Movies: What We're Watching

1. War for the Planet of the Apes
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
3. Despicable Me 3
4. Baby Driver
5. The Big Sick
6. Wonder Woman
7. Wish Upon
8. Cars 3
9. Transformers: The Last Knight
10. The House
(From comScore, Inc.)

War for the Planet of the Apes
First, a quick refresher. The 2011 film started with man creating a new substance to help repair brain damage and is tested on a chimpanzee (Caesar played by Andy Serkis) which makes him super smart and makes the drug look super promising. Unfortunately, the drug is lethal to humans, becomes a virus and starts the destruction of humankind as we know it. Read More >>>
Christopher Nolan has had the distinction to have become one of “those” directors. The kind that when you see their name listed, you have a pretty good idea of what you are about to see. He has a distinctive look and feel to his movies. It might have something to do with the fact that he writes many of his own scripts as well. However, up until this point, all of the stories that Nolan has shared have been fictional. Dunkirk is the director’s first stab of writing and directing a movie based on a real-life event. Read More >>>

Cars 3
Now, ten years later, McQueen’s ego is better aligned and he’s still racing, but he’s no longer the young car that he once was. On the track, he begins to see more “old timer” racers retire from racing as new “next-gen” racers take over the track including is new rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). Add with the daily news sports statistical analyst reports from Natalie Certain (Kerry Washington), who believes “numbers don’t lie,” McQueen’s confidence in himself begins to wane. Read More >>>

Beatriz at Dinner
Beatriz at Dinner is one of those movies that would be easy to ignore. The posters for the film are artistic, but not exactly eye-catching. It is comedy/drama that may be a bit too subtle for those who prefer in-your-face humor. The writing is witty, the photography is elegant and it tells (mostly) a good story albeit a bit short. So, while many others will let this one slip by, you shouldn't. Beatriz at Dinner has a lot to say during its 83 minutes of storytelling as does so at a slow burn making the film more uncomfortable as it plods along towards its climax. Read More >>>

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Like just about every other parent out there, I have had to endure readings of the many adventures of Mr. Underpants. With the reading of the first book, I was skeptical, but came to appreciate the silly humor of the story. However, I must say that I found a lot of the potty humor found within the pages of the numerous books that came after it, to be distasteful. But for kids, potty humor is comedy gold. I never understand when other parents who would say things like, “Well, at least your boys are reading.” Read More >>>

Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 2 showed that Gru had met his match and love interest in the form of Kristen Wiig’s Lucy in 2013 and completed the family. The Minions had their own movie in 2015 proving that while they are funny in small doses, they really weren’t meant to be on the screen the whole time. Now in 2017 we have Despicable Me 3 which should be much better than it is. No longer original, this franchise’s writing has gotten lazy and feels more like a straight-to-video adaptation. But it didn’t have to be this way. Read More >>>

Wonder WomanBefore this movie, my only real connection to Wonder Woman was from watching SuperFriends on Saturday mornings and the occasional viewing of the Lynda Carter show. I never read the comic books. According to the movie, Wonder Woman was born Diana the princess of the Amazons. Legend has it that Zeus first created man in his own image but men being men, they couldn’t help but kill each other, so Zeus then created woman and that created peace and harmony for a while. But then the Greek God Ares (God of War) became jealous of mankind and destroyed all then men. Zeus then hid the woman on a remote island of Themyscira and leaves behind the "God-killer" sword should Ares ever come back. Read More >>>

Other Movie Reviews:

33, The  /  45 Years  /  90 Minutes in Heaven  /  99 Homes  / 

A  A Good Day to Die Hard  /  A Hundred Foot Journey  /  Admission  /  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  /  Alice Through the Looking Glass All is Lost  / Amazing Spider-Man, The  /  Armstrong Lie, The  /  Avengers, The  /  Avengers: Age of Ultron, The

Batkid Begins  /  Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders  /  Battleship  /  Beauty and the Beast  /  Beatriz at Dinner  /  Believe Me  /  Ben-Hur  /  Big Hero 6  /  Big Year, The  Black Nativity  /  Black or White  /  Blue Like Jazz  /  Book Thief, The  /  Bourne Legacy, The  /  Boss Baby, The   /  Boxtrolls, The  /  Boyhood  /  Brave  /  Brickumentary  /  Bully  /  Butter

