The 15:17 to Propaganda

Coming Attractions/News:

Deadpool 2 – Trailer
I Feel Pretty – Trailer
Venom – Teaser

New Movies

Fifty Shades Freed – Anastasia and Christian get married, but Jack Hyde continues to threaten their relationship.

Peter Rabbit – Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

The 15:17 to Paris – Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown – A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Becks – After a crushing breakup with her girlfriend, a Brooklyn musician moves back in with her Midwestern mother. As she navigates her hometown, playing for tip money in an old friend’s bar, an unexpected relationship begins to take shape. Based on the life and times of Allyssa Robbins, my cousin.

Undisputed Classic

Play Misty For Me – A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.

Top Five – Movie Rabbits

1988

Action Jackson – Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who’s systematically eliminating his competition.

Satisfaction – A group of teenagers have a band, Mystery, with Jennie as the lead singer. They go to a bar at the coast and play during the summer. Jennie falls in love with the owner of the bar, Martin. They get an offer to play in Europe and perhaps become famous. But are they ready for it?

School Daze – A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Shoot to Kill – An FBI agent teams up with a tracker to pursue a murderer after he vanishes into the mountains and infiltrates a hiking group.

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Cliché Ghosts and Aliens

Cliche Ghosts and Aliens

Coming Attractions/News:

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Trailer

Super Bowl Trailers

The Quiet Place
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
Skyscraper
Mission Impossible Fall Out
Avengers Infinity War
Solo

New Movies

Winchester – Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

The Cloverfield Paradox – Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

Phantom Thread – Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Undisputed Classic

Boogie Nights – The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Last House on the Left – Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one’s birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Top Five – Helen Mirren

1988

The Serpent and the Rainbow – An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

She’s Having a Baby – Young newlyweds find out just how unprepared they are for their future together.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

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Movie Review Hostiles

Scott Cooper is one of the most focused and intense filmmakers working today and the proof of that comes in his latest film, the western, Hostiles. Hostiles stars Christian Bale as military officer in the New Mexico territory who has spent over a decade fighting against Indians and securing the new American west from the people who rightfully owned that land. Click the photo for the full length written review of Hostiles.

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The Animated World War 1 Movie

Coming Attractions/News:

Hurricane Heist – Trailer
Waco – Trailer
Oscar Nominations

New Movies

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Hostiles – In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

The Shape of Water – At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Undisputed Classic

Little Big Man – Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Top Five – Movies with Native American Themes

1988

Gandahar – An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

Biggles: Adventures in Time – Daring British WWI fighter pilot James “Biggles” Bigglesworth and 1980s low-level business executive Jim Ferguson discover that they can time travel to each other’s eras. They try to stop the Germans from changing the outcome of WWI.

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Ranking the Movies of 2018 Week 2

It’s week two of my ranking the movies of 2018 and so far, not much has stood out in terms of themes. I have seen 13 movies so far in 2018 with three classics, only one that wasn’t a disappointment, and ten new movies—three of which I have recommended but only one I have raved about and could remain near the top of this list for a few months. This week did bring one movie I am sure not to forget for the rest of this year, though not for a good reason.

Check out week 2 of my ranking of the movies of 2018. Click the picture or click here. 

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My Predictions for the Oscar Nominations 2018

The Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 23rd; likely before this column is published. Nevertheless, as out of date these predictions will be by the time you read this, I wanted to get my predictions down, in part for my own ego…. and well mostly for my own ego in case I can actually predict what the Academy is going to do.

These predictions do not reflect what I wish I could see on Oscar Tuesday, things like a Best Picture nomination for The Big Sick, a Best Director nomination for Jordan Peele, a Best Actress nomination Gal Gadot, and other such things I don’t think will happen though I think they should. No, these predictions reflect what I have witnessed this Awards season, things I have read and, of course, the results of other influential Awards.

 

Click the picture or click right here for a look at what I predicted and where I failed. 

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Movie Review Den of Thieves

It’s well established in my podcasting and writing career that I do not care for the work of actor Gerard Butler. Butler’s acting tends to be lazy and inconsistent, and the movies he chooses to make range from mediocre to abysmal. Two years ago, two of his movies ranked in my top two worst movies of 2016. I despise Butler’s work more than that of either Eli Roth’s or Adam Sandler’s—two other regular targets of my vitriol.

Click the picture or click right here for my full length written review of Den of Thieves

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Movie Review 12 Strong

The story of the Horse Soldiers of Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11th attack is pretty damn remarkable. As told in 12 Strong, 12 American soldiers became the first American soldiers to hit back at al Qaeda by riding horses over some of the roughest terrain on the planet and taking the fight to the enemy in a way that hadn’t been seen since Roosevelt and The Rough Riders.

Click the picture or click right here for my full length review of 12 Strong.

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Movie Review Forever My Girl

Woof! Forever My Girl is a bad movie. This pseudo-Nicholas Sparks romance about a country music star who walked out on his wedding day and never went back to his hometown for seven years never, never rises above mediocre. Unfortunately, our lead character Liam wasn’t aware when he left that he had a daughter on the way. When a friend dies, he decides to return home for the funeral and finds out about the secrets he left behind.

Click the picture or click right here to read my full length review.

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Is Heat a Classic?

Coming Attractions/News:

Super Troopers – Trailer
Becks – Trailer
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – Trailer

New Movies

12 Strong – 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Forever My Girl – After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.

Den of Thieves – A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

Undisputed Classic

Heat – A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives.

Top Five – Worst Gerard Butler Movies

1988

Promised Land – This gritty drama follows two high school acquaintances, Hancock, a basketball star, and Danny, a geek turned drifter, after they graduate. The first film commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival, it portrays the other half of the American dream, as Hancock and his cheerleader girlfriend Mary wander to a middle-class mediocrity out itself out of reach for Danny and his psychotic wife Bev.

Braddock: Missing in Action III – Braddock mounts a one-man assault to free his wife and son who are still being held in a Vietnam prison camp.

Five Corners – A psychotic young man returns to his old neighborhood after release from prison. He seeks out the woman he previously tried to rape and the man who protected her, with twisted ideas of love for her and hate for him.

The Telephone – A crazy out of work actress, Vashti Blue, spends all her time in her small apartment with her pet owl and her telephone, which she uses to try and solve all her problems with life.

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