It’s seldom boring and the performances are good, especially Nivola’s, as is the attention to period detail (punctuated by a killer soundtrack). Most importantly, even though there are definite allusions to The Sopranos – such as younger versions of a few supporting characters – one doesn’t necessarily need to be well-versed in the lore to enjoy it. The Many Saints of Newark may not be a new gangster classic, but as a violent, pulpy, stand-alone film, it works just fine.
The story itself was a gripping watch, primarily because I’m a massive fan of the franchise and have a bond with these two characters that has transcended the better part of a decade. Chaves intelligently taps into that affinity with Lorraine and Ed, giving the latter an extra layer of foreboding via a heart attack at the very beginning. This means the audience are acutely aware of his potentially impending danger, every single time he gets above a brisk walk, and believe me, he does so much more than that, just trying to protect his love of thirty years.
Godzilla: King of The Monsters is the direct sequel to the 2014 Godzilla film. It builds on that tale, where we are reintroduced to the Big Guy and he saves us all from the threat of the MUTOs!
The Conjuring has very quickly created their own world, or shared universe if you will and I will say they’ve done it very naturally not heavy handed the stories flow into different things.
“The Commuter” really took me by surprise in how long it would keep me interested. The trailer already showed us that Liam Neeson’s character Michael MacCauley an ex-cop now working in selling insurance is met by stranger Joanna played by Vera Farmiga who offers him a proposition to carry out one task and he could walk away with $100,000 if he succeeds. If he fails, his family will die. Yes, sometimes trailer can annoy me in this sense where they really show you everything. In this case though to sell the movie it was essential to show the good bits.