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  • Don’t Breathe:

    Three young adults decide to break into the home of an old man because they hear via the grapevine that he has a large amount of cash stashed in the home, the result of an insurance settlement.  They have been doing B & Es for awhile, and are careful not to take too much  merchandise, and to never use a weapon.  That changes this time when the slightly-off-kilter ringleader decides to play hardball and use a gun.  Looks like they picked the wrong guy.  Yes, he’s old, and he’s blind too … but he’s a former Iraq special ops military man, and once the lights go out in his house, it’s an even playing field.  Steven Lang (Avatar) is the so-called “victim,” but the three youths wonder if they will make it out alive once the action starts.  A good thriller, Rated 14A.

     

     

  • Pete’s Dragon:

    This is a Disney remake of the Disney animated feature from 1977, which at that time was an animated feature, but which today, because of the available technology, is now a live-action film with a great special-effects dragon.  Pete is a young boy who, while driving through the mountains with his parents, becomes the sole survivor of a terrible car accident.  He is missing and assumed dead, but years later, based on the tall tales told by a park ranger’s father (Bryce Dallas Howard is the Ranger, Robert Redford is her Dad), it becomes clear that Pete may in fact be alive.  He attributes his survival to the actions of his best friend … Elliott … who just happens to be a dragon.  The story is believable, the acting, both from the CGI dragon and the live-action performers is just fine, and this becomes a film that will be a “go” for all family members. Rated 14G.

  • The BFG

    Based on the children’s story by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach), this live-action film is not unlike Pete’s Dragon in that the characters, who become great friends, are not exactly normal.  The Giant is played by Oscar winner (for Bridge of Spies) Mark Rylance.  He is something of an outcast among his giant confreres because he isn’t mean, and most important of all, he refuses to eat children, a staple in the Giant World’s diet.  10 year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) becomes a good friend of the giant, and together they travel to London to visit the Queen to see if she might help rid the world of the mean giants – the child-eaters.  Although it’s a charming story, and it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie didn’t do well at the box office, perhaps because its promotion didn’t really provide enough background to understand just what kind of story it was to be.  Rated PG.

  • Fury (2014):

    A war movie is appropriate for this Remembrance Day, although you may not like the language - most of the action takes place within the confines of a tank behind German lines in WWII and the dialogue is more than a little salty.  Brad Pitt stars as the tank commander, "Wardaddy" Collier who, along with his crew, finds himself in significant trouble with the approaching German Army.  This is in the final days of the war, the enemy is on the run, but that doesn't make things any easier, as they are still a formidable fighting machine.  Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Scott Eastwood also star.  In order to add realism to the scenes shot inside the tank, Pitt and his fellow actors chose not to shave or shower for the duration of the shoot, developing an understanding as to what it may have been like for the real soldiers in situations similar to this.  Rated 18A.

Hostile Waters (1997):

The true story of a Russian submarine carrying nuclear missiles, which collided with an American sub in the waters off of Bermuda in October of 1986, was made for HBO by a British film crew.  Although there are still factions represented by each of the governments involved which claim that this never happened, the proof of nuclear material on the sea floor seems to decry those protests.  The Russian sub was an archaic boat that somehow managed to run into an American super-sub, forcing the Russian vehicle to surface, its nuclear missile bays on fire.  The missile doors were opened, alleged by the Russian captain as a means to saving his crew from the toxic fumes, but viewed by the Americans as possible hostile action as a pre-launch procedure.  Unable to put out the fire by normal means, the Russian commander (Rutger Hauer) elects to dive, hoping that the seawater will quell the blaze ... and this move looks to the Americans as evasive action prior to missile launch.  Still holds up as a good military thriller.  Rated 14A.