Kathy Kaiser

Kathy Kaiser

Hello fellow movie lovers – Kathy Kaiser here…….and welcome to Matinee Chat! Having lived in the St. Louis Metropolitan area my whole life, I absolutely love ALL the theaters here that give me the opportunity to live out my passion – or as my family and friends call it – My obsession – MOVIES!

My home base is on the east side in Belleville IL – but I frequent the fantastic city of St. Louis almost daily – whether catching a sneak preview of the next BLOCKBUSTER at a theater near you, or covering a red carpet event for both commercial and independent films here locally.

A graduate of Lindenwood University with a BA in Communications, my day also includes being the Creative Director & Owner of Kaiser Communication & Marketing Group. My two greatest achievements in life are my two girls – ages 24 and 14 – who have made my life the most incredible journey I could have ever imagined - and who cheer me on each day – as I share my thoughts on the latest new film releases, have chats with my fellow critics one-on-one, and even giving you the opportunity to chat with me too – and how awesome is that……SERIOUSLY!

DON’T BREATHE ~ Rated R Starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minette and Daniel Zovatoo Director Fede Alvarez brings a horrifying tale of craziness and terror to the big screen, as three youngsters embark on robbing a blind veteran, thinking it will be a walk in the park, but it turns out being anything but…this is DON’T BREATHE! Pulling off small robberies here or there to raise a few bucks for FUN MONEY and to distract these teenagers from their mundane lives, we meet Money (Daniel Zovatoo), Rocky (Jane Levy) and Alex (Dylan Minnette). Alex’s father luckily works for a security company, and he has just acquired the key’s of one of his father’s newest clients, a blind army vet (Stephen Lang) living in a mansion, and who has apparently come into a bundle of cash, after the untimely death of his daughter. Thinking this is going to be the easiest robbery ever, Money, Rocky and Alex make their way into this man’s home, but find out very quickly, being blind is no issue for this crazy man, determined to finish all of his intruders off, no matter what it takes…
HANDS OF STONE ~ Rated R Starring Edgar Ramirez, Robert DeNiro and Usher Raymond IV Based on the real-life story of legendary boxer Roberto Duran, we venture from Panama to the US to see if he really can become WORLD CHAMPION…this is HANDS OF STONE! Born into a life of poverty and despair, we meet young Roberto Duran (David Arosemena), stealing to feed his family, and learning to fight on the streets of Panama. Proving in his own right at a young age that boxing is in his blood, Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) and his trainer secure the backing they need from local businessman, Carlos Eleta (Ruben Blades), who starts him on his way… When Eleta realizes how gifted Duran really is, he secures him a new trainer, America’s master of boxing Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro), who takes him under his wing, and teaches Roberto everything he knows about the sport. Back in the states and taking on American boxing star Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond IV), Duran must find every ounce of finesse he can muster up, if he is to take on this flashy, quick footed “ballerina” to become boxing’s Champion of the World.
HELL OR HIGH WATER – Rated R Starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster When left in a desperate situation to save his family’s farm, one divorced father and his jail-bird brother turn to bank robbing as their only choice to make thing’s right in their world ~ This is HELL OR HIGH WATER! Divorced, yet trying to provide for his ex-wife and sons the best way he knows how, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) hatches a plan with his brother, ex-con Tanner Howard (Ben Foster), to save his family farm, after the death of his poor sweet mama. With the bank breathing down their necks, wanting to foreclose on their homestead, Toby and Tanner decide the best way to stop the bank, and save their families home, is to acquire enough cash ~ and fast ~ to make the bastards go away. When a slew of bank robberies are reported to lawman Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) he decides that this might just be the perfect case for soon-to-retire fellow Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) to take on as his last hurrah... As Parker and Hamilton soon find ~ these aren’t your average bank-robbers ~ as they apparently have a liking for hitting just one kind of bank, and aren’t stealing exorbitant sums of money either…leaving our lawmen searching for more clues…as, none of this case is really making sense… I give HELL OR HIGH WATER a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ From the intense and powerful storyline from Taylor Sheridan (He also wrote last year’s SICARIO) to the gritty, commanding and epic performances hitting the screen from Pine, Foster and Bridges, HELL OR HIGH WATER is one incredibly raw and penetrating depiction of what lengths a man will go to, to save what his families worked all their lives for. This film is by far the best action-packed, cowboyesque film I have seen in years, so whether you have a love for lawmen, the picturesque states of Texas or New Mexico, or you just have a longing for Chris Pine’s baby blues or Jeff Bridges gravely voice, doesn’t matter, you just need to head on out to a theater near you this weekend to catch HELL OF HIGH WATER, as catching it on TV later, just will not to this film justice!!! Kathy Kaiser
