John Wick

John Wick

Actors: Keanu Reeves (Speed, Point Break)
Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man)
Ian McShane (Death Race, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
Adrian Palicki (Legion, Red Dawn)

Director: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement after gangsters kill his dog and steal his car.

Keanu Reeves has a mainstream hit in John Wick in what appears to be the year of the hitman at the movies. Reeves plays the quiet and dark character who wants revenge on the Russian Mobster that killed his dog and stole his classic car, the two things in the world that mattered most to him after his wife died. Reeves doesn’t have much to say throughout most of the movie. No long monologues or emphatic speeches, just a man focused on one thing.

Nearly every character apart from Reeves is minor, just a scene here or there, but never a real supporting character.

Long time stuntmen David Leitch and Chad Stahelski make their directorial debut with John Wick and seem to have based the script on the action sequences. I’m not saying that’s bad, just a different way of making a movie that seems to work throughout the whole movie.

I recommend this movie for fans of Keanu Reeves and action movie fans.

I give it 8 out of 10 popcorns.

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Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use

Other Movie Reviews:

300: Rise of an Empire

Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Endless Love

The Equalizer

Expendables 3

Fury

Guardians of the Galaxy

If I Stay

Interstellar

The Judge

The Lego Movie

Lone Survivor

Monuments Men

Need for Speed

Noah

November Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.


Interstellar

Interstellar

Actors: Matthew McConaughey (Dazed and Confused, Contact)
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises)
Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, Inception)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless)

Director: Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy)

With the world ending due to overpopulation and limited resources, Matthew McConaughey and Co. must search other universes for other habitable planets for the world to begin anew.

Matthew McConaughey plays ex-pilot and farmer who still can’t leave his past of needing to be in an aircraft. Rarely do we see him playing the heartthrob he’s known for playing since it is a much darker role. Anne Hathaway plays the daughter of his professor and mentor played by Michale Caine. In a sense she isn’t really needed in the movie other than a big name to draw an audience in but is good at being a scientist to counter balance McConaughey, since it is kind of hard to believe him as a genius due to his past roles.

As always Christopher Nolan shoots for the stars (puns of fun) and doesn’t disappoint in the direction he wants the movie to go, along with a compelling script. The only issue some audience members may have is that the movie expects you to know the basics of relativity, black holes, worm holes, basically be well versed in science fiction.

Interstellar = parts Doctor Who + (Event Horizon – horror) + (Pandorum – horror)

I recommend this movie for big science fiction buffs and Christopher Nolan fans.

I give it 8 out of 10 popcorns

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Rated PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language.

Other Movie Reviews:

300: Rise of an Empire

Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Endless Love

The Equalizer

Expendables 3

Fury

Guardians of the Galaxy

If I Stay

The Judge

The Lego Movie

Lone Survivor

Monuments Men

Need for Speed

Noah

November Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.


Fury

Fury

Actors: Brad Pitt (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Seven)
Shia LeBeouf (Wall Street 2, Eagle Eye)
Michael Pena (Shooter, End of Watch)
Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma, Percy Jackson)

Director: David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch)

As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Brad Pitt once again goes back to World War 2, but it’s nothing like that movie. Pitt plays the hard-case with a heart of gold. He and his tank team have been together for several years and the chemistry between the crew is quite convincing, being that they got on each others nerves all the time, just like a family. The movie isn’t “Saving Private Ryan”, but it still has it’s moments. A solid script, even though much isn’t said, and the action comes in spurts, so in the case of less is more, it works here.

I recommend this movie war movie lovers, or history buffs.

I give it 7 out of 10 popcorns.

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Rated R for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout

Other Movie Reviews:

300: Rise of an Empire

Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Endless Love

The Equalizer

Expendables 3

Guardians of the Galaxy

If I Stay

The Judge

The Lego Movie

Lone Survivor

Monuments Men

Need for Speed

Noah

November Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.


The Judge

The Judge

Actors: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, The Soloist)
Robert Duvall (Jack Reacher, The Godfather)
Vera Farmiga (The Orphan, The Departed)
Billy Bob Thorton (Faster, Armageddon)

Director: David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights)

A big city lawyer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Robert Downey Jr. tries to help, and along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

RDJ gives a great performance with a character that plays to his strengths, being a quick witted, always have the last laugh main character, while still showing he has a heart. Robert Duvall, as always, fantastic as the aging judge that is respected throughout the town. The bickering back and forth between the two is makes for a realistic family that is enjoyable and you can see your family in the two of them.

Yes it’s your usual plot of “I left because I hated my family, but now I’m back because I have to be” but with this plot and cast, it works.

