Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again

on 7-20-2018

The movie starts off singing and ends the same way. There are a few songs in the middle as well. Oh, and did I mention there is singing?? The acting is schmaltzy to begin with then gets all the way to tolerable. Cher shows up to knock her special song outta the park! I felt the whole movie was worth the emotional wade to get to her moment. It wasn’t really as bad as...

Skyscraper

on 7-20-2018

This is a surprisingly well told story…..in super hero clothing. Dwayne Johnson stars as a remade man after a serious policing accident. He has been working on this very large contract and the day he is to sign off on the security safeguards of the tallest building in the world, the drama begins. It is well acted and the CG special effects are believable, in a CG kinda way. I was well entertained and...

Three Identical Strangers

on 7-17-2018

This is a special movie with a deep message of how we form from the events we encounter in our development. It is atimely theme in this day of inner and outer shifts. It is a documentary about three identical brothers separated at birth. They are charming, funny and endearing guys. Both men and women love them. They are pranksters and love to goof and laugh. True Life Of The Party personalities. At some...

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

on 7-11-2018

Here we go with installment #2 of this franchise. It looks like we are being set up for more as the movie ended. I liked this. There is a fair amount of shootem-up but it is backed by a solid story of government twisted allegiances and great acting. If this is your cup of on screen violence, have a look. Benecio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are a dynamic duo to deliver the goods....

Mister Rogers

on 7-11-2018

I love a movie that the audience loves. This was one. Spontaneous applause erupted at the end of this simple documentary about the much loved Fred Rogers. I knew little about this man. He was an ordained minister who decided to have a children’s television ministry on the then, new PBS. He was a clever and gutsy guy. He pulled it off by delivering a simple and heart felt message of inclusion and caring....

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

on 7-11-2018

This is a Summer Block Buster that delivers. It is a take off on the other two Jurassic movies and it is a stand alone, in that respect. I liked it. There are several very questionable scenes and several nail bitter scenes or should I say: Veloca Raptor biter scenes?? At any rate, if you like this sorta movie, you will love this new addition of this ongoing franchise. EXPEKT- O – METER Before...

Gotti

on 7-11-2018

This is a difficult movie to watch. It is pretty rough. It is a profile of a very ruthless Mafia hit man named John Gotti. He rose in stature in the organized crime world. It portrays the mind set of his mobster pals and how they operated. It was surprisingly instructive from that angle. John Travolta played the Gotti character and he did a good job of it. There was something lacking in this...

Oceans 8

on 6-08-2018

So, you know how this works: The Girls have to get into the act. Well, in this case, they do a great job. It is a clever script backed by some skilled actors who conspired to put a very fun story on the screen. It is a take off on Oceans 11 where it was mostly the boys doing a heist. Well, the gals got the same “big dealitis’ chip installed. They are going...

ADRIFT

on 6-01-2018

This is a documentary of a romantic sailing adventure that got short circuited by a storm, a hurricane storm, a class 5 hurricane storm. As you may imaging, some dramas ensued. This is a movie you wear like a new skin. It tugs at you and pulls you into owning the life changing realities this couple are thrust into. It called on me time and again to answer, what would I do? It has...

Book Club

on 5-28-2018

This is a very fun and funny romantic comedy. The actors are having fun and playing off of each others energy. I am sure this was a fun movie set to come to each day of the shooting. These old gals are reading 50 Shades of Gray for their book this month and as can imaging most of the fun is sexual innuendo. It is cleverly written and well acted. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson...

Star Wars: Solo

on 5-28-2018

I was shocked that Opey (Ron Howard) could not get any more LIFE out of this cast. I was not at all interested in any of them. They were flat, walking through and that made the story kind of drag along for me. For such a wonderful series, I expected far more. The Story is lack luster and a bit OK but this crop of new actors are not ready for prime time. This...

Deadpool 2

on 5-18-2018

Well folks, this one is actually funny. Unlike the first one that I walked out on. This is very wacky script that uses any smutty situation and word usage to launch a laugh line. Some of it actually landed. It is mayhem incarnate. Lots CG fighting and exploding stuff or having bodies or body parts fly thru the air. It engenders a guilty pleasure at looking at these otherwise terrible scenes and finding a...

Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word

on 5-18-2018

I think I found my dream job. Yep, I wanna be Pope. What a great gig. He has a gregarious and yet humble attitude that suits him well for the job. He is a very available pope. He drives a small Fiat – Pope Mobile. He travels to all the stressed points of the world and has the respect of many millions. This movie is a touching tribute to this Pope. He is the...

Rampage

on 5-13-2018

This is a great Gorillas gone wild story. Throw in a 30 foot wolf with an nasty temper and a slithering, scaly water creature that can dive through buildings and you may start to see how Dwayne Johnson was having trouble convincing the powers that be to not kill his Ape. It is about a space station experiment that went terribly wrong and ended back on Earth creating a path of destruction. It is...

