Blair Witch (2016)

Blair Witch

synopsis

THERE’S SOMETHING EVIL HIDING IN THE WOODS.

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

~ Blair Witch Official Site

review

I loved the first one because it was so original and different than any other movie I had seen to that point. Unfortunately, more of the same is not as entertaining…even with added evidentiary footage.

I was curious about the difference in the title on the poster and the actual name of the movie. A little research reveals that “The Woods was just a working title.” Still why doesn’t the actual title have any indications that it is a sequel? Dumb!

Snowden (2016)

Snowdensynopsis

Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world.

He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

~ Snowden Official Movie Site

review

I lust Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so I would be remiss not to have seen this movie, though considering my opinion of Snowden as hero, it was a foregone conclusion that I would see this movie.

I found the story very interesting, especially the romance he had begun, which I had no idea about previous to seeing the movie. I thought the movie was too Snowden-biased, but then again, he was the subject of the movie. It was interesting that a change of mind made him blow the whistle, considering his strict adherence to rules. I was also impacted by what he gave up to leave the U.S.A.

In my mind, Snowden is a hero, especially considering my dislike of our government and its practices. The fact that our government considers Snowden a traitor, is evidence enough for me that our government is guilty and they want to cover it up so they can continue there illicit practices.

Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Stoneheart Asylum
synopsis

On Christmas Eve, 1899, Edward Newgate [Sturgess] arrives at the imposing gates of Stonehearst Mental Asylum, eager to be granted an apprenticeship with the superintendent.

Delighted to share his knowledge and philosophy, Dr. Lamb [Kingsley] agrees and immediately takes Edward on a tour of the asylum, proudly introducing his staff and the troubled patients in his care, including the hauntingly beautiful Eliza Graves [Beckinsale] – a captivating woman whose violent aversion to intimacy has ensured her permanent residence at Stonehearst.

As the days pass, Edward observes Lamb’s modern methods. The “medieval” practices so favored by his predecessor, Dr. Salt [Caine], have been abolished and his patients are never sedated, segregated or locked up. Instead, they are celebrated as individuals in their natural, unadulterated state of lunacy. Lamb’s vision is to build an enlightened society within the walls of his establishment, where the patients are respected and mingle with the staff as equals.

However, one night Edward notices a strange thumping noise coming from the vent in his sleeping quarters. Intrigued, he follows the sound down into the dark asylum cellar. At first unsure of his surroundings, he is astonished to discover Dr. Salt, locked behind bars with Matron Pike and their orderlies. As Dr. Salt tells of Lamb’s deadly past, a dawning horror engulfs Edward and he realizes the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

With fresh awareness, Edward can only watch as Lamb’s lawless utopia starts to crumble; there is no heat, little food, and his grand experiment is reaching terrifying new levels of fanaticism. Knowing he must intervene before it is too late, Edward struggles to find a way to save Lamb’s prisoners and restore order at Stonehearst, but his efforts will be futile without the love and affection of the mysterious Eliza Graves.

~ Stonehearst Asylum Official Movie Site

review

When I saw that this movie was based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, I thought it would be good viewing as I am a fan of Poe’s.

Wow! I was completely enthralled with this movie and the story which has its twists and turns that practically come out of nowhere. When provocative secret one is revealed, it really made me stop and think for a minute. As more secrets are revealed, the movie gets even more interesting as it winds up. Though the ending was a bit of a let-down for me; I suppose that is because I am not crazy and could not understand.

The casting for this movie was superb, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, and Jim Sturgess.

Excellent!

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant
synopsis

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA Office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

~ The Accountant – Official Movie Site

review

I liked it…despite not knowing the identity of the mysterious caller, nor the connection between the voice and the accountant.

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Booksynopsis

In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, The Jungle Book is “stunning” (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter).

~ The Jungle Book

review

Wow! This has to be the best version of The Jungle Book I have ever seen, including Disney’s original animated movie. I almost cried at least three times because the scenes – I think because they involved animals – were so innocent, moving, touching, endearing. And the excitement at the suspenseful scenes was just as enticing!

Exceptional!

Angry Birds (2016)

Angry Birds
synopsis

In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

~ The Angry Birds Movie

review

Without a car, no job and tired of repeat television, I have turned to Netflix for my entertainment now. I admit I was surprised to find full-length movies on the website, but pleasantly pleased. This will allow me to crochet/knit faster as I watch.

This movie was entertaining despite having never played the game. At least I now know what made the birds angry! Damn medication had me dozing at the beginning, but not so much that I could not follow the story.

Cute characters, especially Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Terrence (Sean Penn). Wouldn’t you know the antagonist would be named Leonard (Bill Hader). Other notable voice talents included Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle) and Keegan-Michael Key (Judge Peckinpah).

Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad

synopsis

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

~ Suicide Squad

review

Loved it! Jared Leto as The Joker was so fuckin’ sexy! I just love a lithe male body :* Always pleased to see Will Smith, especially with all that muscle. There was one scene that showed him standing from the back and his neck was so sexy and masculine! Diablo (Jay Hernandez) was the third – literally – hottie in the movie. Even Croc was looking good under all the makeup.

The story was easy enough to follow and very entertaining. However, there is a clip after all the credits that I missed. I just found it on YouTube…really only indicates “another” comic book movie…I’m thinking Justice League! I just hope they include Zan and Jayna.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

synopsis

From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

~ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

review

Wow! I was not expecting such an involved plot, much less one that I found expertly presented in this peculiar movie. Just like the X-men, I enjoy movies about people with special powers and this movie delivered. There is a time element in this movie, but it is so played down, that it did not affect my enjoyment of the movie.

I found Jake (Asa Butterfield) quite attractive in a Topher Grace, Jesse Eisenberg, Shia la Beouf kind of way. Other actors of note include Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Allison Janney.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Sevensynopsis

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

~ Magnificent Seven

review

Denzel <3 Vengeance <3

I loved the original and I love this remake, which could only have been better on the big screen.

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe

synopsis

A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

~ Don’t Breathe

review

OMG! WOW! Best [suspenseful] movie I have seen in a very long time…from beginning to end! I pray there will be no sequel despite an ending that alludes to one. Movie companies just don’t know how to leave well enough alone.