Screening Room: “Premium Rush,” “Hit and Run,” “Killer Joe”
“Premium Rush” is a surprisingly smart and well-directed action comedy about bike messengers in New York. Someone forgot to tell Michael Shannon that he could have phoned in his role as a corrupt cop. He delivers a wildly entertaining performance.
Yes, “Premium Rush” is as fun as a game of kick ball in the second grade. It’s easy, exciting but doesn’t mean much.
Thanks to sharp editing and a frenetic pace, “Premium Rush” delivers on its title.
The exhilarating action scenes which are aided with cool Google map like graphics swallow the story whole. But the entire cast is believable and yes, Michael Shannon is a great over the top villain. He’s fun so is the movie.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
HIT & RUN
If you have nostalgic notions about 70s and 80s action comedies like “Smokey and the Bandit,” then “Hit & Run” might hit a chord with you.
Not funny. Not fun and real life couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard should of had more chemistry.
The raunchy elements and violence have been cranked up for Generation Y, but “Hit & Run” is a mildly amusing distraction.
SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags
“Killer Joe” is a sadistic film noir black comedy set in trailer trash Texas. Graphic and over the top, it earns its NC-17 rating.
“Killer Joe” is a naughty guilty pleasure to the core. It’s salaciously off-beat, a wayward mess but deliciously entertaining.
Matthew McConaughey’s creepy performance as a hired killer elevates what is otherwise an amoral exercise in comic brutality.SHAWN:
He’s nice in a role he was born to play and the rest of the cast nicely bring this odd stage play wickedly to life.RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
THE ART OF FLIGHT
Screening at the Kansas City Urban Film Festival is “The Art of Flight.” Inspiring, awesome and visually stunning. It took two years to make and shows iconic snowboarder Travis Rice getting big air on huge mountains. The entire schedule at Screenland Crossroads and Bartle Hall at KC Black Expo is at fox4kc.com. The festival takes place September 7th, 8th and 9th.
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags