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Columbus (2017)

Columbus (2017)

Columbus (2017) If you find architecture boring and character driven movies slow, then you should probably skip seeing Columbus. If on the other hand you are interested in a well constructed drama with top notch acting and beautiful visuals, then you should hurry to the theatre before it is gone. Jin, played by John Cho, is called to Columbus Indiana where his famous architect father has fallen ill. While stuck in the limbo of waiting for his sick father to…

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Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017) Frikin Awesome! That’s the best description for this smart drama from writer/director Taylor Sheridan. A possible murder on an Wind River Indian reservation requires FBI Agent Jane Banner (Elisabeth Olson) to lend a hand to the local police department. Being short handed she enlists the assistance of the local game and hunting official Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) to help her investigate in the inhospitable Wyoming  outback. This mystery unfolds in such a way as to keep you on…

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Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017) Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time is usually the stuff of romantic comedies. First you meet her parents, then her siblings, and maybe a few close family friends, and then you add in a few comical misunderstandings, and by the third act not only does everyone love the new boyfriend, but the girlfriend has a new appreciation of what a real jewel she has. But first time writer/director Jordan Peele (of the comedy duo of Key &…

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Sully (2016)

Sully (2016)

Sully (2016) I was probably about 12 when my friend Al first took me for a ride in his four seater Cessna airplane, and I was hooked. Every since then I have taken every opportunity to fly, or go to an airshow, or watch movies about flying. So it was predestined that I would see Sully, and probably be predisposed to liking it. You then add in that it was directed by Clint Eastwood and staring Tom Hanks, there is…

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Mustang (2015)

Mustang (2015)

Mustang (2015) Five school age sisters living in Turkey play at the beach with a group of friends which includes boys. This innocent fun turns into neighborhood gossip which changes the trajectory of their lives forever. The five sisters live with their grandmother and uncle after the death of both their parents. While the terrible situations that ensure are foreign to westerners, they are understandable and mostly done by people that love them and want the best for the girls….

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Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures (2016) Hello my name is Sam and I am a nerd. I have been in the closet for years but I am ready to come out. Because of the many brave nerds who came before me and have paved the way by their courage and their financial and commercial success, I too can step into the light. With trail blazers like Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Albert Einstein, being a nerd is no longer a thing of derision, but…

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2016 Ticket Stub Review

2016 Ticket Stub Review

  While I liked many movies in 2016, only a few of them made any lasting impression. Here are the ones I ended up seeing twice or in a few cases ended up purchasing for my collection. The Conjuring 2 (2016) This sequel is as good or better than original. Loosely based on a case from supernatural detectives Ed and Lorraine Warren when they traveled to England to investigate a haunted house. Scary, suspenseful and sure to entertain. Green Room…

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (now streaming on Netflix) is a TV show based upon the popular novel of the same name by first time author Susanna Clarke. Susanna took 10 years to finish this first novel and won the 2005 Hugo, among other awards. The story takes place in 19th-century England during the Napoleonic Wars. This alternative history finds England after a 300 year magical drought and warring with France. Mr. Norrell is wealthy gentleman who has…

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Five from TubiTV

Five from TubiTV

Tubitv.com Tubi TV (Tube-E TV) has an impressive library for a new up-and-comer to the online streaming market. Tubi TV is a free streaming service that utilizes commercials for funding, much like YouTube and Crackle. I searched through their catalog and found many movies I liked so I thought I would list a few as an introduction to their service. 12 Angry Men (1957) Henry Fonda stars as the sole holdout in a jury negotiating a seemingly open and shut case involving a…

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2015 Ticket Stub Review

2015 Ticket Stub Review

2015 Was a good year for movies with many that I enjoyed. The movies listed below are ones I liked enough for a second viewing. I will include my usual disclaimer: I’m not saying these are good, just that I liked them. The Big Short (2015) It turns out the 2008 financial meltdown that left many homeless, jobless, and moneyless was anticipated by a few astute financial wizards. The Big Short takes a complex financial situation and makes it accessible to…

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