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Darkest Hour

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peacl treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Directed by Joe Wright,  Screenplay by Anthony McCarten, Cinematography, Bruno Delbonnel, Produced by Anthony McCarten, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Tim Bevan, and Douglas Urbanski.

Cookie: out of 5 chocolate chip cookies Darkest Hour gets 41/2 Chocolate chip cookies with lots of chocolate chunks! Go to the movies is more than fun... Vale’ Cookie


Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.

Director: Dan Gilroy, Screenplay: Dan Gilroy

Music composed by: James Newton Howard.

American Made

In Universal Pictures’ American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

Based on a true story, American Made co-stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.

The film is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and Tyler Thompson (Everest), Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison (The Departed), and Kim Roth (Inside Man). Gary Spinelli wrote the screenplay.

La La Land

La La Land was the opening film of the 73rd Venice International Film La La Land was the opening film of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, which ran August 31-September 10.“La La Land is a surprising tribute to the golden age of American [movie] musicals, from An American In Paris  by Vincente Minnelli to New York, New York by Martin Scorsese,” Festival director Alberto Barbera said in an earlier statement. “It is a film that does not merely reinvent the musical genre, it gives it a brand new start. If Whiplash was the revelation of a new filmmaker, La La Land is his definitive, albeit precocious, consecration among the great directors of Hollywood’s new firmament.”

Filmmaker Chazelle added, “On behalf of the cast and crew of La La Land, I am both thrilled and honored by the festival’s invitation. It is deeply humbling for us to join the company of their previous opening night films, and we could not be more excited to share our movie with the audience in Venice.”

La La Land is described as “a modern take on the classic Hollywood romance, which is heightened by spectacular song-and-dance numbers, as two dreamers struggle to make ends meet while they pursue their passions in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.”

La La Land is produced by Lionsgate in partnership with Black Label Media, Gilbert Films, Impostor Pictures and Marc Platt Productions. The film will be distributed in the USA by Lionsgate.


Martin Scorsese's SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.  The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring  Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas. Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano,Ciarán Hinds and Liam Neeson.Screenplay by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Produced by Martin Scorsese, p.g.a. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, p.g.a. Randall Emmett, p.g.a. Barbara De Fina Gastón Pavlovich Irwin Winkler, p.g.a. Vittorio Cecchi Gori  


On a mystic island in Polynesia, the young daughter of the chief of the tribe, Moana from Motunui Island, is a girl chosen by the ocean to reunite the heart of Tehiti.  In hopes to save her people Moana set sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod.

Moana is a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy adventure film Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. Introducing Auli’li Cravalho as Moana and features Dwayne Johnsib as Maui. The film's songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jack Reacher:  Never Go Back


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Zwick, Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz. A sequel to 2012 film Jack Reacher, the film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Holt McCallany. The plot follows Reacher going on-the-run with an Army Major who has been wrongly framed for espionage.


Lady Bird

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Directed, and Screenplay by Greta Gerwig


Ferdinand is a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand's peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors. With help from a wisecracking goat and three hedgehogs, the giant but gentle bovine must find a way to break free before he squares off against El Primero, the famous bullfighter who never loses.

Starring John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raul Esparza, Karla Martinez, Miguel Angel Silvestre. Directed By Carlos Saldanha.

Evil Is Trending

Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina’s (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone’s shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura’s profile. Even though it wasn’t Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it’s too late.

Starring Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall

Directed By Simon Verhoeven

Produced By Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann Executive Produced By Byron Allen, Carolyn Folks, Jennifer Lucas, Chris Charalambous, Mark Borde, Richard Barner, Chad Doher

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20Th Century Woman

'20th Century Women' is all about acting. No special effects, 3D, action scenes, car crashes or blow ups. Simply the story of single mother Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) and son Jamie (Lucas Jade Shuman), and three others who sleep in the same house and relate to one another, each in their special way. Free spirited Punk artist Abbie (Greta Gerwig) boards in Dorothea's house, provocative teen Julie (Elle Fanning) is Jamie's best friend, and ex-hippie handyman William (Billy Crudup), who also boards in the old house.

These five actors each found the 'hook' and the truth of their characters, so the words they speak to one another, and the relationships they form and lives they share, contribute to a fine acting ensemble revolving around the mother and son. 

The film tells the story of a young man coming of age, which is superbly played by Lucas, his single mother who has raised him, and the other two women she enlists to shepherd and teach him about 'how to be a man.' He was raised without a father, and his mother fears he is damaged by the absence of a man to teach him about what it is to 'be a man.' And that's what this teen wants to learn as well. Director Mike Mills helps display the fine performances that are believable and touching.

