Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again

on 7-20-2018

The movie starts off singing and ends the same way. There are a few songs in the middle as well. Oh, and did I mention there is singing?? The acting is schmaltzy to begin with then gets all the way to tolerable. Cher shows up to knock her special song outta the park! I felt the whole movie was worth the emotional wade to get to her moment. It wasn’t really as bad as...

Skyscraper

on 7-20-2018

This is a surprisingly well told story…..in super hero clothing. Dwayne Johnson stars as a remade man after a serious policing accident. He has been working on this very large contract and the day he is to sign off on the security safeguards of the tallest building in the world, the drama begins. It is well acted and the CG special effects are believable, in a CG kinda way. I was well entertained and...

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

on 7-11-2018

Here we go with installment #2 of this franchise. It looks like we are being set up for more as the movie ended. I liked this. There is a fair amount of shootem-up but it is backed by a solid story of government twisted allegiances and great acting. If this is your cup of on screen violence, have a look. Benecio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are a dynamic duo to deliver the goods....

Oceans 8

on 6-08-2018

So, you know how this works: The Girls have to get into the act. Well, in this case, they do a great job. It is a clever script backed by some skilled actors who conspired to put a very fun story on the screen. It is a take off on Oceans 11 where it was mostly the boys doing a heist. Well, the gals got the same “big dealitis’ chip installed. They are going...

Tully

on 5-13-2018

This is a “being a Mom” story with good acting and a feeling tone that drew me in. It is a simple story of a Mom with two children and one on the way. It is expertly acted in a feeling sorta way by Charlez Theron. She is a captivating actress who is very easy to look at and in this case, easy to fall into. In this movie, she needs some night rest...

Beirut

on 4-15-2018

This movie captures the suspense of a war torn Beirut. It has before scenes showing the city as an international and cosmopolitan place with culture. It also shows it after a significant war that reduced it to a beat up and dangerous city in the cross hairs of several factions. It takes us along as passengers into an increasingly dangerous and twisted story of recovering a captive from some unsavory characters who may or...

Tomb Raider

on 3-17-2018

We will be seeing more from this franchise boys and girls. There is an obvious set up at the end. I liked this. This is a wild adventure story with 100 situations that would kill any standard humanoid yet this new female action hero bounces back for more. She is a likable hero with a steely focus that gets her through the tightest of situations. I was entertained. It appeals to that “go for...

Hurricane Heist

on 3-17-2018

This is a great script for a solid “B” movie. The Computer Generated Graphics were a bit dated.The acting a bit, well, “B” quality. However, the story line was interesting and fun to follow. I saw this on the big screen. Couching it with Netflix when you are looking for options will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. EXPEKT – O – METER Before 7 – After 7.5 > >...

Red Sparrow

on 3-03-2018

This is a well placed movie release. It deals with the theme of Russian Cold War tactics in the present day. It is a cold movie with Jennifer Lawrence in a roll of a Russian woman being played from all sides as she learns the tricks of the game and incorporates a few of her own. It portrays the cold hearted tricks in the spy craft she has been coerced into after a career...

Fifty Shades Freed

on 2-11-2018

This looks and feels like a TV Soap Opera. Something about it that seems kind of like, after the sex, it found itself looking for a plot. So let’s drive a plot in under it as a distraction from all the skin and sex. No-one will notice if it works or not. It kinda works but you know, sex sells even if it is a soap opera quality film. When there is more sex,...

Phantom Thread

on 1-27-2018

The acting is superb. Daniel Day Lewis plays a tyrannical, perfectionist high end dress maker. He torments all who come near him in the work place. Only his sister can reel him in. He attracts a woman who becomes his muse. She has no idea what is going on with this on again off again suitor. She proves to be his match in many surprising ways. The twists and turns the story takes makes...

Downsizing

on 12-23-2017

This is a very smart and funny movie with some current human concerns thrown in for impact. I liked this a lot. It was very thorough in bringing us up to speed on the entire Downsizing Program. Then we were off to life in Downsizeville and all of its ups and downs. The second half of the movie takes some very interesting twists and turns to wrap up in a very human look over...