7 Days In Entebbe

on 3-17-2018

This is a reenactment of the hijacking that occured July 4 , 1976. It was an Air France aircraft with 248 passengers including 102 Israeli passengers. It had been hijacked to Uganda by Palestinian and German terrorists. It was then diverted to Entebbe, Uganda. The movie is slow paced and excellently acted. This dramatic re-inactment takes us through all sides of this international crisis. It takes us into the internal workings of the Israeli...

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 > >...

Game Night

on 3-03-2018

This is one of those movies that takes us on a romp. Where we think we are is rarely what is going on. Yea, it is fun and wacky with one twisty turn after another. It is a laugh oriented movie that is very funny. The outcome of each set up will end in a different place than we think it will. So go and be ready to be entertained. Stay until the end...

Annihilation

on 3-03-2018

This is a great science fiction movie. Original creative thought that went into this movie. It is based in scientific principles, yet everything is out of proportion and has a deep and unexplainable mystery to it. I was entertained. It has a stripe of realism woven through all of the computer generated graphics and super natural concepts. I liked this a lot. It is a powerful heroes journey with women in the lead. Thank...

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...

Black Panther

on 2-18-2018

This is a story of dark and light. There is a futuristic colony in Africa and a very advanced tribe. They possess a special natural occurring element that has powerful healing and weaponized properties. They have determined to keep their special weapons and technologies private. The acting is very well done, costumes wonderful and the story holds together. It has a mostly black cast and a token white guy. EXPEKT – O – METER...

Peter Rabbit

on 2-18-2018

This is a great little story that offers a lot of laughs and a very cleverly told story. It is part animated and also has actors. It is shot kind of in a Roger Rabbit style. Those crazy wabbits seem to inspire this technology. It is very well done and takes us along on this merry little rabbit tale with a British accent. It is highly entertaining for kids of all ages EXPEKT –...

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,...

The 15:17 to Paris

on 2-11-2018

Thanks Clint!! This is a great story, simply told. Clint Eastwood directed this true account of 3 Americans on vacation in Europe who disrupted a terrorist attack on a train. We get to learn about these three guys who played themselves in the movie. They grew up together and acted as a team in this potentially lethal situation. It is shot in a hand help camera style that seems less professional and yet, more...

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...

Hostiles

on 1-27-2018

This is one of those movies that sticks with you or at least me. It is gritty, authentic and compelling. It follows the stories we hear about the frontier life and t’s challenges. It has an authentic feel to it and the acting adds to that flavor. It is shot on location in beautiful western settings. Dangers emerge from both the elements and the people. It moves along somewhat slowly but that all adds...

Den Of Thieves

on 1-24-2018

This movie over delivers and then again drags everything out by about 45 minutes of too much information and silly macho scenes. I had great expectations but walked away kind of sad at the delivery. The surprise ending is good but not worth the 2 plus hour wait. It kind of goes flat for the entire middle part. The rolling out all of the key plot elements at the beginning disturbed me as well....

12 Strong

on 1-24-2018

This is one of the best done war movies I have seen. It brings us into this high risk first assault on the Taliban in Afghanistan shortly after the aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center buildings. Jerry Bruckheimer, the director,  knows how to reenact war sequences and did a stellar job on this one. It is a docudrama that shows the terrible price of war and how families and warriors are affected. This...

The Commuter

on 1-17-2018

It all starts so simple, seemingly. This plot twists, then morphs again and again. It is a week done story that takes us farther down a rabbit hole we have few references in. There is a lot of manly man stuff. How can Liam Nissan get punched in his face 20 times, hard too and still walk. I guess there are miracles in life. Beyond that stuff, this is a very good story. Go...

The Post

on 1-17-2018

Thank You Stephen Spielberg for this richly textured expose of the story of the Pentagon Papers. He takes us through how they were made public. It is all back story that started with a reported hearing one thing from a statesman in private about the war and an entirely different message being delivered publicly. This sets him off on a voyage of discovery to bering the facts about the trans-presidential policies of this war...

All The Money In The World

on 12-26-2017

Wow! What a gripper of a movie. This is a docudrama of an event I somewhat remember. J. Paul Getty’s grandson was kidnapped. A ransom was demanded. This is the basics of this plot. It takes us through all the pain the family went through in their process of recovering their son. It was a very public, high profile kidnapping and oh what a story. The acting is excellent with “A” list actors and...

Molly’s Game

on 12-26-2017

This is a true story about a very glamorous and enterprising woman who figured out high stakes poker. It seems she might have gone a bit too high in the process. She started life as a champion skier. An accident dashed those dreams. Her dad instilled greatness in her so she took a road less traveled and excelled at it. Her crash was destined to come by the company she was attraction. She crawled...

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

on 12-25-2017

Alright, I know, I know!! I sneaked in to see a scene of this silly movie and came back the next day to see the whole thing. I was so glad I did. This is a very clever movie with a lot of laugh lines. It also has some good acting. I was drawn into it. There are scenes of a gal inhabiting a mans body that are particularly funny. Jack Black plays the...

The Greatest Showman

on 12-23-2017

In this tribute movie to PT Barnum, Hugh Jackman worked his behind off dancing along with a wild and crazy group of entertainers to bring a lot of energy to this dynamic musical. It was a joy to be with, even if it was just in a theater. Hugh offers a tribute at the beginning. It is very well done, frenetic, entertaining and high energy. The scenes with Zac Efron and the aerialist was...

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...

Star Wars The Last Jedi

on 12-15-2017

It could have been a pretty good movie if they had cut out all that stuff in the middle and shortened it by about an hour. They missed on the relationship stuff. The acting was not great and it was all and all a bit of a yawn. Pretty good ending segment but……….Come on guys! This is Star Wars you are messing with. Please get it right. Sheesh!! The last one was pretty good...

Just Getting Started

on 12-10-2017

These guys were trying to do something that never happened. All of the A list actors were just walking thru their scenes. This is true schlock of a movie. A waste of perfect good time. EXPEKT -O – METER Before 7.5 – After 3 > >...

The Disaster Artist

on 12-10-2017

Movies like this are the reason movie reviewers hang up their blogs. This a very a forgettable movie except for James Francos’ naked body being stuck in my head. I need a thought enema. It is terrible with the effect of making a mockery or anything we call terrible. Just pass on this. I have no idea why this talented crew took on this project. It is very strained entertainment. EXPEKT – O –...

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 –...