted Thriller

A test of your observations turns Money from an ordinary tale into a cool mystery thriller as you wind your way through a script of twists and guesses. The acting helps along with a nice job of direction even though there may be maybe a few flaws that are hardly distracting. Now on DVD and Digital HD the home video is a treat that can be repeated as often as you wish to find out what you missed the first time through. Read more

“Bones: The Final Chapter” Ending a 12 Year Dynasty

The entertaining crime show “Bones: The Final Chapter” delivers a nice finale of its 12 year run on Fox TV. All good things sooner or later come to a halt, but for those diehard fans of the show, crime drama lovers, and forensic science fanatics it never has to end on a DVD. And with today’s technology you’ll have a tough time wearing out your home video copy, so press replay as often as you like. Check below for an even startling couple of paragraphs on the availability of all 12 seasons in what I call “the brick”. Read more

“Heat” a Crime Drama Classic

 

Back in circulation on Blu-ray, the crime film Heat makes a move to upgrade the film that offers an acting tour de force in a classic crime movie. It’s been 22 years since it hit the big screen amassing over $187 million worldwide at the box office when it came out in 1995. But what makes this movie a stand out is its amazing cast that not only carries this film, but upped their own careers as well. Read more

“Going in Style” a Modern Twist on an Old Favorite

Putting a twist on the original movie Going in Style, director Zach Braff does a good job of reviving the comedy for modern day audiences. He turns up the laughter with memorable situation comedy and actors who can deliver some of the best one liners. It’s a lot of fun for a date night or just a chance to get away from the hum drum to laugh a little. Read more

“CHIPS” Rude, Crude and Unglued

 

Rude, crude, extremely silly and violent the movie CHIPS has all of this and more. But, what you would expect from this parody of a TV series that won the hearts of millions in the mid 1970’s to early 80’s? A lot more than a lame remake. Billed as a crime drama, it’s more of a comedy with messy direction and over the top ridiculousness. I can go one step further; “CHIPS” was never a campy offensive show that relied on sex gags and stupidity to get laughs. That said, only go see it if you crave movies like Hot Tub Time Machine, Get Him to the Greek or Sex Drive to name a few. Read more

“I, Olga Hepnarova” Powerfully Poignant and Tragic

 

 

One of the strangest biographies ever to be made into a film, I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) tells the true tale of revenge. Nicely paced and presented, the movie plays out like a diary told from Olga’s letters and notes. Sometimes humans are calling for help and no one is listening. This is a story of one of those times. Not to be missed, it powerfully poignant.

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“Quarry” a Gut-wrenching Series of Murder and Mayhem

 

Wow! comes to mind after watching Showtime’s Quarry on DVD. When you sit to watch the first episode it’s like a good book, you can’t put it down, or in this case you can’t turn it off. It had me hooked with its exciting characters, compelling story, and surprising twists. It’s not your ordinary crime drama, even though you may have seen comparable on cable TV, this one gets as gritty as they come. Read more

“John Wick: Chapter 2” a Killer of a Thriller

 

If you are familiar with the original movie two years ago, John Wick: Chapter 2 serves up a heaping helping of violence this time around as well. The action packed hitman film moves from New York to Rome, Italy where violence explodes Italian style. Although you need not have seen the first film, it wouldn’t hurt to relive it a bit on video. Especially if you may be hesitant about seeing a second passionate ode to carnage. Read more

“Dead West” Hunting for Lost Lust

 

If you are looking for a really depraved serial killer film, then look no further than Dead West. The movie, now on DVD, takes you on a journey with a lot of dead bodies left behind. Nicely made, the film shows a little pity by using off screen sound to confirm the killings. I’m not saying this to make the film acceptable for the squeamish, but Dead West does avoid a lot of blood gushing horror. Oh, this is not a cowboy movie. Read more