Monday, 16 July 2018

REVIEW: FIRST REFORMED

4/5

You Preachin' To Me?

113 Mins. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried & Cedric Kyles. Director: Paul Schrader.

My hands shake as I write these lines. 'First Reformed' may be one of the greatest movies of the generation...let alone this calender. With a hallowed, powerhouse performance read from Ethan Hawke that takes you to the pulpit. Incendiary to the flesh, De Niro's 'Taxi Driver' fare writer (yeah we're talkin' about Paul Schrader) goes all Travis Bickle, old testament with the grace of God who art in heaven. As haunting as the lines wrote below Hawke's eyes, this film is as spiritual as it is lyrical. But there's a light to be shone amongst all this decaying darkness. As this modern classic takes it all the way back to the sacred text of kingdom come, Hollywood greats. Straight from the old fashioned opening credits as silent as the movies that predated all this talk. A dense, polaroid picture 1:37:1 aspect ratio kindred spirit to last years greatest and most underrated movie in 'A Ghost Story', starring Academy Award alumnus Rooney Mara and 'Manchester By The Sea' Best Actor Oscar winner Casey Affleck under a white sheet with holes cut in it. What more could you expect from the new best production company in cinema today A24? One that's Troy McClure brought you such films as, Scarlett Johansson's acclaimed alienation in the Scottish streets of Glasgow, 'Under The Skin'. Leading, leading man and leading, leading lady Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain's anti-gangster in a world of 'Goodfellas' and 'Godfathers', 'A Most Violent Year'. Colin Farrell's animalistic 'Lobster' follow-up on a biblical scale, 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer'. Willem Dafoe's Oscar overlooked, not even an orange, worthy of a slice, 'The Florida Project'. And one certain envelope read one you might know (unless you're Warren Beatty) as 'Moonlight'. Firstly 'First Reformed' concerns the past of Ethan's pastor character. The veteran actor plays a retired military man who turns to the clergy and priesthood for answers he could never provide as a father who encouraged his son to carry on family tradition an enlist in the Iraq war. One that sent him back a folded flag and divorce papers. Now looking to improve his inspiration impoverished life by providing light and God's guidance to those in the black he encounters a young couple actively involved in protesting the war we wage on the environment daily by any radical means necessary. And that's where everything changes in a film that takes climate change, terrorism, religion, spirituality and our basic humanity to task in this church in the wild.

Hawke is harrowingly good as the white-collared, forlorn father in a small town looking to take blue collar dollars away from the working class. But he's right on the collection plate offering here. What more could an actor of Hawke's visionary calibre afford? Copping his first of two Fuquoa roles alongside Denzel Washington, he survived one hell of a 'Training Day', before becoming part of the gun-totting legendary, new 'Magnificent Seven'. Whilst linking with Linklater he literally aged across the three hours and 12 years screen-time of 'Boyhood'. Not to mention the 'Sunrise' to 'Sunset' love life of the beautiful 'Before' trilogy. And lets not forget his latest greatest, like his Chet Baker, smoky jazz biopic 'Born To Be Blue' in 'Miles Ahead' kind. The futuristic bar stool storytelling of the self aware and very human 'Predestination', past repeating itself circle of life. And the modern, maddening warfare, behind the 'Eye In The Sky' console of a Las Vegas, Nevada to Afghan desert, deserted 'Good Kill'. But this is the most vulnerable Ethan has been since 'Dead Poets Society' with the late, great, Captain my Captain, Robin Williams. Anguish stricken and awash in guilt, grief and whiskey, chased in 'Clockers' pink Pepto-Bismol. Pissing razor blades and recording all his thoughts, whether in prayer or despair (or one and the same) in a jotted journal which will be burnt in effigy before this year of sacrifice is out. His narrating voiceover shows Schrader's script could write a novel out of all this. Barbed wire coiled in tension, Hawke gets his claws into this cassock cloaking darkness. Living alone in the casket like solitary confinements of his one bedroom, one chair in the room apartment as coldly chilling as that box in the loft of his 'Sinister' home movies. You should hold a candle for a man whose only light comes from that waxwork wick John. His voice breaks as he recites the word to his creaking and cracking congregation. And as this man in the mirror takes a long, hard look at himself and his truth to power, you'll see shaved shades of a Bobby's Bickle ready to take matters of the whole world into his own hands. In what is as spiritual a sequel to Scorsese's cabbie as 'Jurassic Park' really is to Spielberg's 'Jaws'. But even as he casts stones, Ethan's very human spirit knows he too is not without sin. For what praise be should be considered his best work and word yet. Please rise.

'First Reformed' is a traditional, humble offering about to coronate 250 years of service. But it's big brother doner upstate, "Abundant Life" is either ironic or right on the nose in this confused, dual desire duelling world of dichotomy. Bible verses larger than life are concrete engraved on parking lot like structures for the mass masses. Ordained to all this is an at his best ever, Cedric Kyles. The classic Def comedian dropping the 'Entertainer' name-tag, but still providing all that. Despite being a serious chapter and verse away from his fun-loving, all-dancing 'Man Of The House' church character. Talk about casting the first stone ("it slipped"). Oil-greased here, his good intentions have a tendency of looking the other way when someone slides a few bills between the pages of the good book he seems to quote more than he reads. It's a good job Hawke has an eye for John 16:33. As this shepherd needs to tend to his lost flock bathed in the blood of the lamb like a scoring pitch perfect choir in chorus here. Take note as he looks upon the youth that he's lost that have the whole world ahead of them and what he says to that in kind. But it's an amazing, standout Amanda Seyfried who is on her scripted best since her play in the cinematic staged, 'Les Miserables' adaptation. Pregnant with new life and old anxieties, Seyfried is an actress who says more with those wide eyes of expression than she does in a days worth of dialogue. This is just how amazing an actress known for her 'Mamma Mia's' and 'Mean Girls' funny side Amanda really is in serious salvation. But next to Hawke's clawing desperation it's Schrader's nerve shredding script and on your radar locating direction that really get to the heart of matters and the soul at stake of this very world we live in. Take a lovingly, levitating 'Tree Of Life' cosmos like, 'Taxi Driver' out of body experience tour through this beautiful but eroding planet with Ethan and Amanda, in a 'La La Land' like interlude that almost plays like 'Aladdin' showing you the world and you will really see what this film is talking about. One offbeat, outstanding moment that takes you to a higher power in a fabled film that communicates Christianity in reference to names and numbers of significance. Outkast Andre 3000 vibrating higher really said it best when he said "mother######! And I do mean mother######. As mother earth is dying and we continue to f### her to death". If you think Hawke's perplexed priest is slowly destroying his temple from within, then look at what we are putting into our own world with this suicide by pollution. With no conscience or hope of consequence on earth as it is in heaven. This is a hard truth we must face before we one day will anyway that makes some of the controversial themes and topics in this all too current affairs film relatable, if not at least debatable right now. And if you tend to agree then forget talkin' to me. You must be preaching to the choir. In hopes to deliver us from the evil we do. Forever and ever. Amen. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'Taxi Driver', 'A Ghost Story', 'The Tree Of Life'.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

REVIEW: SICARIO-DAY OF THE SOLDADO

4/5

Hell Or High Border.

