You Should Have Left

We don’t really know what the tittle of the movie implies until the end moments. Starting and produced by Kevin Bacon, this a suspenseful, slightly scary movie. Seems a bit slow at first, but as this family of three embarks in a holiday in Wales, it starts to get more interesting. Scary dream imagery, and […]

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Knives Out

Knives Out is a crazy ride who-dun-it.  Kind of a mix of Hitchcock vs. murder mystery. The cast is great.  From virtually unknown lead to big star power.  Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette and Don Johnson to name a few. Christopher Plummer is the patriarch of the family who may or […]

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Jaws

It’s been more than 40 years since I first saw this move at the drive-in theater.  Scared the crap out of me. But since being in isolation, I saw this for sale at the drug store for $4.99 so I picked it up. For the most part this movie holds up for a re-watch.  If […]

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Joker

I must say that this is much different than I thought it would be.  Stylized photography, and exceptional acting.Joker is quite the crazy ride. A depressing look into a mentally ill person turned villain. I was really impressed with Joaquin Phoenix’ performance and the despair shown. Not a happy ending type movie but great nonetheless. […]

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1917

This is an amazing movie.  Directed by Sam Mendes, it tells a story in war-time France of two British soldiers. Based on true stories from Mendes’ great grandfather and others, we watch these two young men carry urgent orders across no-man’s land and the German front lines. The way they shot the film is impressive.  […]

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

Loved this movie. It’s a great example of people with so-called disabilities shine with their abilities and heart. Jake has downs syndrome and escapes his living conditions on an adventure to find a wrestling school. Odd premise but it is so heart-warming to watch how he overcomes and finds friends along the way. Just watch […]

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Red Sparrow

Directed by Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games series), and based on the novel, so I was expecting much better. Even with top stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons, I thought it was too long at 2 hours and 19 minutes. Edgerton has too little to do and Lawrence drops her Russian accent too […]

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Juliet, Naked

This was a great little find. Basically a British comedic drama made in 2018. OK, so it has Ethan Hawke in it and I will watch just about any movie he’s in. I think Ethan prefers the theater stage but he still will act in movies. Ever since his role in The Dead Poets Society….big […]

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tarantino strikes again. I’m always surprised by how different his movies are. This one is certainly different. Late 1960’s television actor, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his stunt double, played by Brad Pitt, struggle to keep working in Hollywood as they age. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, there’s long dialog scenes intercut with action, […]

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It Chapter 2

Okay, this not my favorite sort of movie but I chose to watch it as it has some great actors. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hadler. All of which were in another good movie together, The Disappearance of Eleanore Rigby. Sequel movie of Stephen King’s book It. This takes place 27 years later as […]

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Zero Dark Thirty

This movie is most assuredly difficult to watch in some scenes. But the tell-it-like-it-is style of director Kathryn Bigelow is worth some squirming in your seat. You may also remember Bigelow directing another gritty movie The Hurt Locker. Starring Jessica Chastain in a compelling role as an U.S. operative who worked on finding Osama bin […]

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Atonement

I recently rewatched this movie and fell in love with it again. It’s about a dozen years old now but no less compelling. Timeframe is about 1939 to 1946 for this English drama. Based on the book by Ian McEwan, Atonement explores a tragic decision by a 10-year old that drastically impacts the life of […]

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Die Hard

Many debates on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’m in the camp of agreement. I always pull out this movie in December to watch. Directed by John McTiernan (Hunt for Red October, Predator, Last Action Hero), is a classic and iconic movie that stands up over time. Released in 1988 (yes, more than […]

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The Special Relationship

The third film featuring Prime Minister Tony Blair by Peter Morgan.  (The Deal, The Queen). I never saw The Deal but The Queen was excellent.  The latter mainly focused on the death of Princess Diana. This film begins as Tony Blair wins his election nearly at the same time Bill Clinton is winning his second […]

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Fahrenheit 11/9

A Michael Moore movie walking us through the events around the 2016 presidential election.I think Moore is a great story teller. He has an uncanny gift talking to real people and presenting facts in an interesting way.I had no idea what had really happened in Flint, Michigan and their water situation. How the governor created […]

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The Mountain

I have to say that this sounded like it could be interesting. After all I don’t know how labatomies got started (ancient times I know that much). And I was interested in learning how the practice might be portrayed in cinema. Starring Ty Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum, this was a low dialogue, artsy type film. […]

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Spiderman Far From Home

A bit slow at first and a little corny, but after all they did chose a high school-age Spiderman. Except, Tom Holland is my favorite Spiderman. Holland is a good actor who will only get better. Most may not know that this guy is British and is doing an American accent. I typically like Jake […]

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The Professor and the Madman

2019 film starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Professor Murray played by Gibson, starts to compile the first edition of the Oxford English dictionary. Set in the mid 19th century, Murray solicits entries from all over English-speaking countries. He receives more than 10,000 entries from Dr. William Minor, a patient at a criminal insane asylum, […]

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Rocketman

This was a bit different as biopics go. More like a musical fantasy of Elton John’s life. Taron Edgerton plays John and does a great job of singing all the songs. He doesn’t sound exactly like John but that’s O.K. I like that they showed the collaboration between him and Bernie Taupin. I remember hearing […]

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The Aftermath

The Aftermath explores a time in history I was not aware of. Hamburg, Germany post WWII had an occupation of British military and families. Keira Knightley is the wife reunited with her military living in Hamburg. They take the home of a Hamburg architect and his daughter. Instead of making them move out to a […]

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