Alien: Covenant

on 6-01-2017

This is a fun adventure with some pretty spooky, nasty scenes. It is not a gross out movie. It has a plot, a story line andtrail of crumbs you will want to follow. There are new things and old themes rolled into a big league space adventure. The acting is excellent and the direction was effective at getting the most out of the actors in each scene.The sets were very convincing and served as...

Norman

on 5-06-2017

This is a painful movie to watch in many regards but it has redeeming qualities. It very well acted by veteran actors and great direction. Richard Gere is a seeming shelter. In truth he is a deal maker who has a knack for getting in with the rich and powerful. His deal making instincts are great but has a credibility problem or three. I do not want to give away plus twists but rest...

The Circle

on 4-30-2017

Sad to say folks that Forrest Gump finally belly flopped. The acting is terrible in this movie. The story itself is very compelling. A company is about to develop an extremely invasive media camera and personal intelligence gathering system and deploy it far and wide. It will creep out your sensitivities if you can get through the extremely low quality of acting. I blame the director for having a talented crew and not getting...

Their Finest

on 4-22-2017

This is a simple and dare I say, fun movie being framed in the chaos of war. A young writer gets drawn into writing a story about Dunkirk, while her actual life is living through the Blits in London, got that? It is supposed to be a documentary. So much for plot. The acting is a but stiff, British like but still will pull you in as the characters are wonderfully developed. We get...

The Fate of The Furious

on 4-22-2017

The story falls apart in at least 5 places. It does, however point to an eventual possibility that autonomous cars could be hacked and used n ways not intended by their creators. They might be a future ISIS or Russian threat or just another movie sub plot. Some of the acting was good in a testosteronish sort of way. It was fun to see Charles Theron as the villainess. Even though I never did...

The Great Wall

on 2-27-2017

This is a classic heroes journey. Matt Damon goes out for an adventure and comes home to himself. His journey was the story. It involved a big war, death, heroism, romance and some quite beautiful Chinese landscapes. The CG was spectacular, with scenes that were BIG, complex and innovative. It was excellently done from beginning to end. The myth in this story was quite stunning to see come to life. High marks guys, you...

50 Shades Darker

on 2-13-2017

This is a movie with sex in it and a little bit of relationship between the sexual episodes. The only difference from pornography and this movie is, camera angle. Having gotten that off my chest, it does have a plot….this time. I mean a plot beyond sex in our faces. There are people who are introduced into the story that were burned in various ways by the lead guy. They also set up the...

20th Century Women

on 1-20-2017

This is a strange little movie. It is an amalgamation of women and all of their challenges and how they respond and make due in the world. There was something missing and I am not quite settled on what that is. It is greatly about feelings that women deal with in the Earthly society in an American context. I was not that excited about it, as much as I usually enjoy Annette Benning. EXPEKT...

Manchester By The Sea

on 1-01-2017

Casey Aflac is great in this movie. It is a slo motion journey through his life and a guy trying to deal with past demons while being confronted by a pile on from life that just keeps getting deeper. All he wants is to keep his life simple but it seems that life has other plans. The acting is very good and the story has a lot of pain in it. I have very...

Fences

on 1-01-2017

This is a play adapted to film that feels like a play on the big screen. It was as if the actors were playing to an immediate audience. It was a strange experience in that manner. The acting by Densel Washington and crew was mesmerizing. Their deliveries were compelling. The setting is so simple and it hardly changes during the entire movie. Which was another aspect that makes it feel like a stage play....

La La Land

on 12-19-2016

The life choices we make and how their consequences can play out, is the theme I walked away with. The singing and dancing is like seeing an old time “MUSICAL”. The acting is great by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It is a very entertaining and in ways spectacular movie with a simple story of love and stardom coupled with follow your dream binding it all together. I am glad I saw this one....

Miss Sloane

on 12-10-2016

This is a drama produced with an attempt to give us a dirty insight into the world of political lobbyists. Granted, these are many times despicable power players influencing Washington D.C. elites with favors for votes. The story line is pretty good. For the first half of the movie, the “over acting” almost drove me to the lobby. At about mid way mark the story settled in and it got interesting. Jessica Chastain delivers...