THE FOREIGNER

The Foreigner is about a Chinese restaurant owner whose teenage daughter was killed in a politically-motivated bomb attack in London. When he finds out that IRA terrorists are responsible, he goes to a former IRA member, now a British government official, to find out the identities of the elusive killers. Plot twists and violence make this film exciting and engaging.

INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

Cameras follow Former Vice President Al Gore as he travels around the world in pursuit of the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

DETROIT

Dark, intense, anger-provoking, and at times difficult to watch, this true depiction of racism, hatred, and the ugly abuse of power, must, fifty years later, be talked about and constructively dealt with until history stops repeating itself.

VALERIAN

VALERIAN and THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, directed by Luc Besson, was visually beautiful with incredibly magnificent 3-D special effects, and a few breathless moments.

THE HOUSE

Scott and Kate Johansen must figure out a way to earn some money after their daughter's scholarship falls through. When all else fails, the desperate couple join forces with their down-on-his-luck neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), to start an underground casino in his home.

THE BEGUILED

A romance-psychodrama based on The Beguiled by Thomas P. Cullinan, the subtle expressions by all the exceptional actors, the woodsy background scenery, indoor sets, and gorgeous period costumes set the stage for a realistic sense of foreboding.

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.