Current and Past Movie Reviews
I’m sick after watching Spike Lee’s great film about race relations & our country’s horrible history. A true story of a black man who infiltrates the KKK. No hidden agenda here, Lee takes on Trump, David Duke & all racists as the film ends w/ video from Charlottesville 1 year ago!
THE MEG kinda looked like it had promise. Big shark, a large cast (to feed on) and maybe some self-deprecating humor? Nope. The weak cast, poor acting, little to no story, less humor but one humungous bad-ass shark. I’ll admit that several times I cheered for the shark. C at best!
What a great year for documentaries. Now we get THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS about 3 young men who find out they were separated at birth and adopted by 3 different families. They become media darlings & then the story takes a really dark but interesting turn. Excellent movie. A!
I so wanted this to be a charming, heartfelt film that would connect to both parents & children. It didn’t. The premise is great, Ewan McGregor is great even the old ratty puppets that come to life are great (especially Tigger & Eyore) but the story drags & the ending thuds. B-
Elsie Fisher plays a socially awkward young woman moving into high school. She wants so badly to be popular but fails. She is so unhappy. Fisher’s performance is outstanding but the story seemed to lack focus. A good, not great film. grade B
Cruise is so comfortable in this role, which helps to make the series as entertaining/successful as it has been. Fallout might be one of his best. Story, action & support. Cast…all was excellent. I have to give Cruise credit, he fits the series like a glove & that is a good thing!
A sequel with an edge! Denzel returns in his first ever sequel and I like it better than the original. He’s a deadly version of Robin Hood tracking down bad people and making things right. Very violent and intense but the story was strong and he’s always good. Well done…B+!
This one is so silly, so over the top & precisely what the fans wanted. Not my cup of tea but for those who it is, you will be very happy. Never really considered an Andy Garcia/Cher duet in my lifetime. Fun fluff for fans. B
Vera Farmiga is a tremendous actress that most will recognize once they see her. She plays the (possibly?) sane member of the most dysfunctional family ever. Christopher Plummer plays her pot selling dad. The movie has many great moments but goes a bit too far on the story. B-
Dwayne Johnson in a TOWERING INFERNO + DIEHARD mindless summer action flick. His family is stranded in a Hong Kong high-rise which is now on fire!! While there is not a single credible minute in the movie, it still manages to be entertaining & fun. Great use of a fire axe. B
Nick Offerman is a charming movie about a father/daughter relationship as she heads for med school. They are a musical family and very talented. It’s a wonderful movie about real people with real issues and emotions…plus great music. Great cast too! B+
This should not work, but now both Ant-Man films have been amazingly entertaining. Lilly was a great addition as the Wasp, as was Lawrence Fishburne & Michelle Pfeiffer. Fun story, smart writing & Paul Rudd are the keys. Not exactly sure how it works but it does. Summer fun! B+
The original film was outstanding but this sequel seems lacking in story. Both films are full of graphic violence. This one deals with tensions on the Texas/Mexico border & the involvement of the Mexican cartels. Good to very good but not great. R-rated for sure…no kids! B-
AMERICAN ANIMALS tells the true story of a harebrained plan to steal priceless books from a college library in KY. Not only true but we see the real-life four, now grown, men commenting on what happened and how. Clever, very well made heist film. B+
Maybe my favorite since the first but the screaming kids under 3 was kinda annoying. On what planet is this a movie for 3 year olds? The island blows up, critters come to America & that’s never good. The bad guy is weak but Howard’s footwear more appropriate. Stupid fun…B+
You won’t see a better doc all year! Hell, you might not see a better movie all year!! A tremendous movie about a very fascinating man, full of love & focused on helping children. Amazing, powerful & emotional. We could really use his messages today. A truly great movie! A+
I’ve heard from a lot of people who had solid opinions about FIRST REFORMED. From Taxi Driver (& other dark films) writer Paul Schrader it’s a story of a priest with some pretty severe issues. As dark as they come & very disturbing. Hawke is excellent but hard to recommend!
