An Index of all the movies as of Aug 1 2017

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10 Cloverfield Lane
12 Years a Slave
A Man Called Ove
A Walk in the Woods
Alien Covenant
All is Lost
American Hustle
American Sniper
American Ultra
Avengers Age of Ultron
Baby Driver
Barbershop: The Next Cut
Batman v Superman
Beatriz at Dinner
Beauty and the Beast
Begin Again
Big Eyes
Big Hero 6
Black Mass
Blue Jasmine
Born in China – Disneynature
Bridge of Spies
Brisco County Jr.
Captain America
Captain America: Civil War
Captain Fantastic
Captain Phillips
Captain Underpants
Central Intelligence
Dallas Buyers Club
Danny Collins
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Despicable Me 2
Dirty Dancing 1987 DVD
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Don Jon
Don’t Breathe
Dr. Strange
Eddie the Eagle
Edge of Tomorrow
End of the Tour
Enders Game
Enough Said
Ex Machina
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fiddler on the Roof
Finding Dory
Florence Foster Jenkins
Frances Ha
Free Fire
Furious 7
Get Out
Ghost Busters
Gone Girl
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Gypsy Rose Lee
Hacksaw Ridge
Hail Caesar
Hardcore Harry
Hell or High Water
Hello, My Name is Doris
Hidden Figures
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Seattle Rep
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Hunger Games – Catching Fire
Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
I’ll See You in my Dreams
Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Out
Iron Man
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
Jason Bourne
Joe (2014)
John Wick
John Wick Chapter 2
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Kon Tiki
Kong: Skull Island
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
Kung Fu Panda 3
La La Land
Life of Pi
Lone Survivor
Love Addict
Love and Mercy
Mad Max
Magnificent Seven
Man from UNCLE
Man of La Mancha
Manchester by the Sea
Megan Leavey
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
Mocking Jay part one
Monster U
Movies I need to mention
Mr. Homes
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Much Ado About Nothing
Nocturnal Animals
Now You See Me
Now You See Me 2
Pain & Gain
Penguins of Madagascar
Pete’s Dragon
Pitch Perfect 2
Queen of Katwe
Richard the Third Ashland 2014
Rocky Horror
Rogue One
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Saint Vincent
San Andreas
Saving Mr. Banks
Shaun the Sheep
Spiderman 2
Spiderman Homecoming
Star Trek – Beyond
Star Trek into Darkness
Star Wars
Still Alice
Still Mine
Straight Outta Compton
Suicide Squad
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Accountant
The Big Short
The Big Sick
The Bronze
The Butler
The Company You Keep
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
The Drop
The Duff
The Eagle Huntress
The End
The Equalizer
The Fate of the Furious
The Forger
The Gift
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The H8ful Eight
The Handmaiden
The Heart of Robin Hood
The Heat
The Hobbit 2
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hundred Foot Journey
The Imitation Game
The Intern
The Judge
The Jungle Book
The Lady in the Van
The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Movie
The Little Mermaid
The Lobster
The Lone Ranger
The Lost City of Z
The Martian
The Maze Runner
The Monuments Men
The Nice Guys
The Peanuts Movie
The Quiet Man DVD 1952
The Red Turtle
The Revenant
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Taming of the Shrew
The Water Diviner
The Way Way Back
The Who’s Tommy
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Their Finest
Thor 2
Tim’s Vermeer
Unfinished Song
Veronica Mars
War for the Planet of the Apes
Washington State Fair
We’re the Millers
What We Do in the Shadows
Wild Tales
Wonder Women
World’s End
Xmen Days of Future Past
X-Men: Apocalypse
You’re Next
Zachariah – 1971 DVD


Maybe Go
The May/June 1940 Dunkirk story told from three distinctly different perspectives: The Mole, The Sea, and The Air. The Mole (term for protective sea walls) is the “by land” segment, and it shows nearly 400,000 soldiers lined up on the beach – nervously waiting to be either rescued or massacred. The Sea puts us not on the deck of the Navy destroyers, but rather alongside the citizen volunteers who answered the call to ferry men off the beach with own pleasure vessels. The Air plops us inside the Spitfire cockpits of two Royal Air Force pilots battling low fuel as they attempt to protect their fellow soldiers below. This 3-part film harmony expertly captures the disorientation of war by shuffling between the three segments, and varying the timelines and sequence of each.
‘Dunkirk’ is certainly a well-made film with plus points, but the lack of depth in its characters, is hard to ignore. If you like a story with developed characters telling a story then you are out of luck, it’s a crushing disappointment.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Go plus
The cinematography for this movie is breathtaking
War for the Planet of the Apes pulls absolutely no punches, delivering a powerful conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies ever made. All aboard the Andy Serkis (Caesar) Oscar train. Woody Harrellson gives a powerhouse performance as The Colonel and made him a terrifying villain. Steve Zahn’s Bad Ape is the comic relief. He had to be funny and stupid but not to the point where he was annoying and obnoxious. And Zahn pulled this off expertly. I found him consistently funny. He was a welcome addition to the film. Nova (Amiah Miller) was delightful. I thought the biblical ending, Moses (Caesar) not entering the promised land was a bit contrived.
You will enjoy this movie.

The Big Sick

Must Go
‘The Big Sick’ is an overwhelming experience, that left me with a big smile on my face. It’s a beautiful love-story, with the backdrop of two diverse families, from two extreme ends of the world. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon re-tell their heartwarming, albeit intense journey, with pure skill. The two successfully capture their real life experiences & nurture into a terrific cinematic experience. The writing is top-notch & offers a realistic take on different religions, without ever taking sides.
Kumail Nanjiani is wonderfully restrained, delivering a performance driven by pure feeling. Zoe Kazan as Emily, is extraordinary. Although she gets limited screen time in comparison to the others, the actress leaves a solid mark. Ray Romano & Holly Hunter, as Emily’s parents, are flawless. I also liked Anupam Kher as Kumail’s father and Zenobia Shroff as his mother.
The Big Sick is a gem.


