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  • Purpose:

    This little movie was the subject of a great deal of controversy over the Christmas season when a story came out showing apparent cruelty during the filming of the picture directed at one of the dogs who was a star.  The story is about the many lives, in a reincarnation fashion, of a dog who begins as a little puppy (voiced by Josh Gad) who goes from nursing with his mom, to ripping apart garbage in an alley with other dogs.  Caught, sent to the pound, and evidently euthanized, he starts out as another puppy … and so it goes, with each life having the dog ask the question, what is my purpose here?  At one point, several lives later, he is a she, and is part of a K-9 police team.  The hook here is that as the dog moves through life after life, he/she finds that each incarnation results in becoming closer to one of his original families, and it is through this understanding that purpose is found.  Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson star in what is an intentional tearjerker that yanks our chain and pulls our strings … but they are dogs, and they are sooooo cute.  Incidentally, and investigation, and a statement from the ASPCA rep who was onsite during the shooting of the so-called controversial scene, indicate that the released footage was altered and edited, and that there was no wrongdoing by man nor beast.  Rated PG.

  • Gold:

    Matthew MacConaughey is almost unrecognizable here as a stock promotor named Kenny Wells who is trying to raise money for a big gold-mining venture. He shaved his head, had dental appliances installed, and gained 45 pounds for the role.  Although it takes place in the US during the business part of the story, it’s actually a thinly disguised version of the Bre-X scandal that had its roots in Calgary in the mid-1990s and then moved on to Indonesia where the gold in question was supposedly located.  A grim and realistic depiction of the wicked and sleazy underbelly of this kind of venture, Kenny Wells is totally convincing, and at the end of it all when more than a billion dollars is made and lost, we still don’t know exactly what to make of it all.  Bre-X was a massive fraud, and to this day, some of those directly involved are still either in hiding, or are dead.  Bryce Dallas Howard co-stars along with Stacy Keach and Bruce Greenwood.  A very good movie that tanked at the box office for reasons unknown. Rated 14A.

     

  • Rings:

    This is a remake and sort of follow-up to The Ring from 2002, in which a videotape, when watched, seems to cause the death of the viewer.  As part of a university class, a prof is arranging for his students to watch the cursed video, something he found stuck inside an old VCR that he got at a garage sale.  Watch the tape, and you are dead in seven days … unless you can convince someone else to watch it, and then they die, you live.  Johnny Galecki who is Leonard in “The Big Bang Theory” plays an unlikely dramatic role as the prof who convinces students to become involved in the project, which leads to the deaths of several.  When a young woman decides to sacrifice herself so that her boyfriend might live, she sees something in the tape that o one else has seen … something that makes it even more dangerous than anyone imagined.  A pretty good horror-thriller! Rated 14A.

  • Equity (2016):

    This well-made movie about Wall Street double-dealing is chock full of castmembers that we know from television, beginning with the lead character, Senior Investment Banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad - she was Skylar).  Naomi has a track record of excellence, with one blemish, and when she takes a new company public, everyone seems to be against her, including her back-stabbing boyfriend, colleagues who want to see her fail, and a former college classmate who now works for the Federal Regulators.  Included in the cast are James Purefoy (he was the heavy in "The Following), Nick Ghelfuss who is Dr. Will Halstead on "Chicago Med," Craig Bierko from "Boston Legal," and Margaret Colin from "Now and Again."  All the knives are out for Naomi, and only her wits can protect her ... but will that be enough?  A solid business drama with good performances all 'round.  Rated 14A. 



    Lone Survivor (2013):

    Mark Wahlberg stars as real-life Navy Seal, Marcus Luttrell who leads his team on a mission into Afghanistan to capture or kill a Taliban leader.  Some of the drama dissipates when you look at the title and put it against the mission, as only one person survived this incursion into enemy territory.  Early on, we see the team, recently parachuted in-country, on a mountain trail where they encounter sheep-herders with a flock - the question - kill them to preserve secrecy, or recognize that they are hardly more than children who should not be used as pawns.  The decision made is an impossible one that has no-win stamped all over it.  An excellent military story, deadly accurate, and easy to recommend.  Rated 14A. 

  • Pompeii (2014):
    A fictional story is set against the real-life eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, as slave-turned-Gladiator Milo (Kit Harrington who is Jon Snow on Game of Thrones) struggles to save the love of his life, Cassia (Emily Browning) who has been promised to an evil Roman Senator.  As the mountain begins to explode, Milo is in the ring, in the midst of a fight for his life, and he knows he must get out to save Cassia.  Good special effects, and a better-than-average sword-and-sandal story.  Also stars Vancouverite Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix). Rated 14A. 

The Laramie Project (2002):

In 1998, a young college student, openly gay and full of potential for a bright future, was found at death's door, tied to a split-rail fence in the chill of the night.  He died six days later, at the age of 21, having been beaten and tortured by two fellow students.  A hate crime by definition, this movie is the story of what happened that night, and what happened in subsequent days and weeks in Fort Collins, Colorado. An excellent cast plays out the story like a murder procedural, including Camryn Mannheim, who is gay, Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, and Frances Sternhagen.  The good that came from this terrible story is the legislation that now exists nationwide in the States that punishes such crimes with dramatically more severity.  Rated 18A.