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  • My Cousin Rachel:

    Based on the mystery novel by Daphne DuMaurier a remake of the 1952 movie that starred Olivia De Havilland and Rock Hudson, this time we have Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin as the principle characters Rachel and Phillip respectively.  Rachel is a mysterious woman of beauty who was married to Philip’s cousin.  The cousin died mysteriously, and Philip holds Rachel responsible, suspecting that she either murdered him, or had him killed.  Bent on revenge, he begins to enact a plan to ensnare her, but soon finds himself wondering if he is right about his theory as he becomes closer and closer to Rachel, and soon develops feelings for her.  Watch for the white horse that Rachel rides.  It was previously one of the horses on Game of Thrones, and it was taught to “play dead” when its right rein was pulled hard.  Actress Weisz did this accidentally, not knowing the horse’s history, and spent some time being extricated from under the animal.  Rated 14A.

     

  • A Family Man:

    Gerard Butler is Dane Jensen, a man who has worked his way up in the national headhunting firm that is his employer, and it has always been his dream to run the firm as the president and CEO.  As the big boss (Willem Dafoe) prepares to retire, Dane see this as his opportunity to make his big move, but he is stymied by a co-worker (Alison Brie) who comes out of the woodwork and has designs on the top job as well.  Dane gets ready for the fight of his professional life when something in his personal life comes unglued.  He learns that his 10 year-old son has cancer, and now his values are put to the test.  Does he pursue his lifelong dream, or does he concede the big job to his competitor and spend time with his son?  Butler also acted as producer on this film.  Rated 14A.

  • Born In China:

    This excellent family film was Disney’s entry into theatres for Earth Day earlier this year, and as always presents some amazing animal photography along with a fine story narrated by John Krasinski.  It focuses on three different animal families, first, a Giant Panda mother who is beginning to let her baby explore its environment.  It’s amazing how human-like the relationship is between mother and offspring, and it’s a warm and entertaining slice of life.  As well, we see, elsewhere in the forest, a golden snub-nose monkey who used to be the focus of the family, but who now feels displaced when his little sister is born.  Again, the human comparison is amazing as the monkey falls in with a band of outsiders that are up to no good.  Finally we get a look at the rarely photographed Snow Leopard as a mother raises two kittens in a somewhat unforgiving environment.  A very nicely done film that the kids will love, and so will their parents.  Rated 14A.

  • The Peanuts Movie (2015):

     This is the first big-screen Peanuts movie in 35 years, and it's the first original project since the death of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz in 2000.  The story is a dual thrust at two different issues, one being Snoopy's work trying to win WWI in the air against his arch-enemy, the Red Baron, and the other being Charlie Brown's obsession with The Little Red Haired Girl in what is something of an origins story in terms of that relationship.  Great care was taken in the production of this film not to make it too high-tech, or too slick, preserving the more manual-drawing look of the original cartoons.  Of course Peppermint Patty, Lucy, and Linus are all in place.  An excellent depiction of what one might expect the real Charlie Brown to manage, to fail, and to try again.  Rated PG.

     

    This Is Where I Leave You (2014):

    Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay here, this is the story of a Jewish family in the present day who have been off living their respective lives, when the death of their father drives them all back to the family home to go through the formal seven-day mourning period.  The adult kids don't get along that well for a variety of reasons, and having them all under the same roof for a week is something of a challenge in diplomacy.  Jane Fonda is Hilary Altman, the just-widowed 70-something year-old.  Here children are Wendy (Tina Fey), Philip (Adam Driver), Judd (Jason Bateman), and Paul (Corey Stoll).  When all the spouses, exes, and could-have-beens are factored in, it makes for a houseful of conflict, of heartache, or a cry for opportunities lost, and for a desire to heal and reconnect.  Rated 14A.

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

Chef (2014):
Jon Favreau currently co-starring in Spider-Man: Homecoming, wrote, directed, and stars in this unlikely and most interesting story of a man, a dream, and a food truck in Miami, Florida.  As Carl Casper, a high-end and much-admired chef, Favreau's character is put into a no-win situation in the high-end restaurant in which he is the head chef - the owner insists that he make a particular item for a specific customer, and Carl disagrees.  Turns out the customer is a food critic, the meal forced upon him was a poor choice, and Carl is wearing it, even though it was not his fault.  A verbal altercation breaks out, Carl has a few things to say to the critic, and it all goes viral and that's the end of his chief chef position.  Encouraged by his ex-wife (Scarlett Johannsen) to regain his independence by buying a food truck and cooking what he wants the way he wants, sends Carl on a journey of self-discovery.  A nice movie with a nice outcome!  Rated 14A.