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  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019):

    This movie takes place after the action that occurred in Avengers: End Game, and is a sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which actor Tom Holland picks up the mantel of the Webbed Warrior.  Here he strikes out in new directions without his mentor, Iron Man Tony Stark, who died in End Game.  This is the final film in this particular Marvel Comics Universe, but the entire process is so complicated now, that I am never certain which universe or which timeline we are currently enjoying.  With Avengers: End Game having been such a strong movie, I found this one dumbed down a great deal, and geared more to the teenage set rather than the more adult view in previous similar films.  There is some time spent early on paying tribute to the Avengers who have passed on, including Tony Stark's Iron Man and Steve Rogers' Captain America.  From there, it's a high school class trip with Peter Parker's classmates to Venice, Italy, London, England, and Prague, Czech Republic.  A new character has been introduced, a superhero named Mysterio played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who teams up with Spidey to defeat some indescribable water and fire creatures, Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury, who seems to vacillate between being a good guy and a bad guy, and Peter is sweet on a girl name MJ (Zendaya).  It's clear that the torch is being passed to a younger generation, leaving traditionalists on the sidewalk watching the action from afar.  Millennial viewers will get all of this as we watch double-cross after deception after illusion after disguised characters who are not what they appear to be.  I liked it well enough, but this franchise has passed me by. There are two more scenes during the credits, one mid-credit, the other after the end of all credits. Both are crucial to the story. Rated 14A.

     

  • Anna and the Apocalypse (2018):

    Although on paper it looks like this movie idea would never, ever work, what comes out of this mashup that the LA Times referred to as "Shaun of the Dead" meets "High School Musical," is a truly unique movie despite it's having every zombie cliché in the book as part of the structure.  High schooler Anna (Ella Hunt) was working at her part-time job when the viral threat that seems to be at the heart of every zombie movie wended its way through her small Scottish town.  It's the night of the school Christmas show, but Ella and her close friends had to miss it because of work.  The next day, happily singing and dancing their way across town, they are oblivious to the fact that many people have become zombies, including shoppers, elves, and at least one Santa.  The songs in this production are infectious, and the movie walks the fine line between horror and musical comedy. They try to make their way to the school, which is under lock-down because of the apocalyptic event, and along the way, between songs, they have to bludgeon a lot of zombies.  Their parents are among those locked down, and it's a race through the zombie hoards to get there.  Mix a love triangle among Anna and her group in with the pursuit of safety, and we have a very interesting film.  Rated 14A.

  • Maiden (2018):

    This sports documentary is a superb telling of the true story of Tracy Edwards, who, at the age of 24, was a cook working on charter boats, but who, through a remarkable series of events, became the skipper of the first all-female crew to win the Whitbread Round the World race in 1989.  How she acquired the boat, the crew, and the ability to get into the race at all is the story. There’s actually another story after the story. Tracy learned, in 2014, that her boat at that time, the “Maiden” was abandoned by its new owner, and had spent two years rotting on the rocks in the Seychelles.  She crowd-funded enough money to buy it back, restored it, and is currently on a three-year world tour to raise money and awareness for girl’s access to education in poorer nations. Rated PG.
  • In the Tall Grass (2019):

    This Netflix original is a horror-thriller written by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.  As is inevitably the case with “good” horror, mood is everything, and we find brother and sister Cal and Becky on a road trip, taking the teenage and pregnant Becky to stay with relatives until the baby is born.  Crossing the Kansas prairie, they find themselves in a field of tall grass that seems to be calling out to them. That’s where the horror starts. Patrick Wilson stars. Rated 14A.

     

    Raising Dion (2019):

    Another Netflix original, this one is a series that focuses on a mother named Nicole, recently widowed and raising her young son Dion.  As the early years pass, it becomes clear to Nicole that Dion is not some ordinary kid. He exhibits superpowers that seem to be stronger with each passing month, and she knows that should this secret be revealed, both she and her son will be in great danger.  Rated PG.

High Plains Drifter (1973):

This was the first of his own westerns that Clint Eastwood directed, and it combines a revisionist western theme with just a touch of the supernatural.  One of his best ever, in my opinion, it follows a lone rider into the small town of Lago, where something very bad happened a few years earlier, and Eastwood’s character known only as “The Stranger” seems to have been on the receiving end.  Excellent film! Rated 14A.

 

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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.