RBG

on 5-13-2018

Ruth Bater Ginsberg playing herself takes us through her life. She is one impressive gal. This is a documentary about our legal system and how it works. It shows how she got her start as a women’s rights advocate lawyer. She was instrumental in several important decisions advancing the cause of equality for women. This was done at times when her constructs were totally foreign to the court. She had to educate our Supreme...

Tully

on 5-13-2018

This is a “being a Mom” story with good acting and a feeling tone that drew me in. It is a simple story of a Mom with two children and one on the way. It is expertly acted in a feeling sorta way by Charlez Theron. She is a captivating actress who is very easy to look at and in this case, easy to fall into. In this movie, she needs some night rest...

Avengers: Infinity War

on 4-29-2018

Yuck!!! This is a testosterone stew with entirely too many ingredients in it. So many “A” list actors and so little continuity. To many battles being fought on too many planetary battle fields. Then there was, of course: too many hours watching this traffic jam of Marvel heroes. Shall I go on? Yes, and some of the acting was so high school playish I nearly walked out. Only to be stopped from this by...

A Quiet Place

on 4-15-2018

This is a very good movie and unusual story. I am not a fan of scary or horror films but this is an exception. It is less horror and more of a shocking story of survival in a world inhabited with auditory sensitive critters that will ‘take you out’ once they hear you. It is an interesting story premise and also very well acted. Miss Emily Blunt is not only looking good but doing...

Beirut

on 4-15-2018

This movie captures the suspense of a war torn Beirut. It has before scenes showing the city as an international and cosmopolitan place with culture. It also shows it after a significant war that reduced it to a beat up and dangerous city in the cross hairs of several factions. It takes us along as passengers into an increasingly dangerous and twisted story of recovering a captive from some unsavory characters who may or...

Chappaquiddick

on 4-06-2018

This is a true story you may or may not have known. According to this rendition there might have been some details allowed to blur for the love we collectively had for this family. This story is well acted and the story well told. It left me with more questions than answers about the events portrayed. At least not I know what questioned need asking. The pacing is at the speed of my emotions...

Isle Of Dogs

on 3-29-2018

This is a very trip, quirky movie that has a heart. It is all animation and a seeming simple animation at that. Yet, the actors playing the character s, dogs especially will win you over and you too will be rooting for them. Well, I was at least. It has a cuteness factor but and quite touching and timely side of technology gone awry and who will the hero be to undo what has...

Ready Player One

on 3-29-2018

This It is a very fun movie with both adventure and laugh lines. It is a geeky movie but still fun for non geeks, kinda like me. Not that I do not have my own geekiness but video games has never been my interest. This movie is all about video gaming and actually getting into the game yourself with an ”Avatar” of your design. Am I scaring you away yet? I got into it...

7 Days In Entebbe

on 3-17-2018

This is a reenactment of the hijacking that occured July 4 , 1976. It was an Air France aircraft with 248 passengers including 102 Israeli passengers. It had been hijacked to Uganda by Palestinian and German terrorists. It was then diverted to Entebbe, Uganda. The movie is slow paced and excellently acted. This dramatic re-inactment takes us through all sides of this international crisis. It takes us into the internal workings of the Israeli...

Tomb Raider

on 3-17-2018

We will be seeing more from this franchise boys and girls. There is an obvious set up at the end. I liked this. This is a wild adventure story with 100 situations that would kill any standard humanoid yet this new female action hero bounces back for more. She is a likable hero with a steely focus that gets her through the tightest of situations. I was entertained. It appeals to that “go for...

Hurricane Heist

on 3-17-2018

This is a great script for a solid “B” movie. The Computer Generated Graphics were a bit dated.The acting a bit, well, “B” quality. However, the story line was interesting and fun to follow. I saw this on the big screen. Couching it with Netflix when you are looking for options will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. EXPEKT – O – METER Before 7 – After 7.5 > >...

Game Night

on 3-03-2018

This is one of those movies that takes us on a romp. Where we think we are is rarely what is going on. Yea, it is fun and wacky with one twisty turn after another. It is a laugh oriented movie that is very funny. The outcome of each set up will end in a different place than we think it will. So go and be ready to be entertained. Stay until the end...

Annihilation

on 3-03-2018

This is a great science fiction movie. Original creative thought that went into this movie. It is based in scientific principles, yet everything is out of proportion and has a deep and unexplainable mystery to it. I was entertained. It has a stripe of realism woven through all of the computer generated graphics and super natural concepts. I liked this a lot. It is a powerful heroes journey with women in the lead. Thank...

Red Sparrow

on 3-03-2018

This is a well placed movie release. It deals with the theme of Russian Cold War tactics in the present day. It is a cold movie with Jennifer Lawrence in a roll of a Russian woman being played from all sides as she learns the tricks of the game and incorporates a few of her own. It portrays the cold hearted tricks in the spy craft she has been coerced into after a career...