COCO

on 11-24-2017

This is Fun , Educational, and spectacular. It is the story on the Mexican day of the dead, La Dia de las Muertas. I learned many new things about this deeply rooted Mexican Holiday. I have been in Mexico and seen the decorated grave sites. This fun and up beat Disney animation movie brings the stories, rituals and beliefs of this holiday to life. I liked the POV and had a lot of fun...

Daddy’s Home 2

on 11-10-2017

I was surprised how much I laughed during this movie. I was entertained. The writing and acting was more natural and less pratfallish than these usually come across. There is plenty of beef cake, gals with Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson playing father and son rolls. It is a goofy improbable story but there is a story and some cute scenes. EXPEKT – O – METER Before – 7 – After 7.5 > >...

LBJ

on 11-05-2017

This is a portrayal via Woody Harrelson into the life of President Lyndon Banes Johnson and it is quite good. The way Harrelson plays Johnson is not from extreme likeness but more mannerisms. He captured something of the actual man in his swearing, his harsh, mannerisms, his dagger eyed stared and his folksy story telling. The production value is high and with Rob Reiner as director, the performances by all actors was top notch....

Goodbye Christopher Robin

on 11-01-2017

This is a wonderful romp of a story into the making of the much loved Winnie The Pooh story book. It was after WW1 And it seemed all of England had a frowny face on it. A well known British play write A.A. Milne took it on to turn that frown upside down. He did it by playing with his son in their 100 acre country estate. He spent his days harvesting the young...

Thank You For Your Service

on 11-01-2017

This movie is a true story. It does a very good job of tracking an Iraq war returnee. He is in the war one day and back with his year later family the next. There is no transition team. His war memories and unresolved inner conflicts tear at him and his war buddies. They struggle and seek help from a slow motion VA outreach system as they wrestle inner daemons and try to be...

Suburbican

on 10-30-2017

This was a disturbing Coen Brothers film. Typical of their movie style, it had surprising brutality that carried us from plot point to plot point. As it unfolds with constant unbelievability we are bouncing along a bumpy plot to a twisted ending that leaves several questions to back fill in out own imaginings. It is a very dark and improbable story that is typical for the Coen Brothers. Quirky, one could say, disturbingly quirky,...

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...

Victoria and Abdul

on 10-06-2017

This was a slow dance through a very tightly formal period in the British upper encrustedness. It plays somewhat lightly as a story with some serious underpinnings that finally energy to upset the apple cart. Victoria becomes enamored or even smitten with an Indian who is a servant in a court function. He becomes her teacher. They travel together and spend many hours together. They enjoy each others company and he becomes her official...

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 > > >...

Stronger

on 9-27-2017

Jake Gillenhall portrays a guy who lost both legs during the Boston Marathon bombing. By focusing on how this single life was transformed, we take in the real life trauma of that historical event. It is well acted and compelling. We see how traumatic this event was and how many people are affected when a single person is traumatized. EXPEKT-O-METER Before – 7 – After 8 > >...

Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

on 9-27-2017

This is a fun romp of a take over of the world / save the world James Bondien slapstick hero journey. It starts with an over the top and clever car chase segment. We are off to the races of solving the diabolical chick about to amass an even larger fortune from her government sanctioned recreational drug distribution empire. We are taken on a big ride with all of the bells and whistles. It...