The 15:17 to Paris

on 2-11-2018

Thanks Clint!! This is a great story, simply told. Clint Eastwood directed this true account of 3 Americans on vacation in Europe who disrupted a terrorist attack on a train. We get to learn about these three guys who played themselves in the movie. They grew up together and acted as a team in this potentially lethal situation. It is shot in a hand help camera style that seems less professional and yet, more...

12 Strong

on 1-24-2018

This is one of the best done war movies I have seen. It brings us into this high risk first assault on the Taliban in Afghanistan shortly after the aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center buildings. Jerry Bruckheimer, the director,  knows how to reenact war sequences and did a stellar job on this one. It is a docudrama that shows the terrible price of war and how families and warriors are affected. This...

The Post

on 1-17-2018

Thank You Stephen Spielberg for this richly textured expose of the story of the Pentagon Papers. He takes us through how they were made public. It is all back story that started with a reported hearing one thing from a statesman in private about the war and an entirely different message being delivered publicly. This sets him off on a voyage of discovery to bering the facts about the trans-presidential policies of this war...

All The Money In The World

on 12-26-2017

Wow! What a gripper of a movie. This is a docudrama of an event I somewhat remember. J. Paul Getty’s grandson was kidnapped. A ransom was demanded. This is the basics of this plot. It takes us through all the pain the family went through in their process of recovering their son. It was a very public, high profile kidnapping and oh what a story. The acting is excellent with “A” list actors and...

Molly’s Game

on 12-26-2017

This is a true story about a very glamorous and enterprising woman who figured out high stakes poker. It seems she might have gone a bit too high in the process. She started life as a champion skier. An accident dashed those dreams. Her dad instilled greatness in her so she took a road less traveled and excelled at it. Her crash was destined to come by the company she was attraction. She crawled...

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 –...

LBJ

on 11-05-2017

This is a portrayal via Woody Harrelson into the life of President Lyndon Banes Johnson and it is quite good. The way Harrelson plays Johnson is not from extreme likeness but more mannerisms. He captured something of the actual man in his swearing, his harsh, mannerisms, his dagger eyed stared and his folksy story telling. The production value is high and with Rob Reiner as director, the performances by all actors was top notch....

Only The Brave

on 10-23-2017

This is one of those movies that completely drawn you in. It is a true story that is very well told. It is about “The Granite Mountain Hot Shots”. They were in the news several years ago. They are an elite 20 man fire fighting team from Prescott, Arizona. They were trapped by a fast moving fire and 19 were killed. This is that story. It is excellently acted and a respectful tribute story...

Battle of The Sexes

on 10-09-2017

This is a strongly written story of Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King. They were locked into a war of words over women in athletics and their worth. It all culminated with a showdown tennis match, man against woman. It is a very well told story with many personal nuances of their lives. Emma Stone and Steve Carrel are the leads and they both convincingly embodied their characters. I understand they both had serious...

Victoria and Abdul

on 10-06-2017

This was a slow dance through a very tightly formal period in the British upper encrustedness. It plays somewhat lightly as a story with some serious underpinnings that finally energy to upset the apple cart. Victoria becomes enamored or even smitten with an Indian who is a servant in a court function. He becomes her teacher. They travel together and spend many hours together. They enjoy each others company and he becomes her official...

American Made

on 9-30-2017

This is a well acted and fascinating portrayal of a hidden part of our US national history. Tom Cruz plays Barry Seal (google him) who flew drugs, guns and Contras into and out of Central America starting in the 1950s. He made millions of dollars, shot aerial photos of Cuba and Central American rebel camps. He was a hero and a privateer. He was convicted of drug trafficking and let off with a light...

The Big Sick

on 8-29-2017

Another story from actual like that plays quirkily well. This is a simple story of a stand up comic and part time Uber driver finding romance and his comedic voice. He is Pakistani. There are “traditional” complications with him liking a Caucasian girl. A lot of cultural complications. Then she gets sick, more complications from another direction. It is a story of diversity and resolutions where you might least expect them. It has a...