I know that there was a good movie in TAG but it certainly didn’t show up on screen. Good cast plus a true, though hard to believe, story. For 30 years these men play tag in the month of May. The writer & director fumbled this one badly. And wasted Jon Hamm & Jeremy Renner. C+
Face it; most sequels are pale imitations of the original. It took 14 years, but this sequel is so much better than the first! What film is brave enough to open with a cast apology for waiting so long? Enjoyed, but didn’t love, the original but I loved this one. Cast, story. A or 10 Stars
A super creepy story about a family dealing with a series of tragic deaths. Toni Collette is excellent as the mom trying to make sense of all this but only making it worse! Some disconcerting images and storylines. Strong acting and great filmmaking. B+ or an 8 Stars
Oceans 8 differs from previous films in the series as the entire cast/gang is female. Bullock leads her team in a heist at an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Far from greatness, but fun summer fluff. A cinematic version of cotton candy.
A look at the first Franciscan Pope & his thoughts and feelings about what the world needs now. He inspires moments of great joy & reverent quiet. He also points out where we have gone wrong & how we can correct it. Wonderful ideas but not presented as well as I would’ve liked.
Intense look at a young woman who meets a boy in Tahiti and agrees to sail with him on an ocean voyage. Woodley is outstanding & the shots of the storms are amazing. If you are going for the story you will be disappointed. If you want to see a brave permanence, this is it.
One of the best movies I have seen all year. Dem. or Rep, this 84-year old is formidable. Super smart, tough as nails and so impressive. Only in America could you see her story. A great, great film full of emotions and impact. Film was followed by applause…a rock solid A.
A twisted film about a young British girl’s fascination with a mysterious “bad boy”. He may or may not be involved with a series or murders. BEAST is a dark & sometimes disturbing, but always compelling movie. Tough subject matter at times but very good in a challenging way.
Clearly, I’m not the target audience for BOOK CLUB, but it was nice to bring the avg age in the theater down for a change. I hated every moment but the “women of a certain age” laughed often and even applauded. Nice to see 70’s and 80’s actors still able to find work. C-
SO much better than the original movie. Better story, better told. Still full of sharp writing with nothing off-limits. Brolin as Cable, the super-soldier from the future is also strong. Still uber-violent and foul-mouthed and NOT for kids. Reynolds owns this character. B+
SOLO attempts to present an engaging look at the early days of Han Solo but falls a couple of notches short of magnificent. Way too many action scenes and too little character development. Acting good but the story got the short shrift. B/B- range for me.
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1 h 30 min Action 10 August 2018
A CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer are forced to work together in confronting political corruption. An informant must be moved twenty-two miles to safety.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, John Malkovich, Ronda Jean Rousey, Iko Uwais, Alexandra Vino, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Sam Medina, Terry Kinney, Sala Baker, Poorna Jagannathan, Lauren Mary Kim
Thriller, Adventure 17 August 2018
After a hunting expedition goes awry, a young caveman struggles against the elements to find his way home.
Directed by: Albert Hughes
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Priya Rajaratnam, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén, Natassia Malthe, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Mercedes de la Zerda, Patrick Flanagan, Spencer Bogaert, Michael Kruse-Dahl, Marcin Kowalczyk, Louis Lay, Blake Point, Kyle Glenn Thomas, Taran Kootenhayoo, Nestor de la Zerda, Nashon Douglas
1 h 40 min Drama 17 August 2018
A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Directed by: Björn Runge
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern, Alix Wilton Regan, Karin Franz Körlof, Michael Benz, Twinnie Lee Moore, Carolin Stoltz, Catharina Christie, Jane Garioni
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19 July 2018
Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s established a get rich quick scam that turns deadly.
Directed by: James Cox
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Thomas Cocquerel, Rosanna Arquette, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson, Suki Waterhouse, Billie Lourd, Waleed Zuaiter, Bokeem Woodbine
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