Friday, March 31, 2017

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE
Before the start of World War II in Poland, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh)and his wife Antonina (Jessica Chastain) have a good life as the caretakers of the Warsaw Zoo. When the Nazis invade their country, the heroic couple risk everything to save their animals and the lives of people trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto. Standing in their way is

THE BOSS BABY

THE BOSS BABY movie poster
The arrival of a bossy baby brother (the voice of Alec Baldwin) upsets the perfect life young Tim (Miles Christopher Bakshi) has with his mom (Lisa Kudrow) and dad (Jimmy Kimmel). This newborn family member talks, wears a suit and carries a briefcase. Is it Tim's imagination or is this really happening? The Boss Baby has an agenda. He was sent by the heavenly Babycorp to stop a plot by Puppyco, where both parents work, to take affection away from babies. Now the brothers must

GHOST IN THE SHELL

Ghost in the Shell movie poster
Supposedly saved from a terrible crash, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is a human who has been cyber-enhanced to be the perfect soldier. Part of the Section 9 task force in the near future, Major seeks to stop a terrorist who is killing employees of Hanka Robotics and is capable of hacking people's minds to control them. While on this mission, she uncovers lies about her past and must find the truth before others are hurt.

Stunning visuals don't compensate for the

Friday, March 24, 2017

T2 TRAINSPOTTING

Away from home for twenty years, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to reconnect and make amends for past misdeeds with old friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Spud, hooked on heroin, entertains thoughts of becoming a writer after attempting suicide. Sick Boy, a cocaine addict, is operating a failing pub while using his girlfriend Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) for blackmailing sexual activities. Begbie, serving a 25-year prison sentence, escapes to seek revenge against Mark. Age hasn't mellowed the former buddies and changes are in store before

LIFE

LIFE movie poster
Six scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a single-celled organism in a soil sample from Mars. What starts as joy at finding proof of life beyond Earth soon turns to terror when the tentacled entity, which they have named "Calvin", becomes dangerous. A fight for survival begins.

Stellar effects and a fine cast make this outer space chiller a quality popcorn flick. It's a passable clone of "Alien". This isn't a spoiler, since the trailer makes the plot perfectly clear. After a slow start that gets all of the scientific facts of space station living out of the way, director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") cuts right to the chase. Many jumps, scares and a fair amount of

Friday, March 17, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Only true love can save a young prince (Dan Stevens), cursed to live life in his castle as a beast. When Belle (Emma Watson) arrives at the castle to save her imprisoned father (Kevin Kline), the Beast releases him in exchange for her. Over time, she becomes fond of the hideous creature and his enchanted staff. When the villagers attack, led by Belle's unwanted suitor Gaston (Luke Evans), she must make a life-changing decision.

While 1991's cartoon classic (the first animated feature to be nominated in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category) is still the winner, this new version is absolutely charming. This time around, real people ably take the place of their two-dimensional counterparts - with an assist from some fabulous CG effects. Director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") paints a mesmerizing picture that's filled with lavish sets and costumes, colorful characters and unforgettable music.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

An expedition to an uncharted South Pacific island during the final days of the Vietnam War in the early 1970s has catastrophic results. Scientists Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins), war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), British tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and a military escort commanded by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) find themselves fighting for survival in a land of dangerous creatures dominated by the gigantic ape Kong. Their only help comes from

Thursday, March 2, 2017

LOGAN

In the near future on the Mexican border, a boozing and worn-out Logan (Hugh Jackman) makes a living as a chauffeur while caring for the ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) with the help of albino mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant). When a desperate woman (Elizabeth Rodriguez) convinces Logan to help a pursued young mutant (Dafne Keen), Wolverine is drawn into the battle against the evil Dr. Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant) and his ruthless head of security Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). The survival of the mutant population depends on the outcome of the race to reach a safe haven.

The darkest and arguably the best of the Wolverine adventures is an emotional journey that's marked by bursts of bloody violence. It has been reported that this is Hugh Jackman's