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Now showing in Taos: ‘Ready or Not’

Murderous game at midnight for just-marrieds makes for mad amusement

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 8/25/19

The filthy rich Le Domas family likes to play games. In fact their wealth is derived from the board games and other amusements in which their patriarch invested generations ago ...

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Now showing in Taos: ‘Ready or Not’

Murderous game at midnight for just-marrieds makes for mad amusement

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The filthy rich Le Domas family likes to play games. In fact their wealth is derived from the board games and other amusements in which their patriarch invested generations ago. But, as we see in an opening sequence, something funny — or rather crazy — is going on with them.

A woman named Grace (Samara Weaving, who seems a dead ringer for Margot Robbie) doesn’t have a clue about any this when we first meet her. All she knows is that she’s crazy about family member Alex (Mark O’Brien) and can’t wait to marry him in a wedding ceremony dripping with royal elegance. Of course, when she arrives with Alex, she — and we — are introduced to the family. Some are welcoming and some are suspicious. But, they all now that Alex is in love and are willing to accept the new addition to the family.

There are some slightly sour notes. Let’s just say the air of decadence about them seems deeper than the usual kind one might find among the ridiculously rich. Since this is a horror movie with comic overtones, nothing is taken too seriously. In fact, there are some pretty good laughs as we begin to see what the family is really up to once the wedding has taken place and they prepare a special party at midnight all in Grace’s honor.

It seems the family owes more than deference to the memory of their late patriarch for whom they set an empty chair for at their banquet table. They believe he possesses a supernatural power that will be unleashed upon them if they fail to successfully carry out a certain ritual with the new family member.

That’s how Grace winds up finding herself on the run for her life after innocently picking the “Hide and Seek” card during the special party.

The movie derives a lot from “The Most Dangerous Game” and even the film comedy “Clue” as it follows what happens as Grace tries to outwit and escape the clutches of this spectacularly nutty family. One thing it does have going for it is an infectiouse style and the plucky wit of Weaving, who is, by the way, the niece of Australian actor Hugo Weaving.

Not a bad movie, kinda fun in fact, but it’s no classic.

Tempo grade: C+

“Ready or Not” is rated R for violence, bloody images, language throughout, and drug use.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Also showing in Taos

Angel Has Fallen

MPAA rating: R for violence and language throughout

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres

This is a sequel to action movies “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and “London Has fallen” (2016). Authorities take Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) into custody for the failed assassination attempt of U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman).

After escaping from his captors, Banning must evade the FBI and his own agency to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, he soon turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name and save the country from imminent danger.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, this action film co-stars Piper Perabo, Danny Huston, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Nick Nolte, Lance Reddick and Tim Blake Nelson.

It is screening daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit storyteller7.com.

Jirga

MPAA rating: Not rated but does contain some mild violence.

Taos Community Auditorium

This is a 2018 Australian drama film written and directed by Benjamin Gilmour and produced by John Maynard.

It stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier returning to Afghanistan to seek forgiveness from the family of a man he killed while serving in the war. The film was shot under extreme circumstances, in dangerous locations and with assistance from the local people of Afghanistan. Deemed too politically divisive to be produced in Pakistan the film moved production at the last minute to Afghanistan and shot in one of the most dangerous regions in the world, Kandahar Province.

This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 25) and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Aug. 26-28) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

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