Holiday Movie Guide: ‘The Matrix 4’, ‘The King’s Man’ and More

This holiday weekend, “The Matrix” fans are in luck as the highly anticipated “Resurrections” comes to life on the big screen with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity.

Also headed to theaters is action adventure “The King’s Man”, in which Ralph Fiennes plays a royal pacifist trying to stop an evil cabal’s plot to start a world war.

Are you looking for a family animated film? Look no further than “Sing 2”. The sequel features a parade of Hollywood celebrities, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and more.

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Finally, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “Licorice Pizza”, hypnotizes Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in their first feature film.


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Here’s what to see and skip this weekend.

Movies released this weekend

“The Matrix Resurrections” – Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss; directed by Lana Wachowski

Nearly 22 years after the original movie, “The Matrix,” thrust the sci-fi genre into a whirlwind of jaw-dropping cyberpunk romance, original cast members Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their roles. iconic Thomas Anderson/Neo and Trinity in the highly anticipated fourth installment of “The Matrix” film franchise.

“Resurrections,” directed by Lana Wachowski, transports audiences to a thought-provoking dreamscape with wistful affection for past films, evoking feelings of nostalgia for longtime fans of the popular film series.

The new sci-fi action adventure, filmed primarily in San Francisco, opens with video game phenom Neo (Reeves) living a mundane life as Thomas Anderson in the simulated world known as The Matrix. Meanwhile, Trinity (Moss), now a suburban wife and mother of three, feels trapped in a sphere of illusion. Worse still, she has no memory of Neo.

Back in the real world, computer-generated characters are hot on Neo’s trail, including a new version of Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Apparently, the Matrix world is experiencing major problems, prompting Neo to venture into the virtual realm once again.

From there, the film oscillates between the spheres of illusion and reality, propelling audiences on a dizzyingly fun ride full of surprises, like the splendor of Neo and Trinity’s love story.

See it. The action sequences are extremely entertaining. Plus, the electrifying chemistry between Reeves and Moss is palpable, exuding a passion that brings unbridled romance into their scenes. Tip: Leave your thoughts at home and just enjoy the thrilling escapism the movie brings.

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“The King’s Man” – Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Ryhs Ifans; directed by Matthew Vaughn

After a nearly two-year delay due to the pandemic, ‘The King’s Man’ is finally making its theatrical debut, serving as a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s two previous ‘Kingsman’ films: 2014’s ‘The Secret Service’ and ‘The Secret Service’. Golden Circle” of 2017.”

Based on the comic “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the new film stars Ralph Fiennes as the Duke of Oxford, an ultra-wealthy pacifist who, along with his young son Conrad (Harris Dickinson) , founds the Kingsman Agency, a company of British spies dedicated to defending the United Kingdom and other countries against existential threats.

Soon, Oxford uncovers a cabal of villains bent on starting a world war, propelling the Secret Service and Oxford’s loyal allies Shola (Djimon Hounsou) and Polly (Gemma Arterton) into action to stop their evil plan.

Playing fast and loose with the truth, the World War I thriller shows an absurd penchant for altering history, such as the inclusion of Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) in this nefarious group, even though the mad monk was unequivocally opposed. when Russia entered World War I.

While the film isn’t entirely boring and unpleasant, there are times when the story’s ups and downs are wildly uneven in their execution.

To jump. Fiennes’ impressive performance isn’t enough to sustain a film languishing in the preponderance of an overlong mess.

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“Sing 2” – Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson; directed by Garth Jennings

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly and more Hollywood stars reunite, lending their voices in the sequel.

This time around, koala promoter Buster Moon (McConaughey) tries to bring his musical extravaganza to Redshore City, the entertainment capital of the world.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, as the theater’s owner, the hard-witted wolf, Mr. Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), sets a big condition in stone. He would only allow Buster and his troupe of singers (Witherspoon, Johansson, Egerton and Kelly) to perform in the magnificent arena if Buster could convince lion rock star Clay Calloway (Bono) to come out of retirement.

And so begins Mr. Crystal’s search for the reclusive Calloway.

See it. What emerges at the end is an utterly charming and entertaining film that’s sure to delight the whole family with a catchy eclectic mix of songs and infectious performances.

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“Licorice Pizza” – Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy-drama has a slim plot presented in a series of loosely connected episodes, allowing the main characters to shine and bask in their full essence.

Winding like “Licorice Pizza,” the film follows the misadventures of a 15-year-old boy named Gary (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Alana (Alana Haim), a 25-year-old woman. live a hazy life.

Peculiar yet charismatic, the duo’s relationship blossoms into an unlikely romance set in 1973 Los Angeles. Actor à la William Holden (Sean Penn).

By the end, the movie feels and flows like a dream.

See it. Feature neophytes Hoffman and Haim are magnificent in delivering the much-needed authenticity in their roles, while Anderson once again excels with a refreshingly maverick cinematic style.

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