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Allied (2016)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Allied combines a spy thriller with intrigue, espionage, cloak and dagger and the art of deception. It truly is a suspense thriller in parts surrounded by the game of shadows in the world of secrets that mask the drive to find truth.
Marion Cotillard is amazing as Marianne Beausejour. She has a grace and presence that is subtle, but she occupies the room and screen with brilliance as a spy. Adept at cunning deception to survive the empty cruel world of spying for your cause.
The costumes are amazing and the sets are equally time specific. The chemistry at first is what you expect with spies who don't trust one another but it took a deeper meaning as the movie moves through the maze of detours the characters take.
Brad Pitt shows some depth as a Canadian Wing Commander who paratroops into French Morocco to carry out his mission to take out, who else, the Germans who are over running Europe with one last barrier Great Britain. Brad Pitt as Max Vatan is a cool assassin who changes with his collaboration with Marianne to find a completeness of dual identities that bind them but yet keeps them cautious to their intentions.
Frankly, I wasn't sure what to expect but was a good movie that has suspense, thrills and provided the impact war secrets can have on winning or losing a war. Information like this movie is go see it and pay attention it takes some surprising turns.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
35 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hacksaw Ridge is the most outstanding, realistic, inspirational film regarding the conviction of one man and the moral compass that leads his beliefs. This is a film for adults, the images are graphic with realism that will not be for the faint of heart.

Courage takes many shapes like fire fighters who rush into burning buildings or moms and dads making ultimate sacrifices for their kids. This goes well beyond any war movie I've ever seen.

Throughout the film it showed the paradox Private Desmond Doss felt about being patriotic to his country and his religious conviction to not murder his fellow man. Intertwined is the real life tragedy that war had on his father whose own mental break down from WWI causes the worst type of mind and physical pain no one can imagine.

Doss' ultimate sacrifice is his own conviction, versus the toughness required to kill your fellow man, which as a pacifist he struggled with.

The love story is genuine with Dorothy Schutte. They had real chemistry, which was refreshing in an age where great acting suffers with poor scripts and action is defined by special effects.

This is a real life hero who saved 75 men in the most horrific hand to hand combat in WWII. A regular person who changed the most vicious battle in Okinawa into a victory for the US forces in the Pacific. The hand to hand combat scenes kept me glued to my seat. The movie does not allow any shortcuts to greatness.

This movie made me uncomfortable to watch the gruesome scenes, which is a good thing. It reminded me of the toll war takes on the body, mind and soul. It carefully takes the time to venture into the lives impacted and the courage to face the unthinkable. This freedom allow me to write this humble audience review. I was inspired by this movie. Its easy to be biter, apathetic and question the world. Sometimes you understand a little clearer when you see courage in its greatest form. Courage is around you it is not easy to recognize those humble folks who will sacrifice for many.

Go see this movie it is terrific but please no kids this is as realistic as you will ever see.

Well done on this movie.

Highly recommended.

The BFG (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's difficult to be objective with this movie since I walked out mid way through. Maybe I should have waited and given it more time. The animation and CGI are outstanding, the acting especially the girl was bland and not engaging. The BFG seemed to be more of a struggle to understand the gibberish and translation was a mystery in parts.

The one area of imagination is captured in spots like the dreamworld beneath the water to catch dreams. The bigger giants were ugly and more like trolls you would imagine under a bridge or at some cheesy Renaissance Festival.

My hope is that children will find this more interesting than adults, didn't seem to have much energy or vision but alas, I'm not a Harry Potter Fan either. Sorry I can't recommend this other than a rental. Not worth it.

Sully (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Sully was a very humble and inspiring movie that was enjoyable to watch from start to finish. Chesley Sullenberger is the type of hero that many people can relate to, and Tom Hanks does an outstanding job of portraying the highs and lows of success.

I was apprehensive about going at first, knowing the end result. I was particularly aware of the scrutiny that people in many walks of life get, when they make a bold decision, and even as I read some critics reviews had to laugh like they would have not gone to their focus group, or team building and believe his landing on the Hudson could have been different.

I enjoyed the humility portrayed by Sully and kindness, care and concern for the 155 souls and countless 1000's of people he likely saved that day had he not in over 208 seconds made the right moves. He also credited his co-pilot, flight crew, ground control, and boat operators.

For the narrow minded critics who politicize everything for their own social agendas look no further than this act of courage. It can't be process mapped or put on computer simulation, it's reality not known to many who sit in audience or tough talking with a computer, making the hard decisions and saving people.

Congrats to another masterpiece by Clint Eastwood who showcases his extraordinary directing to bring this story to life and the drama and nothing short of a miracle that no one lost their life.

It's easy to be cynical it's even better to believe there are mostly good people out there that believe in courage, and Sully and that flight crew were those people. Bravo. Please go see it I think you'll enjoy.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Man from Uncle became so bad to watch it became a comedy by the end of the film. If it wasn't the bad Russian accent from Kuryakin to the laughable sinister bad guy who one minute was an evil agent to I'll tell you everything you want.

First I'm their target audience. I never missed an episode (before your could TIVO, DVR, record). It was must see on Friday night along with the a great series "the Wild Wild West. It was corny but hey it was the 60's and James Bond and Spy thriller kept pace with the Cold War going on and you always knew who the bad guys were.

Solo played by Henry Cavill couldn't even muster up a good American Accent. My only last words on this is maybe, just maybe this will become a cult classic (they don't have to take out the horrible soundtrack) one day and the only way to do this is with another sequel.

Should have left this as is a cornball, unbelievable TV series. This is one word is "AWFUL".