Shot in the Santa Barbara area, and includes the California way of driving highways along the coast, shot in an interesting stylized manner that captures traveling through Pacific spaces and time. Ultimately, it is one of those car trips that at its end finds mother and son coming to realizations that each has valued the other despite absence of his father map out the 'right' way to become, and be, a man.

Cookie: Love '20th Century Women’ love, love, loved it! Annette Bening amazing, and Lucas Jade Zumann, simply mesmerizing. The supporting ensemble awesome! Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Billy Crudup all incredible talented, focus and a lot of fun... Anyone from adolescent to  and mature adults will relate to the story in a very personal way. I was enthralled by the complexity of the characters; they all had a story to tell intertwined in so many different ways that brought richness to the film. Mike Mills very in touch with the story and brought the story to life with clarity and gusto! Love the cinematography; it had a 'feel' of 'vintage' not old, just plain and simply the 70's.captured the era to the T. On the scale of five chocolate chip cookies '20th Century

Woman' gets 4 chocolate chip cookies with a ton of chocolate chunks! Go to the movies! It’s fun!

The Girl on the Train

Cookie: Love this movie. Intoxicating from the beginning to the end. I found myself trying to figure Rachel out throughout the entire film. Who was she? Is this woman mentally ill? I she an alcoholic living a fantasy or is she the fantasy? I didn’t read the novel, I always try not to learn anything about the film before I see it, so I am not going to tell you what the film was about, but more about my experience with the story, actors, and direction.  The Girl on The is plump full of unexpected situations, not ‘surprises’, but out of nowhere events that takes you in many different directions all at the same time. The director is clever, patient, focus; impeccable when it came to detail, the story is touching, Many people might know someone, or themselves have been touched by similar events. The film, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up), stars Emily Blunt, perfect for the roll, she knew exactly who Rachel was, and did not ‘overdo’ the character. Rebecca Ferguson, at her best, perfect in her part, and Justin Theroux, no other actor could have played it better. The entire cast is amazingly talented. Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney... great story, great film, super creative director, all and is based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train.   On the Cookie Cutter scale of Chocolate Chip Cookies out of Five The Girl On the Train gets 41/2 chocolate chip cookie with lots of chocolate chunks! Go to the movies! ... It’s fun! Paz.


The Disaster Artist

With 'The Disaster Artist,' James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy's cult-classic disasterpiece 'The Room' (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), 'The Disaster Artist' is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you're doing

Directed by James Franco. Adapted from The Disaster Artist. Screenplay by Michael H. Weber, and Scott Neustandter.

Star Wars: the Last Jedi

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision tht changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

Directed by Rian Johnson. With Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

Guardians of the Galaxy2

Marvel latest release a new teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and it’s packed with plenty of action, humor, and classic rock. So get ready for an awesome ride.

If you recall, fans were treated to a brief ‘PEEK’ at the film last October, but this new trailer gives fans a great look at the entire gang: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and even Baby Groot (Vin Diesel).

Not to ruin anything, but just a little without giving away to much. Guardian of the Galaxy  2 trailer opens with Drax jumping at a huge alien creature, while Rocket gives baby Groot very important instructions about a ‘button’.

further montage set to Sweet’s song Fox on the Run: the crew gets into a space battle, curse the skies, all with the same level of banter and humor that we saw in the first film. Baby Groot gets quite a bit of screen time, and it looks like he’s going to steal the entire show.  



ALLIED” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

What Now? Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

Kevin Hart, directed by Leslie Small, Tim Story. Produceer, Jeff Clanagan, Leland Wiggington. Executive Produced by Dave Becky.

Out of five chocolate chip cookies 4 cookies with lots of chocolate chunks! I had fun... Paz.


On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley    "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart

Cookie: I was unable to attend the screening, but I understand ‘Sully’ is getting great reviews. Tom Hanks as always super great in his ‘Sully’ character.  I plan to go see it hopefully next week, but not making any promises... I cannot render my review but enjoy the trailer.  Paz!

Queen Of Katwe

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) at a missionary program. Katende coaches soccer and teaches children to play chess. Curious, Phiona approaches and learns the game. She becomes fascinated with it and soon becomes a top player under Katende's guidance. Over several years, her success in competitions and tournaments leads to greater competitions, stress and identity issues. Phiona must learn more than the game as she is exposed to life outside Katwe. Her education, both formally and informally, continues as she dreams of escaping a life of poverty for herself, her mother and her siblings. Directed by Mira Nair, starring Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kyaze. Screenplay by William Wheeler, based on the article and book by Tim Crothers Rating: PG; thematic elements, an accident scene, some suggestive material

Cookie: I didn’t have the opportunity to go to the screening, I was got stuck in the office editing, but I understand ‘Queen Of Katwe’ is awesome, mesmerizing, and inspirational. Go see it and let me know how you liked it. Paz!


The Shape of Water

Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Battle OF The Sexes

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Alan Cumming Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy.

