June Zero, Hijack 1971, Touch

Movie 1: June Zero

This is a very interesting, yet complicated movie about the execution of Adolph Eichmann in Israel. Once convicted to death, Israel had to figure out what to do with the body as the country had no crematoriums. Directed and written by Jake Paltrow, brother of Gwyneth Paltrow. Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.


Movie 2: Hijack 1971

Based on a true story, a South Korean citizen attempts to hijack an airliner to North Korea. This is a very good action-thriller and depicts a time when airplane hijackings were common around the world. In Korean with English subtitles.


Movie 3: Touch

This is a beautiful and sensitive story about love, loss and aging which stretches over several decades. The movie goes between the past and present as a widower looks for his first love who disappeared 50 years earlier. English, Icelandic and Japanese with English subtitles.


Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, Daddio, MaXXXine

Movie 1: Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F

It was good to see Eddie Murphy in his iconic role as Axel Foley. This is the fourth installment in the franchise and once again he hits the streets of Beverly Hills along with much of the original cast and soundtrack. Not great film making, just a lot of fun. Unfortunately not in theatres, only on Netflix.


Movie 2: Daddio

It’s not easy making a good drama with just two cast members, but Daddio more than succeeds. Filmed entirely inside a taxi, Sean Penn and Dakota Johnson enjoy excellent banter and great chemistry. This is a very adult film with realistic scenarios. Well worth seeking out.


Movie 3: MaXXXine

This is the third movie in a trilogy by Ti West and Mia Goth (X and Pearl in 2022). A porn star wants to become a legitimate actress in horror films. A simple enough plot yet very confusing and disappointing. And somehow murder, drugs and the LA Night Stalker of the mid 80’s are all involved. The only character of interest was actress Elizabeth Debicki who played Princess Diana in the Netflix series The Crown.


Kinds of Kindness, A Family Affair, Horizon: An American Saga Chapter 1

Movie 1: Kinds of Kindness

This is a very odd, confusing and most peculiar movie. Several excellent actors reunite with director Yorgos Lanthimos to film a triptych movie about power and obsessive control (we think). The same actors are in all three segments. At 2 hours and 45 minutes it feels very, very long. If you see it, and understand it, please let us know what it’s about.


Movie 2: A Family Affair

This is a surprisingly fun and well done romantic comedy. A younger, conceited movie star meets an older women who is the mother of his office assistant. It gets funnier from there. On Netflix.


Movie 3: Horizon: An American Saga Chapter 1

This is another epic western from Kevin Costner. Beautifully filmed with sweeping vistas it chronicles the lives of several people as they make their way west just before the Civil War. The three hour run time went by pretty quickly. Chapter 2 is due out in August.


A Quiet Place: Day One, Ghostlight, The Exorcism

Movie 1: A Quiet Place: Day One

This third movie in the Quiet Place franchise is very entertaining and does not disappoint. Filmed as a prequel to the first two movies, the invasion takes place in NYC. With apocalyptic scenes and scary cinematography, Lupita Nyong’o gives a commanding performance.


Movie 2: Ghostlight

We did not see this movie coming at all. In fact, we went into the theatre thinking we were seeing a different movie. What a wonderful find. A construction worker somehow finds himself in the cast of Romeo and Juliet, and simultaneously helps himself and his family adjust to the death of his son. This is a deeply moving film about trauma, grief and healing. This movie has no big name stars or Hollywood budget, but should not be missed.


Movie 3: The Exorcism

Another supernatural horror film with the usual exorcism schlock totally falls apart as a movie. The only question is how did such talented and A list actors get involved in this mess??


Thelma, The Bikeriders, Robot Dreams

Movie 1: Thelma

What a wonderful little gem of a movie. A very senior citizen gets scammed out of $10,000 and goes out to get it back. This movie is difficult to categorize as it’s part action, part drama, part comedy. All great fun. June Squibb is an absolute treasure.


Movie 2: The Bikeriders

A group of Chicago friends and fellow motorcyclists decide to start a riding club. Set in the late 1960’s this movie does a fine job of evoking a certain era of Midwest biker clubs. This very masculine film is uniquely told through the eyes of a woman. Good acting all around.


Movie 3: Robot Dreams

Set in 1980’s New York City, a dog assembles a robot for companionship. We were not expecting such a wonderful movie. There is virtually no dialogue, just a periodic musical soundtrack. Yet somehow this animated film conveys deep felt emotions of love, loss, loneliness and hope. It received a well deserved Oscar nomination earlier this year for Best Animated Film. Really unique and special.


