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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:

    Chris Pratt is back as Peter Quill aka Star Lord in this sequel to the 2015 blockbuster that told the story of Quill’s abduction from his home on earth, by aliens, with his only possession his beloved Sony Walkman and a few tapes.  Brought to the far reaches of the Galaxy, he created his Star Lord character, and now works with a crew that includes Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (WWE’s Dave Bautista), a raccoon named Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), and a tree named Baby Groot (voice of Vin Diesel).  The story here focuses on Peter’s true parentage, and initially we see a very young Kurt Russell (thanks to makeup and CGI) who appears to be Peter’s dad … and he appears to be romancing Peter’s mom.  Things are never quite what they appear to be in this film, and soon we are plunged into some heart-stopping action as Star Lord leads his team into the unknown.  Good special effects as usual, and a strong story make this a better movie than the first, in my opinion – and there is less language than the first, so it’s a little easier to bring the family – but not those under 12 or so.  Rated 14A

     

  • Kill Switch:

    This low-budget sci-fi thriller, the first movie from director Tim Smits, previously a special effects operative on a couple of small films, carries an interesting premise.  The key character is Will Porter (Dan Stevens who was “Beast” in this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast movie), a pilot and former NASA astronaut who becomes involved in brilliant new technology in this near-future time.  A global power company has created a generator that extracts power from unlimited quantum energy, a boon to civilization.  But strange anomalies begin to occur all over the world, and Porter is pegged to investigate.  It turns out that there is another earth parallel to ours in a shadow universe, and it too has tapped into quantum energy … but Porter soon learns that there is only room in this universe for one earth – one must be destroyed.  Which one stays and which one goes?  Interesting premise in the American-Dutch co-production. Rated 14A.

  • Once Upon a Time in Venice:

    Bruce Willis stars as Steve Ford, a Los Angeles detective who gets himself into a heap of trouble when he goes after the people who stole his dog, a gang of ruthless street criminals.  The Venice of the title is the beachside city in Los Angeles, next to Santa Monica, not the one in Italy.  Steve loves his dog, and he will stop at nothing to get him back.  Soon he, the chaser, is being chased, and the plot starts to come unglued as more characters join the fray.  John Goodman and Kal Penn also star, as does Famke Janssen.  Not a bad action-thriller, with Willis in his usual good-guy-bad-guy mode. Rated 14A.

  • Pixels (2015):

    It's an alien invasion with a powerful race of off-worlders determined to take over the earth, and they think we started it.  Having encountered streaming videogames such as    Pacman and Space Invaders that left our planet years ago, the aliens take this to be a declaration of war, and they send similar weapons to beat us at our own game.  Well, enter Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), a man-child who never really grew up, and who, along with his school friends back in the day, were masters of the video arcade.  Now it's up to them to save the world.  Sandler buddy Kevin James (King of Queens, Kevin Can Wait) is the US president here, and we also see Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, and Dan Aykroyd in key roles.  Pretty silly, but fine for Sandler fans.  Rated 14A. 

     

    A Cowgirl's Story (2017):

     Pat Boone, one-time million-selling recording artist in the '50s and '60s, seems to have been relegated to playing someone's grandfather these days, and he is very good at it.  Teenager Dusty (Bailee Madison from The Good Witch) has both of her military parents deployed in the Middle East and goes to live with her grandpa.  She has to get used to a new school, new friends, and new surroundings, but being an exceptional horsewoman helps a lot in terms of becoming more popular.  When she learns that her mother has been shot down in a helicopter, Bailee becomes motivated to do something that will help all military families.  Rated PG.

Interstellar (2014):

It's a tired and dying earth sometime in the near future, where global warming has taken its toll.  Almost everyone still alive on the planet is immersed in the business of farming, to provide much-needed food in this devastated, dust-bowl world.  Matthew MacConaughey is Cooper.  He's a farmer with two kids, a deceased wife, and a father-in-law (John Lithgow) who helps with the youngest daughter, Murphy, played by Jessica Chastain as a grown-up, and McKenzie Foy as a 10 year-old.  Murphy says she has a ghost in her bedroom, and that might just be true.  On strange instructions from the unseen entity, Cooper finds his way to a secret underground facility to learn that NASA is still functioning, and that a trip to the stars is in the works in an effort to save humanity.  Soon he is the pilot of an interstellar spaceship heading for a wormhole near the orbit of Saturn, that will propel him and his crew ... somewhere.  Lots of tips of the hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some very smart sci-fi.  Rated 14A.

 

New on AMAZAON PRIME

Sliding Doors (1998):
Gwyneth Paltrow is Hannah, a woman who's life may change dramatically depending upon whether or not she catches a specific train.  The sliding doors of the title are the doors of the train, and we see two scenarios - what happens when the doors close before she can get on, and then what happens when she makes it and gets on the train.  She has been unjustly fired from her job, and the time slip that occurs as she is looking board creates two versions of herself.  One version learns something about her relationship that changes her forever.  Interesting premise.  Rated 14A.