121 Mins. Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabella Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Shea Whigham, Matthew Modine & Catherine Keener. Director: Stefano Sollima.

Gauntlet gripping. Thanos' collection is on full display here. And a galaxy guardian heading to a war for infinity with avengance can feel 'Goonie' Josh Brolin with his boot in 'Usual Suspect' Benicio Del Toro's chest. But in this reality we are in the middle of "Knowhere", as a giant purple Brolin is asking a white haired, Ziggy Stardust like Benicio, complete with eye shadow about some stone. Because in this said scenario Del Toro is Marvel's Collector. Whilst Josh is the Mad Titan, that is the ultimate Marvel big, bad boss in this contest of champions, Thanos. That's when the M.C.U. villain isn't moonlighting as anti-hero Cable for hire in 'Deadpool 2'. Yep...it's been one hell of a blockbuster month for 'Jonah Hex'. Let alone scorching, Summer season. Or the 2018 he owns with a couple of cut checks signed, 'Mr. Marvel'. But in 'Sicario-Day Of Soldado' it's Del Toro's time. His world across the border. Even if Brolin can order a humanity crippling, 'Eye In The Sky' devastating air strike with that signature click of his fingers, as he trades in his flip-flops for some comfortable Crocs as he interrogates with an intimidation more suffocating than waterboarding. Last time his all-American Bravo, granite jaw was growling about dramatically overreacting. But this time as oil slick as his 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' crooked character there is no rules as he gets as dirty as Gekko lizard, Douglas dollar money. It's war on everyone. And his big three, month, season and year is all the better for it, even if 'Sicario's' big-three is as M.I.A. right now as kings in Cavalier land. But on this side of the jurisdiction who else do you need to know but Benicio? The hitman whose his own bodyguard, capable of silencing even a family dinner for the head of the cartel table. Right after being a backseat rifle driver on a border patrol tenser than those coming off some red eyes. And this time he's no passenger as he rides shotgun again on some terrific and terrifying traffic jam ups. And this Academy Award worthy 'Che' is revolutionary in part two as a now, instantly iconic, hardened hitman for C.I.A. hire with more humanity and heart than those who take the safety off from behind the desk comfort. One scene communicated in an entirely different language is particularly and profoundly moving. A devil with sympathy. Pure presence in symphony. A beguiling Benicio is 'Sicario', from the first "look at me" trigger finger, rapid fire execution, to the final door shutting, "adios"!

Blunt force trauma drove the first film home like a knee to the neck. But even with the dull ache of some of yesterdays big names not making it to the 'Day Of Soldado', this is still 'Sicario'. Dripping with dread from every shred of nerve frame. The expanse of this border is as compellingly claustrophobic as 'Alien'. With the iconic, drone descending, sinister score on a 'Jaws' horror scale. Even if this years 'The Quiet Place' standout star Emily Blunt doesn't get to take her service weapon out and make noise this go round. Blunt was so good showered in blood, but clean despite being cloaked in corruption in 'Sicario'. Yet the 'Edge Of Tomorrow' heroine doesn't get to 'Live.Die.Repeat' here. We can only hope that if this Mexican Godfather does make it to trilogy territory that she gets her own deserved conclusion, like the gratifying end to this satisfyingly stellar sequel. Even her perfect partner 'Black Panther' rising star Daniel Kaluuya was told to get out this time. The first film had so much firepower under the trunk of this road crossing to another world. Even a punishing cameo from Frank Castle himself, Jon Bernthal like all good Sheridan script scribes (see the most heartfelt to harrowing scene on the wild 'Wind River', Taylor made and directed by Sheridan). But they are all milk cartons here like the departure of 'Arrival' director Denis Villeneuve. Who fuelled this original classic and then passed on a sequel to make a long awaited '2049' follow-up to some science-fiction film called 'Blade Runner'. At least its still wrote up with classic conviction by the aforementioned Sheridan (the modern standard for neo western folklore). Who after penning the best two pictures of 2015 and 2016 (with the original 'Sicario' and the neo-western hick heist of 'Hell Or High Water'), gave us one of last years greatest with his directorial debut (the Winter wave of 'Wind River') and attempts to give us a calender contender here with his dynamite dialogue and simmering to a boil storytelling tension. Forget setting a scene this modern day Cormac McCarthy needs to write a novel as everyone goes by his book.

Turn the page however and you'll see a new day from director Stefano Sollima and it's a bright one amongst all the darkness, illuminated by the helicopters searchlight that patrol the plains at nighfall. The slick 'Subbura' (the Italian film that featured a Benicio lookalike) director keeps 'Soldado' solid and soldiering on in the eye of the day of the dead. But there's even more front cover, big names that make footnotes in this chapter. The Buddy Holly shooting spectacle of 'Changeling' and 'J. Edgar' supporting star Jeffrey Donovan is back to backpack, back-up and partner-up when duty calls for it. And even go-to character actor Shea Whigham (is there a film he isn't) comes for a business meeting dinner over whiskey and 'copter chasers in a critical scene. While greats like 'Capote' and 'Being John Malkovich' twice nominated Best Supporting Actress Catherine Keener and 'Full Metal Jacket' and 'Stranger Things'' Matthew Modine as the Secretary of State make a real veteran impression here. Inked like matching fingerprints that point to corruption at the highest level. Still from the dust dusk to a carpeted, rug pulling dawn, 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Murder On The Orient Express' rider Manuel Garcia-Rulfo's star studded future glows and gleams in the corners and the crevices of his shadowy character. But for all the grown up, big names here adding to the force of this formidable filmography, it's 17 year old 'Transformers: Last Knight' actress Isabella Moner who has the most influence. Threatening to steal the show from Toro any chance she gets to make us forget about Blunt. Not only is she the crux and the catalyst for everything that thickens in this plot. She's also the critical crutch that keeps this film walking towards its crossing destination whenever the pace hobbles on one foot. Struggling to make it to the other side like a flat tyre. With a different dynamic, all in all she makes this new ensemble just as epic as the old. And this modern masterpieces second coming irrigates the immigration debate and takes apart Trump's wall brick by brick to shows us what lies behind the side of the border they should ignore no more. In 'Soldado', 'Sicario' hasn't had it's day. It's targeting a trilogy. And you best believe it will make it's mark before it meets its maker. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'Sicario', 'Traffic', 'Narcos'.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

REVIEW: UNCLE DREW

3/5

Grey Got Game.

