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  • JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

    Special-effects laden story from the Brothers Grimm

  • PHANTOM

    Ed Harris and David Duchovney in a Cold War Soviet submarine

  • THE LAST EXORCISM, PART II

    Low-budget horror-thriller

 
  • 1. THE MASTER:

    A trio of Oscar contenders in this one – Joachim Phoenix for Best Actor and Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor – are the highlights of this maybe-it-is-about-Scientology-and-maybe-it’s-not story of a cult-like leader (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who becomes entangled with a badly damaged World War II vet (Phoenix) as each fight their own respective demons. I found the acting Oscar-class, but did not find the film entertaining at all – too raw, far too dark, and all without a proper payoff for the time invested. Rated 18A.

  • 2. CHASING MAVERICKS:

    This true story of a legendary California surfer named Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) who mentors a teenage boy from a broken home in the fine art of mastering the big surf. The boy is Jay Moriarity (Johnny Weston) and he has come to learn that some of the biggest waves in the world break just offshore from his home in Santa Cruz. Far more than a surfing movie, this one takes us inside two different families and helps explain who people become what they are. Great performances and a very good script … but this one just tanked at the box office, a major disappointment! It deserved far better. Rated 14A.

  • 3. COMPANY OF HEROES:

    50 years ago, this would have been the “B” movie half of a double feature. In today’s world, good cast, reasonable script, no budget … so it goes direct-to-DVD. Tom Sizemore (China Beach), Neil McDonough (Band of Brothers), and many others take on the unlikely story of a U.S. Army squad lost behind enemy lines in Europe in the fading days of WW II who stumble upon a plot of Hitler’s that was nearing completion – the deployment of a super-bomb. To stop it, they must get the scientists involved, not an easy task. Not bad for a low-budget direct-to-video movie. Rated 18A.

  • CHASING MAVERICKS:

    Stick with the movie through the closing credits to see the real-life people portrayed in this excellent little movie.

HELL IS FOR HEROES (1962):

Not a “B” WWII movie at all, but an excellent action-thriller with a significant story behind it. Fighting in Europe, a small squad of American soldiers takes on a big German force … and it doesn’t go the way you might expect! Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Bob Newhart. Good movie!!

  • SNITCH

    Excellent action thriller with Dwayne Johnson as a Dad trying to protect his jailed son

  • DARK SKIES

    A sci-fi thriller about aliens among us!

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