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  • Split:

    M. Night Shyamalan has finally redeemed himself, at least at the box office, with this twisted tale of a man with 23 separate personalities who abducts young women and keeps them confined in a secret area. Shyamalan is the genius behind the movie The Sixth Sense which, back in 1999, was deemed to be one of the finest movies-with- a-twist of all time. Although he has tried many different attempts to recall those old glory days, most of his efforts have fallen flat, until Split, which has been exceptional at the box office. James McAvoy plays the title character, or

    more specifically, characters, which range from a young boy who is afraid of many of the other

    personalities that lurk inside his head, to what amounts to a superman, with super-strength and a

    streak of hatred running through him like a rogue river through a canyon. As the girls struggle to

    find a way to escape, they continue to be stifled at every turn by the variety of characters coming

    at them, all in one body. Did very big numbers at the box office, and although I still didn’t see it as being anywhere near the level of The Sixth Sense, a lot of people did, and many found it a real thriller. Rated 14A.

     

  • The Founder:

    This exceptional portrayal of the beginnings of the biggest and most profitable restaurant chain in the world, the Golden-Arched McDonalds, has all the drama, tension, and back-stabbing skulduggery of even the most finely crafted heist movie or murder mystery. Michael Keaton is superb as Ray Kroc, who, in the early frames is selling milkshake machines

    with a limited degree of success, to mom-and- pop hamburger joints. When he stumbles across

    the San Bernardino, CA location run by the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch), he sees “franchise” written all over it. Digging like a gold-crazed prospector, Kroc doesn’t quit until he has formed an unholy alliance with the mild-mannered brothers, and he doesn’t slow down until he has wrestled control away from them too. An

    accurate and perfectly reproduced world of the late 1950s and the early ‘60s is offered up in such a way that, for those who were there, it’s a trip back home, and for those too young to have done so, it’s a window on the past. Also a great turn by Laura Dern in a small role as Ethel, Kroc’s long-suffering wife. Rated 14A.

  • Sleepless:

    Had it not been for the “Taken” movies with Liam Neeson, this Jamie Foxx vehicle might have a chance at some sort of drama as a Las Vegas cop’s son is kidnapped by the mob because of the bad guy’s belief that the cop is involved in a case of missing mob cocaine. The efforts on the part of Vincent (Foxx’s character) to outsmart the mob and to get his son back pale in comparison to both the action and the intelligence of the “Taken” films, and it’s difficult not to make comparisons as the story plays out because there are so many common points. The best

    thing about the film is the role played by Michelle Monaghan as a tough cop who wants to take down the mobsters, but who struggles with colleague Vincent’s role in all of this. It’s an adequate film, but the tension and drama that the story calls for too often fails to materialize. Rated 14A.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014):

    An amazingly quirky, and highly unusual movie, winner of four Oscars, and also nominated for Best Picture, plays out in this location in a fictitious European country between World War I and World War II.  Gustav H. (Ralph Fiennes) is the concierge who 2 must apply his many skills in pursuit of giving his luxury-loving customers the best hotel

    experience possible.  His story, and that of the man who would eventually come to be the owner of the hotel, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) is played out against a backdrop of mystery as a rare painting is missing, and it falls to the two of them to recover it.  A strange mix of great costumes and backgrounds, and some simply silly animation that splits some of the chase scenes makes this one of those love-it- or-hate- it movies with very little ground between the two factions.  Written and directed by Wes Anderson (Mount Rushmore, Bottle Rocket) in a style not ever seen before, allows the characters to become both real and unbelievable at the same time, while we struggle, as an audience to figure out just where this is all going.  In the fullness of time, this turns out to be and interesting and entertaining piece of film, if you get it.  If you don't get it, and some will not, it's just plain silly.  Rated 14A.



    Looper (2012):

    This is an action-adventure film with a central time travel element that may well leave you scratching your head, so convoluted are its situations.  Set in a near future time, we follow the fortunes and the missteps of Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).  Joe is a "Looper," which is what they call hit-men for the mob in the year 2074 and beyond.  Because the future is a highly technological place with extreme surveillance, when gangsters have to bump someone off, they cannot do so in their present because of the ease of tracking every individual.  To solve the

    problem, those to be murdered are sent, via time machine, to the past where the Looper awaits, and does them in with a shotgun blast to the chest.  Loopers get very well paid, but the downside is that if they don't get out of the business in time, the mob sends them back to be killed in a similar fashion. tying up loose ends and closing the loop.  When Joe comes face-to- face with his older, future self (Bruce Willis), the future self is fully prepared, and he escapes.  The movie is a chase film, a cat-and- mouse game that cannot allow two of the same person to be around at the same time.  If Joe's future self kills Joe in the ensuing battle, what does that mean for the future self?  He could not then grow old and get sent back in time ... and what does all that mean? What indeed - therein lies the tale.  Rated 14A.

     

Luck (TV series 2011- 2012):

Dustin Hoffman stars in this one-season wonder that elicited great reviews from critics and severe criticism from the ASPCA.  Dustin Hoffman stars as Chester, one of several characters who are drawn to the racetrack to bet on the ponies.  The series looks as several similar people, all at the track for a variety of reasons, some to gamble, others to do things less obvious and more risky.  Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte, and Jill Hennessy also star as various hangers-on and players, but they really never got a chance to hit their strides, because HBO, which produced the series originally, had two horses, and a possible third, that had to be destroyed after accidents during filming.  Rather than risk the lives of more horses, or risk anymore bad publicity, the show was pulled from the schedule after just 10 episodes.  Rated 14A.