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Nov 12 2016

MOVIE: ARRIVAL/GOOSEBUMPS AND GRANDEUR

By | November 12th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|1 Comment

Many movies reveal their secrets within the first five minutes, and it's not until the end that we understand what we have already seen-- and know.  When that moment comes in ARRIVAL, it's like a tsunami in slow motion. ARRIVAL spills its secrets softly in a grand, goosebump-inducing sci-fi adventure that made me feel like I was tumbling through space [...]

Oct 16 2016

MOVIE: THE ACCOUNTANT– crunching more than numbers!

By | October 16th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|1 Comment

Ben Affleck as THE ACCOUNTANT is crunching more than numbers. This is a real departure for the actor as he brings to life an ass-kicking, Asperger's syndrome, math wiz working his way through an intense labyrinth of secrecy and surprise. The film is a refreshing and well-balanced mix of farflung elements: action, thriller, romantic comedy(!) family dysfunction, and a shout [...]

Oct 06 2016

MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE: DEEP WATER HORIZON/SNOWDEN Have An Ax To Grind

By | October 6th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, Thriller|2 Comments

A pair of movies now playing at a cineplex near you wear their agendas on their sleeves: each re-tells a true story, skewers its villains, and brings its audience right up close to the imagined scenes of the action whose outcome we already know. Director/co-writer Oliver Stone's SNOWDEN comes with a careful central performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, computer wiz and infrastructure analyst for the National [...]

Sep 10 2016

MOVIE: SULLY

By | September 10th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies|3 Comments

Chesley Sullenberger is the reason computers will never take over the world. He's exactly the sort of hero Clint Eastwood would set his sights on-- another man who casts a long shadow over the techno-driven world. Eastwood has directed Tom Hanks as SULLY the pilot who made the miracle landing on the Hudson after a flock of birds crashed [...]

Aug 04 2016

MOVIE: JASON BOURNE

By | August 4th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Movies, Thriller|2 Comments

It was my last best hope for the dull summer movie offerings-- and it did not disappoint! JASON BOURNE held me fast from first frame to last. I must admit, the $1.3 billion dollar grossing franchise starring Boston's own MATT DAMON, has been an action fave of mine since its inception, not least of all because [...]

Jul 13 2016

MOVIE: SUMMER 2016 MOVIE DOLDRUMS

By | July 13th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Kids, Movies|0 Comments

This summer at the movies sucks. I normally despise that expression but it accurately describes the vacuum that is this summer's movie season. Underwhelming fare is now playing on mainstream screens everywhere, and I am searching like crazy for things I want to see. Here's what I don't want to see: --NEWSCASTERS playing themselves on the big screen and then complaining about [...]

Jun 09 2016

MOVIES: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

By | June 9th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Movies|4 Comments

Get ready for the first great entertainment at the movies this summer which trades comic book action heroes for the lords of legerdemain known as The Four Horsemen: NOW YOU SEE ME 2! I couldn't take my eyes off this movie which captures the magic of, well, magic!  This elaborately tricky plot unfurled itself in double time, criss-crossing the globe while filling every inch [...]

Mar 26 2016

MOVIE: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

By | March 26th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction|2 Comments

As attractive, well-crafted, and convincingly--even compellingly acted as BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE was, I couldn't stop thinking that one good conversation between our superheroes would have cleared the whole thing up. But then it dawned on me-- there would be no movie. Boys will be boys, so this screenplay goes a long way toward ramping [...]

Feb 25 2016

MOVIES: ROOM/45 YEARS/CAROL/THE DANISH GIRL

By | February 25th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance, Thriller|3 Comments

THE 2016 OSCARS are upon us and I thought I'd weigh in on a few films I'd been mum on-- in case you were wondering for what and whom to root! ROOM: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Adapted Screenplay is a compactly explosive film about a horrifying situation: a young woman kidnapped, impregnated, and kept prisoner by a sexual predator-- and [...]

Jan 28 2016

MOVIE: THE FINEST HOURS

By | January 28th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies|2 Comments

I love a good storm--and dazzling heroics float my boat. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS satisfies both cravings in a new film which comes at a time of year that generally finds us in the doldrums of the movie release schedule. But this film is a new year's treat. Not only is it well made, but it tells the true story of the most [...]