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Patriots Day

THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST MANHUNT.  When two bombs go off during the 2013 Boston Marathon, the whole city (including Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg)) become involved in the hunt for the terrorists, two brothers. The third time Peter Berg and Wahlberg collaborate on a reality-based drama about Men Surviving a Crisis … Continue reading Patriots Day

Kong: Skull Island

ALL HAIL THE KING.  In 1973, a military expedition takes a group of scientists and representatives of a mysterious organization called Monarch to an island in the Pacific that harbors many secrets. The giant ape is brought back to the screen as part of a cinematic monster universe, following Godzilla (2014). This 3D adventure keeps … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island

Highlights of Comic-Con 2016

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego ended last Sunday. Time to sum up what we enjoyed the most: Bad-Ass Women #MarvelMamas pic.twitter.com/wYn6tMd2s9 — Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) July 24, 2016 Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM — Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 24, 2016 Marvel embracing women – Superhero films are generally speaking not known for giving women good roles. But … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2016

Raising Arizona

A COMEDY BEYOND BELIEF. After getting hitched, a former career criminal and a police officer (Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter) learn they can’t have kids… and decide to kidnap one of a furniture magnate’s five babies, the ”Arizona Quints”. The director, writers, cinematographer and composer behind Blood Simple. (1984) returned for a comedy that borrows from … Continue reading Raising Arizona

10 Cloverfield Lane

MONSTERS COME IN MANY FORMS. After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in a concrete room, chained to a wall; a man (John Goodman) who brings her food tells her that there’s been an ”attack” and that he saved her life. Not a direct sequel to Cloverfield (2008), but the filmmakers describe … Continue reading 10 Cloverfield Lane

Arachnophobia

EIGHT LEGS, TWO FANGS AND AN ATTITUDE.  After moving to the small town of Canaima, California, hoping to open a practice, doctor Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) looks into a series of mysterious deaths that might be caused by spiders… Frequent Spielberg collaborator Frank Marshall made his directing debut with this loving, humorous homage to old … Continue reading Arachnophobia

The Big Lebowski

THEY FIGURED HE WAS A LAZY TIME WASTING SLACKER. THEY WERE RIGHT. L.A. slacker Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) goes to see a millionaire who has the same name as him to get compensation after an unfortunate encounter with two thugs, but is drawn into a kidnapping case… The Coen Brothers’ attempt to have a little … Continue reading The Big Lebowski

Sea of Love

DECEPTION IS DANGEROUS. DESIRE IS DEADLY. In a novel attempt to catch a serial killer who shoots men after finding them in the newspaper singles column, New York city detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) places his own ad in the paper… On first sight, this thriller doesn’t look like much; the final revelation of the … Continue reading Sea of Love

Monsters University

SCHOOL NEVER LOOKED THIS SCARY. This prequel to Monsters, Inc. (2001) takes us back to school; the story has our two monstrous heroes meeting for the first time as students attending Monsters University. They take an instant disliking to each other, but are forced to work together as a team when they’re close to getting kicked … Continue reading Monsters University

Transformers: Age of Extinction

PREPARE FOR EXTINCTION. Five years after the battle that almost destroyed Chicago, a CIA unit is hunting both Autobots and Decepticons; Optimus Prime finds refuge in a barn owned by an inventor (Mark Wahlberg). The fourth film in the franchise is a reboot in name only. Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci (as a Steve Jobs-type corporate … Continue reading Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Monuments Men

IT WAS THE GREATEST ART HEIST IN HISTORY. In 1943, art conservationist Frank Stokes (George Clooney) talks President Roosevelt into allowing him to form an Army unit consisting of art historians and various experts, with the task of saving as many works of art from the Nazis as possible. Based on true events, this film … Continue reading The Monuments Men

Inside Llewyn Davies

New York City, 1961; folk singer Llewyn Davies’s (Oscar Isaac) solo album isn’t selling and every night he’s trying to find new gigs and a place to sleep. That’s the situation we find him in, and that’s the situation we’ll leave him in, in this pre-Dylan portrayal of the early ’60s folk scene. The Coen … Continue reading Inside Llewyn Davies