Hunter Killer (***) is obvious and likable

Let's be honest. It's not a tremendous work of art that Marsh, Butler and co. have produced here. There are no nominations or awards forthcoming. What Hunter Killer does have, though, is enjoyability on a completely masculine scale. It's the kind of film I might have watched with my dad when he was alive. It deserves respect for being competent, entertaining and earnest to a fault, if not original.

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Den of Thieves (***) is a long slog with a decent payoff

The end result with the viewer depends on if you can accept the twists as entertaining enough to get through the slower parts of the film. It's not Sicario in any capacity. So I am not sure I look forward to a second film, since it feels like they played their best card already.

Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (****) and Victoria & Abdul (***): Two pieces of a life continued

These films are not to be missed, if you want to see a master at her best. If forced to choose, I will take Connolly, Sher and Dench over Dench by ostensibly by herself.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 2014 Writer & Director Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington Screenplay based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell There was a real concern when How To Train Your Dragon was followed by a television series.  So much talent was … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon 2 (****1/2) continues a progression of wonderful characters

Olympus Has Fallen is a not so subtle slice of Peckinpah

Olympus Has Fallen - 2013 Director Anton Fuqua Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Finley Jacobsen, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Rick Yune Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt The attack on the White House is glorious.  An ungodly amount of .50 caliber bullets flying throughout, maiming some, … Continue reading Olympus Has Fallen is a not so subtle slice of Peckinpah

Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Movie 43 - 2013 Directors Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Adam Cagely, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Devin Eash, Anna Faris, Richard … Continue reading Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Machine Gun Preacher: A worthy effort about a flawed, good man

Machine Gun Preacher - 2011 Directed by Marc Foster Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker, Souléymane Sy Savané, Rhema Marvanne Screenplay by Jason Keller Sam Childers is not an easy man.  His path through early life was drugs, booze, prison and then he graduated to armed robbery for more drugs, and then to attempted murder.  Around … Continue reading Machine Gun Preacher: A worthy effort about a flawed, good man