Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

My ViewCaptain America: Civil War  (2016)  PG-13  The government is concerned about the Avengers and their activities, asking the Avengers to agree to give up control of their team.  Could this cause a rift between Captain America and Iron Man?  Will the Avengers split up?  This is one of the best comic book films that I have seen. There are stunning and magnificent action sequences, one that had the audience standing and clapping. There are some new characters introduced to the Marvel world, including a certain web-slinger, whose appearance gave me hope for the franchise. Robert Downey Jr as Ironman and Chris Evans as Captain America are outstanding, but it’s Paul Rudd’s appearance as Ant-Man that steals the film. While I saw it in 3-D Imax, I would not recommend as it made one of the early action sequences feel very choppy. Do stay through all the credits as there are two bonus scenes, one after the first set of credits and the other after all the credits.    My Rating:  I Would Pay to See It Again   Captain America: Civil War Website
IndiefestDough  (2015)  NR  Nat (Jonathan Pryce) is a Jewish baker, whose shop has fallen on hard times.  His cliental has either died or moved away from his neighborhood, and his assistant quits. He hires a young Muslim, Shaun (Malachi Kirby), to help in the shop. At first, the two clash, but eventually mutual admiration and cooperation happens, changing both men. Full disclosure: I saw this film over a year ago at the Atlanta Film Festival, and there may have been changes since then. I loved the performances of Jonathan Pryce, as the world-weary baker, and Malachi Kirby, as the brash kid who knows very little about baking and even less about Judaism. The story is sweet and predictable, and while not groundbreaking, Dough is an enjoyable film.   My Rating: Bargain Matinee   Dough Website

Indiefest: A Hologram for the King (2016) R  Alan (Tom Hanks) is an American businessman who has just gone through a rough divorce, lost his high power job and his daughter has to take a year off from college because he can’t pay for it. He has one chance to recover with a new job. That job will take him to Saudi Arabia to try and convince the King to buy his companies high tech software. I really liked this film. Tom Hanks gives another winning performance as a man who is struggling to find his confidence and will power to make the sale. There is great chemistry between Hanks and actress Sarita Choudhury, who plays a Saudi doctor that treats his character. It’s a film that is sweet and at times funny with a great message about it’s never too late to rework your life and maybe even find love.    My Rating: Full Price   A Hologram for the King Website
Forgotten FilmThe Deep End (2001)  R  Margaret (Tilda Swinton) is the mother of three who is dealing with the fact that her husband, an admiral, is away at sea. Her oldest son, Beau (Jonathan Tucker), has started acting up and running with a dangerous crowd. Beau’s struggles could get him into big trouble and just might cause the family to fall apart, no matter how hard Margaret tries to keep everything under control. This is a fascinating film that keeps piling on problem after problem for Margaret to handle. Tilda Swinton shines as the mom who has to deal with the impossible and still survive, making her character likable and believable. It’s a movie about death and deception that will keep you guessing how it will end.   My Rating: Full Price   The Deep End Info
In Memory of Ed Wood (A Movie I've only seen in Trailers but just looks like a bad idea): Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows  (2016)  NR  All you have to know about this film is that Megan Fox is still in it. ‘Nuff Said.   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Website

Weird CreditsFrom the credits of Captain America: Civil War:  Trainee Silicone Runner

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: The Lobster  (2016)  R  In the near future, single people are taken to “The Hotel” where they have to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or they are turned into an animal of their choice and sent off into “The Woods.”  As weird as this film sounds, it’s been winning awards at film festivals around the world, including three awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.   The Lobster Website
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