No Go
She who must be obeyed keeps Sam Elliot’s autographed photo beside her bed. So, of course we had to go to this movie.

Elliott is about the only thing that works in the movie. In spite of too much staring into the ocean, or into the canyon, he gives a good performance. The dialogue is weak and contrived. The dialogue between father and daughter is as weak as the dumb explanation of why they were estranged.

His relationship with the new young girl (Laura Prepon – That ’70s Show) didn’t ring true. Her profession as a stand-up comedian was conveniently written to provide a couple of scenes. She sure wasn’t funny on stage or around the house.
We waited for the ending to see if it would redeem itself, but no. Don’t waste your time.

Spiderman Homecoming

Go minus
Michael Keaton as The Vulture was great. Keaton is a gifted actor (Beetlejuice) and gives a new light to a previously cheesy villain and makes him likable. His character was well fleshed-out and his take on the character fascinating, which is why he should be even more upset the rest of the movie did not perform to his level.
They ruined Spider-Man. Spider-Man never needed a high tech suit, with all the gadgets and a damn voice helping him like Batman and Iron Man. They made him look pathetic and took away his intelligence. Spider-Man relies on his abilities, not tech. This movie made Iron Man look responsible for the creation and power behind Spider-Man. Any kid could have been Spider-Man with Iron Man’s help.
Aunt May. Why did they make you a hot mom figure? She’s suppose to be old, not long luscious hair and sexy. People hitting on her all the time. WTF??

Baby Driver

“Now I don’t think I need to give you the speech about what would happen if you say no, how I could break your legs and kill everyone you love because you already know that, don’t you.” Doc (Kevin Spacey)

If you like your romantic heists with bite, then Edgar Wright (The Cornetto trilogy) has raised the style bar because Baby Driver is a major hoot as well as a solidly violent thriller.

It’s all silly but so amusing as to be almost real. For those of us who love wise cracking and wise guys, Baby Driver is fully satisfactory: “Don’t feed me any more lines from ‘Monsters Inc.’! It pisses me off!”  Baby (Ansel Elgort) drives for heists to pay off a debt to Doc, a king pin planning robberies. Meeting a lovely waitress, childlike almost like himself, Debora (Lily James), Baby wants out of the driving business, but that’s not easy. Doc has plans for his good luck charm, Baby.

While things do get violent, with not much actual blood, it’s the minimal-CGI driving of which Steve McQueen would fully approve. The stunt driving magicians let you feel a part of the entertaining spins, flips, and reverses in an adrenaline rush usually reserved just for the drivers. Baby is a first-rate, formula-like driver with a stoic mien that drives even the seasoned hoods crazy.

The film can rightly be called a car chase musical. From Bellbottoms by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to Tequila by The Button Down Brass and Brighton Rock by Queen to Nowhere to Hide by Martha and the Vandellas, the soundtrack is rockin’ with dozens of oldies and goodies just right for plot and for keeping things, violent as they are, light.

Baby moves to the beats of the music only he hears — with a good tune coming out of his ear plugs, he’s the best driver of any heist you have ever seen. His cache of at least 5 iPods for music is enviable as is his collection of sunglasses.

Born in China – Disneynature

Born in China was a mixed bag – some spectacular footage only partially spoiled by the editing and narration Disney imposed upon it. This film was not highly informative, and most of the narration felt like it was projecting human emotions onto the animal “characters”, which I found very irritating.
The team captured some beautiful and fascinating nature scenes. The detail into which the film delved into the social life of the monkeys was interesting and new. There were lots of baby animal scenes and who doesn’t love baby animals?
What really sets this film apart is how much footage they got of the snow leopards. If you didn’t know, snow leopards are very rare and notoriously difficult to photograph, let alone film. I’d say this movie is worth checking out just for the snow leopard footage alone. With a significant portion of the film covering snow leopards, one of nature’s most capable and majestic hunters, one would hope for some spectacular hunting footage! Disney omitted it, presumably as a concession to their target tot audience.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

5th Ave Theater
It’s Okay.
Brings back both happy and sad memories of high school. The singing is good but I have a hard time hearing the words at that register. If I had the sound track ahead of time I would have liked it better.
The message is pretty clear: Happiness comes from within, not how successful people think you are.
I thought the story line was inconsistent. At the end, they are successful fashion designers and evidently were fashionista’s in high school. That never came across to me.
I think it needs more tuning before it goes off to Broadway.

Beatriz at Dinner

Go minus
This movie is beyond categorizing — as dark or political or racial, or anything else.
Beatriz (Selma Hayek) keeps dogs and goats in the city, to the understandable annoyance of her neighbor, whom she accuses of killing one of the goats. The dashboard on her car has both a Buddha and a crucifix. When she lists her professional healing skills, I began to wonder if she was delusional because she reels off a substantial list that includes massage, Reiki, and Rolfing. The script presents her as an exquisitely sensitive individual, but her sensitivity does not carry over to actions toward the people she meets, or apparently bring much understanding of human nature. The idea of bearing love toward humanity is– well, let’s just say that “love thy neighbor” is not in her actions either.

She is humorless, as if her sensitivity is too pure to allow tolerance into her heart, let alone forgiveness. She has little self-control, not with drinking, nor even with managing basic courtesy when you’re a guest in someone’s home. She controls her emotions to the extent that she only imagines murdering the real estate mogul (John Lithgow), but not enough to prevent her own suicide.

Go at your own risk.