WAR DOGS – Rated R Starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper Writer/Producer & Director Todd Phillips – the man who brought us such comedic films as OLD SCHOOL, DUE DATE and all the HANGOVER movies ~ decides to go TRUE STORY on us this time around, as we venture into the lives of 20 something US military arms dealers David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli – SAY WHAT? – This is WAR DOGS!! Making his way through life as a massage therapist and bed sheet salesman, young entrepreneur David Packouz (Miles Teller) isn’t quite too happy, or content with where his life is headed thus far. When old pal Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) comes back into David’s life, it seems that Efraim has got his life on a string, as he is dealing in government contracts, and making major bank in the process! Happy to be a part of each other’s lives again, Packouz decides to partner with Diveroli in his new business ventures, as with a baby on the way, he needs to make some cash, and fast! Learning the ropes of Government contracting and arms sales, Packouz is making his way to mega bucks, right along with Diveroli, on the shirt tales of our federal government, faster than you can say Iraqi War… When our youngsters decide to go after an even larger military arms contract than they have previously, it seems that this large of a contract is realistically totally out of their reach…or is it??? Enter arms dealer and “terrorist watch list” businessman Henry Girard to help our boys secure THE BIG DEAL, as he has ways of circumventing lots of countries policies and procedures, allowing our boys to come in as the lowest bidder on these contracts by far.
SAUSAGE PARTY - Rated R Starring the voices of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Selma Hayak, Bill Hader, Edward Norton and Paul Ruud Written, directed and/or produced by some of the same dudes who brought us such comedic gems as SUPERBAD, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, and THE NIGHT BEFORE, comes an animated film that is not only food based, but takes it’s blows at almost every religion, race or social stereotype in our society ~ This is SAUSAGE PARTY!! Living out his days on a grocery store shelf, hoping to some day be chosen to venture outside to “the great beyond”, we meet Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen), a hotdog hoping to be united with his girlfriend ~ and shelf buddy ~ the voluptuous Bun Brenda (voiced by Kristen Wiig). As Frank and Brenda long for the holiday that brings wieners and buns together (yes, that kind of innuendo) each and every year, their fellow foods go about their merry way too, hoping to be chosen to become a part of the big celebration… When a jar of honey mustard is chosen, but then returned, he starts a panic of epic proportions when he reveals that the “the life beyond their respective shelves” isn’t all its cracked up to be. When Frank, Brenda, and a few of the other food items hanging out in the store decide to venture across the store to find the isle containing Firewater (Bill Hader) - as he is the most knowledgeable product in the store, they find that what he knows may be just as, if not scarier, than what the honey mustard was spewing, before his demise…
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS – Rated PG-13 Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant From Director Stephen Frears, the man who has brought to the big screen such classic tales as DANGEROUS LIASONS, THE QUEEN and PHILOMENA, comes a true-life tale of New York socialite, heiress and wanna–be opera singer, whose talent in singing, leaves much to be desired, this is FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS! As we meet NY socialite and heiress Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), she is living her life amidst the world music in the 1940’s, evoking passion in others as well, as they all learn to enjoy the operatic music of the day. Lucky for Florence, her husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) also values her love for music, as he fosters her desire to, maybe one day, become an operatic singer herself. As Florence’s drive to become a highly renowned singer begins to consume every waking minute, St. Clair has no choice but to find his lovely wife an accompanist to assist her in performing, as they soon secure the services of one of New Yorks finest, Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg). With Florence working tirelessly to be the Best-that-she-can-be with the assistance of McMoon, and a voice coach too, St. Clair finds other ways to pass the time in her absence, even though his love and commitment to Florence never waivers.
ANTHROPOID – Rated R – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Starring Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Anna Geislerová, and Charlotte Le Bon From Writer and Director Sean Ellis comes the incredible real-life story of documented WWII Mission OPERATION ANTHROPOID ~ and it’s plan to remove the Nazi’s 3rd in command - SS General Reinhard Heydrich from this earth…THIS IS ANTRHOPOID!!! As General Heydrich. a.k.a. “The Butcher of Prague” follows Hitler’s orders to continue his reign of terror in order to fully occupy Czechoslovakia during the 2nd World War, the Czech people are grasping at straws for a way to stop this invasion. When Czech Soldier Josef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Slovakian Soldier Jan Kubris (Jamie Dornan) parachute in behind enemy lines, little do they know that their contact that was to aid them in completion of their mission, has been killed.
