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The Book of Henry

The Book of Henry

The thing I like most in a movie is when it takes a spectacular turn into the unanticipated or unexpected. The Book Of Henry is just such a film, filled with the best twists and turns I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s also a darn good family drama that accompanies its theme with some very exciting suspense thriller elements.

It’s this brotherly relationship, the way it plays out, and how they interface with the world around them that traps you comfortably into the story. It’s something to behold.

So my take… the film is a true winner. It’s a not-to-be missed sentimental drama in the best sense of the word, which will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. See it by all means.

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Road to the Well

Road to the Well

An independent thriller about choices that we make and the consequences we face based on the company we keep and how it’s rarely ever as black and white as we would like to pretend.

Frank (Fuller) is by all outward appearances a very unhappy guy, he is stuck in a dead-end job where he really has no authority over anyone. He’s a kind of nutless nobody, that can’t even deal with the guy who is sticking it to his woman right under his nose. But as luck, or twisted fate, would have it, Frank is visited by an old friend who helps him clarify what life is all about.

This is definitely one of those, “I wonder how I would have handled that” films, where you can’t completely take yourself out of the story. Because depending on the company you keep, you just might find yourself a victim of similar dark choices. If there is any message to draw out of Road to the Well, it is that, be wary of those you let into your life.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

I never watched the original TV show “Wonder Woman.” Honestly I’m not that interested. The clips I’ve seen appear corny and hokey. I was only slightly hesitant wanting to review this film, because I didn’t want to be disappointed afterward like other DC films. I never followed the Wonder Woman character, but she’s always intrigued me. From what I’ve learned about her doing research about her character before I saw the film I was really pumped to see this film. All I’ve gotta say is: get ready to see the best super hero film you’ve seen in a long time!

Diana (who is never referred to as Wonder Woman) is perfectly cast in my opinion. Gal Gadot is gorgeous and both men and women will swoon by her on screen presence. All in all, I really feel like DC knocked this one out the park, and I really can’t wait to see Wonder Woman in action again!

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Churchill

Churchill

They’ve called him the Greatest Briton who ever lived, they’ve called him many other things, to be sure, but one thing they would never call him is a coward. Through Alex von Tunzelmann’s screenplay, Churchill unveils the hesitation that Winston had about Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Normandy, France. The story unfolds as a masterful reminder that the most powerful person can be ironically, wholly powerless. It is a tragedy about a man coming to terms with his new role in a rapidly changing world, while he watches the youth step in and pat him on the head and basically say, it’s ok, old sport, we’ve got it now.

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Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Hard to believe, but this is my first Pirates of the Caribbean review. I started writing reviews in 2008, and as these series kept going, I lost interest more and more. And it really bummed me out, because as a kid I was obsessed with Disney World’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride. My dad bought me a gold coin that was so heavy it made my shorts droop, and I got a pirate musket, and I just remember that as one of my fondest memories with my dad. As I grew older though, I realized that pirates were nothing to idolize, especially after I lived in Saint Augustine and learned all about what pirates were actually like.

Still, as the years passed, I decided I would allow my inner-child the strained fantasy that pirates were somehow cool, swashbucklers of the sea and not vicious monsters. [Swift aside: come to think of it, I also really liked vikings as a kid.] And when I found out that two Norsemen directed Dead Men Tell No Tales, it kind of all comes back full circle, much like the story-line penned by Nathanson and Rossio.

Filled with action and comedy one-liners and the brilliant Busteresque buffoonery of Johnny Depp, this latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” film brings the franchise back to high tide, and the stench of lessor works barnacled by low tide are now distant surf. It’s not exactly a family friendly film, because of Salazar, but it is highly entertaining and worthy of the Disney label. It made me want to jump right back onto the Disney World ride, which I imagine will be jam packed this weekend!

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