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...

Maudie

on 8-29-2017

This is one of the strangest true life love stories I have seen. It is a real life story of an out of the norm couple in Nova Scotia that met in unusual circumstances and lived a simple life together. She became a very sought after painter and he sold fish. It is a charmer. The actors had to deliver few lines. Most of the acting is in gestures, grunts and mumbles. They are...

DUNKIRK

on 7-21-2017

This is an up close and personal account of the events that lead to the rescue of several hundred thousand British troops that had been driven to a small area of France.  The advancing German army, in the early days of World War 2, could not be stopped. The movie is directed by Christopher Nolan. He had an effective idea in shooting this that brought us intimately familiar with three sets of people involved....

Megan Leavey

on 6-17-2017

This is a based in fact hero story about a battle dog and it’s female Marine handler who both got damaged in Iraq. It is a very well told story that is worth viewing. It does not glorify the Iraq war. The war is a part of the story because it is the backdrop for the story. The acting is believable and the story telling is quite thorough. It gives us a real sense...

Churchill

on 6-02-2017

This is an up close and personal view of a cigar smoking and obstinate Winston Churchill. He was haunted by the carnage he saw in World War 1. He was protective of his people and despised wasting human life. He really wanted to win World War 2 but was cautious to save as much life in the process as possible. He was a pain in the side of the top generals as he was...

The Lost City Of “Z”

on 5-08-2017

This is a very good adventure movie about discovering the unknown regions of Earth. It takes place in the early 1900s. This is an expertly crafted docudrama. It takes us on the physical and emotional journey of discovery. It was dangerous. There are bugs, snakes, hostile tribes but most dangerous of all was the remoteness of the depths of the Amazon jungle. It takes us there not just as spectators. It was as if...