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MOVIE REVIEWS: Short Reviews of Films Playing at 1600 N. Broad Street

John Wick: Chapter 2

A few years after the events of the original John Wick, “Chapter 2” picks up with the notoriously deadly and secretive hitman known as John Wick (Keanu Reeves), who has made something of a nice and peaceful life for him and his new pooch. But Wick’s new life is threatened when a former confidante shows up on his door-step asking for him to do one final job for him. Wick is reluctant, but nonetheless agrees due to his obligation to the “organization”. From there on out, “Chapter 2” becomes an absolutely wild and insane ride with a ludicrous amount of violence, but it all works. Just like the original earned its reputation with amazing fight choreography and camera work, the sequel proves that there’s more to this character and to this universe. Fans of the original will love and adore this one, and even those who are looking for more of a smart, thought-provoking film will probably find themselves cheering for more by the end of John Wick: Chapter 2.

4 out of 5 stars

The LEGO Batman Movie

Has Batman been done to death by now? According to LEGO, apparently not. In “The LEGO Batman Movie”, Batman is voiced by Will Arnett who plays the caped crusader as an egotistical, mean, arrogant and rude know-it-all. Now with the Joker (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) on the loose and causing all sorts of havoc, Batman will have to learn to love and accept people for who they are. It sounds simple and conventional, which it sort of is. What separates this from the other slew of animated films is it’s self-awareness. “The Lego Batman Movie” doesn’t simply give us a conventional Batman story, but instead, cracks jokes at the man himself – his story, his characters and most of all, just what it is about the character that so many people find appealing. It’s a fun movie that was made for kids, but there’s still plenty of fun jokes for adults to have a laugh at.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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