Sunday, January 14, 2018

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour - *** It is WWII, and the United Kingdom is fearful of the Hitler rampage across Europe. The current Prime Minister has lost confidence of Parliament, and they seek a new leader.  Winston Churchill is the man chosen to lead the U. K. in its fight for survival. This dramatic film accurately portrays the fight against those who want to bargain with Hitler, and the performance by Gary Oldman is brilliant. This is a good movie to see if you are seeking a realistic look at how the U. K. dealt with the Nazi threat. See it.

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water - **** A mute woman falls for a human-like sea creature who is being held in a secret location. The man in charge is mean to the creature and also treats the woman poorly. Russian spies are also interested. This unique love story is well-told and very well-acted, and the drama is very realistic and touching. The imagination of the director is apparent here, as few filmmakers tell a story quite like this one. This is one of the year’s finest films. See it!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Jumanji

Jumanji - *** Some teens come across an old video game and are sucked into a world where they are actually part of a video game, and exist as characters in the game. The characters are quite different from who they actually are, and there is a lot of fun in seeing them have to adjust to the new personalities they have been assigned. This is a fun movie, with likeable characters and actors who make this a good time at the movies. See it.

Daddy’s Home 2

Daddy’s Home 2 - ** ½ The dads are back and this time their fathers are in town to make things difficult for the family. One is Mr. Macho, the other is Mr. Emotional, and their hijinks make for an interesting Christmas. This film doesn’t quite compare to the original, being lacking the originality and the laughs, but the film does have the quality of being fun to watch. So, if you are looking for a movie that is lighthearted and fun, this is one to consider. See it.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas - *** This movie tells the story of how Charles Dickens came up with the idea for “A Christmas Carol”. He encounters people and events that spur him into coming up with the classic tale. This is a fun movie that is perfect for the holiday season, and gives insight into how one of our greatest Christmas stories was imagined. Good acting and good storytelling combine to make this one a Christmas treat. See it.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - ** The latest in the Star Wars saga is a tale of an attempt to keep the Jedi tradition going despite attempts by the Empire to eliminate them. There is nothing new here, just more of the same, the rebels trying to survive battle with the Evil Empire. There is a crazy sequence of Leia, floating through space, guess she now has superhuman abilities. Not the best of the series, only for Star Wars diehards. Skip it.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo. - **** A woman erects billboards outside a small town, to shame the local sheriff into doing more to find the killer of her teenage daughter. This creates controversy, as the sheriff may have done all he can, and has issues of his own to deal with. This well-acted and tense film brings a lot of drama to the screen, as the woman deals with loss and the agony of knowing that her daughter’s killer is still out there. This is a really good one. See it!