Keanu keeps on killing in ‘John Wick 2’
Whether you stream, buy or rent, here’s a look at what’s new or notable in home video. Movies are available on streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon and Vudu unless otherwise noted.
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“John Wick Chapter 2”: The sequel to Keannu Reeves’ surprise action hit is another round of bullet fu, American style — high fashion, high body count, highly unlikely and quite a lot of fun if this kind of thing doesn’t turn your stomach. It’s kill or be killed when an Italian gangster calls in a favor from hitman Wick, after which “be killed” very much remains an option. At movie’s end, he’s on the run from basically everyone in the world who owns a gun, so “John Wick Chapter 3” should be something.
Also: “Raw,” “A United Kingdom”
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“The Great Wall”: History teaches that the Great Wall was built to defend China against invading Mongols, not hordes of giant, intelligent carnivorous lizards. Intelligent or not, lizards, like zombies, can be killed in great numbers in ever more creative and spectacular ways without bumming us out. There are bungee-jumping warrior women, screaming arrows, giant scissors and, finally, the pre-nuclear nuclear option — black powder. Matt Damon is there, too, with a big magnet, to attract U.S. moviegoers to a movie in which acting is really beside the point.
Also: “Get Out,” “Logan,” “Rock Dog”
“Buster’s Mal Heart”: “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek is wrapped up in conspiracies again in this indie brain teaser. He plays a hotel concierge who, after a chance encounter with a charismatic guest, leaves his old life behind to live as a scavenger in the mountains, evading law enforcement and calling in to talk radio to warn of the pending “Second Inversion.” “Malek,” writes Variety, “is thoroughly convincing as a man at odds with himself.”