103 Mins. Starring: Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Lisa Leslie, Aaron Gordon, Erica Ash, Mike Epps, J.B. Smoove, Tiffany Haddish & Nick Kroll. Director: Charles Stone III.

Ball up young blood. Now if you want to make it at the Rucker this Summer you best bring your A-game...or team. And just 'Wright', like Mike, 'Uncle Drew' looks to take on the 'Space Jam', 'Teen Wolf', 'Semi-Pro', 'Hoosiers', 'Glory Road', 'Coach Carter', 'Blue Chips', 'Above The Rim', 'White Men Can't Jump' and 'He Got Game' classics (yeah there's a roster load of them) to be one of the best basketball movies of all-time. And it's all love and basketball as this sticking to the script playbook takes a former favourite Pepsi commercial standout almost as iconic as Nike's Lil' Penny to the max, without selling out to product placement like this last comment just did. You won't see Mark Wahlberg crash a 'Transformer' into a beer bottle spilling Bud Light truck. Only to pop the cap off of one on the car door of the man who just got into a fender bender with him and take an arrogant swig, intimidatingly infront of his as confused as us face here. Just the family friendly, fun frolics of a hoop heaven sent hustler with heart, 'Uncle 'Drew' looking to school you on how the old playgrounds taught us how to play the game. Taking your change at the same time as eating a sandwich, as you hold his nuts. And this rock on the concrete cinema courting game, brought to you from Bernie Mac baseball 'Mr. 3000' director himself Charles Stone III, isn't just out of the park and on the money. 'Drew also affords due respect to the street game and fame, paid in full. From legends like Pee Wee and the logo himself Jerry West in a funny faux, ESPN '30 For 30' opening shot, to the actual NBA greats he turns into superstar actors. So lets take a look at your Harlem Money roster. Cha-ching money Ma$e.

Starting at Point Guard. From the storied Boston Celtics, which are about to set off the next historic Lakers rivalry with former Cleveland teammate King, LeBron James. A man rolling down the lane in a Mystery Machine like throwback truck with seventies soul and of course a "Boom, Boom Room". Kyrie Irving is Uncle 'Drew. At Shooting Guard, recently retired little man come big, a former Slam Dunk Contest champion who jumped over Superman himself in St Patricks Day, New York Kryptonite green. The only thing that hits higher is his Einstein like hair as smart as what he conveys in silent wisdom, without so much as a word. Playing in the same damn pair of Converse like Chuck Taylor didn't make enough pairs for the feet of every other person you see walk down the street. Nate Robinson is Boots. Your Small Forward. A former clutch Knick killer who has game, but apparantly doesn't know who Spike Lee is. A former Indiana Pacer who now needs a pacemaker to go along with those Kareem googles. He was everyone's favourite villain you loved to hate, but actually loved anyway.  The gloves are on and he's about to shoot out the bulbs. You miss 100% of the shots you don't see. Good! It's time for Reggie Miller as Lights. Now can I get an amen? I said CAN I GET AN AMEN?! Starting at Power Forward. He knows the playbook like he knows the good book. Faster than a Washington Bullet...back in the day. A Golden State Warrior before Curry and Durant...and former Sacramento Cousins. A King before LeBron. With Josh Brolin hair this guy with a click of his fingers won't have you feeling so good too like bad cholesterol. Taking you to church in more ways than one. Chris Webber is Preacher ladies and gentlemen of the congregation. God is good. And last but by oh no, no means least. You may know him as the Man of 'Steel'. You may know him as 'Kazaam'. If you've been to his dojo you may even know him as 'Shaq-Fu'. The Big Aristotle. Kobe knows him as the guy not to pass to. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL IS...the Big Fella.

Off the bench who could forget your Sixth Man...pardon me woman? Arguably the greatest WNBA player of all-time this side of Skylar, Taurasi, Parker and Bird, Lisa Leslie. The Los Angeles Sparks legend who was the first player to plug a dunk...and appear on 'The Simpsons'. Lisa is perfect as the preachers wife so much so we need nore than another amen for the funniest church cheerleading this entertaining since Cedric in Tommy Lee Jones 'Man Of The House'. And your coach of this hoop dream team?! One of the funniest men with a dry-erase. Pine time star of 'Get Out'. Former T.S.Motherf######.A agent Lil Rel Howery. Like overhead luggage as secure as an upright tray table he carries this picture, even if he doesn't fly like an eagle. Like all the other acting stars in this games bracket. Despite all the basketball ones like Orlando Magic dunker Aaron Gordon's rim haunting Casper character proving they're entertainers in more ways than one. No matter the 'Blue Chips' or Nas producing credits for the record. 'The Big Gay Sketch Show' and 'Survivors Remorse' comedian/actress Erica Ash is on phoenix sun hot form. Whilst 'Girls Trip' star of the moment Tiffany Haddish truly is one as a hilarious ex-girlfriend who makes Rosie Perez's 'White Men Can't Jump' girlfriend of Woody look like someone hasn't even pulled the cord out her back yet. And how funny is Nick Kroll? No matter how insufferable a character he plays he makes it all worth it with his cocky charisma. This guy literally (and boy do I mean literally) played a Douche in his meal-ticket stealing of Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party'...and he pretty much plays another one here in this geriatric, take the blue pill fest. Everyone gets to play here in the cut. From Harlem barbershop bantering, comic legend Mike Epps and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' L.D. show stealer J.B. Smoove. To classic cameos from rappers like Rick Ross and off the court basketball legends like my man and 'scribe inspiration Scoop Jackson. But with real Harlem hoops, hip-checking hilarity and even some helpings of heart that may even leave you crying buckets...and not with laughter (you can save that for the challenge of an epic dance off...it always is with Shaq), 'Drumline's' Stone III has more than a big three in Kyrie, Reggie, Nate Rob, C-Webb, big Shaq and Lisa Leslie. Kyrie is such a wise, weary wonder you'll believe the world is flat. In the age of superteams, superstars and heroes don't get much greater...or greyer than this. And if you love this game, you'll love your 'Uncle 'Drew' 'till the last shot wins. Check ball. Swish! TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'Space Jam', 'Jackass Presents...Bad Grandpa', 'Kazaam'.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

T.V. REVIEW: LUKE CAGE Season 2

4/5

Cage Rematch.

