In our weekly feature we highlight three movie recommendations that debuted this weekend in years past at the movie theaters. Here are films that debuted the last few years and sought to exert maximum force onscreen and off.
1. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (U.S. Release – May 17, 2019)
The third time's absolutely the charm for Keanu Reeves' killing machine known as John Wick, aka The Boogeyman. The first time around, he had to kill them after they killed his dog. The second time, they stole his car, and he had to kill them once more. And now, at the behest of the High Table whom he's offended, they're out to kill him or else. So yeah, he has no choice. He'll have to kill them again.
The great thing about the series is the unrelenting inventiveness and absolute A-level skill that's unleashed with all this mayhem. Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski and his leading man are never fooling around. They're going to give you their everything and then some when it comes to new stunts and action sequences. So here, we have Wick on horseback with guns firing…Wick on a motorcycle wielding his samurai sword…Wick and Sofia (Halle Berry) and her dog dispatching bad dudes…Wick taking on a hall of glass and assassins in a seeming ode to "Enter the Dragon."
It's quite absurd, over the top, and ridiculous…and really, would you want it any other way?
2. Deadpool 2 (U.S. Release – May 18, 2018)
One year prior to "John Wick 3's" arrival in theaters, the co-director, David Leitch, of the first "John Wick" released his own action extravaganza, "Deadpool 2." Once again, Ryan Reynolds returns as the irrepressible "Merc with a Mouth." This time, he's out to rescue young, angry teen mutant Russell (Julian Dennison), targeted for elimination by a time-traveling cyber-soldier named Cable (Josh Brolin on hiatus from his "Avengers" baddie Thanos).
Basically, "Deadpool 2" is just "Deadpool" with lots more of everything. More action, more wisecracks and more supporting mutants. Sizing up Cable to be an extremely hard rival to compete with, Deadpool gets busy recruiting fellow heroes to form a new super group called the X-Force. They may or may not make it to the film's end time, but it's highly entertaining to see them try.
3. Alien: Covenant (U.S. Release – May 19, 2017)
Ridley Scott assumes the director's chair again after returning to the "Alien" franchise with the prequel "Prometheus." "Alien: Covenant" follows up to see what became of "Prometheus'" lone survivors and the world to which they travelled. Of course, when this new crew of passengers arrives on this world of xenomorphs, it's not exactly paradise. In fact, it's the opposite – and they're soon in the struggle of their lives to make it back to the ship and off the planet intact.
While we miss the return of "Prometheus'" heroic scientist Shaw (Noomi Rapace), Katherine Waterston delivers as the series' latest heroine, Daniels, chief terraformer for the mission. Like Ridley Scott's original vision in "Alien," Waterston is in for lots of atmospheric terror as her space mates are slowly decimated. She, though, like Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Shaw before her, is up for the challenge.