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  • The Mummy:

    Generally bad reviews likely hurt the box office for this Tom Cruise remake of the 1999 version that starred Brendan Fraser in the lead role.  It’s too bad, because this version is, I think, a much stronger movie that the original.  It has only taken in $79 million domestically agains a budget of $125 million, although overseas revenues should put it into positive numbers.  Cruise is Nick Morton, a member of the US military in the Middle East who is an opportunist, making money by finding and selling antiquities, something quite against the law.  When he comes up against the title character, Ahmanat (Soffia Botella) mummified and hidden away forever – unitl now – she is revived to take over the world … and she wants Nick to be her partner.  Strong performances all round, good special effects, and a story that makes sense, send this one on its way for an entertaining and exciting ride.  Russell Crowe also stars, and Tom Cruise does the now-necessary plane crash scene and a lot of running through the streets.  Good movie! Rated 14A.

     

  • It Comes at Night:

    This is a warning, not a recommendation for this horror movie starring Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant) as a couple in a remote farmhouse in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic world.  Something has happened “outside” that seems to have thrust civilization into near extinction.  The couple, along with their son, operate very carefully, and are very self-sufficient, when to people, allegedly married, appear at their door.  They are reluctant to make contact, but the story the couple tells is credible, and they allow them in their home, a safe refuge from whatever has happened “out there.”  This is supposed to be a psychological thriller with sci-fi overtones, but none of that works out,  we never do find out what “It” is, and nothing really comes by night.  A poorly made, disjointed movie that I personally found a near-waste of time – near, not completely.  You have been warned! Rated 14A.

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie:

    Based on the series of children’s books by Dav Pilkey this animated feature is strictly for kids, something you can figure out quickly just based on the names its main characters, the hero, Captain Underpants, and the villain, Professor Poopypants.  George and Harold are middle school kids who have been best friends since kindergarten, but they are wiseguys and pranksters, and are often in trouble with the principal, Mr. Krupp (voice of Ed Helms. When their most recent escapade has Mr. Krupp threatening to split them up into separate classes, it’s the last straw.  Using a hypnosis ring that the found in a box of cereal, they find, to their amazement, that it actually works, and they convince Krupp that he is a caped superhero named Captain Underpants.  Of course it’s all very silly, and it’s all kid stuff, but you know kids … they know what they like!   Rated PG.

  • The Founder (2016):

    Michael Keaton is decidedly discomforting as Ray Kroc in this excellent biopic that tells the story of the beginning of McDonalds, going from one, family-run location in San Bernardino, CA, to the biggest distributor of fast food in the world.  The film opens as we see Kroc, a somewhat itinerant salesman of restaurant equipment, such as milkshake machines, who has a difficult time selling his wares as he goes from town to town.  When he happens on the location owned by the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) he tells them that he sees "franchise" written all over the business.  Over time, Kroc goes from being their junior partner to someone who manages to take the business away from them, making all of the McDonald's future his and his alone.  Laura Dern is excellent as Kroc's long-suffering wife, Ethel.  Rated 14A. 

     

    Ricki and the Flash (2015):

    Just as she did in Florence Foster Jenkins, and Mamma Mia, Meryl Streep does her own singing, only this time it's rock 'n' roll as she plays in a bar band, always believing that she is on the edge of greatness.  In order to pursue this dream, Streep, who's character is named Linda, abandoned her family, and now takes up with her bandleader Greg (Rick Springfield).  She gets a call from her ex-husband telling her of a family emergency, and she shows up looking to help her daughter, played by Streep's real-life daughter Mamie Gummer.  Determined to punish her for walking out on them, the family is not all that welcoming to Linda.  The music is the real thing as Ricki's band is made up of talented musicians including the late Rick Rojas who played with Neil Young and Crazy Horse.  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

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989):
Although it's 28 years old, this animated feature still holds up as, if not a children's classic, a darned entertaining film for young ones and for their parents too.  It's the story of Charlie B. Barkin (voice of Burt Reynolds), a dog in heaven who comes back down to earth in order to extract revenge on his killer by using an orphan girl for help, since she can talk to animals.  Other voice actors include Charles Nelson Reilly, Dom Deluise, and Loni Anderson who was married to Burt Reynolds at the time.  Watch for a pair of dogs in heaven named Loni and Burt who are drawn in the likeness of the two stars.  Rated G.