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...

Neruda

on 2-13-2017

This is a sub titled movie about Pablo Neruda, the Chilean politician, activist and writer. It takes awhile to get going but once it does, the adventure is easy to stay with. The sub titles come quick, I missed a few lines. The story flows with an interesting style and cadence. It may be hard to chase down but if you like a bit of history and subtitles, I do recommend it. EXPEKT –...

Gold

on 1-30-2017

This one kept me guessing. The last surprise scene brings it all together in an unanticipated and creative way. It is a based in fact story well acted by Mathew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez as the lead actors. He is a mineral speculated in a desperate position. He shoots for the moon in contacting a legendary geologist to go after a big deal. The story takes off from there. It is filled with speculation,...

Founder

on 1-20-2017

  This is the McDonald story. It tracks the early innovations made by them in their hamburger empire all the way through to their contemporary world domination. Michael Keaton plays the part of Ray Kroc and shows his grit and determination to take the well refined McDonald concept and roll it out through a franchise model. It has a lot of business lessons in it. Some to dos and some to don’ts. It is...

Patriot’s Day

on 1-16-2017

This is a behind the scenes story of the Boston Marathon bombers detailing the police effort it took to apprehend them. Mark Whalberg has the leading role. It is gritty and focused. A lot of attention is paid to letting us know all we may not have known at the time. It took a coordinated, state and federal governments effort to apprehend the brothers involved in the bombings and to put an end to...

Lion

on 1-16-2017

I was going to pass on this one but glad I did not. It is a both painful and joyous story to watch unfold. The director did a very good job at showing the necessary details of this story get get us fully involved. It is paced just right to let the story sink in. It is a bitter sweet tale in just about every aspect. I liked it very much and was entertained...