13 Episodes. Starring: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Mustafa Shakir, Reg E. Cathey, Ron Cephas Jones, Finn Jones, Rosario Dawson & Alfre Woodard. Creator: Cheo Hodari Coker.

Sweet Christmas has come early. 'Luke Cage' is back. But don't call it a comeback Cool J. He's been Marvel's notorious crowned, first B.I.G. black, revolution televised superhero for years. Before the Wakanda forever of this years 'Black Panther' blockbuster game changer on a 'Wonder Woman' woke level. Even before T'Challa's 'Civil War' debut pre-'Infinity' with the conclusion of 'Captain America's' trilogy arc. This was back in the Purple Man, Killgrave haze of 2015. Roasting coffee with P.I. and Marvel's own first female superhero alias with her own show going on, 'Jessica Jones'. Oh and did he and Mrs, Mrs Jones have a thing "goooing on"! The pair of them doing to her headboard, what seemingly a circular saw couldn't do to Luke's bare midriff. And now following his crossover debut, his own solo show and then the superteam assemble, with 'Luke Cage' Series 2 this Defender has logged more Netflix run than any of New York's finest. Let alone from Cap to Iron Man, anyone in the M.C.U. as a whole, aside from Agent Caulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. As Harlem's Hero for Hire, Power Man brings the black power back like a raised, indestructible fist of pride that refuses to be unclenched. The bulletproof monk adds more ammunition to Marvel and Netflix's bulletproof wallets, following the power SLAM from former XXL magazine journalist Cheo Hodari Coker's expertly executive produced, formidable force of a first season in boom. Followed by the eighth wonder of 'The Defenders' team-up last calender and this years still as compelling second season of the jazz and scotch and love on the rocks with a twist infused 'Jessica Jones'. Bringing power for women like this black power in a world sick of being washed white by men who think they run it all. Just think of this years Netflix run of Jones and Cage as the screens smaller than 'Ant-Man & The Wasp' equivalent of Wonder Woman and Black Panther in a year when Thanos is making war just by clicking his fingers (I bet he couldn't crush Cage to dust) when he's not providing Cable for Deadpool too. Or fire and ice. Because Jessica Jones may put you down, but when Luke Cage brings his knockout blow you stay down like The Punisher telling Daredevil how it is in a second season so good to be Frank it built Castle his own show. And now this right to left hook from Luke is the Gang Starr earned follow up that's titles pay tribute to Pete Rock and CL Smooth for the records. All whilst set off by that iconic Mobb Deep snare and 'Shook Ones' street-beat as Cage wreaks warehouse havoc and machine gun funk in African American College Alliance sweats. Yep the hooded hero is a role-model star now. So much so he has his own Run-DMC logo t-shirt. Because it's like that...and that's the way it is.

Hook! Check this out even 'Charlies Angel' Lucy Liu directs an episode here (the outstanding opener)...'Elementary' my dear. And the 'Kill Bill' assassin kills it in super slow motion sidewalks and an inspired introduction to a venomous villain (no Tom Hardy) called Bushmaster (*stifles snigger and looks for the appropriate Gif*). One so Cage match matching you'll almost forget how much you miss marvelous 'Moonlight' Oscar winner and 'True Detectice' to be Marhershala Ali's knockout Cottonmouth, who ended up getting stomped out and microphone dropped before he even had his chance to sing bud. A lion out of, or for 'Cage' looking to be king, 'Brawl In Cell Block 99' brawler Mustafa Shakir plays a Jamaican who wants to take the queen down for New York. And Mustafa's performance is as accented as the Marley from his mouth like son Stephen singing. As compelling as the first time you see him in the club on the second Fugees trailer looking to set the score. Ready or not. Here he comes. You can't hide. He's gonna find Luke Cage like everyone else with that superhero finder app...yeah and you thought you could catch 'em all with Pokemon Go! Yep, Luke Cage is a Twitter trending, selfie social superstar now in this millennial age. But is the fame going to his head like an attention seeking Snapchat filter? Because the strong, silent type is ready to go violent when means necessary, as Marvel's Martin channels his inner Malcolm X. This trouble man like Marvin going deeper and darker in Season 2. From Harlem's protector, to a man ready to fight for N.Y. But the former 'Good Wife' hustler still has that good fight ambition. As Mike Colter collects more than nickels and dimes for his swear jar, cleaning up the streets like he used to brush up hair in the Switzerland continental grounds, otherwise known as Pops Barbershop. The actor that broke your heart in 'Men In Black 3' has so much more here, behind a bruised soul from all the gut punches and cheap shots he's took. But the man whose about to take racism to task in 'Skin' with a tougher than leather coat on his arms still knows how to stand up for his people here as deep rooted as flesh and blood. Across 110th street there's still an angel in Harlem, no matter what devil tries to clip his wings.

