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Movie Review

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It’s called “Cars 3,” but there are many more than three cars in “Cars 3.” It’s named “Cars 3” because it’s the third in the Disney-Pixar feature animated series about a rambunctious group of cars with anthropomorphic traits. That’s not a stretch because many of us give our “chrome horses” affectionate or not so affectionate male or female names.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” could more aptly be subtitled “Lousy Screenplays Tell No Tales.”

Therein lies the problem with the fifth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series that stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, who doesn’t so much swashbuckle as sashay, speaks with an at times difficult to understand drunken lisp, and rolls his eyes at every ironic aside in the grand manner of a silent movie star.

“Pirates” drowns in a sea of computer generated imagery.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

“Brooklyn” is an enjoyable, uplifting and entertaining film that can be recommended for its wonderful screenplay and impressive performance by Saoirse Ronan (Oscar supporting actress nominee, “Atonement,” 2007) as Ellis, an Irish immigrant who immigrates in 1952 to Brooklyn, where she’s torn between a life with a new boyfriend and her old life back home.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Irrational Man" is an odd movie title that doesn't make much sense until you've seen the film.

While the title is not one of the more memorable film titles, it makes sense symbolically.

That's because "Irrational Man" writer-director Woody Allen isn't only talking about the protagonist, Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a college philosophy professor, but rather the family of man with Abe as the stand-in.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the 2015 summer movie season's most thrilling action film, in no small part because of Tom Cruise's stunts, starting with the opening scene, one you may have seen in part online or in previews, where Cruise hangs on the outside of a military transport aircraft.

Even though making-of footage depicts Cruise in a harness, that is him outside the plane. There were said to be no computer-generated effects for this scene, one that Cruise and others have said required eight takes.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You couldn't ask for two more disparate films than "Mr. Holmes" and "Amy."

Each, for wildly different reasons, merits seeing. Those who see "Mr. Holmes" may not like "Amy," and vice versa.

"Mr. Holmes" can be chiefly recommended for Ian McKellen as an elderly Sherlock Holmes losing his razor-sharp memory and analysis. There's lots of life and wit in the old gentleman, conveyed in a sprightly, nuanced and absorbing performance by McKellen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Zade Rosenthal/Disey/Marvel via AP This photo provided by Disney shows Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in a scene from Marvel's "Ant-Man."

The first reaction was: Not another Marvel Comics movie.

After seeing "Ant-Man," the reaction is: Yes! Another Marvel Comics movie.

"Ant-Man" is this summer's best popcorn movie, and even more entertaining than one of the other top films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is the sleeper hit of the summer of 2015.

Regardless of its box office tally, the movie is the critical hit . It's an astounding piece of cinema: bold concept, audacious style and compelling content.

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the United States Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

It also won awards at the Nantucket and Seattle film festivals. The film was acquired for $12 million, the largest amount in Sundance history.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Ted 2" is no teddy bears' picnic. And that's a big part of its rude charm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Inside Out" is an animated look inside a preteen girl's brain, with individuals or creatures depicting five emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

The 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), is going through a difficult time, much to the consternation of her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) after the family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"Personality islands," the "control console," "core memories" and the "train of memory" are shown and explained.