I would recommend this movie for fathers and sons who have always butted heads, as well as anyone 25-70.

I give it 7 out of 10 popcorns

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Rated R for language including some sexual references

Other Movie Reviews:

300: Rise of an Empire

Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Endless Love

The Equalizer

Expendables 3

Guardians of the Galaxy

If I Stay

The Lego Movie

Lone Survivor

Monuments Men

Need for Speed

Noah

November Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.

Movies I’m Looking Forward to Seeing:

Kill the Messenger (Jeremy Renner)

Fury (Brad Pitt)

Birdman (Michael Keaton)

John Wick (Keanu Reeves)

St. Vincent (Bill Murray)

Nightcrawler (Jake Gyllenhaal)

Interstellar (Matthew McConaughey)

Foxcatcher (Steve Carell)

Dumb and Dumber To (Jim Carrey)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Jennifer Lawrence)

The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Horrible Bosses 2 (Jason Bateman)


The Equalizer

The Equalizer

Actors: Denzel Washington (Training Day, Remember The Titans)
Chloe Grace Moretz (If I Stay, Carrie)
Marton Csokas (xXx, Noah)
David Meunier (Legends, Justified)

Director: Antoine Fuqua (Shooter, Training Day)

Denzel Washington gives another great performance as an ex-CIA agent who walked away from it all to have a quiet life but is drawn back in to try and stop the Russian Mafia.

Denzel does a great job of playing the man who just wants to help people get their lives on track but when trying to help Moretz, the “real” Denzel comes out of hiding. Slowly, butt kicking ensues and of course, stylishly violence. Denzel pretty much gives the same performance he gave in 2004’s Man on Fire, Washington shows that he can bring a thoughtful moodiness to a hard-edged character, which is a good thing.

Marton Csokas as always plays a great bad guy. Taking things to the psychopath level, or high functioning sociopath.

I recommend this movie for fans of Taken, Man on Fire, The Punisher, Shooter, etc. etc.

I give it 7 out of 10 popcorns

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Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references

Have a movie you’d like Justin to review, email him at justin@kiwaradio.com and he’ll get it on here for you.

Other Movie Reviews:

300: Rise of an Empire

Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Endless Love

Expendables 3

Guardians of the Galaxy

If I Stay

The Lego Movie

Lone Survivor

Monuments Men

Need for Speed

Noah

November Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.

Movies I’m Looking Forward to Seeing:

The Judge (Robert Downey Jr.)

Dracula Untold (Luke Evans)

Kill the Messenger (Jeremy Renner)

Fury (Brad Pitt)

Birdman (Michael Keaton)

John Wick (Keanu Reeves)

St. Vincent (Bill Murray)

Nightcrawler (Jake Gyllenhaal)

Interstellar (Matthew McConaughey)

Foxcatcher (Steve Carell)

Dumb and Dumber To (Jim Carrey)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Jennifer Lawrence)

The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Horrible Bosses 2 (Jason Bateman)


If I Stay

If I Stay

Actors:
Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie, The Amityville Horror)
Jamie Blackley (The Fifth Estate, Snow White and the Huntsman)
Stacy Keach (American History X, The Bourne Legacy)
Mireille Enos (World War Z, Gangster Squad)

Director: R. J. Cutler (The World According to Dick Cheney, Nashville)

A young woman must decide to whether or not to wake up from a coma after a horrific car accident.

Chloe Grace Moretz gives a powerful performance as Mia Hall in If I Stay. She really brings out the emotion that you have to see for any chick-flick to be actually good. The script has realistic elements that for the most part are believable. There’s no “my father says we can’t be together so lets fall in love” or “we’ve only just met, lets do it”. This movie has real life high school/going to college issues that some couples face. I applaud the writer and director for that focus.

Given it is a chick-flick, you still have some of the token elements, some sappy dialogue, etc. but all in all it’s actually a decent film.

I would recommend this film for a date movie and girls/women 12-24

I give it 6 out of 10 popcorns.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material

Other Movie Reviews:

300: Rise of an Empire

Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Endless Love

Expendables 3

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Lego Movie

Lone Survivor

Monuments Men

Need for Speed

Noah

November Man

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.

Movies I’m Looking Forward To Seeing:

The Equalizer (Denzel Washington)

Gone Girl (Ben Affleck)

The Judge (Robert Downey Jr.)

Dracula Untold (Luke Evans)

Kill the Messenger (Jeremy Renner)

Fury (Brad Pitt)

Birdman (Michael Keaton)

John Wick (Keanu Reeves)

St. Vincent (Bill Murray)

Nightcrawler (Jake Gyllenhaal)