It’s October 30, 1938 and a classroom is filled with kids in the small town of Lullaby, New Jersey. “Tomorrow is Halloween, do you know what that means?” says Peg (Anna Camp) to her class of youngsters. Class “Candy”! Peg replies “It means for one night you let go of your inhibitions and become someone completely different”. Little did the small town of Lullaby know that their lives would change forever due to an Orson Wells radio broadcast. It’s courage and chaos in Brave New Jersey. Read more
A fictional recall of the incident in Phoenix Arizona whereby a sighting of a UFO turned the city upside-down with fear on March 13, 1997 has been targeted for yet another movie. Now on DVD, Phoenix Forgotten is a pretentious tale of three lost teens who went hunting for the interplanetary vessel that may have caused the incident. Although it would have been a startling revelation, but much like The Blair Witch Project and other fictional films like 10 Cloverfield Lane, it’s just another folk tale. Read more
Very entertaining, the sixth and final season of Girls is available on Blu-ray/DVD. The show vacillates between comedy, drama and painful situations during the 10 thirty uninterrupted minute episodes. Its millennials do “Sex and the City” with more problematic relationships in a modern day society filled with unfulfilled dreams. Nicely acted by a cohesive cast and with a script that has all the elements for a winning show. Read more
High energy Baby Driver takes audiences on the roller coaster bank heist ride with a cast that turns this indie into a major film. The wild and crazy adventure lays rubber from its opening scene to a finale that will blow you away. Dealing with an unpaid debt, a little romance and an out of control gang, director Edgar Wright puts all the elements together and adds a nonstop rocking soundtrack for something completely different. Read more
A very different kind of love story Correspondence deals with issues, communications and science while it spins a sordid tale of love and lust. Now on DVD the film is nicely directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore, the filmmaker of the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso. The movie takes you into a world of happenstance solving a way of “coming back from the dead”. Read more
Intriguing and Compelling the movie Past Life adds another true event story to the long list of films on the Holocaust. This one is based one of the survivors of the never to forget heinous act of genocide during World War II by Nazi Germany. The drama has a different twist that involves a family caught up in the aftermath leading to a confrontation in modern day. The acting is very good and direction commendable giving Past Life a high rating. Read more
Silly, crude, ridiculous and distasteful, the film Baywatch, coming to the screen as a remake, is deceptive and can’t hold a candle to David Hasselhoff’s iconic TV show. Males will be lining up after watching the trailer to check out the film hoping they can see another wild and crazy Neighbors or 21 Jump Street with a lot of T&A and a cool story to boot. Nope, not even close. 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
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
One of the strangest biographies ever to be made into a film, I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) tells the true tale of revenge. Nicely paced and presented, the movie plays out like a diary told from Olga’s letters and notes. Sometimes humans are calling for help and no one is listening. This is a story of one of those times. Not to be missed, it powerfully poignant.
Turning a simple plot into a dramatic thunderstorm, Director Hunter Adams makes his supernatural thriller Dig Two Graves wicked, suspenseful and compelling. Having very few film credits under his belt doesn’t show with this professional production that targets the adult teens to twenties. What makes it different from other films of the genre is the storytelling using seamless weaving of the past into present. If you are a fan of the preternatural and occult than this film should be on your list for the weekend. Read more