Born to Be Wild (2011) is a short but stunning, moving, immersive 3-D
nature film which puts you with elephants and orangutans.
Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) [Umi-gai Diary] is what happens
when three sisters in Japan adopt their half-sister.
Finding Dory is a nearly seamless sequel of the breakout Ellen DeGeneres
Finding Nemo fish, with a message of love and acceptance.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a genuinely earned, heartwarming comedy
of a New Zealand last-chance foster kid on the run.
The Shallows (2016) is Blake Lively in a surfer's 127 Hours against
nature and the jaws of the creatures of the deep.
Café Society (2016) is Woody Allen's 1930s Hollywood/NYC story of true love
and compromise, hurt some by his narration.
The Lobster is a funny, quotable fable of love and society, but with quite
unsubtle metaphors, still watchable, amusing.
Star Trek Beyond is the third and a good new Star Trek adventure from
our friendly neighborhood Star Trek pocket universe.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is a very funny, faithful, well-conceived
big screen version of the classic BBC t.v. show.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) is a fine 3-D adventure of the perennial ape man
and English lord, with Margot Robbie sparks.
The BFG (2016) is Steven Spielberg's finely crafted, somewhat weak on
character 3-D CG version of Roald Dahl's fantasy book.
The Infiltrator (2016) is the story of a U.S. Customs officer undercover
laundering money for drug lords in the 1980s.
The Secret Life of Pets is a standard to blah animated animals-in-the-city
movie, sort of fun in places, not in others.
Ghostbusters (2016) is an unfocused update to the inspired original,
with chuckles, but pretty bad dialogue and story.
Captain Fantastic is full of heart and good acting which make it all
the more disappointing that it gets sappy and false.
Our Kind of Traitor is a tepid, not credible international crime thriller
with Ewan McGregor as The Man Who Huh, What?
Lights Out (2016) is a dumb, dumb, not scary movie, a waste of a
perfectly fine high concept for a horror monster tale.
Independence Day: Resurgence is a pretty wooden, or embalmed
warmed-over retread of a fun, cheesy, semi-original original.
The Purge: Election Year is a silly and wretched prolongation of the
take-it-or-leave-it murder-thy-neighbor gore series.
Steve Jobs (2015) is a fun, fascinating montage of scenes from the life
of the Apple co-founder and CEO (Michael Fassbender).
Grandma (2015) is Lily Tomlin great as a lesbian widow poet searching
with her granddaughter for cash for an abortion.
Black Mass is Johnny Depp in a straight, maybe a little too straightforward
docudrama of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
Spectre (2015): Sam Mendes's sort of Batman-ized James Bond wraps up
with Sam Mendes's sort of The Dark Knight Rises.
The Good Dinosaur is an odd little alternate reality fable about a runtish
farm dinosaur and his pet boy. Lots of death.
Crimson Peak is a flimsily plotted ghost story with an unreliable narrator
but not as interesting as that might sound.
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