Movies: xXx: Return of Xander Cage, A Dog’s Purpose

We will be traveling from February 2 returning March 1.  It is unlikely we will have the opportunity to see Western movies until our return.  We will do our best to get caught when we get home.  Cheers!!  J&J

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

This is an action movie, pure and simple.  Vin Diesel plays Xander Cage, retired but returns to active duty to save the planet from sinister bad guys hell bent on destroying the world’s satellites with a new weapon called Pandora’s Box.

The good news is it is actually pretty entertaining.  Plenty of action from the first scene to the last.  Lots of extreme fighting, clever dialog, extraordinary stunt work and more.

A good cast including Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose (Jim’s favorite), Donnie Yen and Samuel L. Jackson.

It is rated PG-13 but we would caution parents that it is not suitable for little ones due to extensive violence and adult subject matter.  Listed as a Thriller/Action film that runs 1 hour 50 minutes.

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A Dog’s Purpose

This charming film uses several dog lives to explain and remind humans about the power of pets and lessons of love and laughter.  Director Lasse Hallstrom skillfully touches the emotional heartstrings of the viewers.

It’s a small cast of characters, Dennis Quaid as the older Ethan, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad as the voice of the dogs, John Ortiz and D K Apa as the young Ethan. And for you late 1960’s Mod Squad fans Peggy Lipton makes a cameo appearance!

Audiences and some critics gave this film tepid reviews.  We found it charming and touching.  Any current or former pet owner will relate to this story and some non-pet owners may be motivated to give it a whirl.  It is rated PG and is suitable for children.  It is listed as a Fantasy/Drama and runs two hours.

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