The Shape Of Water

on 12-10-2017

WOW!!! A great one only comes around a few times a year. Give yourself a treat and see this movie. It has a broad spectrum of emotions that I do not remember ever being so tightly packed into a screen work. This one clicks on all levels. It has a spectrum from menacing to sweet tenderness and state secrets to simple humanity, with some great laugh lines sprinkled in. . There is also, of...

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

on 11-27-2017

This is a wild and crazy screenplay that somehow made it to the screen. A bit of a miracle in itself. Where to start? See it, for one. It is wacky, crude, funny, unpredictable and has a lot of laugh lines. I mean belly laughs if you are twisted enough. Now you better know who I am. It has a great cast: Woody Harrolson, Francis Mcdormod, Sam Rockwell (one of my favorite bad guys)...

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 –...

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

on 11-24-2017

This is a riveting story of a legally skilled lawyer on the ropes after his partner suddenly slips into a coma. The story has several unpredictable plot twists as this savante of a lawyer struggles to find his footing. It is expertly acted by Densel Washington and Collin Ferrell. I was completely drawn in by this story. It is a bumpy ride but one worth sitting through. EXPEKT – O – METER Before 7...

Lady Bird

on 11-20-2017

This is a quite quirky, coming of age story. It is told from the main characters point of view and narrated by her at times. It has a lot of humor in it, some innocence and a lot of teenage angst. It is a very viewable movie. It truly grew on me in an emotionally endearing way. The dad is a big teddy bear and the mom the combative one wanting the best for...

Murder On The Orient Express

on 11-10-2017

This is a great little movie! It has enough intrigue, period touches and great acting to get two thumbs up from me. The all star cast brings this story to life with great flare. There is an upper crustliness to the whole story. The train is first class, when first class actually meant something. It is pre-cell phone so people actually talk with each other. It is fun to watch and have this mystery...

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...

Blade Runner 2049

on 10-06-2017

If you enjoy excessively long movies (2.43), that are dark, brooding, with plot points unsatisfactorily peeled back to reveal a big ‘so what’ and takes itself entirely too seriously, then this just might be for you. Great acting, wonderful set design and a fantasy sex scene we all have done at one time or another. His dream gal ( a true beauty ) is inhabiting his actual sex partner. Sound familiar? Just checking. All...

Brad’s Status

on 9-27-2017

This movie is very slow moving to the points it wants to make. If you can stick with all of the parental – offspring angst, you might find a life lesson tor two in it. Ben Stiller plays his usual Jewish stumble bum competent and is almost tolerable to watch as he feels his way to finding a good college for his son. EXPEKT-O-METER Before 7 – After 6.5 > > >...

9/11

on 9-09-2017

This is a must see movie. It is expertly acted. Charlie Sheen is the lead actor. Welcome back Charlie. It is a simple, yet dramatic story of 5 people stuck in a North World Trade Center elevator as an aircraft crashes into the South Tower. The elevator passengers freak out and ultimately bond to rescue themselves, with a little help from Whoopie Goldberg. It is an up close and personal account of the events...

Logan Lucky

on 8-29-2017

This is a romp of a movie. It is slow paced. It is shot and acted like a “B” movie. The wrap up of this story is BRILLIANT and well worth the tedium of many of the scenes. I kept asking myself: where is this all going? Maybe that was the plan of the crew. It works very well in a glance over the shoulder. :o) EXPEKT – O – METER Before 9 –...

Wind River

on 8-19-2017

This is an emotionally hard hitting look at our Indian Reservation legacy with women. It profiles a young girl who was found dead, in the snow. The FBI, Indian Police and Wildlife Management agencies all work together to try to solve this mystery. It was so authentic that I forgot that I was in a movie. The acting is top notch and story telling compelling. It will take you into this slice of life...