C  Captain America: Civil War  /  Captain America: Winter Soldier, The  /  Captain Underpants: The First Epic movie  / Captive  /  Cars 3  /  Christmas Eve  /  Christmas With a Capital C  /  Chronicle  /  Cinderella  /  Code Black  /  Cold in July  /  Confessions of a Prodigal Son  /  Courageous  /  Crimson Peak  / 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  /  Deliver Us From Evil  /  Descendants, The  /  Despicable Me 3  /  Details, The  /  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days  Divergent  /    Dolphin Tale  /  Dunkirk

Ender's Game  /  Exodus  /  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  /

Fight Church  /  Finding Dory  /  Finest Hours, The  /  Florence Foster Jenkins  /  The Founder  /  FrankenweenieFrozen  /

G  Gifted  /  Godzilla  /  Golden Shoes  /  Gone Girl  /  Good Dinosaur, The  Guardians of the Galaxy  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  /  Guest, The  /  Guilt Trip, The 

H Hacksaw Ridge  / Hail Caesar  Heart of the Sea  /  Heaven is Real  /  Hell or High Water  /  Hello. My Name is Doris  /  Hero, The  /  Holy Rollers  /  Hotel Transylvania  /  Hotel Transylvania 2  /  How to Train Your Dragon 2  /  Hunger Games, The  /  Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The  /  Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

Identical, The  /  In Darkness  /  Inside Out  /  Insurgent  /  Internship, TheIntersteller  /  Is Genesis History?  /

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  / Jeff Who Lives at Home  /  Jobs  /  John Carter  /  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island  /  Joyful Noise  /  Jungle Book, The  / Jurassic Park 3D  /  Jurassic World 

K  Kelly and Cal  / 

L  LEGO Batman Movie   /   LEGO Movie, The  /  Les Miserables  /  Life, Animated  /  Little Hope Was Arson  /  Little Rascals  /  Lorax, The  /

Machine Gun Preacher  /  Maleficent  / Man on a Ledge  /  Man of Steel  /  Mansome  /  Marriage Retreat  /  McFarland, USA  /  Me Again  /  Mighty Macs, The  /  Million Dollar Arm  /  Minions  /  Miracles From Heaven  /  Mirror Mirror  /  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol  /  Mission: Impossible 5: Rogue Nation  /  Monuments Men  /  Moms Night Out  /  Monsters University  / Mother India  /  Mother's Day  /  Mummy, The  /  Muppets, The  /  Muppets Most Wanted  /

Need for Speed  /  Night at the Museum 3  /  Now You See Me  /  Now You See Me 2

O  October Baby  /  Oculus  /  Odd Life of Timothy Green  /  Oz, The Great and Powerful  

P  Paranorman  /  Passengers  /  Peanuts Movie, The  /  People Like Us  /  Pete's Dragon  /  Pirates! Band of Misfits, The  Pixels  /  Prisoners  /  Pursuit of Happyness  /  Puss in Boots  /

Q  Quartet  /  Queen of Katwe  /

Raven, The  /  Real Steel  /  RED 2  /  Resurrection of Gavin Stone, The  /  Rise of the Guardians  /  Robocop  /  Rock of Ages /  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  /

S  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen  /  Saving Mr. Banks  /  Saving Winston  /  Secret Life of Pets, The  /  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  /  Spectre  /  Spider-Man 2  /  Spy  /  Stanford Prison Experiment, The  /  Star Trek Into Darkness  /  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  /  Step Up Revolution  /  Stonehearst Asylum  /  Suicide Squad

T  Taken 2  /  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  /  Tower Heist  /  Transcendence  /  Trouble With the Curve

U  U

V  V

W  War for the Planet of the Apes  /  What to Expect When You Are Expecting  /  What We Do In The Shadows  /  When the Game Stands Tall  /  Why Him?  /  Wonder Woman  /  Woman in Black  /  Woodlawn  /   Words, The  /  Wreck-It Ralph 

Y  Y