Maudie

on 8-29-2017

This is one of the strangest true life love stories I have seen. It is a real life story of an out of the norm couple in Nova Scotia that met in unusual circumstances and lived a simple life together. She became a very sought after painter and he sold fish. It is a charmer. The actors had to deliver few lines. Most of the acting is in gestures, grunts and mumbles. They are...

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...

The Hit Man’s Body Guard

on 8-19-2017

This is a wacky body strewn romp of bullets, bodies and mayhem. Yes, it is mindlessly violent with another large group of bad guys getting killed by the good guys. Cars crash, motorcycles, boats and cars are used as get away vehicles of canal chases. It is fun, kinda. There are good humor lines and bit of a surprise at the end. Ryan Reynolds and Mr. Jackson seem to play will together. EXPEKT –...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

on 8-04-2017

A friend asked me if I thought he would be depressed after seeing this movie. In a round about way I suggested that he would be well informed. There are real weather events affecting us all that are a direct result of our changing climate. They are pointed to in this movie: Miami is flooding at high tide. Storms are more intense that ever recorded. The warmed ocean temperatures are causing more moisture to...

Atomic Blonde

on 7-29-2017

Charles Theron works her ass off on this movie. She is in fight scene after fight scene. Near as I can tell, she is actually doing a lot of the action. There must be a body double in there somewhere. She is a secret agent during the days of the Berlin wall coming down. Intrigue and lack of trust from east to west is at its peak. She is going into the eastern part...

DUNKIRK

on 7-21-2017

This is an up close and personal account of the events that lead to the rescue of several hundred thousand British troops that had been driven to a small area of France.  The advancing German army, in the early days of World War 2, could not be stopped. The movie is directed by Christopher Nolan. He had an effective idea in shooting this that brought us intimately familiar with three sets of people involved....

War For The Planet Of the Apes

on 7-15-2017

This is a quite good expansion of the story line for this franchise. There is conflict, a here, a heros’ quest and a heroic outcome through extreme persistence and a little help from his Ape like friends. This was very good entertainment with great character development. It shows a lot of heart and how animals stick together and have rich relationships. There is a lot to like here. Yes, it is a war time...

Baby Driver

on 7-15-2017

Yikes!! TTTOOOO violent! Great driving scenes, OK acting (Kevin Spacey is so good at being the guy to dislike), fun story line with a life lessons theme but the violence was a real turn off. It cheapened the movie. We have far to much blood shed on the big screen, thank you (IMHO). More ovit is not my kinda movie style. Crashing cop cars has become a yawn as well. Time for some more...

Spider Man: Home Coming

on 7-15-2017

This was tedious to watch. The scenes went on far too long. The story line was youngish and Tony Stark was the real here of the movie. The mixed couple scenario seemed a contrivance. It was a dud in most respects, I thought. The chubby side kick was another contrivance that flopped. Michael Keaton did played a great “bad guy”. All’n all, see ya next time Spider Guy. EXPEKT-O-METER Before 8.5 – After 6.5...

Transformers: The Last Knight

on 6-23-2017

This was very fun. It is a fresh take on the Transformers history and a lot of the same old fighting and taking over the world. The acting is fresh with Mark Wahlberg having the lead and a beautiful brainiac Laura Haddock love interest. She, also has the power to halt this war from deep in her family tree. The visuals are well done with the CG guys having a field day with al...

Cars

on 6-17-2017

This is the third installment of this movie franchise. I hope there are a lot more. This is fun and entertaining Disney. It has heart and an inspirational story line with many life lessons folded in to a racing fun movie. The hero is learning his life lessons as well as passing a few along to others. It is light hearted fun at the summer movie extravaganza. Opps, I mean moneyganza. EXPEKT – O...

Megan Leavey

on 6-17-2017

This is a based in fact hero story about a battle dog and it’s female Marine handler who both got damaged in Iraq. It is a very well told story that is worth viewing. It does not glorify the Iraq war. The war is a part of the story because it is the backdrop for the story. The acting is believable and the story telling is quite thorough. It gives us a real sense...