SUICIDE SQUAD – Rated PG-13 ~ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS “This film brings a whole new meaning to “bat-shit crazy” from its first frame to its last!!! “ Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis & Jai Courtney, Ben Affleck…and many, many more From writer & director David Ayer, the man who wrote, produced or directed such action packed thrillers as FAST & FURIOUS, FURY, SABOTAGE and TRAINING DAY, comes the much anticipated Summer Blockbuster we’ve been waiting for – so get ready to venture deep into the world of DC Comics and it’s diabolical anti-heroes, as they team up to save our world with the hope of getting time off their sentences for good behavior… This is SUICIDE SQUAD!!! US Intelligence officer and government ally Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has put together a plan to save our planet from any threat, foreign or domestic, including being taken over by supernatural forces. Convincing our governments top officials to put her plan into action, Waller unleashes her team of anti-heroes led by Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnerman), and comprised of Dead shot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Slipknot (Adam Beach) and lest we not forget, our favorite “Killer couple” Dr. Harleen Quinzel (Margot Robbie) and the Joker (Jared Leto). When Waller embeds a device that can kill any of them at the push of a button, our bad guys ~ trying to be good ~ go after Dr. June Moone, a.k.a. The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), as she and her little brother have plans for our universe, and it’s not looking good for anyone involved…
NINE LIVES – Rated PG – 1 hr. and 27 min Starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell and Mark Consuelos From the talented Producer and Director who has brought us such classic comedic films as WILD, WILD WEST, MEN IN BLACK (all three) and GET SHORTY ~ Barry Sonnenfeld ~ comes a film about how important it is to be nice to those you love, or you may spend eternity as the family pet…this is NINE LIVES! Caught up in running his billion-dollar company Firebrand, we meet business mogel and CEO Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey), who has been neglecting his wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and daughter Rebecca (Malian Weissman). When it looks like good ol’ dad is going to miss yet another birthday, he tries to save face, and goes to get the one thing Rebecca has asked for, for 2 years now, a cat. When Brand ends up at the purrfect place to find the perfect cat for his daughter, he meets pet shop owner, and “cat whisperer” Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), who sees a man out of touch with what’s really important in life. As Felix works his magic, as it seems Brand is now going to live out his days as a cat. That is, unless he can do whatever it takes to make things right with his whole family, including grown son David (Robbie Amell).
BAD MOMS – Rated R – 101 Min. Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Annie Mumolo From the writers who brought us such classic comedic films as THE HANGOVER SERIES (yes, they played a role in the development of ALL THREE), FOUR CHRISTMASES and THE CHANGE UP – Jon Lucas and Scott Moore – comes a hilarious film about what it really takes to be a mom in the 21st century – and how we all manage to judge not only ourselves, but every other mother around us as well…this is BAD MOMS!! Lost in her world of trying to be the BEST MOM EVER – we meet working mom Amy (Mila Kunis) as she struggles through life trying to make her children’s and husband’s lives THE BEST THEY CAN BE!!! When PTA President and all round busy body Gwedolyn (Christina Applegate) gets confronted by Amy, and in public no less, Gwendolyn is left with no alternative than to rally her troops – comprised of followers Stacy (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Vicky (Annie Momulo) to take out this BAD MOM, before she affects the other mom’s who are unwillingly under Gwendolyn’s rule. Liberated by the fact that she isn’t going to cower to this “all powerful ruler of the school” Amy acquires a few new friends and co-harts in her BAD MOM Brigade – Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) - as they decide that being THE PERFECT MOM every day of their lives has become totally exhausting…and they just aren’t going to do it anymore… I give BAD MOMS a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN – Okay, let me be straight with you from the start – when I saw that two guys wrote and directed this movie about MOM’s – I was initially wondering “How lame is this really going to be”…but Lucas and Moore managed to write and direct a film that is not only HILARIOUS, but absolutely DEAD ON with the lives that we as mother’s live day after day. From the judgment of WORKING MOMS vs. STAY AT HOME MOMS, to the pressures of meeting all the expectations of “the other mothers” at our children’s schools, to the pressures we put on ourselves to create the perfect home, the perfect kids, the perfect perception for the outside world of how fabulous we are…there is absolutely some element of this film that ALL MOTHERS can totally relate to…and laugh along with too, as all of our lives play out on screen. And what flawless casting too – as Kunis, Hahn and Bell play out their roles impeccably as the “BAD MOMS”, and Applegate’s performance is sheer perfection too (even though I literally wanted to punch her in the face before she was through!!!) You will laugh hysterically, you might even shed a tear along the way, as this film is picture-perfect in telling the story of what we, as mother’s, put ourselves through each and every day. I also wanted to share that even though BAD MOMS is the perfect GIRLS NIGHT OUT FLICK for you and your entourage to enjoy ~ you don’t necessarily have to leave the guys at home ~ as the male critics who were with me to view the advanced screening, were laughing just as hard as I and my girlfriends were, throughout the whole entire film too. Suffice to say that BAD MOM’s is one film that everyone should catch this weekend at a theater near you and don’t forget to stay through the credits – as the ending is something you definitely don’t want to miss either!!! Kathy Kaiser
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