Movie Review: “John Wick: Chapter 2”

Starring
Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick
Director
Chad Stahelski

The first “John Wick” was a pleasant surprise that seemed to come out of nowhere in late 2014, simultaneously reviving the B-movie action flick and Keanu Reeves’ faltering career with its stylized, no-holds-barred violence. Though the film was admittedly flawed, it knew exactly what it wanted to be and made no apologies for it, and that’s an attitude that its sequel, helmed by one half of the original directing team, Chad Stahelski, proudly embraces again. Opening with not one but two action sequences to let you know that it means business, “John Wick: Chapter 2” doubles down on everything that made the first movie so enjoyable – including a higher body count and headshots galore – resulting in the rare sequel that’s bigger and better as well.

After settling his score with the Russian mobsters who killed his puppy and stole his car, John Wick (Reeves) wants nothing more than to return to his quiet, peaceful life of retirement alongside his new canine companion. However, it doesn’t take long before he’s once again dragged back into the baroque underground world of assassins by an old acquaintance named Santino Marchesi (Riccardo Scamarcio), a bratty Italian crime boss who’s come to collect a blood debt from Wick that he’s honor-bound to obey or be marked for death. Santino wants him to eliminate his sister so that he can take over her seat on the assassins guild’s high council, but after Wick is caught in the act and a $7 million bounty is placed on his head, every hitman in town – including a pair of bodyguards (Common and Ruby Rose) who work for opposing sides of the Marchesi family – comes gunning for him.

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Movie Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Starring
Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate
Director
Chris McKay

When “The LEGO Movie” was first announced, it was met with a fair amount of skepticism that it was going to be a cynical promotional tool to sell toys. And it may have been that in a way, but it was also smart, funny and far better than it had the right to be. “The LEGO Batman Movie,” meanwhile, is absolutely a tool designed to promote the “LEGO Dimensions” platform system, working no less than seven of their licensed intellectual properties into the story. Fortunately, it manages to be a highly entertaining film despite the shameless sales pitch. The absence of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in the writing and directing chairs is noticeable (they are executive producers only this time around), but this is a very fun, if a bit more predictable, ride.

Batman, a.k.a. billionaire Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett), has gotten used to fighting crime on his own, but his world is shattered when Jim Gordon steps down as police commissioner and his daughter Barbara (Rosario Dawson) assumes the helm. Barbara would like Batman to work together with the police, rather than as a vigilante, but Batman, with his litany of attachment issues, resists. Worse, the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) is hurt when Batman tells him that he means nothing to him, so the Joker hatches an unusual plan, which begins with his surrender. Batman cannot stand that he wasn’t responsible for the Joker’s capture, so he devises a scheme to steal a weapon from Superman (Channing Tatum) in order to send the Joker to the Phantom Zone, the same place where Superman dispatched General Zod. The plan works, but with disastrous consequences.

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4 Things You Must Do After an On-the-Job Injury

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Workplace injuries occur each day across the United States. Some are minor and usually don’t amount to any type of real injury to the employee involved, but conversely, there are some on-the-job injuries and accidents that can leave individuals severely physically injured, unable to work, or worse yet, permanently disabled.

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Exciting sports events from around the world

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When it comes to sporting events, we don’t just want our teams to play well or to be merely entertained. Instead, we want to experience the adrenaline rush that only competitive sport can inspire and be swept along with the action regardless of what we’re watching or where it’s taking place. Be still, our beating, sport-loving hearts. While the Super Bowl might be over for another year, there are still plenty of exciting sporting events to come, many of which you’ll want to get involved with. From now until the end of 2017, here are just a handful of those games, matches, races and tournaments. It’s going to be a great year!

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5 Homemade Gifts You Can Make with a Laser Cutter

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Laser cutting technology has helped many businesses produce products and gadgets easily, and as laser technology has grown further, it’s become even more popular for consumers to buy laser cutters for personal use in their homes. There are many products to choose from when it comes to laser cutters, and the one you have will ultimately determine what materials you will be able to use for your projects. If you have recently purchased a cutter for home use and are looking for gift ideas you can create, take a look at these five great homemade gifts you can make with your laser cutter below.

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