Lucky for Luke he still has some sidekicks standing in his corner after his gloves off Frazier to Ali K.O. by the master of bush. Like a simmering Simone Missick's Misty Knight copping her place at the roundtable. In defence of 'The Defenders' she may have lost her right arm like everyone else in Marvel's Phase 2. But now with a Winter Soldier one she's ready to Yoyo with anyone willing to leave her hanging or drop another tired "need a hand" joke. Peep the way on the mist of a murder riddled night, Mercedes rides through the memories of a crime scene with directed inspiration. And of course how about the night nursing, double-shift working defender of the Defenders Rosario Dawson? The 'Unstoppable' actress whose the only one to appear in every Marvel Netflix show here pulling double-duty as Luke's love and her own enhanced individual with abilities. But Dawson is more than just the one who always makes the coffee now, or nurses Cage's wounds. And this Netflix shows season may be Rosario's realest yet. And with Pops cutting hair in heaven, Luke's barbershop chatter and counsel comes from 'He Got Game' playground legend Ron Cephas Jones. The former player in a Superfly Groovey Lou suit has a handle on everything like the knights and queens on his Central Park chessboard. Checkmate. Now spoiler alert how about some crossover cameos in this game of boroughs? As Finn Jones, the kid with the glowing punch literally lends a hand. And if you think the real Iron Fist spoiler alert is the fact that he is in it...don't! As the barefoot billionaire steps it up here like his own underrated season. Not spoiling anything and not the Defenders weak link for anyone on the offence. Rand is his own enterprise...and it's a booming one like the one from his palm. Forming a team-up bond straight out the Power Man and Iron Fist crossover comics. And late, great 'House Of Cards' street-chef Reg E. Cathey (Rest Peacefully) is cooking up more than searing sermons as a pastor with a past. The 'Fantastic Four' father figure who had a baritone to match Freeman is more than his iconic voice here in one of his last and lasting roles. May we remember him always. Cage is going to need all the brothers in arms he can get going up against Bushmaster (sorry...we couldn't resist saying it again), 'Sons Of Anarchy' rider Theo Rossi's shady Shades character, who is seeing more light and insight this season and the real villain who silenced Cottonmouth, Alfre Woodard. Alfre who alter-ego appeared in the M.C.U. as the mother of a lost son that set off the accords of the 'Civil War' and has also recently played Taraji P. Henson's Cookie's mother in 'Empire', is building one of her own here in the Harlem club circuits. But she got her own estranged daughter issues here too. Yet in Marvel's ever expanding family franchise that means most actors get to play in this sandbox twice (see; Brolin, Josh), some of the best guest stars here that are too good to spoil have their spotlight on the stage. As from hip-hop legends (one whose already provided a theme and cut scene for 'Iron Man'), to underground soul, this show that's all about music like the heart of Harlem itself plays perfectly from the underscoring soundtrack to all the background noise. What more to beat the street under Cage's concrete pounding feet? Season 1 stood proudly with the Black Lives Matter movement and defiantly against racial profiling and police brutality. Whereas the stronger skin of the second series is a beautiful exploration of Harlem and Jamaican culture. 'Luke Cage' has grown and evolved. He may not wear yellow and chains, but the man who makes a stand and keeps marching under a hoodie finds his own way to the promised land like justice served, whether street or beat. Now if that aint power man I don't know what is! So how about that coffee? TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'The Defenders', 'Jessica Jones (Season 1)', 'Black Lightning'.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

REVIEW: OCEANS 8

4/5

The Eighth Wonder Of The Girl.

110 Mins. Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden & Helena Bonham Carter. Director: Gary Ross.

Luck is more than a lady today. And with the men gone, the con is back on in a big way. Here's eight reasons to watch the most stylishly compelling, smart blockbuster of the year, 'Oceans 8' in cinemas now.

1...Sandra Bullock. As soon as the Soderbergh spilt-screens come into play and the 'Orange Is The New Black' bracelets come off, as she strolls out the clink in the same dress she came in with to the winding strumming of Old Blue Eyes' daughter Nancy Sinatra's 'These Boots Were Made For Walking'. To be Frank you know Sandra Bullock is going to walk all over and away with this. Oozing charisma and charm and with a lollipop 'Proposal' even Ryan Reynolds couldn't refuse, 'The Heat' is on for the 'Speed', world famous actress who shows she has the 'Gravity' and the gravitas not to step into astronaut co-star George Clooney's dress shoes, but stand next to him, heel to toe as Danny Ocean's long lost sister, Debbie. Running the show and olive toasting a shaken Martini to his stirring legacy that she's about to drink to with her own twist.

2...Cate Blanchett. Everyone needs a Pitt like partner in crime, leading the show. But who needs a Brad cameo when his vanishing one in 'Deadpool 2' is so hilariously good and you have the greatest, hardest working actress in Hollywood right now, not called Jessica Chastain in the game? Smouldering with smoky, rock star chic and band t-shirts under Aerosmith Tyler leopard print or suit jackets, the 'Blue Jasmine' Oscar winner and 'Carol' herself goes all 'Atomic Blonde' bob with peroxide power. The ever versatile as a character blank slate, Blanchett who played a Godess of a best Marvel villain in the down under 'Thor-Ragnarok' and more personalities than 'Split' in last years 'Manifesto' adds another front page to her catalogue collection. What more could you expect from a woman in 'I'm Not There' who alongside the likes of Richard Gere, best Batman, Christian Bale and Joker icon, Heath Ledger played the best and most lifelike version of Bob Dylan himself? Blonde on blonde she does it just like a wonder woman.

3...Mindy Kaling. Stepping out 'The Office', Mindy joins this project with an eye for the jewels as these queens take more than knight. They own the New York night. Or the marvellous Met in a Gala of gorgeous, graceful gowns. And Kaling is king at telling the difference between what's a girls best friend...and what's merely zirconia. To the cubic inch under any spotlight or 'Wrinkle In Time' this is a diamond of a performance for Mindy's best year at the movies.

4...Sarah Paulson. 'Marcia. Marcia. Marcia'. 'The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' and 'American Horror Story' star standout refuses to be a stay at home, watch herself on the T.V. mom. She's aholic for more than shopping too, even if her garage looks like prime real estate for an Amazon warehouse. Paulson is the pulse of this picture and outfit. Puncuating any moment she's in like the top Twitter trending Met Gala dress like hashtag, blessed.

5. Rihanna. Speaking of which, usually the best dressed at the Met, Rihanna shall go to the ball, but via a van in the back alley. As the 'Diamonds' singer shines bright behind the keys on this jewel heist, as a laptop and tech-wiz who hacks into everything like she was a sidekick to Sandra in 'The Net'. After a crazy, constant costume change cameo in last years 'Valerian-And The City Of A Thousand Planets', a sinking 'Battleship' boom and a down to earth lead in the Dreamworks 'Home', Bad Girl RiRi finds her place here amongst this band of sisters. Pocketing her 9-Ball character from the break with the coolest mouse in New Rat City. Dread locked in and as N.Y. as yellow cabs running over steaming grids.

