ROCKETMAN

On September 8, 2018, Sir Elton Hercules John — born Reginald Kenneth Dwight — began the first leg of the five-leg farewell concert tour, his last lap around the world as a touring musician before retiring in 2021. John plans to play over 300 concerts for his Farwell Yellow Brick Road tour, and if ever there were a movie made to promote a tour, Rocketman would be it. Directed by Dexter Fletcher — who stepped in and finished Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired — Rocketman is half musical fantasia, half standard-issue biopic, all Elton John propaganda. Spanning John’s … Continue reading ROCKETMAN

EDDIE THE EAGLE

Based on the true story of an unlikely Olympian, Eddie the Eagle is a paint-by-numbers crowd-pleaser about the British ski jumper, Michael Edwards — better known as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. It aims to please and nothing more, much like Edward’s dream to participate in the Olympics, but not compete. Edwards has no interest in a medal, or doing anything beyond simply being an Olympian. His dream was to pass the trials, don the jacket and have his picture taken. This dream, or blind obsession, began at an early age when Edwards manages to holds his breath under water for … Continue reading EDDIE THE EAGLE

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

“Manners maketh the man,” Harry Hart (Colin Firth) calmly informs a group of ruffians as he latches the pub door closed. Few actors can embody that line quite like Firth — an actor who built his entire career around a classic attitude of a respectful demeanor and impeccable style — but what Firth has up his sleeve in Kingsman, is outlandish violence and crude humor. At least he kept the suit. Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opens Friday, Feb. 13, concerns a group impeccably dressed, well-mannered British agents who have been protecting the world from evil and villainy in secret since … Continue reading KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE