I see more than 200 movies a year. Ask anyone who sees movies with me or who talks with me frequently about movies -- I never say a movie is too short. Yet, when it was obvious The Iceman went into conclusion mode, I wanted more.
It's the riveting "true" story of real-life hit man Richard Kuklinski, who is said to have murdered 100 people in the 1970s and 1980s before his capture and eventual incarceration in 1986.
Michael Shannon -- the villain in the new Superman movie -- is Kuklinski. He's an exceptionally good character actor and nails the introverted Kuklinski. Co-starring are the always exceptional Ray Liotta as his maniacal employer; Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's wife; and an unrecognizable Chris Evans (Captain America) and David Schwimmer (TV's Friends) as others in the same business. Look, too, for an interesting cameo from James Franco.
This is an exceptionally well-written, acted and filmed movie. Director Ariel Vromen and writer Morgan Land base the story on a book and a documentary about Kuklinski. If films like Goodfellas or similar movies are your thing, then you'll love this one.
Director: Ariel Vromen
Stars: Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated R for extreme violence, language and mature themes. It is playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.