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...

Darkest Hour

on 12-23-2017

This is a documentary or docudrama, more correctly about what Winston Churchill walked into when he was appointed as Prime Minister of England in 1942. Hitler was gobbling up European countries like M&Ms. The British army of 300,000 men was backed up to the British Channel in France about to be over run by the advancing German Army. Which was then the most lethal killing machine the world had known. Churchill not only had...

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 –...