“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”, a Military Crime Thriller



Where I was not too fond of the first Jack Reacher film that came out in 2012, the sequel “Never Go Back” delivers much more energy. The action sequences are quite good even though they are not on par with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible series. In addition the storyline has pangs of déjà vu from other action films within the past years. All that said, if you are a big fan of Cruise or just want to escape to a movie where you can forget a bad day, then this military crime thriller should do the trick. Read more

“Tanna” a Touching Story of Forbidden Love



Quite an undertaking with a very good result the movie Tanna tells a touching Romeo and Juliet story in the most striking way. Filmed on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific using tribes that still inhabit the volcanic isle, Directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean fashion a story based on a true happening. Not the ordinary staged Shakespearean presentation, but one that has all the substance of the tale of forbidden love. Read more

“The Magnificent Seven” a Rip Snorter Western



Hitch up your “hoss” to the nearest tie post, take your saddle into the nearest movie house and treat yourself to a hum dinger of a good time with The Magnificent Seven. It’s not the old 1960 rerun, but a spanking new show with memories of the original. Branded with Antoine Fuqua direction this wild west ditty has some mighty woop ass scenes that can rival the likes of Tombstone and Silverado. Read more

“Clown” Chilling to the Bone

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One of the most scary, edgy and terror filled movies I’ve seen this year Clown has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Most everyone has at least had trepidation about clowns since the sicko thriller TV Mini Series Stephen King’s “It”. The production created many nightmares and probably got a lot of kids parties canceled when moms and dads were frightened by the ugliness of the central character Pennywise. But that wasn’t the most dreadful film involving clowns that hit the small screen. A few years ago “American Horror Story: Freak Show” featured a couple of violent and sadistic clowns that made me cringe to the bone. Read more

“War Dogs”, Making Easy Cash the Hard Way



Billed as a comedy with drama and based on a true story, War Dogs takes you into the world of selling guns during wartime. The film delves into profit making from the military and the risks the gun sellers take for chances of making millions. While a lot of Hollywood goes into the film, it does happen and it did happen this way, mostly. What adds high entertainment value to the movie comes from the acting by two of America’s better actors, Oscar nominated Jonah Hill and rising star Miles Teller. Read more

“Pete’s Dragon” a Darker Version of the Family Film

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Although it is about Pete and Elliot the dragon, Pete’s Dragon is a far cry from the live action and animated musical that we loved and filled our dreams as children. This Pete’s Dragon has a modern twist that sets even PG viewers on the edge of their seats. From the opening scary car crash involving Pete’s parents, to the hostile way they have to capture Elliot the dragon, the film spans a mystery, adventure and fantasy that both endears and shocks. Read more

“Suicide Squad” Villains vs Supervillain



Rivaling the dark comedy superhero movie Deadpool, the wacky Suicide Squad takes off with a blast and it will kickass this weekend. The sometimes hilarious action, adventure, science fiction thriller gets yanked from the DC comic books by super director David Ayer for the huge IMAX screen and other venues. It’s a monster of a film filled with, yup, a monstrous cast and tons of computer graphics to feed the audience targeted with an adrenaline rush. One of the better action releases this year, the film WILL make a ton of money at the box offices worldwide. Read more

“The Bride”, a Tragedy of Undying Love

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Steeped in a veil of deceit and anguish The Bride (“La Novia”) tells a tale of forbidden love and vengeance. Much like the films by powerful director Sergio Leone this foreboding tale gets an ominous story that involves star crossed lovers, choices, and a heroine pulled between families. Excellent cinematography plays a big part in this revenge driven film. Read more

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” a Comedy About Growing Up

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The oddball film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a couple of attributes that make it very special. First, it has a story that charms, captivates and compels viewers to watch a young boy come of age in a strange environment under the most unusual circumstances. Second, the perfect cast treats the audience with performances that work their way into your heart and never let go. If you enjoy movies that fascinate with characters changing for better or worse, than this is your cup of Zealong tea. Read more

“The Legend of Tarzan”, a Tall Tale of a Jungle Icon



With a hefty $180 million dollar budget the film The Legend of Tarzan makes its bow this weekend looking for the PG-13 crowd to swing into action and make it a box office winner. The production used every bit of the budget with an adventure that takes you on a roller coaster ride; just taking time in between drops to catch your breath before moving on to the next exciting twist and turn. Read more

“Spoils Before Dying” a Catchy Little Film Noir

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At it again and this time Producer Kristin Wiig releases The Spoils Before Dying on DVD, a continuation of a series of campy stories by a would be famous fictional writer Eric Jonrosh (Will Farrell). Two years ago it was Spoils of Babylon that took you into the rich oil lands of Texas. This new six part miniseries offers up a spoof of an old style 1960’s film noir with murder and intrigue. Stick with it, the video gets so silly you will not want to pause it even for a potty break. Read more

“Monsterland”, an Anthology of Ghoulish Delights

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Here’s an anthology of ghoulish flicks that are sure to make you gag or laugh depending on your mood. The eight short films are written and directed by different directors and provide their idea of what terror and even silliness has become. Most of the adult audience should be able to find at least one of the segment of Monsterland they can call their cup of tea, but remember this DVD is not for kids. Read more

“Jarhead 3” an Action Packed Terrorist Plot

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Depicting a similar incident to the one in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, the film Jarhead 3: The Siege becomes has been released on Blu-ray/DVD and it’s a very good war action thriller. The plot may be similar to the recent film 13 Hours, but this rollercoaster ride, although with a bit more Hollywood magic, gets staged as good. The acting, direction and script are nicely done and it contains a few surprises I didn’t see coming. Although this film is considered a sequel to the original film Jarhead, you won’t have to dig that action film out for plot points to enjoy this barn burner. Read more

“The Lobster”, a Bizarre Story About Love



Working with excellent talent and intrusive camera work director Yorgos Lanthimos brings a bizarre film to the screen. The Lobster can be the perfect indie for a select audience of art film lovers that want to be drawn into a dark place for two hours while being entertained by the dreary storyline and the lifeless characters on the screen. For this group the movie’s a winner. The Lobster is motion picture art at its most absurd, even more so than the morose and brooding Melancholia or Under the Skin. If you want a mind bending experience, then this little gem is for you. That said, I did applaud Under the Skin for its alien tale about a hooker who gathers humans for disturbing reasons. Read more