The Big Sick - **** An aspiring Pakistani stand-up comic meets a woman, but his traditional parents want him to marry a girl from the home country. His girlfriend becomes seriously ill, and there is tension for him with both his parents and hers. This comedy-drama combines the best of both genres, eliciting from the audience both laughs and tears, as the well-written script and good acting add to the quality of the movie. This is one for those who really appreciate emotional dramas that also have a few laughs. See it!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming - ** ½ Spidey is still keeping his identity a secret in high school, while he has a crush on one of the girls, and also continues to fight the bad guys. This time, a villain emerges with some very powerful weapons, and Spider-Man must stop him. This is the same formula that all superhero movies follow: bad guy emerges, hatches an evil scheme, and our hero fights him and saves the world. This was a fun movie, but I am getting a little burned out on the superhero genre. See it.
Megan Leavey – *** A young woman joins the Marines, becoming a K9 trainer. She bonds with her dog, and lobbies to be the dog’s companion after the animal can no longer work the bomb sniffing unit. This is an emotional film that shows the bond that a K9 trainer has with the animal they work with. The movie avoids too much sentimentality and is a solid dramatic film that combines the emotional connection the Marine has with the dog, to the excitement of a war movie. See it.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
47 Meters Down - ** ½ Two young women vacationing in Mexico decide to scuba dive into the ocean, going down in a cage to see White Sharks up close. All does not go well, as the cage falls to the ocean floor, leaving the girls trapped at the bottom of the sea. The premise of the movie is slightly flawed, as I think the fall to the bottom of the ocean would have killed them, but that does not make for a very good movie. So, let’s accept the story as is and say that this is an exciting film that had me hoping the poor girls can survive their poor choice of vacay entertainment. See it.
Baby Driver - *** A young man is working as a getaway driver for a guy who runs crews that do bank jobs. His signature is that he listens to music in order to drown out the ringing in his ears from an accident as a kid. The driver wants out, but has a hard time leaving the life, even though he met a girl that he wants to be with. This is a very exciting movie about bank robbers, with good car chases and a very likeable lead character. He does the jobs because he has to, and I found myself rooting for him to leave the life and get the girl. See it.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Wonder Woman - *** There is an island populated only by women who are specially trained in fighting. One of them goes to the mainland to help defeat the Germans in WWI. This is the latest of the superhero movies to invade cinemas, and it is a good one. The human element is just as significant here as the special effects, and the movie is fun and exciting. If you are seeking an escape from the heat, go check out this one. See it.
It Comes at Night - *** ½ A sickness is going around and a man is trying to protect his family from being infected. They come across another man, and then must decide whether or not to trust him. This intense film really keeps you guessing as to who may or may not be sick. There is little violence or scary moments, as this is not a horror movie, rather it is a suspense filled movie that has no good guys or bad guys, but just people trying to protect those they care about. See it!