This most unusual film seems to showcase a wide range of genres: sex, drugs, strong language, violence, and mystery. Critics are all over the board trying to make sense of it all. It’s a neo-noir thriller which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Movie 2: The Protege
Don’t miss this one if you are in the mood for a bit more bad language, creative slaughtering and brief nudity. The leading lady is an assassin. Another film just under 2 hours. Nonetheless it’s intriguing and unique. Samuel L. Jackson is always fun.
Movie 3: The Lost Leonardo
This is a fascinating insider documentary based on real events. It’s ultimately a global topic of power, politics and greed. It’s also quite intriguing! There is no shortage of opinions, expense, and mystery.
If you are a fan of Aretha Franklin, this is a NOT TO BE MISSED film! It covers most of her career and many of her challenges and barriers in life, good, bad and quite a bit more. Jennifer Hudson practically morphs into Aretha! DO NOT MISS IT!!
Movie 2: Flag Day
Based on true events, this drama, thriller, mystery is simply remarkable film making. Sean Penn is both the director and actor along with his daughter Dylan Penn. Some critics have not been kind to this film. We felt it was one of the best father/daughter films in a while. Dylan Penn makes a stunning debut. Do see it!
Movie 3: Free Guy
We didn’t have high expectations for this video game film. It turned out to be a clever, funny movie. It was quite inventive with unique concepts. The critics get picky about a few petty ideas, pay no attention. We found it fresh and enjoyable.
This thriller is about a family on a secluded tropical beach vacation. It’s the latest film by M. Night Shayamalan. It’s not very intelligent science fiction that’s haunting. Be warned, there is violence, nudity and such.
Movie 2: Joe Bell
Finally a true story willing to confront audiences with tough real life issues. Mark Wahlberg delivers a stunning father figure as the bereaved father of his son Joe Bell. His character decides to journey across the country to protest bullying. Sad but powerful!
It’s an interesting concept. Prisoners are transported to a new location. An older rogue cop wanted revenge on one of the prisoners for a previous assault. There are moments of inspiration, but nothing really notable. Spanish, dubbed in English.
Movie 2: Penguin Bloom
It’s based on the book by the same name. It’s the true Australian story of a mother of two young sons who breaks her back in an accident. Her family cares for her when suddenly a wild magpie bird becomes the newest family member.
It’s concurrently painful and joyful to watch. Some scenes are uplifting, others range from depression to perseverance. It’s ultimately about love and healing.
Movie 3: Black Beach
First…this Spanish film is confusing, somewhat slow but gets better with time. US oil company intrigue in an impoverished African country. The acting is moderate, the script drags a bit too much. Its very much a melodrama with a bit too much violence. Overall…just ho hum. Spanish dubbed in English.
This crime action drama is based on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it caused. It says a lot about racism, gentrification and drug trafficking. We are sorry to say the message goes off the rails by the end of the film.
Movie 2 : Outside the Wire
This action war thriller is set in the near future. It’s fast paced, often confusing and confounding at the same time. Drone pilots threaten the planet. The concept is both intriguing and thought provoking but that’s about all.
Movie 3: The Vanished
Oy! It’s an intriguing concept. Overall it’s a thriller film. It’s also all over the place with plot twists, suspense and frankly implausibility. It’s sad because with just a bit more attention the film might have flowed better.
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