Ghost in the Shell - ** In a futuristic world, a cyborg has been equipped with human intelligence and the executives at the company responsible are being attacked by criminals who want stop the program. The cyborg leads a team to stop the bad guys. This take on a popular story fell flat for me. The visual aspect of it was okay, but did not knock me off my feet. I did not feel invested in this story, It just didn’t grab me. Don’t see this one. Skip it.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Before I Fall - *** A girl in high school is waking up to relive the same day over and over again. She is not sure of the reason for this, but she tries to change the way she reacts to events in order to end the cycle. This movie is reminiscent of the Bill Murray classic, Groundhog Day. It’s not a comedy though, as the film approaches the events in a more serious tone. This film focuses on high school students and the merciless manner in which one clique targets one of the girls whom they deem to not fit in with the rest. A resolution is found at the end, and this is a good movie, no big stars, but it is entertaining and interesting. See it.
Beauty and The Beast - *** ½ This is the story of Belle, a pretty young woman in a village who is being pursued by Gaston, a handsome local man, whom she is not attracted to. Belle winds up in the mansion of the Beast, a man who was cursed years ago, and is now waiting for the curse to be lifted by the arrival of a girl who will accept him. Is she the one? This is a live-action remake of the animated classic, and it is a good one. Emma Watson is perfect as belle, she is pretty, has a fresh look, and can sing. The visual aspect of the movie Is terrific, and the classic Disney songs are as good as ever. A couple of new songs were added, but don’t do much other than add length to the movie. Take the kids, or if you don’t have any, go see this one anyway. See it!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Kong: Skull Island - *** A team is dispatched to explore an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they discover that the island is inhabited by a giant ape, among other creatures. Should they fight the ape, or is he more friend than foe? This is a fun movie with terrific special effects, lots of action and likeable characters. Some of your favorites may not make it to the end, but that is part of what makes this a good one. Kong is a fun movie that you should add to your list. See it.
Get Out - *** ½ A young couple are going home to meet the girl’s parents, and the thing that appears to make this relationship different is the fact that he is a black man, and she a white woman. However, there is more to the story than that, as there are some very strange things happening at the parent’s house. This is quite an odd movie, in a good way, as it has a storyline that is just a bit different. This film combines marries the horror genre with elements of a thriller, to bring a unique and exciting film to the screen. You should definitely check this one out. See it!
The Lego Batman Movie - *** The Lego film is back and this time Batman is the focus of the film. He is working against his nemesis, the Joker. Batman must work with others in order to save Gotham city. This is a fun movie, with good animation and some laughs. Batman’s dry humor is refreshing, and that makes this a fun movie to watch. See it.
Monday, February 13, 2017
John Wick: Chapter 2 - *** John Wick is back, and he was hired by a man to perform a hit on the man’s own sister. Afterward, John Wick is being pursued, as there is now a contract out on him. That’s about all the story line necessary, as this is another kick-butt movie where the plot is secondary to the action. There is plenty of action here, as well as quite a bit of violence. If you like to see a lot of random people being killed in creative ways, this is the movie for you. See it.