Movies: Queen Bees, Spirit Untamed, The Ice Road

Movie 1 : Queen Bees

Here is a most unusual film about residents in a retirement community. Hmm…let’s just say the production is a bit too accurate/authentic… After a few pissy scenes of 70 + one upmanship the production settles into a series of believable scenes. Overall, it’s a hoot and redeeming.

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Movie 2: Spirit Untamed

This Action/Adventure/Animated feature is a charming delight! And why not given it’s the product of the DreamWorks Animation machine. To be fair…critics were not kind and reviews have been mixed. We thoroughly enjoyed it and do not understand the mediocre comments. We say…see it anyway!

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Movie 3: The Ice Road

Ready for a little action?! Let’s start with a remote diamond mine. Followed by lots of drama and suspense. There is a quite a bit of violence and much is just action for action sake! Nonetheless it’s riveting to watch. We liked this Netflix production.

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Movies: The Sparks Brothers, 12 Mighty Orphans, Lansky

Movie 1: The Sparks Brothers

It’s described as a music documentary. It’s also described as an underrated rock band. This film is so much more… It’s a rare delight on so many levels. It deserves the recognition and admiration the audiences have delivered. It’s a classic, unique and all about the music!

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Movie 2: 12 Mighty Orphans

It’s an odd but true story about a Fort Worth Texas high school football team during the Great Depression. It’s occasionally violent and somewhat difficult to watch. Ultimately redeeming with a legacy that still exists in Austin, Texas today.

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Movie 3: Lansky

Harvey Keitel’s stellar performance makes this film work! The real life Lansky was an underworld gangster in Florida. The film is loaded with bloody violence. It’s often quite difficult to watch.

That said, Keitel’s performance carries the show overall. It’s fascinating, deplorable, and concurrently mesmerizing. That said it is not appropriate for young audiences.

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Movies: Xtreme, In The Heights, Peter Rabbit 2

Movie 1: Xtreme

Here’s a Netflix film for anyone who needs a good old film packed with violence, murder and seemingly endless thriller/action. Spanish with English subtitles. Be prepared…everything is extreme!

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Movie 2: In The Heights

The Heights is a thoroughly entertaining non stop theater production about a vibrant New York neighborhood and its life long residents. There is more than something for everyone. It’s a tight knit community where there are deep roots, encouragement, support and talent! Simply a great way to spend 143 minutes.

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Movie 3: Peter Rabbit 2

Here’s a good old fashioned story, now a fun adventure version sure to become part of the original classic fantasy. And a PG rating!

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MOVIES: Cruella, A Quite Place II, The Conjuring

Movie 1: Cruella

There’s an interesting detail behind the Cruella film. Its leading character Cruella is an unlikely choice for the Disney movie machine. After all Cruella chose to kill Dalmatian puppies and skin them for fur coats . . .

That said . . . the film is thought provoking. Sometimes surprising, other times abhorrent, mostly it’s what you would expect from a Disney film albeit with more than a tad excitement and dark behavior from some characters. The costumes and sets are stunning.

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Movie 2: A Quiet Place II

It’s the second edition of the post-apocalyptic 2018 film of the same name. Both are American horror films where blind flying aliens have developed the ability to hunt humans with a newly developed sense of hearing. Creepier and more intense than the original film. It’s listed as a Sci-Fi Drama Horror Thriller.

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Movie 3: The Conjuring

Horror film, Yep! Block bluster? Of Course. Scary . . . suspense. . . of course! Non stop intense, supernatural . . . creepy . . . !! This is the fourth film in the franchise. We enjoyed the film but if you have seen one you’ve seen them all. Oye!

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MOVIES: Army of the Dead, The Last Days, The Killing of Two Lovers

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Movie 1: Army of the Dead

Think twice before your next visit to Las Vegas! This film is focused on a zombie outbreak. Reviews take full advantage of the circumstances. Some scenes are down right gross, others marginally clever and a few quite amusing. Unless you are a fan of the genre or excited by endless gore, we suggest a pass on this one.

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Movie 2: The Last Days

Set in 1944 Hungary when Nazi’s killed or deported nearly half a million Jews. It’s a 1998 Oscar winning documentary by Steven Spielberg. We cannot explain why it is rated PG-13…It’s not easy to watch or comprehend! That said, it should be required viewing. We saw this on Netflix.

