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    Megan Leavey (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4899370/



    Great moving story with no politics and no preaching!!

    Kate Mara did a great job. Maybe the Academy will recognize her.

    5/5

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    The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959563/

    Hot damn!

    I am not a Ryan Reynolds fan - honestly I can't stand the guy:

    but this had more action, stunts and funny quick one liners than the combination of several Bond, Mission Impossible, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Fast and Furious movies.

    Plus the constantly bickering, at each other's throats chemistry between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds reminded me of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh.

    Heck! Even the movie poster is funny!





    4.5/5

    p.s. Am I the only one who is tired of seeing Gary Oldman playing a bad guy over and over and over again?

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    Hang 'Em High (1968)



    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061747

    Clint Eastwood's first post 'Sergio Leone's The Man With No Name trilogy' Western genre film starring role: the first of many American movie studios made Westerns he will end up making during the late 60's to the late 70's.

    This is a strong denounciation of the American justice system during the west or more specifically, the lack of a justice system;

    a system so corrupt and flawed, one man will decide everyone's fate with no appeals.

    A justice system where the accused, whether guilty or innocent, have no rights, and the lawmen enpowered to bring in the accused are doing the Devil's work and bidding.

    The leading actress, Inga Stevens,



    is the woman who makes Eastwood's character realize there is more to a life of hunting fugitives and seeking personal revenge.

    It's a shame Ms. Stevens ended up committing suicide at only 35 years young, about 2 years after this movie was made.

    From reading her IMDB bios, she had a history of falling for co-stars, falling for the wrong men, and pretty much like the saying goes: "looking for love in all the wrong places."

    A very sad and tragic end to an actress whose star was still rising and she was headed toward the peak of her movie career.

    This movie also co-stars a young Dennis Hopper and Bruce Dern.

    4/5

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    High Plains Drifter (1973)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068699/




    Between the time Clint Eastwood made the last movie in Sergio Leone's No Man's trilogy: 1966's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the time he made a more contemporary western in 1985 Pale Rider, he also made several other western films.

    They were: starting with Hang' Em High in 1968, Paint Your Wagon, Two Mules For Sister Sara, Joe Kidd, High Plains Drifter, and The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976.

    Man!

    This was a damn good movie.

    An early Eastwood directorial too.

    5/5

    Joe Kidd (1972)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068768/



    In the western territory of future state of New Mexico, a former bounty hunter turned rancher unwillingly gets involved in a land dispute between ruthless, greedy wealthy white men and the Mexican peasants who have legal ownership of the land before it was forcefully taken from them by the white landowners settling west.

    Featuring a cast of familiar actors including Robert Duvall, Don Stroud, John Saxon (he played the town Lieutenant, Nancy's father in A Nightmare On Elm Street and one of the tournament fighters contestants in Enter the Dragon), Dick Van Patten, Gregory Walcott (Plan 9 From Outer Space), I was expecting more action and more fleshing out of the characters and exposition on the land dispute.

    Why?

    The screenplay is written by Elmore Leonard and the film is directed by John Sturges:

    the director of legendary films such as the Great Escape, the Magnificent Seven, the Eagle Has Landed, Bad Day at Black Rock, Ice Station Zebra, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and The Old Man and the Sea.

    Plus the lead in to the climax was dumb. Supposedly a different ending was written and the producer jokingly said "... instead of doing the ending in the script, it would be silly but fun if we change it to this other thing..." and the cast and crew took his joke seriously and went with it.

    3/5

    The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075029



    Josey Wales is a Missouri farmer who joins an elite Confederate guerrilla unit and together, they are responsible for defeating and routing many Union army units in several battles and skirmishes during the American Civil War.

    When the war ended after the Union victory, all Confederate units are required to surrender to the nearest Union outpost and swear allegiance to the United States of America and to the Constitution of the United States.

    Those who don't surrender and swear such allegiance are considered criminals and traitors and they will be hunted down until they are either captured alive or killed.

    Josey Wales is one of those who refuses to surrender, especially when the Union unit he is supposed to surrender to was also the same one who were responsible for the murder of his wife and son a few years earlier at the beginning of the Civil War.

    Wales decides to make his way to Texas or to Mexico, where most outlaws at the time fled to to avoid prosecution.

    Along the way, with bounty hunters and union soldiers still in hot pursuit, he unwillingly picks up an odd group of strangers including a Kansas religious lady and her daughter, an old Cherokee, a Navajo woman, and many others.

    Eastwood himself had said this film is one of the high point of his Western film career and he considers it to be the best Western he has ever made:

    What? Really? Not Unforgiven? Which he won two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director?

    In 1996, The Outlaw Josey Wales was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was also one of the few Western films to receive critical and commercial success in the 1970s at a time when the Western was thought to be dying as a major genre in Hollywood. (source: wiki)

    The strong cast does a good job at fleshing out the characters and building up their motivations and background stories.

    The only weak link in the cast is Sondra Locke. She doesn't do much with the character she is portrayed.

    5/5

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    Two Mules For Sister Sara (1970)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065134/



    During the French Intervention in Mexico (honestly I never heard of this before):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French...tion_in_Mexico

    Cowboy Hogan (Eastwood) saves a nun from robbers and rapists and he ends up getting more than he bargained for.

    Originally intended for Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine was cast at the last minute to take the title role of Sister Sara.

    She didn't get along with Director Don Siegel, who previously directed Eastwood in Coogan's Bluff and will go on to direct Eastwood in 3 more movies: The Beguiled, Dirty Harry, Escape From Alcatraz.

