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  • Pet Sematary:

    Fans of the Stephen King novel on which this horror-thriller is based, will see little similarity between what happened on the pages, and what occurs in this story of a family headed by Louis and Rachel (Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz) who move to rural Maine from the busy Boston Area.  Louis is a medical doctor who has taken on a position as the director of medicine at the local university, and Amy makes a home for their two children, Ellie, age 8, and Gage, two years old, along with Ellie's pet cat Church.  They have a home situated on a number of wooded acres, and on the very first day Ellie follows a group of children who are in a little procession across their property and into the woods.  There she finds a Pet Sematary (the spelling, with an "S" instead of a "C," is an errant child's way of making the sign.  It's a place for cats and dogs and goldfish, and all manner of pets that have passed on.  It is here that Ellie meets their neighbour, Judd (John Lithgow), who helps her with a bee sting she received trying to climb over a dead-fall.  Soon the family is friends with Judd, and when, unbeknownst to Ellie, her cat Church is killed on the road by a passing tanker truck, Judd teaches Louis a little local history.  Beyond the Pet Sematary, there is another place ... a place where whatever is buried there, comes back.  They bury Church in the dead of night, and before Ellie even realizes he is gone, there he is, back at home ... but changed.  As the story spins out, we learn about what would happen if a person were interred in the place beyond, when a family tragedy strikes.  As the promotional line for the movie says, "sometimes dead is better."  The horror builds as those back from the grave have a way of wanting others to join them.  Very different in style and substance from the book, this remake of the 1989 movie that starred Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster) is still a serviceable thriller.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Little:

    31 years ago, Tom Hanks starred in the movie "Big" in which a teenage boy named Josh wishes to be a grown-up, and he awakens one morning in the body of an adult.  Exactly the same premise in this movie, but it has the opposite result ... Regina Hall's character, Jordan Sanders, a hard-headed businesswoman that most of her employees would call a bully, awakens one morning in the body of her 13 year-old self (played by Marsai Martin.  Everything else remains the same ... Jordan still has her opulent apartment, her amazing wardrobe, and her biting sense of what is right and what is wrong ... but now she's just 13, and she has to go back and enroll in Middle School.  In the meantime, there is a business that needs to be run, which forces young Jordan to confide in his put-upon assistant (Issa Rae), and have her do what's necessary to keep the company afloat.  Along the way we get the usual life lessons about being a nicer human being, and some good laughs.  The performances here are sharp and believable, even if the plot is not.  Rated 14A.

  • After:

    Although it had limited release and didn’t get into most theatres, this poorly-reviewed young adult soapy romance based on the best-selling novel by Anna Todd, made almost $70 million on a $14 million budget. The youthful cast likely didn’t command a lot of money, and the older actors in the film were likely happy just to be working.  Cutting to the chase, this is the story of a “good girl,” Tessa (Josephine Langford) who is off to college, first time away from home, who gets into a relationship with the quintessential “bad boy,” Hardin (Hero Fiennes-Tiffen who nephew of both Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, and who played young Voldemort in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”).  Their first meeting is awkward when he is in the wrong place at the wrong time as Tessa emerges from the shower. Over the next several days, they show up in the same places at the same times as it becomes clear that he has a crush on her. The soap suds flow when we find out about his background, and his father Ken (Peter Gallagher), but the two young students, despite every reason for them stay apart, just can’t leave one another alone … and that’s when a dark secret appears.  Jennifer Beals also stars. Rated 14A.
  • Point Blank (2019):

    A Netflix original film that stars Marcia Gay Hardin as a nurse whose patient is a criminal whose wife has been kidnapped.  Taking on the approach that the best thing for her patient is to find his wife, she goes on the lam with him while being pursued by police.  A good cast that includes Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie. Rated 14A.

     

    Kidnapping Stella (2019):

    Another Netflix original, this one from Germany, tells its story from the point of view of Stella (Jella Haase) a young woman plucked off the street by a pair of abductors, bound, gagged, and taken to a secluded apartment.  Uncertain of the motives of her captors, Stella uses her limited resources to attempt escape, but as time slips by, it becomes clear that neither she nor her captors are exactly what they appear to be. Rated 14A.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Director's Cut (1977):

This superb Steven Spielberg film depicting our first contact with an alien species is further enhanced with two extra minutes of scenes that don't appear in the theatrical version, and an ending that leaves a little more to the viewer's imagination.  Richard Dreyfuss stars, and remember that most computer generated imagery did not yet exist, so much of what you see of the UFOs and creatures is real, albeit models and makeup. Rated 14A.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018):

Based on actual events, Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, a young man severely injured in a car accident in which he was the impaired driver.  His alcoholism led him to that place, where he emerged a quadriplegic, and it appeared that his life was pretty much over.  While in rehab, he found that he had an ability to draw editorial cartoons, and with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he learns that perhaps there is a life worth living after all.  Set and shot in Portland, OR, home of the real-life John Callahan.  Rated 14A.