September 2, 2015


Child 44*
During the Stalin Era in Russia, there was no such thing as murder as it went against the ideology of the State. Consequently, when a child is found murdered, a Police Officer is ordered not to investigate too deeply. Then, when more murdered children appear, it seems pretty apparent that a serial-killer is at large. Even though facing demotion and intense departmental pressure, the officer goes ahead with his investigation, with only help from his wife. Daniel Espinosa creates a remarkable vision of a grey and gritty regimented Communist Russia, and, a pretty remarkable murder mystery.

Final Girl
Orphaned at a young age, a girl is taken into a Top Secret Agency, where, for twelve years, she undergoes training as a lethal assassin. On completing her training, the young woman, as she now is, is assigned to eliminate a gang of killers who have been slaying women as sport in a small American town. There is nothing new to be found in the clichéd plot of Tyler Shields’ movie, but, during the bulk of his movie, which all takes place in a foggy night in a forest, he uses some inventive lighting and camera effects to make a rather intriguing piece of cinema. Tyler does a brilliant job of maintaining interest.

Max
When a Marine is killed in a Middle-Eastern war, his war dog, Max, suffers from stress. Max becomes shell-shocked and will no longer obey commands. Max is returned to the United States, where he is to be put down. However, the dead Marine’s younger brother comes to Max’s aid, and saves him from certain death. Over a period of time, the young teenager re-trains Max, and, is able to get the dog to obey his new master. Together, they then embark on an amazing adventure. Okay, okay, okay. Let’s pretend that this movie never happened, but, adolescent boys are just going to go crazy over it. You had better make sure there are no pet shops in your area selling Alsatian puppies.

True Story*
Apparently, this movie is based on a real-life American murder case, which was pretty gruesome. A man is accused of murdering his wife and children. Throughout the investigation, and the ensuing trial, the accused maintains his innocence. While under arrest, the man asks a disgraced journalist to write his autobiography, hoping that this will set the record straight. Both the suspect and the journalist have their own reasons for going ahead with the project, yet, as things turn out, they find that their lives are irrevocably bound together. James Franco and Jonah Hill both give great performances.

Jenny’s Wedding
Katherine Heigl plays Jenny, a woman who has been keeping from her family that she is a lesbian. When Jenny finally gathers the courage to tell her conservative family they are all appalled. The mother continually berates herself on where she went wrong. However, what appalls the family even more is that Jenny then announces that she and her long-term partner want to get married. They want a traditional White Wedding, and, they want the whole family to attend. This is a rather intelligent situation-comedy, which looks at pertinent ‘gay’ issues and also questions just what marriage is today.

Far From The Madding Crowd
The British do this sort of cinema very well. They take a famous historical novel, and adapt it to the screen with fabulous costumes and terrific sets and locations. This time the chosen novel is Thomas Hardy’s classic love story. Set in the Mid-Victorian period, Bathsheba is a young woman determined to go it alone in a man’s world. She does a good job of it, until she is undone by a dashing but degenerate soldier. Hardy’s novel sets the scene for what was to become the Suffragette Movement. What is wrong with this movie is the choice of Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. In all her movies, Ms. Mulligan just mopes around and is miserable. Her moping and misery says nothing at all about the high-spirited Bathsheba she is attempting to portray in this film.

Terminator, Genisys
I am not going to attempt to describe the plot of this latest ‘Terminator’ sequel. Those of you who have watched the other movies in the franchise (1984, 1991, 2003, and, 2009) will know what is going on. Much of the plot is just re-hashed, and, it’s very confusing. The special-effects are okay, but, they are nothing much to write home about. They are pretty much the same, just whizzed up a bit. The less said about Arnold Schwarzenegger the better.

Entourage*
This movie will make no sense at all unless you have seen the TV series. The movie is just a 90 minute episode. It starts where the TV series left off. But, where the TV series was daring and controversial in its depiction of behind-the-scenes Hollywood, the movie is just watered-down and boring.

Time out of mind
Richard Gere is a renowned Method Actor. He brings a lot of his personal history into his roles. Therefore, it is hard to accept him playing a homeless street person. The movie ambles along following Richard around looking for a place to sleep for the night. We learn little about his character or his plight.

Trainwreck
A very promiscuous journalist falls in love with a doctor she is writing an article about. She finds it rather hard to be monogamous during their affair.

Dr. Putu’s Top Ten

Jurassic World*
Genetically engineered dinosaurs are going wild in an adventure theme park.
Child 44*
During the Stalin Era in Russia, children are being slayed by a serial-killer.
Final Girl
An orphan is taken into a Top Secret Agency where she trains as an assassin.
Max
When a Marine is killed in a war his war dog, Max, becomes shell-shocked.
True Story*
During his trial a man accused of killing his family maintains his innocence.
Jenny’s Wedding
A woman tells her family she’s a lesbian and she wants to marry her partner.
Admiral
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.
Madame Bovary
In Sophie Barthes’ stunning version, Madame Bovary gets all she deserves.
A Little Chaos
A female gardener creates an outdoor ballroom in the Gardens of Versailles.

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

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