6...Awkwafina. Hip-Hop and 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Awkwafina (who you may remember from being one of Chloe Grace-Moretz's girls next door in 'Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising') is about to blow up. No! Correction, before what should be one of the biggest, cult hits of the year in 'Crazy Rich', Awkwafina has already brought the boom off the board here. Stealing the show and your watch...awkward.

7...Helena Bonham Carter. You couldn't hold this deck of cards without the real queen of hearts however. And legends don't come much bigger, better or with more cinematic credentials than Great Brit Helena Bonham Carter. She's played Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth Taylor and the greatest character in every Burton picture. And now tailor-made as a fashion designer somewhere between Vivienne Westwood and Kate Spade (Rest Peacefully), she stitches up one of her best and most personal roles yet. Wearing this one like and with the confidence of her own one of a sublime kind style.

8...Anne Hathaway. But with all the confidence tricks here, Catwoman Anne Hathaway in diamonds and furs may just be the steal here. 'The Princess Bride' and 'Devil Wears Prada' 'Intern' fashions her own Streep streak here with a 'Colossal' performance. The white queen to 'Alice In Wonderland' co-star Carter's red one is Cartier dressed up by Helena herself. But she owns everything she dons from the pearls to the heels as she acts like she walks a permanent red carpet and model celebrity, parody plays everything up perfectly. One scene where she reacts to a three, six-figure necklace like an infamous, iconic scene from 'When Harry Met Sally' ("I'll have what she's wearing") is priceless. But rolling out more than casino red, 'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross feasts on Steven Soderbergh's signature style with the best 'Oceans' film since the dialled to 'Eleven' remake classic ('Thirteen' was a lucky dip tribute. 'Twelve' was an extended perfume ad). All the chips are down as even 'Hobbit' dwarf Richard Armitage grows up to a pathetic playboy, man-child but perfect villain and 'Late, Late Show' adopted American James Corden comes in with his best Ricky Gervais impression. Not to mention a crazy, who's who roll call of classy cameos in this funny and fun film. Even if one teased one in this tense affair never comes to the light of day like a cut Matt Damon appearance (to be fair from 'Ragnarok' to maybe even 'Deadpool 2' too, he's done enough), in this twist a minute caper for the cape and tights generation. And of course the city that never sleeps New York, New York from the bridge of Brooklyn to Freedom is a character itself so much so we have to say it twice. And of course the city that never sleeps New York, New York from the bridge of Brooklyn to Freedom is a character itself so much so we have to say it twice...you get the idea. We could do this all day. And 'Oceans 8' is a job you'll love so much you won't be able to wait to go back to work. Whether to tell, or to sell. Those wondering whether '8' would be great need to not be afraid of the worth of a woman's work reboot. Like the proton powered, unjustly underrated 'Ghostbuster' of this time two years ago. Or the buzz of a Marvel headlining Wasp flying with Ant-Man's latest heist this scorching summer with a sting.

Need a ninth reason? Or a tenth? Expect this sequel/reboot hybrid dressed up as a prequel to trilogy add up to the new millennium original 11 like the Rat Pack. Just grab a Metro card and hang with their N.Y.C. subway car success trip, victory lap ensemble assemble, reminiscent of the Bellagio fountain victory stream of Clooney and company. This slick hit is no lake by the ocean. It's a whole new current. Here come the girls. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'Oceans 11', 'Ghostbusters (2016)', 'The Italian Job (2003)'.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

T.V. REVIEW: EMPIRE Season 4

3.5/5

The Empire Strikes Back.

18 Episodes. Starring: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Andre Royo, Serayah, Xzibit, Phylicia Rashad, Taye Diggs, Alfre Woodard, Vivica A. Fox, Rumer Willis, Demi Moore, & Forest Whitaker. Created By: Lee Daniels & Danny Strong.

Cookie cutter T.V. series' seem to leave fans with their fill these days. The Batman origin show 'Gotham' is heading to the dawn of its final season. Whilst the next, perhaps last series of Marvel's 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D' will be snapped in half like Thanos clicking his fingers to dust. But who gives a f### as we enter the Lyon's den for more in Season 4? Because this 'Empire' breaks the mold...and mould. Keeping it fresh like these young princes who would be king. No wonder these three boys and their two parents have a fifth season on order from Fox. Twenty for 20, this family franchise knows how to make up the numbers as 'Empire' goes extreme. They know how to move units too, from their gold records to their platinum chains. And we aren't just talking about the stellar soundtracks that underscore every series. We are talking about real life beyond this fantasy too. We all know Bryshere Y. Gray A.K.A. Yazz the Greatest has flow for days. Just like Terrence Howard released one of the most unsung, actor come singer jazz albums with the signature 'Shine Through It' back in 2008. But how about Jussie? Smollett who has been making the rounds (last year he starred in sci-fi's 'Alien: Covenant' sequel and this year he's even directing some episodes of 'Empire'), has just recently released his own, outstanding album 'Sum Of My Music' that has equalled to significant streaming success. Featuring the formidable, take the lead, first hit single 'Hurt People' with it's iconic video set in Johannesburg, South Africa and inspired by the long walk to freedom of Nelson Mandela. The video literally starts in the cramped cell Madiba was imprisoned in for 27 years and ends with Jussie just running to a group of beautiful children and falling down as they play with him in pure happiness. But check out the moment when an all red suited and booted Smollett approaches a nightclub with a "Whites Only" sign above the door. He hammers it down, destroying it all before two-stepping into the spot in the name of love with a cane. It's not just a statement against hate but a show of solidarity for co-star Taraji P. Henson. Who had Kevin Costner do the same for her in a whites only bathroom in the Oscar nominated film 'Hidden Figures'. Which was about how the moon landing was propelled by the genius minds of until recently unsung African-American women. Smollett showing us here that even beyond the show this family has got each other. All the way to the Marvin and Tammi, 'Aint No Mountain High Enough' finale swan-song.

