Tuesday, January 9, 2018

PADDINGTON 2

Paddington 2 poster
Living a happy life with the Brown family, Paddington Bear ( the voice of Ben Whishaw) has become a beloved member of the Windsor Gardens community. While seeking the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy's (voiced by Imelda Staunton) 100th birthday, the determined bear comes across a rare pop-up book of London in Mr. Gruber's (Jim Broadbent) antique shop. A costly item, he sets out to earn the money in a series of jobs. When the book is stolen, Paddington is framed and sent to prison. Now it's up to the Brown family and friends to find the real thief and free the bear.

Overflowing with heart and humor, this delightful romp is a charmer for the whole family. There are so many sight gags, in-jokes and

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool poster
The final years of legendary film noir actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) are explored in this true story. Escaping scandal that followed her life in America, Grahame moved to England where she started performing on stage. It was here that she met young actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). A romance led to a friendship that lasted until her death from cancer in 1981.

Annette Bening lights up the screen in this stunning portrait of a fading star. Based on Peter Turner's memoir of the same name, this engrossing film could easily have turned into a run-of-the- mill May-December romance if not for

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN poster
With wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and two young children to support, the unemployed P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) has nowhere to go but up. Using his vivid imagination and energetic enthusiasm, Barnum's persistence leads to the founding of the sideshow museum that would eventually become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

This tuneful, joyful and emotional spectacle is filled with

Thursday, December 14, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI poster
While Resistance fighter Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks help from self-exiled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the First Order makes their move against the dwindling rebel forces. General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) leads her gallant group of fighters, including pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the evil empire. The fate of the future is at stake.

The Star Wars saga is alive and thriving in another stratospheric adventure. Filled with action, thrills, human drama, awesome effects, twists and surprises, this epic tale is a fan pleaser that may even draw a whole new audience. It's just the kind of satisfying entertainment that

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WONDER WHEEL

WONDER WHEEL
In the Coney Island amusement park during the 1950s, the lives of four people are changed by circumstance. Ginny (Kate Winslet), a former actress who makes a living as a waitress in a clam house, and her carousel operator husband Humpty (Jim Belushi) get an unexpected visit from his estranged daughter Carolina (Juno Temple), who is on the run from her gangster husband and the mob after turning informant. Unhappy in her own marriage, Ginny turns to handsome lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake), who has ambitions of becoming a playwright. Angst and turmoil are the order of the day.

Solid performances can't overcome an anemic plot that's void of

Monday, November 20, 2017

COCO

COCO movie poster
Although there has been a perplexing ban on music for generations in his family, young Miguel ( the voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming a famous musician like his deceased idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Thanks to a magical circumstance during the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead. Here he meets the happy-go-lucky Hector (Gael García Bernal), who guides him on a quest to discover his destiny.

Mexican lore and culture spring to life in this dazzling and delightful animated spectacle. In the tradition of "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo", Disney/Pixar presents this family-themed adventure that both

Thursday, November 16, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE

JUSTICE LEAGUE movie poster
Following the death of Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), chaos ensues. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) seeks help from Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher). Centuries-old villain Steppenwolf (the voice of Ciar√°n Hinds) has returned to Earth looking to combine three hidden and guarded boxes of energy that will turn the planet into his world. The superheroes unite to save humanity.

Plenty of action and an abundance of passable CGI effects make this a fast-paced matinee epic. The DC lineup is well-represented here, along with a few surprises to please the fans. The dark-edged style of director Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel") is certainly present, but he left this project after