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Tender fable about finding love after 70

Is it worth $10? Yes

“I’ll See You In My Dreams” is the antithesis of mainstream Hollywood cinema: Its lead actors are over 70, there are no visual effects, the humor is wholesome, it doesn’t have an undeniably happy ending, and there’s no shameless pandering for a sequel. This is the simple story of a widow who’s a lonely soul but isn’t looking for love, just companionship and happiness. The fact that she finds all of the above is a testament to her good nature, though as with anything in life there are no guarantees.

Carol’s (Blythe Danner) husband died 20 years ago, which allowed her to retire from her teaching career and continue her part-time singing hobby. At the start of the film she’s content: She plays bridge with the girls and has a daily routine that keeps her going. She has her own home, a pool, a loving daughter (Malin Akerman), a level head, and if she ever wanted to capitalize on it, her looks (Danner is Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother). She befriends her much-younger pool cleaner (Martin Starr) because he too is a lonely soul, and they form a symbiotic bond that enriches both of their lives.

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Immense star power and expectations produce profound disappointment

Is it worth $10? No

With success comes expectations, and for Cameron Crowe nothing short of high-quality heartfelt filmmaking will do. Perhaps that’s why on their own his most recent efforts, “Elizabethtown” (2005) and “We Bought A Zoo” (2011), aren’t terrible, they’re just not nearly as impactful as “Say Anything” (1989), “Jerry Maguire” (1996) and “Almost Famous” (2000).

Crowe’s latest, “Aloha,” is different though. It’s legitimately boring and disappointing, and marks another sad step in the wrong direction for the once-promising writer/director.

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Strained thriller has no surprises

Is it worth $10? No

When creating a thriller centered on a terrorist attack, one should make sure it is timely. With so many terror attacks over the past few weeks, months, and years, there is not a strong need to rely on 9/11 for story material. To do so in a fictional film not directly related to the attacks is lazy storytelling that hopes to draw off the emotions of the audience regarding 9/11 in an effort to ramp up adrenaline and suspense. A fictional terror attack, if done properly, can do that on its own merit without obvious connections being drawn. That is one of the flaws that plague “Survivor.”

Kate Abbott (played with little enthusiasm by Milla Jovovich) is a Foreign Service Officer posted to the U.S. Embassy in England. Her job is to screen outgoing visas looking for anything that may be off. When she becomes suspicious of a terrorist, a hit man known as the Watchmaker (Pierce Brosnan) is sent to kill her using a new form of explosive. She is framed for the failed attack and sent on the run. Along the way, mistrusted by U.S. and British authorities, she stumbles on a plot that would see New York City under attack.

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Why remake something that's already perfect?

For those that weren't catching waves or going to the movies in the early ’90s, you may have missed the pure magnificent joy that was "Point Break." Now it looks like your generation is getting a second chance. If you want to call it that.

Extreme athlete/criminal/hipster Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) and his gang are infiltrated by FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), who seems to have a change of heart as he grows closer to them. The term "point break" is a surfing term pertaining to a wave breaking as it hits a piece of land, jutting along the coastline. So why do we see such a small amount of surfing in this half-assed remake?

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"The Loft" is a clever whodunit with a strong cast

Things were going great for the five married men in “The Loft.” Each of them—Vincent Stevens (Karl Urban), Chris Vanowen (James Marsden), Luke Seacord (Wentworth Miller), Marty Landry (Eric Stonestreet) and Philip Trauner (Matthias Schoenaert)—have a key, and they are the only ones with keys. The purpose of this loft that they share is to have affairs. If any of them meets another woman they want to have sex with, he texts the other four and calls dibs on the loft. Naturally, the loft is a secret from all of their wives. Things are going well and the men are enjoying their playpen. That is, until the body of Sarah Deakins (Isabel Lucas) is found mutilated and hand cuffed to the bed.

This of course brings up the larger question of whodunit? Only the five men have keys. The alarm was off. Through conversations and flashbacks, certain facts are revealed. We see how each of them could be the killer—and how they could not. Each one of them has something that is a bit strange and suspicious, but that doesn’t mean that he is the killer. Chris can’t present his key when asked to do so. Philip has a violent history. To say what Luke is hiding would be to reveal too much.

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I hated this movie. HATED it!

Is it worth $10? No

Sometimes you go to a movie with high but reasonable expectations and are positively shocked by how much you hate it.

“Tomorrowland” is one of those times. It starts with blatant Disney promotions, gets lost in a convoluted story, forgets to include its star (George Clooney) for a good hour, guilts us with a lecture on how people don’t appreciate Earth, and ends with a bunch of faux science that makes no sense. It’s so head-scratchingly bad it’s unbelievable.

Similar to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the story is loosely inspired by the “Tomorrowland” sections at Disney theme parks. This explains why Space Mountain is in the film’s poster, the song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” is heard in the beginning, and the “It’s A Small World” ride is how young Frank (Thomas Robinson) first gets to the alternate dimension known as “Tomorrowland.”

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It’s crazy to think video games have turned into real war

Is it worth $10? Yes

Is it okay to be cowardly if you're saving lives?

The premise of "Good Kill" focuses on aerial drone attacks in the Middle East that are remotely flown from an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. The benefits to U.S. military personnel are obvious: Pilots aren’t in danger, multiple points of view are provided, and the enemy never knows when a strike is imminent.

“Drones aren’t going anywhere,” Lt. Col. Jack Johns (Bruce Greenwood) says, adding, “in fact, they’re going everywhere.” It is not a mistake that as he speaks behind Johns is an oversized American flag, and in front of him is a room of eager soldiers. Writer/director Andrew Niccol is clearly channeling the similar “call to arms” speech in “Patton” (1970), and that evocation alone is enough to remind us how much the art of war has changed since World War II.

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Summer Movie Preview!

Not intended to be an all-inclusive list — just a look ahead to the ten movies I’m most looking forward to this summer, divided into originals and sequels. Release dates in parenthesis. Enjoy!

Originals:

Tomorrowland (May 22)
With “The Incredibles” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” director Brad Bird has earned our trust. At first glance the trailer looks like another glossy sci-fi futuristic action adventure, but in Bird’s capable hands and with George Clooney leading the way this could be something truly special. And who knows? Something (or someone) from the movie could end up inside the Tomorrowland at Disney!

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