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THE WHITE HELMETS (2016) – My rating: 7.5/10

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thewhitehelmetsThe White Helmets is one of the most profound documentaries I’ve seen. Filmed in war torn Syria, one of the most dangerous places in the world. The film follows the daily operations of a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as The White Helmets. The film is directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara.

These men called The White Helmets are the first respondents when a bomb(s) is dropped. It doesn’t matter who needs help, the White Helmets are ready to dig through the ruins to extract anyone they can. An infant was trapped under several layers of rubble for hours when a faint cry was heard. They were able to pull the baby out, calling him a miracle. These men risk their lives time and again, every day and treat every person as though they are family, plus they never…

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ZOOTOPIA (2016) – My rating: 8/10

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zootopiaI’m beginning to like cartoons more and more.  Zootopia is a great animated story that sends a great message to all ages.  It has a large diverse cast that ventures into a few hairy situations from time to time.  In the world of Zootopia, mammals, predators as well as prey peacefully coexist.  An Optimistic European rabbit from rural Bunnyburrow, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) realizes her dream of becoming a police officer in urban Zootopia.  You might notice these mammals have been anthropomorphized so they are representing the same issues of discrimination as though they were human.  So, despite being the police academy valedictorian, Judy is relegated to parking duty by Chief Bogo (Idris Elba), an African buffalo, who doubts her potential because she is a rabbit. On her first day, she is hustled by Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and Finnick (Tom Lister Jr.)

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THE LOBSTER (2015) – MY RATING: 5.5/10

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thelobsterThe Lobster is a very dark futuristic comedy that I think of as eccentric. I found The Lobster hard to stay focused on and extremely strange.David (Colin Farrell) discovers that his wife has left him for another man and is escorted to a hotel. The hotel manager, (Olivia Colman) reveals that singles have 45 days to find a partner, or they will be transformed into an animal like David’s brother who is a dog. David chooses a lobster, due to their life cycle and his love of the sea. David makes acquaintances with Robert (John C. Reilly), a man with a lisp, and John (Ben Whishaw), a man with a limp, who become David’s quasi-friends. John explains that he was injured in an attempt to reconnect with his mother, who had been transformed into a wolf.  YOU CAN ALREADY SEE HOW WEIRD THIS HAS BECOME!

The hotel…

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016) – My rating: 8/10

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kuboandtwostringsKubo and the two strings is a beautifully animated fantasy movie that takes place in ancient Japan.  Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a one-eyed young boy who lives with his ailing mother, Sariatu (Charlize Theron), in a cave atop a mountain, which is next to a village. Every day Kubo goes into the village and interacts with the locals, who love him like family.  Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro) are some of the villagers who are part of Kubo’s sort of extended family who live in the village.  They encourage him to tell his magical stories that appear to have him manipulating origami, which moves under music played from Kubo’s shamisen. He tells the tale of a samurai warrior named Hanzo, who is Kubo’s missing father. When the town bell chimes, signaling sunset, Kubo returns to his mother, as she explicitly warns him not to…

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13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI – My rating: 7.5/10

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 13hours_secretsoldiersofbenghazi13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an intense action, drama that takes place in one of the most dangerous places in the world.  13 Hours is based on the true events of the Benghazi attack by militants on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the evening of September 11, 2012. The film focus on six members of a security team that fought to defend the Americans stationed there.  All embassies had pulled out of the country fearing attacks by militants except the United States who continued to maintain a diplomatic compound, which was not an official consulate, open in the city. There was also a CIA outpost called “The Annex”, less than a mile away, which was protected by a team of private military contractors from Global Response Staff (GRS).

US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (Matt Letscher) arrived in Benghazi to maintain a diplomatic connection…

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DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016) – My rating: 8/10

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deepwaterhorizonDeepwater Horizon is an intense drama based on a true story.  On April 20, 2010, Transocean, a private contractor that operates Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig, is set to begin drilling off the south coast of Louisiana on behalf of BP.  Chief Electronics Technician Michael “Mike” Williams (Mark Wahlberg)and rig supervisor James “Jimmy” Harrell (Kurt Russell) are surprised to learn that the workers assigned to pour the concrete foundation intended to keep the well stable are being sent home early without conducting a pressure test, at the insistence of BP managers Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) and Robert Kaluza (Brad Leland).  Mike confronts the BP managers (Donald and Robert) refusing to take the rig out unless the proper safety test are conducted.   Donald comes up with an acceptable test and Jimmy reluctantly accepts.  All seems well but in fact, the test put more stress on the…

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HAIL CAESAR! (2016) – My rating: 6.7/10

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hailcaesarHail Caesar! has a lot going on. Considered a comedy/satire, it takes place in 1950s when Hollywood was having a rough time because of television as a major competition and the McCathy Era (aka the Cold War era). Directed by the Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan), known for their wacky, satire films, certainly live up to their reputations for this one. In Hail Caesar!, they try to follow the real life of Eddie Mannix (James Brolin) who is known as “the Fixer” of the film industry. There are several plots which makes the focus a just little difficult.

Eddie has a growing amount of problems that need his attention. Since Eddie works for the production studio, which is in the throws of producing Hail Caesar!, he must get these problems resolved as soon as possible. Actress, Deeanna Morgan (Scarlett Johansson) is pregnant and single. Eddie is resolving her potential scandal…

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