August 5, 2015

Jurassic World*
The original ‘Jurassic’ movies were made in 1993, 1997 and 2001. Now, in 2015, along comes another sequel. The story about genetically engineered dinosaurs going rampant in an adventure theme park remains essentially the same. Nothing much has changed. However, the children aren’t so nauseous in this one, and, if you like watching dinosaurs eat lots of tourists, then, you should get a big kick out of this film. What makes this movie are the special effects, which are just terrific. Can’t wait for the movie to be released in 3D.

When a teenager and her younger brother go missing in the vast Australian desert, rumors run wild in the small outback town in which they lived. These rumors force the parents of the children to question the reasons why they would run away, and, also, makes them confront the problems in their own marriage. Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving all present outstanding performances in this fascinating Australian movie. However, this is the kind of movie that only Australians, who understand the problems of isolation and the harsh conditions of life in the outback, will fully enjoy.

After some pretty bad performances in some pretty bad recent movies, it is nice to see Al Pacino finally redeem himself. In this moving film, by David Gordon Green, Pacino plays an aging locksmith who is growing old alone. Pacino is estranged from his son, and, he only has his pet cat for company. Then, when he has an opportunity to start afresh with an interested woman, he totally mucks it up. Al Pacino gives a wonderful performance in this excellent movie about aging. The acceptance or denial of approaching death.

Madame Bovary
Previous movie adaptations of Gustave Flaubert’s acclaimed novel have always tended to concentrate on Madame Bovary’s boredom and adulteries. They have generally depicted her as a tragic heroine. This is not the case in Sophie Barthes’ new French version. Here, Madame Bovary is shown to be the scheming woman she always was, and, her indiscretions were always part of her plans for upward progress in 19th century French provincial bourgeoisie society. In Sophie Barthes’ stunning new version, Madame Bovary gets everything she deserves. Mia Wasikowska is just exquisite.

Wish You Well
This film adaptation of a David Baldacci novel, tells the tale of two children, and their sick mother, who have to go and live with their grandmother. Life is pleasant enough for them on their grandmother’s farm, and, after some initial problems, they make friends fairly quickly with the local children. Everything is a 1940s wonderland, until a big gas company tries to take their land from them. A court case then develops. The movie is just a little bit schmaltzy, but, it’s tolerable. Ellen Burstyn is very good as the grandmother.

Chloe & Theo
Inspired by a real-life story, an Eskimo is sent by the elders of his tribe to deliver a message of warning to the ‘Elders of the South’. On arrival in New York, the Eskimo is befriended by a group of homeless street people. They help him get an appointment to deliver his message to the ‘Elders’ at the United Nations. The movie has a strong global warming message to deliver.

Ted 2*
This time around, Ted, the Teddy Bear who was magically brought to life, is declared ‘property’. He is denied his basic human rights. Ted and his friends take his case to the highest courts in America, to get him declared a person. For the first hour, this sequel is quite amusing. It is full of the same humor that made the first movie a big hit. It all falls to pieces in the last 30 minutes.

Queen & Country
With the start of the Korean War, two English lads are forced into National Service. This movie looks at some of their adventures while they undergo Basic Training. Some of it is amusing, some poignant, and some, just stupid.

Strange Magic
A Fairy Princess has to defend the forces of Love against the forces of Evil. Sometimes, computer-animation can look a bit ‘off’. This is one of those times. Maybe, the cartoon will look better in 3D, but, I don’t want to sit through it again. Also, an original soundtrack would have been better than the many well-known pop songs used. These pop songs don’t fit the cartoon.

An American CIA agent is working in London in Passport Control. She is looking for terrorists on false passports. A terrorist organization frames her. Suddenly, British Intelligence is after her as well, and, want her eliminated.

While We’re Young
A middle-aged New York couple think they can relive their youth by taking up with some ‘hipsters’. They go to lots of fashionable nightclubs and bars.

Foul-mouthed Melissa McCarthy does it again in a spy escapade. McCarthy has been doing the same thing over and over again ever since ‘Bridesmaids’.

A young New York DJ has to finish high-school in his small hometown. He spins the discs at the school’s Prom. All of the girl students swoon and sigh.

The dreary day to day events going on in an Austin, Texas, up-market gym.

The Four Warriors
Returning from the Crusades, some Knights spend time in a haunted village.

Paul Blart, Mall Cop, 2
This time, the Mall Cop thwarts the plans of some international art thieves.

Dr. Putu’s Top Ten

Jurassic World*
Genetically engineered dinosaurs are going wild in an adventure theme park.
In the 17th Century, a humble Dutch sailor becomes the Admiral of the Fleet.
5 to 7
A young writer meets an older French woman and they start on a love affair.
A teenager and her younger brother go missing in the vast Australian desert.
A locksmith is growing old alone, and, he only has his pet cat for company.
Madame Bovary
In Sophie Barthes’ stunning version, Madame Bovary gets all she deserves.
Woman in Gold
Austrian laws are passed which return art taken by the Nazis to their owners.
A family move into a new house which has been built over an old cemetery.
A Little Chaos
A female gardener creates an outdoor ballroom in the Gardens of Versailles.
Wild Horses
A Texas Ranger reopens a fifteen year old cold case about a missing person.

* Also available on Blu Ray.
# Also available in 3D.


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