Unbroken – Path To Redemption

on 9-22-2018

This is a thinly disguised evangelical story: be warned. Fortunately the religiosity is mild enough for most of the movie that the story still stands alone. It is a follow up on the UNBROKEN Movie from last year. It is about an Olympic athlete named Louis Zamprerine who’s B-24 bomber crashed in the Pacific during WW2. He survived a Japanese prison camp and was haunted by the ghosts of war during his civilian life....

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...

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...

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...

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...