    There are also rumors that MacLaine also didn't get along with Eastwood during the filming.

    A few years later when MacLaine was writing her autobiography and memoirs, she had nothing to say about Eastwood as if she and Eastwood never starred in a film together.

    Supposedly during the filming of this movie in Mexico, Eastwood had an affair with a girlfriend who visited him on the set, another affair with a lady journalist who was a member of the press hired to tout the forthcoming film,
    an affair with a lady film critic for New York Magazine who was sent to interview him on the set,
    and an affair with actress Susan Saint James who visited the set frequently- and none of it bode well with MacLaine.

    This film marks the first time an A-list actress was Eastwood's leading lady in a film who also gets top credits billing before him:



    and Eastwood made sure it didn't happen again for 25 years until another A-list star was to play his leading lady in The Bridges Of Madison County.

    Exciting, witty, humourous and featuring an energetic musical soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, this movie has quite a few surprises.

    4.5/5

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    Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3371366




    Director Michael Bay does it again!!

    Mark Wahlberg reprises his role as Cade Yeager from Transformers: Age Of Extinction, reuniting with old allies, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and bringing new allies and friends, in the continuing battle against Megatron's attempt to destroy Earth and the human race.

    Exciting, suspenseful, intelligent, witty, humorous, action packed, incredible stunts, amazing special effects, visuals and CGI, Michael Bay shows us once again why he is the best movie director in the world right now.

    Eat your heart out Christopher Nolan and J. J. Abrams and your narrow minded fanboys, y'all only wish your excuses for what barely passes for movies could be this good, you ducking over-rated hacks and tool losers!

    There will be a direct sequel to this film set for a 2019 release.

    Bring it on!!

    5/5

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    Unlocked (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1734493/



    A CIA interrogator and inguistic expert uncovers a major terrorist plot in London.

    Starring The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series Noomi Rapace as Alice Ravine, the main character.

    I rather enjoyed this.

    Rapace kicks some major ass in this including several physical fights and gun battles!

    Director Michael Apted (Nell, Gorillas In The Mist, the World Is Not Enough) and an all star cast of John Malkovich, Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette do a good job here:

    unfortunately, Unlocked was panned by the critics and it didn't do anything at the box office.

    It would had been nice to see a spin off film franchise series with Alice Ravine [and one with Lorraine Broughton], they would bring a much needed refreshing change to the male dominated spy thrillers genre composed of film franchises such as James Bond, Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt.

    4/5

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    Killing Gunther (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5689068/



    WTF did I just spent nearly 1 1/2 hours watching and why is Arnold Schwarzenegger in this???

    2/5

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    Baby Driver (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3890160/

    There's only one way to describe my reaction to this film with two Hot Cute actresses:



    I'll let Mia speak for me:



    5/5

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    Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856101/

    **version watched: IMAX**









    What a stunningly, visually beautiful, cerebral and immersive movie.

    It was definitely worth the 35 years wait.

    I won't give the story away but at 2 hours and 43 min (including ending credits but not including previews),

    you will get your money and time's worth.

    In time, this film will surely and rightfully become a cult classic just like the original did.

    5/5

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    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2250912/

    This is NOT a Spider-Man movie.

    Sure there is a character in it named Peter Parker who has an alter ego of Spider-Man but that's just about it but this is not a Spider-Man movie.

    It's more like a generic copy cat Spider-Man wannabe movie in a B-movie.

    Plus it's also trying to be a left wing Political Correctness message!!

    There is no place for hidden Politics and Political Correctness messages and agendas in a Spider-Man movie.

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    Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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    This was not a Spider-Man movie!!

    This constant need to tie the comic books from one company, D.C., and comic books from the other company, Marvel, into 2 individual film franchises is getting annoying and banale and repetitive.

    It may be cute with the new clueless young movie audience many of whom never even actually picked up and read a super hero comic book; but for us older and wiser folks, they need to be separated into their individual worlds:

    Spider-Man is Spider-Man, Superman is Superman, Batman is Batman, Iron Man is Iron Man, etc etc

    Batman never meets Superman, Spider-Man never meets Thor, etc etc

    Spider-Man as part of the Avengers with Iron Man is not Spider-Man.

    Spider-Man already has his own super powers: he doesn't need Tony Stark and his technology.

    Look at the poster above: even with the title Spider-Man printed on it, it looks more like an Avengers film with Spider-Man making a guest cameo appearance. You have Iron Man and Tony Stark on the same poster.

    Heck, they should had threw in Captain America and Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk while they were a it! Why stop at only one Avengers character?

    Furthermore, the action scenes are so heavily CGI, it's very difficult to tell what's going on especially in the climax battle sequence.

    I can only give this movie

    0.25/5

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    War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

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    Aside from the title being a bit deceptive, there wasn't much of a war of any kind in it, maybe a couple of skirmishes;

    this film was a powerful, touching way to bring a very satisfying and humane closure to a great film trilogy.

    Will there be another movie in the Planet Of The Apes reboot continuation?

    Only time will tell!

    4.5/5

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    HHhH aka The Man With The Iron Heart (2017)

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    This is the 3rd movie I've seen about this same historical event from World War 2.

    The other one being Anthropoid (2016) and Operation Daybreak (1975)

    My other reviews here:

    http://www.movie-list.com/forum/show...-seen&p=238535

    http://www.movie-list.com/forum/show...-seen&p=225779

    This is also the 10th movie, theatrical or television, that has been made about this event.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat...hropoid#Movies

    3.5/5

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    American Made (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3532216/



    Moral of this mostly true story?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Seal

    Don't work for the CIA and the U.S. Government.

    4/5

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