Paris Can Wait

on 6-10-2017

This is a movie that will grow on you. There is a lot more going on off screen than on screen. The plot is a slow and gentle seduction. Diane Lane has the lead. Her and Alec Baldwin are a power couple who see little of each other. A best friend offers to drive the Diane Lane character to Paris from Monaco and here is where the fun begins. The acting is good and...

Churchill

on 6-02-2017

This is an up close and personal view of a cigar smoking and obstinate Winston Churchill. He was haunted by the carnage he saw in World War 1. He was protective of his people and despised wasting human life. He really wanted to win World War 2 but was cautious to save as much life in the process as possible. He was a pain in the side of the top generals as he was...

Wonder Woman

on 6-02-2017

This is a fun movie. There is great humor. Lots of adventure. A good story line. Some mythical as well as cosmic consciousness. Believe it or not, it has good writing and acting as well. What a package. There are plenty of leaps in reality but, hey, let’s remember this is a comic book on a movie screen. I suggest that you leave your reality at the door and enjoy a fun couple of...

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...

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

on 5-26-2017

      I liked this. It is complex, with converging story lines crisscrossing the movie. It all pulls together to make for a very fun romp of a movie. Javier Bardem is the new kid in this one. He adds a dark dimension to this already deeply shaded story. I was thoroughly entertained. There are several surprise cameos that add to the overall fun of their Very well done Disney summer block buster....

Get Me Roger Stone

on 5-23-2017

No matter your political persuasion, please see this movie. You will begin to understand how you are being played. And played not just by your candidates but by the scum-baggery behind the candidate(s). What an eye opener. It is on the trail of political dirty tricks from Nixon to Trump. It shows how the Republicans have embraced dirty trickery. It shows you how and from whom these diabolical statements and strategies have come. It...

King Arthur: legend Of The Sword

on 5-16-2017

      This is an excellent blend of dark and light story telling, with some crafty twists of Shamanic magic to move the story along. The acting is excellent. The sets seem to depict a dark and damp era long ago. Life was challenging and vacant the comforts we take for granted in todays world.. It was entertaining and hit that rare Hollywood balance of acting and computer generated graphics spot on. It...

The Lost City Of “Z”

on 5-08-2017

This is a very good adventure movie about discovering the unknown regions of Earth. It takes place in the early 1900s. This is an expertly crafted docudrama. It takes us on the physical and emotional journey of discovery. It was dangerous. There are bugs, snakes, hostile tribes but most dangerous of all was the remoteness of the depths of the Amazon jungle. It takes us there not just as spectators. It was as if...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

on 5-06-2017

This one is kind of a yawn, kind of fun but… It was as if they threw everything on the screen and I’m my humble opinion a lot of it belongs on the cutting room floor. Gripping about 20 minutes off of it might have made a far more viewable movie. The cast was great, and the acting very good. I could have had a lot less personal story lines that seemed to be...

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...

Born In China

on 4-30-2017

This is a Disney nature film. It was shot with 4G Cameras and is an intimate documentary about critters in remote regions of China. It features, a Snow Leopard family, a Panda and her cub, A Monkey tribe and a goat like creature I lost the actual name of. The cinematographers follow their lives through the four seasons in a year. Hats off to the intrepid filming crews. They stayed steady at their posts...

Tommy’s Honor

on 4-22-2017

Another golf story that has very little to do with golf…really. It is a love and relationship movie about family and marriage. Throw some family legacy in for spice. It is slow paced and very well acted. The scenes take us back to Scotland and a more simple time. The historical development of the game of golf seems to be a sub plot or even the reason for the movie. It is about youth...

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...

Going In Style

on 4-09-2017

This is a very fun and quite over the top romp about three old guys who got defunded from their retirements. They are pissed and looking for answers. It is well acted by veteran actors and a quite fun story that has many twists and turns enroute to the finish line and fade to black. It left me with a smile only face and just might do the same for you as well. EXPEKT...