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Movie 3: The Killing of Two Lovers

Here is yet another couple headed for divorce court…nonetheless the couple agree to seek new relationships while trying to salvage their marriage. We will take no bets on how that’s going to work out!! One critic said it was brilliant but bitter. We think sad and frantic better describes the couple and their story.

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MOVIES: Final Account, The Dry, Dream Horse

Movie 1: Final Account

This film is a remarkable documentary of interviews including the last generation of Hitler’s Third Reich. Some of the material is quite disturbing, often monumentally disturbing, sometimes painfully difficult to absorb. It is not to be missed! English and German with English subtitles. In theaters now.

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Movie 2: The Dry

The Dry is listed as an Australian thriller. It’s rated R for violence, language. It’s based on 2016 book by the same name. It won numerous international awards. Overall it’s a murder mystery with good performances, a fair amount of angst and a hefty share of dark secrets.

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Movie 3: Dream Horse

This is a charming film about a small town in Wales and the true story of a horse and a community of local supporters. It’s listed as a drama/comedy. Ultimately it’s a feel good film. It’s uplifting and well constructed. We found it fun and satisfying. Stay for the credits.

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MOVIES: Spiral: Saw, Finding You, The Woman in the Window

Movie 1: Spiral: Saw

Oy! The full title is “Spiral: From the Book of Saw”. If you are a fan of torture, bloody violence, drug abuse and drug use as part of your evening entertainment then this film is right up your alley! We suggest just skipping this one.

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Movie 2: Finding You

Here is a romance, drama, comedy that is sure to please. Set in Ireland with a young couple learning how to fall in love. It’s a reminder courage and integrity can create strong behaviors and develop positive relationships. Cinematography of Ireland is gorgeous.

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Movie 3: The Woman in the Window

This Netflix mystery thriller is rated R (for language and violence).  It has a great cast including Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and a score of  others.  It’s based on the novel by the same name.  Our favorite critique comment is “a trashy movie trying to be classy!”  

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Movies: Oxygen, Those Who Wish Me Dead, Profile

Movie 1: Oxygen

This is a unique Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller. But it’s so much more. It’s about a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with NO memory!! See it if you don’t want to sleep well for a few nights…maybe longer! Very claustrophobic. It is a French film dubbed in English.

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Movie 2: Those Who Wish Me Dead

It’s listed as an “American neo-Western action thriller. We’re not quite sure what that means. Critics reviews were not nice to this film. We found it intense but thoroughly engaging. It’s based on the novel by the same name. It’s also nice to see Angelina Jolie giving a strong performance.

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Movie 3: Profile

This mystery, drama, thriller gets confusing, thrilling and creepy very rapidly and doesn’t let up for most of the film. The in depth story gets even more intense and difficult to follow. It’s very timely and based on true events. We found it fascinating. Mostly English, some Arabic with English subtitles.

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Movies: Here Today, Limbo, Wrath of Man

Movie 1: Here Today

Here is a PG-13 comedy-drama worth seeking out! Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish have great chemistry and are concurrently hilarious and charming. There is occasional strong language and sexual references.

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Movie 2: Limbo

It’s listed as a Drama/Indie film. It’s actually much more and quite complicated. The lead character is a Syrian refugee who finds himself on a remote Scottish island waiting for asylum. It’s sometimes funny, other times bleak and still other times confusing. English and Arabic with English subtitles.

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Movie 3: Wrath of Man

This film directed by Guy Ritchie features Jason Statham as a surprising tough guy in an action/crime film. It’s rated R for language, violence and a bit more. It’s a thriller, occasionally confusing but overall a solid mystery film. We really enjoyed it.

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Movies: Four Good Days, Concrete Cowboy, Green Zone

Movie 1: Four Good Days

This film is based on true events. It’s the story about a young girl with a long history of drug addiction. She seeks shelter at her Mom’s home while struggling to stay clean for four days in order to qualify for a new long term solution to the addiction.

It has good acting and a good storyline. Surprisingly audiences were mixed!

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Movie 2: Concrete Cowboy

This Netflix film was impressive in spite of the often tough subject matter. It has a great cast featuring Idris Elba as the ringleader of a group of youngsters struggling to overcome street life and drug addiction. It’s worth the 2 hour run time.

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Movie 3: Green Zone

Set in 2003 Iraq and featuring Matt Damon in another conspiracy action thriller. It’s also well worthy of the two hour run time. It’s filmed in Spain but it sure looks like Iraq. Rated R for Action/War.

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