SOLO: A STARS WARS STORY (2018)

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A film by Ron Howard

Cast: Alden EhrenreichWoody HarrelsonEmilia Clarke 

The adventures of a young Han Solo when he meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Here is this prequel of Han Solo, but the film is not entirely bad despite the not so formidable performances with a few surprises and it does not hits its marks. Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Chewbacca meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? Those are the question that we should have been asking ourselves after the first 3 Stars wars. And those answers will be revealed as you watch the film, and the film answers all those question and more.

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Han  (Alden Ehrenreich) hot wires cars and meets Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on planet carry like the burning rubber, gasoline and adolescent hormones like those teenagers films back in the 60’s. Han wants to get out of Corellia and take Qi’ra with him. Also he meets a bunch of criminals who wants to get at this big score.  Things are not as they seems most of the time and like someone says do not trust anyone. There are plenty of action scenes that are cool with some state of the art special effect. Some of the old characters of the first three Stars Wars are back and younger of course and yes it is cool to see them. Even the old ship is back. There are some tension here and there with humour. The film like I said is not entirely bad it is watchable and works but it is missing something. 

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THREE BILL BOARD OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (2017)

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A film  by Martin McDonagh

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

A mother who has a little bit of anger to deal with because of her daughter unsolved crime puts up a Three Messages on Three bill board that got the attention of the all town and the sheriff department.

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Martin McDonagh new brilliant film as the genius idea to put Frances McDomand as the lead role to top it cast Sam Rockwell as well.  And yes it is one the best film of the year. Mildred Hayes, a recently divorced mother who lost her daughter Angela less than a year ago. Angela was raped and murdered, but the case has gone cold. There was no matching DNA And Mildred (Frances McDomand) has no update. One day, she sees three barren billboards on a road rarely-traveled ,and she rents the space to ask the local chief of police, Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), why there are no answers. And suddenly a sparks of event will developed one after an other. The thing is this beautiful script is not what you are going to except. Mildred here rents the billboard to put pressure on the sheriff department. Life has been screwed both of these people Mildred and Dixon. Although Dixon is a nice guy he plays a racist violent cop because if what happened to him when he was younger. Harrelson is awesome is even gets what is going on and why Mildred is doing what she is doing. The dialogue is near perfect here especially the dialogue when she sees the priest in her house, she delivers a punch to the stomach. If I was the director I would not have done this film if McDomant was not in. This role is tailored for her. what I like about it there is no heroes or villains. Of course the ending his the final trick in the film. What a beautiful ending, perfect I might have. Like I said do not miss this one.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the 2018 Golden Globes, taking home four awards including Best Motion Picture. 

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TRIPLE 9 (2016)

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A film by John Hillcoat

Cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie , Woody Harrelson, Aaron paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus

Here is a film Neo-Noir that could of been great but did not deliver, even has a few surprises but didn’t pan out as a slow burning thriller. Plus the cast for perfect with a bunch of A-list stars. It is a good film but not great.

Michael (Chiwetel Ejiofor)  a bank robber with Special Forces training who pulls off jobs with his military pal, Russell (“The Walking Dead”‘s Norman Reedus), a pair of corrupt cops in Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Jorge (Clifton Collins Jr.), and Russell’s drug addict brother, Gabe (Aaron Paul). They pull a bank heist targeting a specific deposit box. Of course something goes wrong because of one team member that almost got them caught. There is an involvement with a Russian-Israeli headed by Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet) running her mobster husband’s business while he rots in a gulag. She has been using Michael as her go to boy. In the mix there is the new guy Chris (Casey Affleck) who is transfer to the unit and is clueless who are the bad cops, well at first anyway and there is is uncle played by Woody Harrelson.

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Chris is pretty much the only redeemable character in the entire film, with Chris’ uncle who happens to be investigating the robberies by Michael’s crew. The film is mostly focus on Micheal and his crew. The thing is this film is predictable as hell it is like deja-vu. The actors does a great job to deliver their roles even Winslet pulls it off but she is a little off at times something does not click, although she is not recognizable you have to pay you attention. Other then that it should scratch the itch for fans of this Neo-Noir film. Like I said it could been great but it is just good and watchable.

(Left to right) Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck in TRIPLE 9.

7 PSYCHOPATHS (2012)

A film by Martin McDonagh.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell.
Yeah! they have the right tile for this film. The movie begins with 2 professional hit man talking on the bridge and waiting to kill a woman who is suppose to pass by and is the boss girlfriend. When still arguing a man in a mask drop behind them and shoot them in the head, that is psychopath #1. Meanwhile a writer named Marty Faranan, played by Colin Farrell. In Hollywood, develop the script it means all he has is the title. Marty’s best friend is Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell who is a talented actor) puts an add in the paper calling all psychopath to get interviewed. Tom Waits knocks on the door and introduces himself as a serial killer who specializes in killing other serial killers.
Billy is in business with a man named Hans (Christopher Walken). They’re dognappers who nab the beloved pets of well-off citizens unfortunately they pick up a Shih Tzu who belong to a psychopath gangster. I am not going to tell you the movie but you should know by now how it is going to end they will be a mexican stand off. Over all it is funny bloody and violent and for years to came it will becaome a cult film. The performance of the actors are fantastic so is the script it is funny and corky at times.