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The Lovers: Review

A strong dose of reality and a bit of  intentional exaggeration goes a long way to paint a sad portrait of modern long term relationships in the new film, The Lovers. This movie is also a welcome return to the screen for Debra Winger. Other than a few various appearances over the years her best and most notable work was in the 1980’s. She is raw and believable as an older woman romancing a younger man behind her husbands back. This is pegged as a comedy/drama but I found there to be more sadness than humor. Read the rest of this entry »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 : Review

There are major challenges with any successful movie franchise attempting a sequel. The creators must balance between adding new elements and somehow repeating the best parts of the first film. It’s not an easy job and many sequels have failed over the years. Guardians of the Galaxy was a major blockbuster film with compelling and memorable characters. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Fire: Review

Free Fire is a one dimensional film with a great cast. It all takes place during one evening and for the most part it consists of people shooting at eachother for 85 minutes. There is a dash of humor, which at times feels out of place. That becomes the core of the film, violence and misplaced humor. Read the rest of this entry »

Life: Review

David Bowie once asked, “Is there life on Mars?” The new sci-fi movie Life provides an answer to that question. Sometimes a movie is just good even though it may have many shortcomings and themes that seem played out. You will eventually look past the fact it reminds you of another classic science fiction film in just about every way. Life will keep your attention and take you places that are very familiar and others you were not expecting. A crew on board the international space station captures a space probe returning from Mars. On this vessel they find the first evidence of extraterrestrial life. We are not alone. The crew begins to research their new find and things quickly get out of control. Yes, this a trapped in space with a monster film that borrows heavily from Alien, but the cast is excellent (Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson) and the action is intense so that kind of makes up for the one dimensional aspect you will feel wash over the film. What starts out as cute, with children on Earth via satellite naming the new being “Calvin,” rapidly develops into something sinister at light speed. You are having fun in space with Ryan Reynolds one moment and in the next you are cringing at a disturbing scene with Calvin, the alien from Mars, climbing into the lovable movie stars mouth. Read the rest of this entry »

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