Vegas would have odds on this family sticking together, no matter what tries to blow them apart. Even if they are Lions fur draped in more sin than this Nevada desert city itself. Every family almost kills each other right? No! This family actually almost kills each other. BOOM! The last season ended explosively in the casino town as a car bomb almost reduced Lucious and Cookie to crumbs. Didn't they learn from Biggie's 'What's Beef'? "Beef is when you make your enemies start your jeep". Now the only thing crazier than seeing Lucious Lyon hobbling around on a peg leg like something out of 'Pirates Of The Carribean' is him finger painting with Bruce Willis' ex-wife. Yep, he sees music in colour now. Time to start calling him Dwight again. But nurse Demi Moore, full disclosure is a standout guest star bringing Lucio...we're sorry Dwight to a cabin in the woods, 'Misery' barnstorm. And her and John McClane's daughter Rumer Willis is back to for even more acting of substance behind her addiction suffering character. Lucious is on lavishing form however. Even if he kind of works out that limp halfway through the season like 'The Simpsons' Krusty the Klown walking out of his wheelchair mid-theatre performance (*rushing back*, "oh that's right. I'm crippled"). Only an Academy actor like Terrence Howard could pull this or Lucious innate, animalistic ability to utterly repel you, only to compellingly draw you back in so convincingly off. His smouldering intensity is laced with brimstone and the bravado of a man who sold his soul to the devil...and then stole it right back. But to Howard's end there's genuine moments too like that single tear drop for a character that even purs and growls like a lion at times. Or like a Lyon. Terrence is just terrific in this New York Empire state of mind mayne. Taken to task only by Taraji as Henson's 'Hustle' to 'Howards' flow is always the hard engineered work behind the polished wax. Especially behind the bars (check the prison break flashbacks). But Cookie refuses to be boxed in. Whether poundcake or locked down. Looking to set her family and her company free. 'Will they or won't they' isn't even the question. It's whether this Lyon will be the man this womans worth has always deserved and needed him to be? A kings empire is nothing without the one who really wears the crown.

And that brings us to the three kings. No not TGT. We aren't talking about Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank. But this showstoppers big three. Smollett plays a smouldering pot of strength and sensitivity, dealing with his darkest demons yet. Yet pushing the envelope and his energy into some of his most experimental and inspirational music yet. All whilst making fingerless gloves, long winter coats and cardigans over white tees look fresher than the opposite of death himself. Whilst dripping in jewels, Bryshere Y. Grazy drops even more. Showing he truly is the greatest when it comes to young, "can't tell me nothing", cocky Kanye energy. This brother, son and father also comes of age too in what's arguably his and this shows greatest season yet. But yet again it's the tremendous, trailblazing Trai Byers who bypasses all of this with his amazing acting of aggravated anxiety and aggression. The stand and solidarity he shows for those dealing with mental health issues is as strong and sincere as Smollett's support for those coming out. Yet in this season Trai faces even more tragedy as someone is messing with his meds to devastating mid-season, cliffhanger effect. And wait until everyone finds out what he did to end last season...or even this one. He still has time to clink champagne glasses in celebration with co-star and now wife Grace Byers, who plays the outside threat to this families future (and you thought enough was happening from within). Still there's plenty of help from the returning supporting cast. Although it seems like Leslie Uggams is rooming more with 'Deadpool' these days...you can't have that many people around calling Lucious Dwight. 'Precious' Gabourey Sidibe is getting more of the cherished screen time and stories her Oscar worthy legend deserves. Whilst Ta'Rhonda Jones assists even more too with more humour than she has outfits. Also when it comes to 'The Wire' legend Andre Royo you have to love a lawyer called "Thirsty". Now if these Lyons like to get their hands dirty, than just imagine how many times their legal aid has to wash his hands. And then of course there's the real music stars, young and old. From the swift moving Serayah becoming a star of stage and screen in her own right. Not to mention hip-hop legend Xzibit who knows how to step back into the booth and bring back that heat from the streets like he was still braided up with Dre. Don't believe it? Just you wait. And 'Creed's' Phylicia Rashad and 'Best Man' Taye Diggs return for even more formidable family feuds in the money makes the law bend round courtroom. A cast of big names in recurring roles like Vivica A. Fox is one-upped by the addition of Alfre Woodard who appeared to be the real villain in 'Luke Cage' season one. But for all the A-list guest stars this show has had on its guest list over the years. Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey and Naomi Campbell to name just a mere few. The Empire isn't big enough for much more come season four. Except for one, huge guest star with an even bigger part. The less we say about 'Black Panther' and 'Roots' legend Forest Whitaker the better. Not because of how great this ever underrated acting great and his body of work actually is. But because of what the star of 'The Butler' serves up here as he joins the pride of the Lyon's. And they all come together for a 'Purple Reign' cosplay party and tribute fit for a Prince. Especially after the symbol has just turned sixty. Nothing compares 2 this. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong have done it again. Strong armed steady. This 'Nashville' meets 'Dallas', 'Dynasty' has it all in guilty pleasure, expectation exceeding escapism on your changed channel. All the way to an epic, emotional and entertaining ending, THIS is how you build an 'Empire'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'Nashville', 'Atlanta', 'Dynasty'.

Friday, 8 June 2018

REVIEW: JURASSIC PARK-FALLEN KINGDOM

3.5/5

Jeff Finds A Way.

128 Mins. Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong & Jeff Goldblum. Director: J.A. Bayona.

Slap this on your plastic lunch boxes! Uhh...the one and only...Jeff Goldblum is back for the next phase of his...uhh 'Jurassic' era. Hahaha-rawrr-ahaha! And you thought being able to get a Pop Vinyl of his iconic, idolized, shirt-open, laid-back pose was good news. Alas though, like knocking on a security camera and fog breathing on it and wiping it to make sure it's on...now eventually they do plan to have some Dr. Ian Malcolm in their 'Jurassic Park' movie right? Hello? Because in bookmarking this latest adaptation of Michael Crichton's critical idea that Spielberg turned into pure, golden era, Hollywood cinema, the gold of Goldblum is only in this movie for a grand total of two, whole minutes. You've had coitus that has lasted longer than that...I sincerely hope. Now THAT is one big pile of s###! The tinted spectacle of the chaos maddening Malcolm is back, in a wiser and worn wearier doctor appearing in front of congress compellingly. And with the Dapper Don of his hair gone, replaced with a salt and pepper beard, the leather jacket is left back in a park he appears to never be going back to. So like when he appeared in the fly like regurgitation of 'Independence Day: Resurgence' (albeit though with some trademark classic lines like, "they like to get the landmarks" in reaction to the aliens clocking Big Ben), but not in the original 'Jurassic World' reboot, God giveth and God taketh away. Who would have thought that after having the Grandmaster and grand-standing fun of going off script in Taika Waititi's gloriously colourful Zeppelin, 'Thor-Ragnarok' sequel to end last year, Jeff would be reduced to a few notes here behind the microphone? Stuck mouthing off on Capitol Hill, in a courtroom for his entire cameo/seen it in the trailers screen-time, I guess life...uhh...sort of finds a way. It's great to have him back...but we wanted him BACK! Now we just can't wait to hear from the iconic, cult legends next move, shaking out a jazz album (you need to Youtube this dude backing up soul legend Gregory Porter on the ivory) like fellow offbeat oddball favourite and 'Isle Of Dogs' vocal co-star Bill Murray. Goldblum still plays his part here, line for line. But a man like this has to be allowed to improvise off-key. Ahh well. Who better to say it however (apart from SNL, Bill Hader's Al Pacino)? "Welcome to 'Jurassic World'"!

