IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET?

When a young boy brings a loaded gun to school, his mother reacts by galvanizing the women in town to wage a "sex strike" until the men get rid of their firearms. Using all the NRA clichés, this satire helped expose the NRA as a small, but very vocal lobby whose mission is really to sell more guns rather than look out for the welfare of the people they supposedly represent.

MIAMI FILM FEST

Carrie Pilby and Chronically Metropolitan touched on blatant flaws in others, compromise in perceptions, awareness of own limitations, and willingness to accept life, as it is, and go on with inner strength. Both films had well-known stars, were wonderfully acted, and had engaging characters.

BEFORE I FALL

If you knew that you had only one day to live, how would you live it? Would you think about the way you treat people, spend your time and how you would like to be remembered? BEFORE I FALL is a story that resonates with people of all ages. Thumbs up on this one.

THE BYE BYE MAN

Three college students, Elliot and John who were childhood friends, and Elliot’s girlfriend Sasha, rent a creepy old house off campus. Yes, a murder had been committed in this house many years before. In the drawer of a night table stored in the basement, they discover a paper with writing that repeats the words (around the entire page) “Don’t Say it; Don’t Think It”. Hidden beneath the paper is a scratched-out drawing of “IT” – The Bye Bye Man. With the power of this evil now released, the three friends must combat extreme paranoia and vivid hallucinations (or realities?)

JACKIE

JACKIE (Natalie Portman) was portrayed as a chain-smoking, controlling, self-preserving manipulator who, interspersed with heart-breaking grief and trauma over her personal loss, was determined to choreograph her husband’s funeral so that his legacy and her image would remain the Camelot version the Country had entitled the young, beautiful First Family.

PASSENGERS

The Starship Avalon is on a voyage transporting over 5,000 colonists to Homestead II, a planet so far from Earth the journey takes 120 years. The colonists are placed into hibernation for the journey, but a malfunction wakes up a passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years early.

COLLATERAL BEAUTY

COLLATERAL BEAUTY made an impression on us. Without giving away the story, which had several layers subtly crafted together so that the ending was thought provoking and inspirational, I was touched by all the characters, each, individually, needing to confront LOVE , TIME or DEATH.

LA LA LAND

LaLa Land starts off with an over the top theatrical number (dance and song) on the Los Angeles freeway. Then it becomes a jukebox musical that tells a story.

THE ACCOUNTANT

THE ACCOUNTANT starts off as a story about a family torn apart by how to treat the violent tantrums of their younger son – Christian “Chris” Wolff who is autistic. Chris grows up to be an Accountant. As a mathematical savant, he uses his genius to cook the books of criminal organizations ... and the story then becomes a mystery thriller.

DEEPWATER HORIZON

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig; 200 million gallons of oil spilled into U.S. waters. Eleven (11) oil rig workers lost their lives in the explosion; another 17 were injured. More than 8,000 animals died.

WHISTLEBLOWERS

With the movie "SNOWDEN" (about Edward Snowden) recently released, and Julian Assange threatening to publish more secrets on WikiLeaks, my friend and I got into talking about the various degrees of whistleblowing and the categories they fall into, such as provocateurs, agents and activists. With the "Freedom of Information Act" the question of "what is acceptable and what is traitorous?" is a hot topic.

SULLY

No matter how wonderful, honorable or heroic your actions are, and regardless of the successful results achieved by your deeds, there are always those who attempt to minimize, sully, or destroy your name and your glory – even if you are Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

LIGHTS OUT

  Background: Sophie – the mother – is mentally ill, with manic and delusional episodes. Her young son Martin lives with her and her second husband Paul. Her older daughter Rebecca, from Sophie’s...

Absolutely Fabulous the Movie

Absolutely Fabulous the Movie picks up where the series left off, following the exploits of Edina "Eddy" Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), a pair of "once" high-powered career women on the London fashion scene.

INDIGNATION

A brilliant but socially naive Jewish boy from New Jersey goes to college in 1951 Ohio on a scholarship that enables him to avoid serving in the Korean War. A typical Philip Roth depiction of angst, coming of age, conflict, integrity and sex.

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE begins with a flashback to the last day of high school. Morbidly obese, free-spirited, dancing Robbie is pulled from the gym showers by a group of his bully classmates. He is dragged...

NOW YOU SEE ME 2

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 starts with the FOUR HORSEMEN fleeing from a stage show and finding themselves in Macau, China where this devious tech wizard Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe) forces them to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers.

Me Before You

Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) was a wealthy, athletic, handsome, smart, young banker totally enjoying his life and girlfriend when one rainy day he was hit by a motorcycle and became a quadriplegic. Two years later, wheelchair bound, an aid caring for all his physical needs, his girlfriend now marrying his one-time close friend, in constant physical pain, in and out of the hospital with pneumonia, Will wants to end his life of suffering.

Love Is All You Need?

“Love is All You Need?” is based on accepting the reality of a society totally opposite of the world we know. In this world, the accepted sexual orientation for humans is homosexual. Anyone who may happen to be heterosexual is deep in the closet.

Miami International Film Festival

With its usual glamour and excitement, The 33rd Annual Miami Dade College – Miami International Film Festival, “MIFF” once again brought film buffs and movie lovers, film directors, screenwriters, and actors, together to view and review pre-screened and award-winning International films, documentaries and shorts, that covered an array of subjects guaranteed to stimulate the senses and please the crowds that packed several theaters around town, as well as a star-studded opening night gala and closing night celebration.