Beats leads the new cinema releases May 17th 2019

Beats
This week, there are FOUR new films out for you to choose from, led by Beats. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    Beats
    John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum
    My Days Of Mercy
    Breakthrough

Beats is a film where the trailer hooked me from the start, but then I was at University just as the ’90s rave music was breaking out with bands like The Prodigy and 808 State to name just two.

Set in 1994 Scotland, two best friends Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) and Johnno (Cristian Ortega) are dealing with their own troubles where one lives with a criminal brother and the other is leaving to a new town with his family and potential step father. As they go in their separate ways, Spanner and Johnno head out to party on their last night out, where they steal from Spanner’s brother and foray into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the forces of law and order.

Overall, I had a couple of big laughs from this trailer and can’t wait to see this film.

Directed: Brian Welsh
Writers: Kieran Hurley, Brian Welsh
Also stars: Martin Donaghy, Brian Ferguson, Ryan Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Rachel Jackson

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum is clearly the biggest film of the week, but takes second place to the above movie. However, it does show that the best two-handed gunman since Inspector ‘Tequila’ Yuen, from Hard Boiled, is back for a third and final time.

Personally, I loved the first John Wick and I’m still to catch up on the sequel because John Wick Chapter 2 was CENSORED in the UK to get it down to a 15-certificate. Even on home formats, it’s still a 15-cert on Blu-ray and DVD, but it is UNCUT if you want to fork out for the 18-certificate 4K Blu-ray.

That really is a bloody disgrace, Warner Bros!

So, I do still need to seek out the US version, but when I don’t get to see something at the cinema or on Blu-ray, it ends up on my to-do list, and it’s a LONG list!

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

This one DOES appear to be uncut, but either way, at least we have the director and screenwriter back from the first two.

And for the first time since 1994’s True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the hero is fighting the bad guys while on a horse! 😀

Director: Chad Stahelski
Screenplay: Derek Kolstad
Also stars: Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas, Ian McShane, Anjelica Huston, Laurence Fishburne, Robin Lord Taylor, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Dacascos

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


My Days of Mercy tells the tale about the daughter of a man on death row, who falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause.

This does look a decent indie movie and while I’ll most likely check this out when it’s released on Blu-ray, I definitely want to see it.

Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer
Writer: Joe Barton
Stars: Ellen Page, Kate Mara, Amy Seimetz, Elias Koteas

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Maybe!


Breakthrough tells us that you can overcome death through the power of prayer…

What a load of baloney!

Prayer won’t help you any more than wishing on a star will help you. However, this film comes from the makers of nonsensical Christian rubbish like Miracles Can Happen.

In this film, however, Brian Smith (Josh Lucas) drowned in Lake St. Louis, at the age of 14, and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then Brian’s mother, Joyce (Chrissy Metz), entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Brian came around…

Er… yeaaaaaaah… but apparently this is based on a true story.

Director: Roxann Dawson
Screenplay: Grant Nieporte
Also stars: Topher Grace, Dennis Haysbert, Lisa Durupt, Mike Colter

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!



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