Just Getting Started

From Ron Shelton, writer/director of Tin Cup and Bull Durham, comes the new comedy, Just Getting Started. Morgan Freeman stars as DUKE DIVER, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. DIVER may have a mysterious past, but he's a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer LEO (Tommy Lee Jones) checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived SUZIE (Rene Russo). When Duke's past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri. 
JUST GETTING STARTED is written and directed by Ron Shelton, produced by Steve Richards and Bill Gerber, and the movie co-stars a legendary ensemble of: Jane Seymour, George Wallace, Joe Pantoliano, Glenne Headly, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Graham Beckel, and Elizabeth Ashley. Starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones Directed By Ron Shelton.

‘Florence Foster Jenkins

Cookie: OMG! Love it! Frances Foster Jenkins so funny! Great acting, fantastic visuals, amazing cast, Meryl Streep is delicious! Hugh Grant perfect for the part, enjoyable to watch... what a pair! Please don’t expect me to ever tell you about the plot, story, etc. I don’t like to know anything about the film before I see it, I like to be surprised. In the mean while until you run to the movies to see it, what I can tell you is that the supporting cast brought a ton  of richness to the story representing with gusto 'that New York era'. Director Stephen Frears captured the essence of New York & the period to a T. In my opinion this film covered all the elements that make a terrific amazing piece of work. Out of five chocolate chip cookies Florence Foster Jenkins gets 41/2 chocolate chip cookies with lots of chocolate chunks! BDW my guest & my exec producer both loved it as well. We had such a great time... laughed a lot! Go see it! Promise you won’t be disappointed. Paz!

Pete's Dragon (2016)

Amazing remake of Disney classic

Based on

Pete's Dragon 
Malcolm Marmorstein

Usually I exclude the plot, story from my reviews, but since Pete’s Dragon is  A Disney classic, if you are a parent more than likely you probably know the story. My review... Five year old 'Pete' survives a car crash that kills his parents leaving him orphaned, and lost in the deep Northwest woods. A gentle, friendly dragon appears, rescues the the boy from hungry wolves and raises the child, beyond civilized society.

Such creatures are not believable to the townspeople, except to a crusty, old wood scavenger 'Meacham,' played well by Robert Redford in his first Disney film. Meacham tells the town’s youngsters tall tales, except there is one story, frightening the skeptical listeners, recalling the time he was deep in those woods and came face-to-face with a dragon, and lived to tell about it.

'Elliot', the dragon, has the skill to become invisible to humans. In fantastic 3D scenes of Pete growing older, we see him frolicking and riding on the back of the running, jumping, and flying dragon. But the boy's curiosity brings him to spy on a logging operation run by two brothers, a good one, 'Jack' (Wes Bentley) and the not so good one played by Karl Urban. 'Jack' is married to Grace (Bryce Howard Dallas) an environmentalist forest ranger mother of Natalie (Oona Fengle) who ultimately become a foster family for the boy after he is discovered.

The bad brother, who is macho with his chainsaw and buddies, gets wind of the dragon and captures it after shooting it with tranquilizers. But Pete, with the help of Natalie and Meacham, orchestrate a great escape for the kind and gentle dragon that demonstrates how a true fire breathing dragon can behave when provoked, bringing to mind Game of Thrones-type dragons.

Beautifully photographed, vast vistas, and an impressive performance by Fengley… a natural for such a young actor. And Pete's best friend, Elliot the Dragon, takes your heart away. Ultimately, this delightful fanciful tale unspools until it reaches a surprising, wonderful ending and the characters and the audience live happily ever after.  We learn that it's not easy to see a friendly dragon unless you believe you can.

Starring, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurenc, and Robert Redford.  Directed by  David Lowery, Produced by James Whitaker, Screenplay by David Lowery Toby Halbrooks.

Cookie: Out of five chocolate chip cookies Pete’s Dragon gets 43/4 chocolate chip cookies with lots of chocolate chunks! Go to to the movies... It’s fun! Paz!

Director Justin Tipping's feature debut KICKS, nothing is as simple as it seems. 15-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone -- even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco. Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow. Boasting a strong ensemble cast, and featuring a memorable lead performance by newcomer Jahking Guillory, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero's journey to deliver an entertaining and sobering look at the realities of inner-city life, the concept of manhood and the fetishization of sneaker culture. Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, KICKS creates an authentic and original portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.

Starring: Jahking Guillory (Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything) Christopher Jordan Wallace (Everything Must Go, Notorious) Christopher Meyer (NCIS: New Orleans, General Hospital) Kofi Siriboe (Awkward TV series) Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Treme). Directed by: Justin Tippins

Cookie: Check out the trailer! I’m looking forward to the screening... Look for my review, coming soon. Paz.


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