Inside Out 2, Treasure, Tuesday

Movie 1: Inside Out 2

This is the long anticipated sequel to the 2015 Oscar winning Inside Out. This film discusses emotions in a way children can learn and understand. While it is charming and entertaining, we found it nowhere near as good as the original. Although national critics are generally praising the quality of this movie and an Oscar nomination is sure to follow.


Movie 2: Treasure

What a charming discovery this movie is. Set in 1990 an Auschwitz survivor and his daughter travel to his childhood Polish home and the infamous concentration camp where he and his wife were held. We found this movie very touching. Stephen Fry is perfect as the father. It needs a wider distribution and more publicity. Hopefully you will find this in your area.


Movie 3: Tuesday

Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the mother of a dying teenage girl. This movie deals with death in a heart wrenching, fairy tale type atmosphere. Death is played by a large, talkative parrot. Performances are excellent. It is helpful to know the role of the parrot before seeing this movie.


Kidnapped, Under Paris, Eric

Movie 1: Kidnapped

This is a very intense historical drama based on a true story. In 1858 Pope Pius IX has a young Jewish boy kidnapped to persuade his parents (and all Italian Jews) to convert to Catholicism. It’s a powerfully told story with good acting. Italian with English subtitles. Currently in select theatres but look for it streaming later this year.


Movie 2: Under Paris

This is a really good horror movie about sharks in the Seine river in Paris. As Paris is getting ready for the Olympics and events in the river, the government tries to get rid of the sharks. Totally implausible, but fun none the less. On Netflix. We watched the dubbed English version.


Movie 3: Eric

This is an excellent psychological thriller about a young boy who goes missing in New York City in the 1980’s. Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as the boys puppeteer father. Excellent acting, writing and directing. Six part miniseries on Netflix.


Ezra, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, The Commandant’s Shadow

Movie 1: Ezra

This is an endearing and tenderly made film. A standup comic gets a call to appear on the Jimmy Kimball show but must travel by car from New Jersey to LA with his special needs son. The acting and cast are terrific all round and always good to see Whoopi Goldberg in a movie. Currently in theatres but will soon be on Netflix.


Movie 2: Bad Boys: Ride or Die

This is the fourth installment of the action-comedy franchise and first movie for Will Smith since his infamous incident with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. It’s OK, some funny moments, but not as entertaining as the previous movies. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith do have good chemistry together and this film made over $100 million worldwide in its first weekend.


Movie 3: The Commandant’s Shadow

This is a compelling Holocaust documentary. The son and grandson of Rudolf Hoss, the infamous commandant and mastermind behind the murder of more than a million Jews at Auschwitz, come to the London home of a 98 year old camp survivor. It truly is amazing that these people could actually meet each other. It raises all sorts of questions about guilt, acceptance and hope. Currently in theatres but will stream on Max later this year.


IF, Young Woman and the Sea, Summer Camp

Movie 1: IF

This is a family friendly, heartwarming story about imaginary friends. It is sensitive and very well done. John Krasinski’s directing and writing is skillful and first rate. The voices behind the characters is a plethora of Hollywood stars, including Louis Gossett Jr.’s last role.


Movie 2: Young Woman and the Sea

This is a wonderfully compelling biographical drama about a person and an event we knew nothing about. In August 1926 American Trudy Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel from France to England. The entire cast is filled with charming characters. This is a very inspiring sports story.


Movie 3: Summer Camp

Three friends who spent their preteen years together at summer camp, have a camp reunion fifty years later. There really isn’t anything believable about this story, nor is it particularly funny. Yet somehow it’s good to see Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates and Diane Keaton in the same movie. Best to wait for this one to stream on TV.


Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, Back to Black, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Movie 1: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Filmed as a sequel generations after the original film, this is one of the better movies in this storied franchise. In this film apes are the dominant species and humans are mute and living in the shadows. The cinematography, costumes, acting, writing and directing are excellent. In the past two weeks we’ve seen this movie twice, once in Strasbourg France and then again in Zurich Switzerland, and enjoyed it both times.


Movie 2: Back to Black

Not knowing too much about her life or her music, we found this biopic of Amy Winehouse sensitive and interesting. But most national critics found this movie weak and not well done. It chronicles the last few years of her life from struggling artist to superstar. We enjoyed the acting and music and always good to see Lesley Manville.


Movie 3: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

This is a prequel to the Mad Max franchise, of which the first film was 45 years ago. We were very disappointed! We found this movie loud, confusing (as in impossible to follow), violent and long. The writing and acting very poor. However, critics and audiences seem to like this movie. This is another film we saw in Strasbourg and were the oldest two amongst a young and enthusiastic audience.