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  • Heaven Is For Real:  

    I enjoyed this supposedly based-on-fact story about the young son of a country preacher (Greg Kinnear) who, while unconscious in emergency surgery in hospital, has a near-death experience.  Upon awakening, he talks about long-dead people, like his paternal grandfather, whom he had never met in life, but described in detail after his meeting.  The only problem I have with any of it is that the title should have had a question mark at the end.  We don’t get the feeling at all that the movie takes a stand on Heaven being for real, but rather leaves enough loose ends that we have to decide for ourselves.  Kelly Reilly and Thomas Hayden Church also star. Rated PG.

  • Transcendence:   

    Another movie that could have and should have been a big hit, but missed the mark quite dramatically.  Johnny Depp stars as a scientist working on artificial intelligence, who is shot and killed in a terrorist-like act.  Before he dies he urges his colleagues, played by Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany, to transplant his consciousness into a computer.  Soon, he’s ba-a-a-a-ck, but he’s not quite the same.  And soon after that, the differences begin to have us believe that he just might want to rule the world.  Good, but not great.  Too  many missed opportunities to build character and credibility.  Worth seeing, but weak. Rated 14A.   

  • Sabotage:   

    Arnold Schwarzenegger may have used up all his chances at a comeback.  Of his previous three films, this is by far the worst, and action-blood-and-guts spectacular that is all about body count and blood-letting, and nothing about story and credibility.  Arnold is a DEA officer who takes his SWAT-type crew into a big operation where $10 million is skimmed off the top.  Looks like the good guys are really bad guys, but so poor is the scripting and the performances, that it’s difficult to really care.  Rated 18A.

  • Men In Black 3 (2012): 

    Time travel comes into play in the third installment of this franchise.  Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones still star as Agents J & K, but so does a younger version of Agent K (Josh Brolin) who is just as ornery as ever, despite the fact that Smith’s Agent J is dealing with him many years earlier.  An alien wants to assassinate K, and plans to do so in the past, thereby changing the future.  K’s job is to save the day.  Good action, good effects, good story! Rated 14A.

     

    Silent House (2012):

    Elizabeth Olson stars as Sara (she is the younger sister of the Olson Twins) a teenage girl who goes to the family’s rundown lake house to work with her dad preparing it for sale.  Soon, Dad seems to have disappeared, and there are strange noises and shapes in the darkness … no power, the windows are boarded up, and something is in there with her.  The entire movie is shot in real time, and it’s something of a chiller.   Unusual, and not like any standard horror film.  Rate 18A.

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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