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  • American Sniper:  

    Bradley Cooper is buff-and-tough as real-life Iraq War sniper Chris Kyle who was the best of the best of his breed.  Directed by Clint Eastwood, it profiles both Kyle’s constant challenges about what to shoot and what not to shoot, along with his home life back in the States where he struggles with PTSD and with fitting in, knowing that while people were going about their day-to-day lives in his Texas home, it is life-or-death every moment of every day in the war zone where his buddies were, and where the population was under siege.  For those who don’t know how this true story ends, I’ll leave it there, only to say that it’s a gripping movie, and that it can be seen as anti-war or pro-war, take your choice.  Sienna Miller stars as Kyle’s wife Taya. Rated 18A.

  • Strange Magic:  

    Based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this animated feature tells the story of two kingdoms set side-by-side, but world’s apart in their differences.  It’s the Fairy Kingdom, with its sunshine, happiness, and delightful creatures, set  against The Dark Forest, with its evil leader, and its anti-love  policy.  The creatures on the dark side are frogs, toads, flying insects, nothing very appealing.  Voices include those of Alan Cumming as the bad guy, The Bog King, and Kristin Chenoweth as the Sugar Plum Fairy.  The storyline is complex, but the colourful animation will attract even the youngest viewers.  Johnny Depp stars as the title character here, in a film that died a terrible death at the box office  Rated G.

  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2: 

    There is just one reason for a sequel to 2010’s original with the same cast, minus John Cusak who had the good sense to stay home – money!  The usual gang of idiots returns, including Rob Corddry as  Lou, Craig Robinson as Nick, and Clark Duke as Jacob.  This movie finds our boys living in luxury because of the changes they made based on their knowledge of the past … but money isn’t everything, and soon they are back into time travel, this time arriving in the future, by mistake, which they change, which has an impact on the present.  Really?  Not my kind of time travel story! Rated 18A.

  • Grace & Frankie (2015):  

    This brand-new series just out is perfect for binge-watching.  Available only on Netflix, it stars two veterans of the “9 to 5” movie, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Both in their 70s, they feel that they finally have a handle on life, when their respective husbands announce that they are gay, and an item, sending Grace and Frankie off into an entirely different sphere.  Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are the wayward husbands.

     

    The Host (2013):  

    Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) is Melanie, a young woman in a future society in which alien beings have taken over the minds and bodies of most humans, with just a handful of resistance holdouts who are learning to keep the invaders at bay.  When Melanie is taken over, she manages to come to an uneasy alliance with her invader, and feels that she might be able to make a difference … although her fellow humans think she would be better off dead.  Intersting concept, a film that came and went with little impact, but that is worth it for Ronan’s performance alone. Rated  14A.

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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