The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard is an action movie that allows you to laugh out loud in certain scenes and with certain dialogue, comparable to to Bruce Willis’s Die Hard series. The action is pretty well non-stop throughout the movie, an on-going pursuit plot with a couple of outstanding car chases.

Does anyone know why bad guys on motorcycles think they can somehow stop a speeding car? You know they’re always going to lose. The cinematography showcases Amsterdam and the Netherlands, with a lot of the chase footage filmed along and in the canals and narrow streets alongside.

Ryan Reynolds’s character is a bit of a sap, but it’s a perfect fit with Jackson’s opposite and bad-ass character. Gary Oldman always makes a good bad guy, and doesn’t let us down in this movie. I think Salma Hayek’s character is over the top and a bit ridiculous, but it adds to the comic relief.

Cathryn and I both enjoyed viewing this flick on the big screen, but had trouble rating it. We both settled on a 7 out of 10.

 

Detroit’s Dark Days

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I’m not from Detroit and this was still hard movie to watch. Maybe it’s because I’m white, or that I was a police officer. Either way this film haunts your soul, taking you to a dark place, where racism and mistrust of the police run a muck.

Although not overly graphic, this movie is not for the faint of heart. The plot takes place during the riots in Detroit. The scene in the Algiers Hotel drags on way too long, causing Cathryn so much dismay that she considered leaving the theater. It’s the part where three Detroit cops torture a group of young black males and two white females to find a gun in the hotel.

The movie tells us why and how the riot started, but then leaves us in the hotel for over an hour while we witness extreme racism and police brutality first hand. The end of the movie explains some of the aftermath and trial outcome for the events at the Algiers, but it leaves many questions unanswered. Perhaps those questions will never be answered.

Cathryn pointed out that Detroit was a movie that we didn’t need to see on the big screen, and she was right. If I wasn’t so interested in the subject matter and there was something else to see, we would have waited for the movie on Netflix.

The acting was good, but I didn’t really find the movie entertaining. Cathryn gives it a 4 and I give it a 6 out of 10.

 

Demise at Dunkirk

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When Germany invaded France they trapped 400,000 soldiers (mostly British) that retreated to the beaches at Dunkirk. The film’s director, Christopher Nolan, used Imax cameras and CGI to show us on the big screen just how spectacular that would look from the air. The massive army stood like sitting ducks on piers and open beaches, awaiting the navy for transportation home.

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Wondrous Wonder Woman

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The latest big screen action hero epic from DC Comics introduces Wonder Woman, or Diana, princess of the Amazons, to us useless mortals on planet earth. It seems the Amazons, with their complete woman warrior society, has found a better way to live at peace.

Cathryn and I both like how WW was introduced to the world, near the end of the war to end all wars. Chris Pine is a spy and humorous sidekick to our hero. Neither understands the other’s world, but it’s Wonder Woman who chooses to leave her paradise island to help mankind.

Cinematography, turn-of-the-century costumes, and CGI make this film a big screen delight. It’s also in 3D, but we were quite happy to watch it in two dimensions from the brand-spanking new recliner chairs at Lakeshore Cinemas.

Gal Gadot is about to become the richest female actress in the world with this franchise and the other upcoming super hero movies she’s joining.

Cathryn gives Wonder Woman a 10 and I’m giving it a 9 – only because I thought the story line was a bit sappy at times. It is still a great action flick.

Skip “The Dinner”

imagesThe Dinner is the first movie we’ve walked out on in a long time. The trailer made it look interesting. Maybe we should have read the reviews. I only noticed now that it received NO STARS. We couldn’t agree more.  The movie was as stupid as its title.

After twenty minutes we looked at each other and commented how it was slow and boring. Around forty-five minutes into the yawner we considered leaving, but we thought we’d take the chance that something would happen any minute. Wrong.

We left the theater after an hour, I was surprised to see that no one else followed suit. Even with Richard Gere and Laura Linney, the movie was actually painful to watch. Steve Coogan had the main roll and he had both of us squirming in our seats after only a few minutes of listening to him.

The plot hung there, somewhere, but we didn’t stick around to see it unfold. The point of the story was to see how far parents would go to protect their children after they did something completely stupid and horrific. I saw enough of real-life drama during my police career to know the answer to that question.

Cathryn and I give The Dinner a big fat 0!

Going in Style is Golden

going-in-style-29822With all the teenage and kiddie movies on this past month or so, Going in Style is a treat for us folks in the over fifty crowd. The comedy about three golden aged gents who lose their pensions and decide to rob a bank is guaranteed to make you smile and give you more than a few laughs.

The cast of Michael Kane, Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Ann Margaret bring characters to life that will easily remind you of ourselves or someone you know.  It’s a feel good story that has a bit of gun play, but no body count, and a few twists that keep you rooting for the “good guys” right until the end.

Cathryn and I both enjoyed the movie and rate it 8 out of 10.

 

Hidden Figures – Movie

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I’m guessing the only reason someone made this movie is because Katherine G. Johnson was finally recognized for her contribution to the NASA space program at the tender age of 97. The story is about how three black women worked their way into the old white boys club and helped the United States win their space race against Russia.

The real inside story is about the fight for equality, both in race and gender. The “incredible untold true story” gives us insight into how three women of color use their smarts and determination to help launch astronaut John Glenn into space. Although America still struggles with racial and gender discrimination, Hidden Figures shows us just how ridiculous the situation was in 1961.

This movie will tug at your emotional heart strings, but it is a feel-good movie that will have you cheering in the end. Cathryn and I both give it a 10 out of 10.