Movies: The Highwaymen, Five Feet Apart, Us

The Highwaymen

This is an updated rendition of the original from Arthur Penn’s 1967 film where the focus is more on Texas Rangers, Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, who hunt down Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow under the authority of then Governor of Texas played by Kathy Bates.

It’s a much more intense, brutal version from the original film.  The critic’s comments vary significantly on this version of the story.

The cast makes this edition much different from the first release.  The focus is more on the lawmen that made history than it is about Bonnie and Clyde.  In addition to Costner and Harrelson are Kim Dickens as Gladys Hamer, Emily Brobst as Bonnie Parker, Edward Bossert as Clyde Barrow.  Kathy Bates gives a cameo role as Texas Governer Ma Furguson.  Another 60+ actors round out the cast.

The film is rated R for strong violence and bloody images.  It is listed as Drama, Mystery & Suspense with a run time of 132 minutes.  We do not think this film is appropriate for viewing by children.  It’s just too violent.  This film is also available on Netflix.


Five Feet Apart

This intriguing film title speaks to the leading characters who suffer from cystic fibrosis.  CF (cystic fibrosis) is a genetic terminal illness with no cure.  It affects about 30,000 people a year in the US alone.  The “six feet apart” rule applies to the distance CF patients must distance themselves from each other or risk contracting the other’s infections.  The story gets pretty serious and intense at one point.

The cast is filled with young folks.  Haley Lu Richardson shines as Stella.  Cole Sprouse is exceptional as Will.  Moises Arias is touching as Poe.  Swedish actress Emily Baldoni is Julie.  British actress Claire Folani plays Meredith.  Another British actress Parminder Nagra plays Dr. Hamid.  Kimberly Hebert Gregory is brilliant as Nurse Barb.

This movie is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and suggestive materials.  It’s listed as a Drama, Romance but is probably not suitable for younger children.  The run time is 120 minutes.



From the Director of Get Out, Jordan Peele’s second thriller is attracting large audiences.  Only this edition is much more ambiguous with many more nuances and symbolism.

The Oscar winning Screenplay writer has come up with a film that is creepy, terrifying and inventive that might well haunt your thoughts for a while.  Ironically enough the film is set on the coast of Northern California where Lupita Nyong’o plays the wife and mother at her beach side childhood vacation home.  Winston Duke plays her husband and father to their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph plays their son and Evan Alex is their daughter).

There have been some mixed reviews but overall we enjoyed the film.  That said it may be too intense for children.  It is rated R for violence, terror and language (and much more to be fair).  It is listed as Horror, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense with a run time of  2 hours, 1 minute.


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