The Man Who Invented Christmas

on 11-24-2017

This is the story of Charles Dickens in 1843 and all of the torment he brought to himself and his family in mining “The Christmas Carol” story from himself. It was masterfully presented. Christopher Plummer plays Scrouge who became the Dickens muse in writing the story. It is brilliantly presented. They really made the story come to life. I walked out with a greater appreciation of life and all of it’s struggles. EXPEKT –...

The Foreigner

on 10-25-2017

Jackie Chan is back.This story takes us into a complicated story that reveals itself a layer at a time. The Jackie Chan character is after justice for the tragic death of his daughter. The layers are so intricate in this story that I do not want to spoil any of if for you. The dramatic tension is expertly managed to have us leaning into the next plot point with anticipation. This is a hallmark...

Wonder Woman

on 6-02-2017

This is a fun movie. There is great humor. Lots of adventure. A good story line. Some mythical as well as cosmic consciousness. Believe it or not, it has good writing and acting as well. What a package. There are plenty of leaps in reality but, hey, let’s remember this is a comic book on a movie screen. I suggest that you leave your reality at the door and enjoy a fun couple of...

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

on 5-26-2017

      I liked this. It is complex, with converging story lines crisscrossing the movie. It all pulls together to make for a very fun romp of a movie. Javier Bardem is the new kid in this one. He adds a dark dimension to this already deeply shaded story. I was thoroughly entertained. There are several surprise cameos that add to the overall fun of their Very well done Disney summer block buster....

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

on 5-06-2017

This one is kind of a yawn, kind of fun but… It was as if they threw everything on the screen and I’m my humble opinion a lot of it belongs on the cutting room floor. Gripping about 20 minutes off of it might have made a far more viewable movie. The cast was great, and the acting very good. I could have had a lot less personal story lines that seemed to be...

The Fate of The Furious

on 4-22-2017

The story falls apart in at least 5 places. It does, however point to an eventual possibility that autonomous cars could be hacked and used n ways not intended by their creators. They might be a future ISIS or Russian threat or just another movie sub plot. Some of the acting was good in a testosteronish sort of way. It was fun to see Charles Theron as the villainess. Even though I never did...

ROGUE ONE

on 12-19-2016

Yes, Star Wars lives on and on… This particular installment is very well done. The acting is top tier. I liked these characters and was engaged by them and their mission. So, away I went into the Star Wars universe holding onto the theater seat. It is a romp, a quest and of course a galaxy sized battle with fighter aircraft filling the skies. It does have a certain proportionality to it, somewhat believable...

Doctor Strange

on 11-05-2016

This movie is brilliantly well done. The use of CG (computer graphics) is clever and convincing. There are great laugh lines and a strong story line. Benedict Cumberbatch was made for this part. He owns this one while having a lot of fun with it. The story is intent on blending reality with the unseen world. it draws powers from the unseen world, into the present convincingly. It took me to new places cinematically...

The Hateful Eight

on 12-29-2015

The characters are crusty. The laugh lines quick and plentiful, The script is clever. The actions are despicable and crudely funny. Death is dealt liberally and the scenery is spectacular. It seems ironic that all of those actions are taking place in such unrelenting beauty. Buckle up if you intend to invest 3 hours of your life on this one, as, it is quite grittily crude, in true Tarentino style. It is just like...

In The Heart Of The Sea

on 12-20-2015

This is a powerful tail of men challenging the sea and one very big whale. It is directed by Opey (Ron Howard) and has his traditional statement of quality story telling. The scenes and sets were meticulously constructed to take us back in time to an era where life was quite tough and the men who put to sea were a breed apart. It is a well told story that is well worth your...