Marshall

“Marshall” is based on one of the early trials that Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was involved in trying.
As a Young Civil Rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall goes to Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) who is charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of a white woman who is his employer (Kate Hudson).
In attempt to get a fair trial, Thurgood partners with a local Jewish lawyer, Sam Friedman (Josh Gad). This movie portrays the injustices that are often executed in a segregated court. The story unfolds from there…

“Marshall” is awesome! The movie is extremely well executed and will hold your attention. The movie gives you a glimpse at just how great Thurgood Marshall was even in his early days as a young lawyer with the NAACP.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!

The Foreigner

“The Foreigner” will show veteran actor Jackie Chan in a different light.

A typical day where a father picks up his daughter from school and takes her shopping turns into the worst possible nightmare when a planted bomb goes off near a women’s boutique.
Grief stricken beyond belief Quan (Jackie Chan) searches for answers. He visits the local police but doesn’t get any comfort. Soon Quan makes his way to a British Government Official, Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) looking for answers, but isn’t offered any hope.
Believing that the Liam Hennessy is lying, Quan decides to get the Official’s attention. The story unfolds from there…

I thought that “The Foreigner” was very entertaining. The movie has lots of action, suspense, intrigue and some very interesting twists and turns.

A grieving parent is a devastating soul. A grieving parent who has martial arts skills and is a former special ops in the military is Deadly!

Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan are very convincing in their roles.

“The Foreigner” is worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

Future Movie Reviews in 2017 and Beyond

Here is a list of Movies I plan to see in 2017 and beyond.

Roman J Israel ESQ – Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Shelley Hennig, Pej Vahdat, Nazneen Contractor, Tony Plana

Red Sparrow – Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson

The Commuter – Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Killian Scott, Sam Neil, Elizabeth McGovern

Death Wish – Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Jack Kesy, Dean Norris, Beau Knapp, Michael Epps, Len Cariou, Kimberly Elise

Only the Brave – Miles Teller, Ben Hardy, Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Kitsch, Natalie Hall, James Badge Dale, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Andie MacDowell

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween – Tyler Perry, Brock O’Hurn, Lexy Panterra, Patrice Lovely, Inanna Sarkis, Diamond White, Yousef Eraket, Cassie Davis

LBJ – Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, C. Thomas Howell. Rich Sommer, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Jenkins, Michael Mosley

Thank You for Your Service – Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey

Molly’s Game – Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Proud Mary – Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Danny Glover, Xander Berkley, Billy Brown, Margaret Avery

Murders on the Orient Express (2017) – Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad

Hans Solo – Star Wars Anthology Film – May 2018
Emilia Clark, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Geostorm – Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia

Ocean’s Eight – Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson

Thor:Ragnarok – Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Karl Urban

Justice League – Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane. J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg

Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James,Kristin Scott Thomas, Hannah Steele

Star Wars: Episode VIII – Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac

Downsizing – Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Niel Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Alec Baldwin

Suburbicon – Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Glenn Fleshler, Noah Jupe

Blade Runner 2049 the IMAX 3D Experience

Thirty Five Years later, “Blade Runner” returns.

It’s the year 2049, a secret that has been buried for a long time is brought into the light by a young blade runner, Officer K (Ryan Gosling). This secret leads Officer K in search of a former blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for over thirty years. The story unfolds from there…

I may be in the minority, because I did not find “Blade Runner 2049” entertaining. It was Dark, Cloudy, Overcast, Dirty and Boring. There was little to no excitement!! The characters were mostly stoic.

However there are some positives, the cinematography is awesome. The special effects are cool and the 3D aspects are on point. The action was sometimes intense, but most of the time just ho-hum.

I just wasn’t able to get into the movie. That doesn’t mean it was bad. You may find that you enjoy it.

This is a 3½ Star Movie!

Battle of the Sexes

Finally opened in wide-release, “Battle of the Sexes” is a look at the events and true story of the 1973 Tennis showdown between World number one Billie Jean King and former men’s champ, Bobby Riggs.

The real live event was one of the most watched televised sporting events in history. At that time over 90 million viewers watched Billie Jean King hand Bobby Riggs his hat in a match that he was overwhelmingly favored to win, but lost in stunning fashion.

During this time Billie Jean King was championing the cause for equal pay for female tennis players, while Bobby Riggs was a flashy gambler who refused to stop even as it almost cost him his family.

Bravo to the movie for truly displaying 1973, no state-of-the-art electronic devices of any kind and no flashy tennis outfits.

This epic tennis match is still talked about to this day.

“Battle of the Sexes” is definitely worth a look.

This is a 4 Star Move!

American Made

Remember the Iran Contra Scandal that plagued the Reagan Administration? “American Made” is about actual events from that scandal.

A TWA Pilot, Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is approached by a CIA agent, Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson), in an attempt to recruit Barry Seal away from TWA to make flights to Central America. On these flights Barry often times has merchandise such as motorcycles, guns or even liquor to drop off. Barry also picks up drugs while in Central America and makes drops on his way back to the US.

All the while this is going on other agencies are keeping an eye on Barry as they think he might be a criminal (Drug Smuggler). Not fully understanding what Barry’s mission is, the DEA, ATF and FBI ambush Barry in Arkansas. The story unfolds from there…

You have to respect the “Actor” in Tom Cruise as he puts a tremendous amount of energy into the roles he plays. This is true of “American Made”. Tom gives it the energy it needs and without his energy the movie might not be as good as it is.
“American Made” is entertaining. It’s not fast-paced, but it does tell the story in a reasonable fashion.

This is a 4 Star Move!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

In this installment the Kingsman face a new challenge. Their headquarters and all of their secret places of operation are destroyed. The Kingsman discover a US Allied Spy organization called “Statesman”. After heading to the US to the “Statesman” headquarters the Kingsman soon learn that there is a drug cartel running an operation in a place called “Poppy Land”. If not stopped the Poppy Land operation could cripple the world. The two agencies join forces to try and stop the madness. The story unfolds from there…

Although not as good as the first installment, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” does have plenty to offer in the way of action, intrigue and suspense. There is a bit of continuation from the first installment to tie the two together, but beyond that the movie starts off on a strange foot and continues on that path for quite a while. It’s not really clear at first what the movie is about. Things do start to heat up a bit and get interesting mid-way through the movie.

Once again I had high expectations due to the fact that the cast is strong and the first installment was excellent, but in the end “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was a bit like letting the air out of a fully inflated tire.

This is a 3 Star Movie!