The real “Rocky” makes his bid for fame with the movie Chuck, the mostly true story of the prize fighter who went 15 rounds with Mahammad Ali in 1975. It’s the fighter that Sylvester Stallone carved his Oscar winning movie from and Chuck Wepner’s story comes to the screen more than 4 decades later. Well-acted directed and produced, the film has a lot of Hollywood heart and even more heartaches. Read more
If you have never seen an Alien movie on the big screen or are a die hard fan of the creatures, then check out the newest installment called Alien: Covenant. The film has all the horror value of the first two and if you saw Prometheus a better understanding of this one as well. The only drawback is the scare meter, especially for the moviegoers who already know what the aliens look like, how they are “born” and their attack mode. But, for the storyline the film has some merit, although it may give most fans déjà vu. Read more
Wild, engaging and sometimes disturbing, yet heartfelt, the film Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) opens in theaters this weekend. The story plays out like a One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest with a little bit of Thelma and Louise. The acting in the film by the whole cast is exceptionally good and the direction pinpoint sharp. If you would like a little laughter in your evening mixed with a lot of heart, then check out Like Crazy. Read more
A cool film that has a lot of heart, Norman tells a tale of a lost soul that tries to turn his life around. Played out Woody Allen style the film has a lot of dialogue and quick responses that get you caught up in the life of a man who has found his niche in the world, yet can’t come to grips with failure. If you like movies that build a character that gets caught up in his own mistakes, then this one is sure to please. Read more
In the film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword the world of wizards, mages, knights, and kings form the legend of the sword Excalibur. With a different perspective than I had originally thought, Guy Ritchie’s world has Mordred as the enemy wizard in the midst of destroying King Uther Pendragon’s kingdom and his brother in-law Vortigern waiting for his chance at the crown. The film has merit and a strong supposition, but be forewarned it’s not consistent with early legends.
A mesmerizing true story that makes you cringe, wince and shudder, The Wall takes you into the backyard of Iraq at the end of the war. Well-acted and directed the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat from the opening sequence to the gut wrenching ending. Much like the film The American Sniper you’ll be holding your breath and squirming in your seat during the tense nearly an hour and a half. Read more
Strong willed Emily Dickinson’s biography comes to the screen in A Quiet Passion with a sharp delivery by actress Cynthia Nixon and it’s a personification you’ll not easily forget. Dressed in 19th century clothing and placed in an antebellum setting the actress holds nothing back as the real life story unfolds with unrelenting chastisement. If you like her works of mostly poetry and essays than this period piece is your cup of bitter tea. Read more
The fun modern day dark comedy One Week and a Day follows the plight of a family in Israel not unlike most Americans in the same situation. While there’s a lot of serious moments, the story shows that a lot goes into healing beyond Shiva. Good acting and plot, if you want to laugh and cry, check out this film when it comes to a theater near you. Read more
At first I thought I was getting in over my head when I agreed to reviewing In Search of Israeli Cuisine as I know very little about their food. Having grown up Italian, give me a film on Italian food and I’m right there. However, I found this film not just about food, but about the State of Israel, its nation and its people. Delighted with the movie I could not stop watching it till the final frame, it’s an eye opener. Read more
Topping the original, the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 turns up the action and the comedy in this science fiction action adventure. It’s been nearly 3 years since the first one hit the screen and that one was amazing, but I was extremely happy with this next chapter that blew me away. The production quality of the second even outweighs that of the first taking audiences into a future filled with aliens and fantasy all while catching up from where they left off and introducing a couple of new characters.
Whether you are an action junkie, a Marvel Comic fan or you just want to escape into another world, this film has it all. It’s a fun roller coaster ride into space. Read more
Set in the not too distant future, The Space Between Us taps into today’s increasingly popular mission to Mars space epics. There’s already a colony on Mars and joining the Mars team is astronaut Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery), who discovers she is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield). Rather than return to Earth, the powers that be decide to let Gardner grow up on the Red Planet—as the first true Martian. Read more
The interesting drama The Dinner puts you in the middle of a meeting that turns a family upside down over a cruel incident that will affect their lives forever. Nicely directed by Oren Moverman the film turns a contentious situation into a battle between brothers that sickens as the predictable story plays out. Sometime tough to contemplate, The Dinner gives the audience a full four course meal in destroying relationships. Read more
Sweet and endearing the movie Gifted tells an inspiring story of determination and affection. Nicely directed by Marc Webb who brought 500 Days of Sumner to the screen, his new film shows a different kind of love relationship that’s remarkable. Now in theaters, if you are tired of the ordinary drama of family dysfunction, try out this amazing tug of war that will make you laugh, cry and open your heart. Read more
Whether you are a big fan of all sports or just like a nice drama without all the guts, gore and action then try out Tommy’s Honor a nice film about the beginning of the pastime of Golf. A true story, the film has some nice performances and direction to go along with the cinematic background of Scotland. It’s a fun watch showing the determination of a son in the shadow of his famous father. Read more
Marriage, mayhem and a baby drive Toretto’s gang to save the world in The Fate of the Furious a “squeal-quel” for the ages. The film has the energy to drive its followers in to theater seats several times. Keeping the formula of fast cars, hot women and rowdy men the franchise continues to be alive and well. The only question comes with how do you top this one without being repetitive? You can’t! It’s what the fans want and it will survive for another time around. Read more