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Bridget Jones Baby

Fast forward from the last Bridget Jones movie. Bridget (Renee Zellweger, who looked very tired) has broken up with Mr. Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), is single, post-40, and trying to figure out how and when she will meet Mr. Right to avoid becoming a spinster. Enter Jack (literally), played by Patrick Dempsey; then enter Mr. Mark Darcy (literally); the question becomes, who is the father? Overall, I thought the movie was just rather silly but offered some entertainment and laughs along the way. It all seemed a bit far-fetched and predictable, and I didn’t think the acting was that great. …

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10 Cloverfield Lane

Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has left her boyfriend and is headed down the road when she gets into a car accident. When she wakes, she finds that she is handcuffed to a bar in a cellar. Howard (John Goodman), her captor, tells her that there has been a chemical attack and that she is safe. Sharing the bunker is a third person Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.).  The “real story” unfolds over the course of the film, and I won’t say much at all to keep all of the plot twists fresh. Just when you think you are figuring it out, …

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Walking Distance (Spanish with English subtitles)

Fede is a terribly obese man who has trouble getting around and rarely ever leaves his apartment. One day his brother-in-law Ramon brings over his camera and shows him pictures from a recent vacation. Fede finds an old camera and brings the film to Paolo, a lonely, comic-book obsessed teenager, to develop. Inspired, Fede buys a camera. This is a very nice story about how the camera and his new obsession with photography changed his life. I really liked the story and how the three male characters found friendship with each other. Thumbs up for a movie that doesn’t really …

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Bilal (From the U.A.E. in English)

Animated film based on the life of Bilal, one of the prophets of Muhammad. Bilal is a young boy who pretends to be a great warrior, and he dreams of being a warrior someday. When their mother is killed by marauders, Bilal and his sister are both taken as slaves by a master who treats them poorly and who is possessed by greed and wealth. As a teenager, Bilal meets Abu Bakr, who tells Bilal that there is another way to freedom, and this meeting changes his life. The animation is wonderful (I wished I had been able to see …

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Pete’s Dragon

Pete is a boy orphaned when he was about 6 years old and is befriended by Elliot, a dragon. Pete and Elliott meet up with the rest of the world when lumbering company encroaches on the woods that have been the home of Pete and Elliot. I thought this was a nice story about the positive power of imagination and the transformational power of stories. I went to see this with Lizzy and she also enjoyed it, so that nets a thumbs up from us. I am not sure this is “all ages”, as I don’t imagine older kids will …

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Hell or High Water

Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) are brothers who reunite after Tanner gets out of prison to rob banks. They only take what is in the drawer and small bills. The robberies have caught the attention of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a sheriff nearing retirement who wants one last big case, and his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham) who is half Comanche. This is truly a great contemporary, post-2008 housing bubble collapse western during which banks foreclosed on hundreds of thousands of homes and reverse mortgages were slick schemes by banks to gain ownership of property. The film is really funny …

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Morris From America

13-year-old Morris (Markees Christmas) and his father Curtis (Craig Robinson) recently moved in Heidelberg, Germany, where Curtis is a soccer coach. Kind of an outcast, Morris meets 15-year-old Katrin who takes an interest in him. The film is a coming of age story that takes a somewhat different approach t the genre: Morris is Black and transplanted to Europe and living with his widowed father. I liked the film. The acting is wonderful, especially by Markees Christmas, who I think has never had an acting role. He transforms Morris into and awkward but loveable teenager struggling to fit in. The …

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Don’t Breathe

3 young kids break into houses and steal “things” (not cash) and sell them to shady characters for money. The father of one of them, Alex, runs a security firm that gives Alex and his friends access to people’s alarm codes. One day, they learn about a house in which a blind man lives alone; he is one of Alex’s father’s clients and also purportedly has a lot of cash from a settlement. One night, they all go over to get the cash and run, and let’s just say that they picked the wrong guy to mess with. The film …

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Gueros (Mexican with English Subtitles)

Two young men, Sombra and Santos, are in college writing their theses; however, the university has been taken over by protesting students, and they have no classes. The both seem to be a couple of slackers, not really sure how to fill their days while there is no school. Tomas, the brother of Sombra, shows up one evening at their apartment. He gets into trouble a lot, and his mother can’t manage him any longer and sent Tomas away to spend time with his brother. Once there, he convinces them to help find a singer who has special meaning for …

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Midnight Special

Roy (played by Michael Shannon) and his friend Lucas (Joel Etherton) are on the run with Roy’s son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), who has some kind of special powers, to some unknown but very specific destination. The story is told from three different angles – one of them involving a cult; the second involving the FBI and the National Security Administration; and the third, Alton. The FBI/NSA and the cult leaders have their own reasons for trying to find Alton that become apparent as the film unfolds. I loved the movie for its technical aspects, its taut script, and the director’s …

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