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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Gifted
Gifted(2017)
½

The story here isn't new but the cast is superbly chosen and one takes an instant liking to them. In the era of CGI and green screen mega-blockbusters, this film is warm and charming and if you let it... will let you spill a tear or two. Chris Evans proves that once he puts down the round shield, he still has a career in Hollywood. The director uses the cast well and let's them embrace and grow into their roles. Thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

While this film breaks no new ground, it does have it's charms. Tom Holland is easily the best actor to assume this role and he seems to thoroughly enjoy his time on screen. The obvious tie-ins to the MCU are apparent but not too overwhelming. Michael Keaton is excellent in the role of the villain but is terribly under used in the film. If future films can keep Spiderman within the context of NYC and on the level of shows like DareDevil and Jessica Jones... this new franchise can succeed and thrive. If they throw him into the alien invasion galactic CGI sagas of the Avengers... it'll probably fail.

Suicide Squad

This is a standard entry into the ever increasing collection of superhero movies. As such, it's not very interesting. In this case, a collection of misfit "super-villians" coerced by a woman who's actually as much of a sociopath as any of them, into battling a menace that wouldn't have existed is she hadn't tried to make a group of super-villian commandos. Only Margot Robbie's performance stands out in this bland cast. But to be fair, only her Jared Leto and Will Smith were given any opportunity to do anything in this bland, formulaic movie. To address the issue of how Jared Leto's Joker was slighted and how the audience missed out on a stellar performance... To that I give a big raspberry. He's more of a cross between Jack Sparrow/Jack Nicholsen rather than the Oscar winning performance Heath Ledger gave us more than a decade ago. It's going to be another forgettable superhero movie. Just like Hollywood, for the most part, keeps churning out and will continue to do so until they remember that good movies, no matter how many explosions and green screen monsters you put in them, are really about people.

Captain America: Civil War
½

The best of the summer blockbuster films. A little darker than CA: The Winter Soldier, this movie lives up to it's hype and is one of the better entries in the Marvel cinematic universe.

X-Men: Apocalypse
½

Finally got around to seeing it and was pleasantly surprised. One of the three blockbuster superhero films of the summer and falls comfortably between the excellent Captain America: Civil War and the boringly tedious Batman V. Superman. While both B v. S and X-Men are basically a movie building up to a climatic battle... X-Men benefits by having superior acting performances and touches of humor throughout. Well worth the 2.5 hour investment.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

If you're a fan of roller coaster action, CGI and over the top storytelling... you'll love this movie. If you don't care about plot, story or character development... you'll like it even more. Even you are in any way a fan of the original Tolkein novels... this movie is unwatchable.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

If you're a fan of roller coaster action, CGI and over the top storytelling... you'll love this movie. If you don't care about plot, story or character development... you'll like it even more. Even you are in any way a fan of the original Tolkein novels... this movie is unwatchable.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

If you're a fan of roller coaster action, CGI and over the top storytelling... you'll love this movie. If you don't care about plot, story or character development... you'll like it even more. Even you are in any way a fan of the original Tolkein novels... this movie is unwatchable.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

If you're a fan of roller coaster action, CGI and over the top storytelling... you'll love this movie. If you don't care about plot, story or character development... you'll like it even more. Even you are in any way a fan of the original Tolkein novels... this movie is unwatchable.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

If you're a fan of roller coaster action, CGI and over the top storytelling... you'll love this movie. If you don't care about plot, story or character development... you'll like it even more. Even you are in any way a fan of the original Tolkein novels... this movie is unwatchable.

The Lathe of Heaven
½

A faithful adaptation of the novel and a movie that still entertains 35 years later. Takes me back to a time when PBS was very diverse in it's programming.

Salem's Lot
Salem's Lot(2004)

Allow me to preface this review by saying that I'm a fan of both the novel and the 1979 David soul version. However... this version takes the story into a march darker more atmospheric place. The story of a man returning home to face his demons and a small town that is seemingly idyllic but holds it's own secrets. Many people I know disliked this version but I found it fascinating, thoroughly enjoyable movie. The acting is superb, the camera work and direction excellent. In all ways a film that earns it's place a one of the best among the vampire genre.

Mr. Holmes
Mr. Holmes(2015)
½

Even though I'm a life long fan of Sherlock Holmes (both books & Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce movies) I entered this movie with no preconceptions. As a result, I was rewarded with a well acted, smartly written warm & touching drama. Ian McKellan as the aged Holmes is superb. Still possessing many of the extraordinary talents that made him a master sleuth... the film deals with a man trying desperately to hold on to his faculties in order to solve his last case. The chemistry between McKellan & Milo Parker as the young Roger is warm & entertaining without being sappy. The only weakness is Laura Linney (who I love) but is a little wooden in her role. All in all an entertaining film.

Ant-Man
Ant-Man(2015)
½

Ant-Man is a slightly more tongue in cheek addition to the Marvel Universe collection of films. Interspersed with some comedy, the usual over abundance we've come to expect from the current crop of films and a surprisingly good performance from Paul Rudd as the title character and from Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. The supporting cast is kind of hit and miss with Michael Pena delightful as the comic relief though Evangeline Lilly is a little wooden as Hope Pym. Corey Stoll is cast in the role of the baddie and his performance is ham strung by it's predictability. (Obadiah Stane Jr.) All in all... a worthwhile addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Free Enterprise
½

Loved this movie. It showed me the true spirit of indie film making. Also pretty accurate except for the geeks getting laid all the time.