'Fallen Kingdom's' the sequel. And more than heads and pod racing Gyrosphere orbs will roll in a sequel to this franchise trilogy sequel that ups the ante with an eruption of action after three summers lying dormant. With a rumbling that will leave your popcorn popping stomachs asking, "what have they got in there? King Kong?", a volcano literally spits all it and this island has got out at you. Triceratops, Velociraptors and T-Rex's oh my! Even one of those Friar Tuck looking ones that literally bursts through a brick-wall like the Kool-Aid guy. OH YEAH! In a stampede of set-pieces that run through nostalgia and new ways of trying to make green screen look as good as those old, tried and tested amazing animatronics, there's enough emotional call-backs, reaching back to '93 like the tallest tree that will leave you out of tears aswell as breath. As a matter of fact in a dual magma hot scene of I can't feel my legs...or face hilarity (which my friend rightfully so said moved like a lude Leo in 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'...credit where credits due Tayla!), there's more Easter Eggs here than you could fit in an overturned jeep. As a matter of fact an opening, outstanding T-Rex helicopter ropey ladder chase, as thrilling as being stuck under a slumbering one is a "must go faster" call-back for the king of this jungle whose vision is based on movement. This kong of the dinosaurs even has a barking match with the lion ruler of our animal kingdom in a scene reminscent of the Jaws swallowing 'Jurassic "Sea" World' snap of the last film. The Mosasaurs is after surfers now herself...it's O.K. she's being doing a lot of swimming lately. There's even a night at the mansion museum terror that brings the haunted house and classic, straight out the kitchen, hide under your sheets, Spielberg scares back to this franchise by the sinister claw tap-tap. If you're old enough to be a child of the 'Jurassic' period in this millennial era reboot than you'll get the reference as a hybrid, bedroom color scheme sounding Indoraptor (enough with the sock-drawer, 'Weird Science' like cross-breeds already. We know nothing beats when raptors and a T-Rex ruled the earth...but not literally together), runs down a creepily cramped corridor that looks like it was wallpapered by the same concierge that designed the hotel in 'The Shining'. As 'A Monster Calls' director J.A. Bayona rain-soaked, rip-roaringly takes over from yesterday and tomorrows Trevorrow (more from producer Colin to conclude this trilogy that looks to be heading towards a 'Lost World') for some pure dumb as f### blockbuster fun. Like the legendary 'Jurassic World' moment of that man trying to save his two margaritas when those birds of prey came swooping down. Hold on to your butts!

Stilleto point fingers no more as the heels are off now for Bryce Dallas Howard. And bootstrapped ready, Howard is a solo force in herself to make her pops latest 'Star Wars' story see even more opposites of happy days, no matter how good the movie actually is. 'The Help' actress enlisting the help of on/off, 'will they won't they', partner in prehistoric conservation, Chris Pratt. Harrison Ford take note. Fresh off right face, wrong time kicking Thanos' butt in 'Avengers: Infinity War' (but understandably so in one of the Marvel mash-ups greatest, most climatic moments), this galaxy guardian is back as a park and raptors one. Playing the camo Indiana Jones (minus the Alan Grant stetson) to his Han Solo like Star-Lord across the universe. And he's on scorching, "the weathers hot, why not build a barn from the foundations up" form as Shaw in a summer that would be his if it wasn't for that Cable guy, whose nutsack chin he tried to shoot off, Josh Brolin. And of course what would a J.P. or J.W. film be without trying to babysit some Goonies? They're older than Lex and Tim. Or that 'Love Simon' fellow on his own big brother detail. But 'The Get Down's' Justice Smith and truly an 'Originals' Daniella Pineda scene steal like cans of unfound shaving cream. Meanwhile 'Life Of Pi' and 'Prometheus' actor Rafe Spall plays a stock villain looking to up the numbers and the amount of prehistorics he has in his wallet. Whilst old Hammond friend and legend of 'The Green Mile' and 'L.A Confidential', James Cromwell is determined to take a coughed up secret all the way to his characters grave. Assisted by Charlie's daughter Geraldine Chaplin who was so good in Philip K. Dick's 'Electric Dreams' series, there's more that haunts the halls of this house than the things that make the glass of water on your bedside table go bump in the night. And there's even more bad guys for your buck here too. Cha-ching! Hungry for Trump Tower dollars and follicle replacements, 'Captain America's' own German bad brain Toby Jones accents another performance and the door opening, shock horror, wind in the face roar reaction of your next gif (see: "When that member of the squad that never comes out rolls up!"). Whilst Buffalo Bill himself, Ted Levine trys to silence more than lambs with a dental obsessed charm link-collection that he always puts his neck out for. Here the legendary character actor plays like Bob Peck's pack hunter took a tour of acting duty with 'Apocalypse Now'. And what would a new 'Jurassic World' film be without 'Jurassic Park' star B.D. Wong, who is so good here like he was in Will Smith's 'Focus'? Well a lot more if we had more camera time from the one whose name is Jeff. But how much chaos do you want in a movie that throws everything at you, including the kitchen scene? Besides Jeff may find a way by this trilogy conclusion which will surely be better and more convincing than a Raptor that can say "Alan"! Then again with how close Pratt is communicating with his girl Blue, you never know. But as 'Jurassic World' is set to motorcycle ride off into the sunset like one man and a gang of girls with scales, 'Fallen' despite some boneheaded, J.R. ball dropping moments is still king of this 'World'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

Further Filming: 'Jurassic Park', 'Jurassic World', 'The Lost World'.