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Old 08-04-2017, 10:53 AM  
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beatriz at dinner

For a movie that's only 87 minutes long, Beatriz at Dinner is very slow and depressing and I hated the ending. Glad I paid only $1 to see it at the second-run theater's last day of showing it.
Beatriz is a Mexican-American massage therapist who gets stuck at her rich client's house when her car won't start. The client asks Beatriz to join the dinner party at the house while Beatriz awaits a friend to pick her up.
There are very awkward discussions at dinner (on purpose) about destruction and construction of property. The much-poorer Beatriz is angry, but you don't realize how depressed she is until the end of the movie.
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:27 AM  
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the beguiled

I guess you would call The Beguiled a Gothic horror move rather than a historical drama. It takes place in the American South during the 1860s Civil War in a huge antebellum mansion.
Nicole Kidman plays the headmistress of a girls' school which has only five students left because of the war. The girls range in age from about 6 to 17, plus there is an assistant teacher. There is also one other temporary resident, a wounded Union soldier.
The assistant teacher, Edwinna, and the oldest girl, Alicia, are both attracted to the soldier, who isn't as kind as he first appears. I can't say much else without giving away the plot.
I enjoyed the movie although it is very slow. I want to warn you that it gets more gruesome in the second half.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:45 PM  
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The House

The House movie is bad. Sometimes raunchy R-rated movies can be very funny, but this wasn't one of them. I was cringing during many scenes. I don't think setting a man on fire is funny, even if it is a gangster in a comedy.
It's about a couple who learns that the scholarship they planned to use to send their daughter to college is no longer available. So they and a friend open up an illegal casino in the one man's home to raise money.
The title is a pun. Not only does it refer to the home itself, but also to a casino being called a house, as in "the house always wins." It was the only thing clever about the movie.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:26 PM  
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valerian

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the best movie I've seen this year. It's exciting, it's beautiful and it has an unusual plot.
Hundreds of years in the future, a huge space station is inhabited by hundreds of species, including humans, from all over the galaxy. Two soldiers, Valerian and Laureline, have been recruited to find out why there is a dead zone in the middle of the station where any creature that goes there dies.
At least, that's one of the plots, there are others, including the inevitable government cover-up.
The movie kept my interest, I liked all the characters, the special effects were gorgeous and I can't stop thinking about the film. I was very impressed. The only drawback is that the ending isn't entirely happy.
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Old 09-17-2017, 07:25 AM  
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all saints

Sometimes you have to see a pleasant little movie that has no bad guys and no unlikeable characters. If you want such a movie, see All Saints.
This is the story of an Episcopalian priest in Tennessee who is briefly assigned to a church that is going to be closed due to lack of membership. However, a group of refugees from Karen in Myanmar has moved into town, and suddenly the congregation has tripled in size. The refugees were raised Anglican by British missionaries and were looking for a similar place to worship in their new home.
The first half of the movie is slow but the pace improves in the second half. I was near tears at the end.
You will learn a lot about the area of Karen, which I had never heard of.
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