Snowden (2016)

Posted in Biography, Biopic, Drama, Thriller by - Sep 22, 2016

Snowden: a whistle-blower re NSA-sanctioned toil.

Some see him as a patriot; some as disloyal.

A lifeless film: no new insights learned

In this story of how he’s burned

And the ensuing shit-storm of a level most royal.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2015)

Posted in Comedy, Romance by - Sep 15, 2016

While glamping in the mud (that feels so rough),

Jones meets American Jack (a billionaire; buff).

Or is old flame Mark her cup of tea?

Highlight: Thompson (as her OB).

Fun screwball farce re: Bridge being up the duff.

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Posted in Adventure, Family, Fantasy by - Sep 14, 2016

It’s discovered that Pete has an unconventional friend.

The folks who don’t understand want him penned.

In a lovely way: it’s old-fashioned …

Displays of loyalty (impassioned).

There’s a sweet sincerity here from beginning to end.

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Sully (2016)

Posted in Biography, Drama by - Sep 08, 2016

Hanks: solid as a career pilot faced with a crucial decision.

Then some camps react to his actions with derision

After he takes action (preventive).

The film’s structure: inventive.

The landing recreations: mighty impressive vision.

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Posted in Animated, Comedy, Family by - Sep 08, 2016

In a bustling Autumn-time New York City,

Owners are clueless re what puppy or kitty

Get up to when out of sight.

The story, sadly, is pretty trite.

One highlight: sausage factory song (so witty!)

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The Red Turtle (2016)

Posted in Animated, Fantasy by - Sep 02, 2016

Exquisite score (both majestic and tight).

A fable beautifully animated (oh the light!) …

Not a work spoken,

And senses are awoken.

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Sunset Song (2015)

A family with hardships, living off the yields

Of gorgeously shot Scottish fields.

The film’s rich and soulful.

Deyn’s terrific. Situation: doleful,

But stoicism and resilience are Chris’ shields.

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Ben-Hur (2016)

Posted in Adventure, Drama, History by - Aug 25, 2016

A tearing apart of brothers once loving and devoted.

(Differing allegiances mean the relationship’s demoted)

Though some problems (including pace)

There’s that spectacular chariot race …

And Huston does a good job, it should be noted.

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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)

Posted in Documentary, Music by - Aug 25, 2016

Lovingly crafted look at The Beatles’ touring years.

(At concerts, they were hardly heard under the cheers)

It’s a nostalgic sesh,

But still feels vital and fresh.

Plus terrific interviews with friends, fans and peers.

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War Dogs (2016)

Posted in Comedy, Drama, War by - Aug 20, 2016

Two young dudes (the arms-dealing world’s upstarts):

They initially get by using their bullshitting arts.

Hill plays morally reprehensible

And despicable/indefensible

To perfection: elevating the film beyond its weaker parts.

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