Movies and Shakers reviews “Stronger,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

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STRONGER

This film about the Boston Marathon bombing is stronger than Mark Wahlberg’s turn in Patriots Day. It’s the same subject, but told from a much more personal perspective. Jeff Bauman lost his legs in the blast as he was cheering on his ex-girlfriend, Erin. He was trying to win her back. Emmy award-winning Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) plays restrained and conflicted as the girlfriend feeling guilty because she was the reason he was there. His journey back and their love posed enormous challenges for Jake Gyllenhaal as well.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Billie Jean King went to court to defend herself against male chauvinism and inequality which is still an issue today. Only she won in1973 and on a tennis court. This film shows how that match played out becoming one of the most watched televised sports events and a worldwide phenomenon. It is an entertaining and illuminating film that shines a light on the emergence of the feminist movement and changes in attitude towards sexuality.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Sequels are supposed to take movie franchises to new heights. Kingsman: The Golden Circle aims to do just the opposite. There’s more of everything here; more blood, foul language, laughs and a higher body count. The frantic, manic pace doesn’t let go. The great drawback of this edition of Kingsman is that it simply tries to stuff too much of everything into this bloated two-hour piece. Some crafty editing could have easily brought this in under 2 hours with a few less dead bodies and whip-cracks.

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