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“Killers of the Flower Moon” Cannes Premier and “Fast X” (PG-13) ★★★

Currently, the film has a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes of 54 reviews, and this critic can’t wait to add hers! I’ll have to wait alongside everyone else in the world for the October 6 opening in theaters—as customary; I’ll be invited to review along with other critics a few weeks earlier. I know the film will be shown in Oklahoma to the Osage Nation in a private screening on July 6.

The film centers on the 1920s Osage Indian Nation Regin of Terror and is based on the excellent book by David Grann, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro star alongside Lily Gladstone.

I’ve been following the book and the film’s journey since 2018. Here’s an overview of that journey in an article I wrote for that included interviews with former Osage Nation Chief Jim Gray and Osage News journalist Shannon Shaw Duty

The most exciting news from Cannes is that the reviews are tremendous for the movie, calling it a masterpiece with Oscar-worthy performances. Be sure to check back regarding my review at the end of September or early October.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Eric Roth, Martin Scorsese
Release Date: (Theaters): October 6, October 20, 2023- Wide
Runtime: 3 hours 26 minutes
Distributor: Apple Original Films

Sarah Knight Adamson© May 29, 2023

“Fast X”

“Fast X,” rated PG-13, is the tenth movie of the series. The fast cars and crazy stunts are all back, along with a new villain, Jason Momoa! Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez, star. With flashbacks to a robbery heist and murder of a former villain, his son (Jason Momoa) is out for revenge.

Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, Now You See Me), he’s new to the franchise and written by Dan Mazeau. Fast X is an outrageous cat-and-mouse game with Dom and his team—Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Sung Kang. Typical scenes are Dom’s gang chasing after Dante or Dom’s gang being attacked by Dante. Dom’s 8-year-old son, Little Brian (Leo Abelo Perry), is Dante’s prize as he wants Dom to suffer for killing his family.

“Fast X” also has the return of Jason Statham as Shaw, Helen Mirren as Shaw’s scheming mother, John Cena as Dom’s brother, and Charlize Theron as Cypher, who is now working with Dom & Co. against the much tougher lousy guy. You’ll see her and Liddy duking it out in far too many scenes. The buzz from the girls in the show—they want to drive more and show their skills; the fights are repetitive and dull. Yes, let the girls show their driving skills in “Fast Eleven!”

The bottom line is I’ve seen all ten films, and you know exactly what you’ll get with these movies—they are family-centered, outrageous cars, eye-popping visual stunts, and wild rides. If you go in with that expectation, you should be entertained, I certainly was, and I love the new sassy villain, Dante; Jason Momoa has found a new calling.

Director: Louis Leterrier

Writer: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau

Runtime: 2 hours 21 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures