Not Many Movies Worth Watching Beyond Escapism and Popcorn.


I saw a number of films—some still playing—that do not merit a full review, so I will suggest a couple and try to create some energy around new ones on the way. Here are the shortened versions:


Though I loved watching Felicity Jones, I got bored pretty quickly. Tom Hanks—it feels terrible to say this about a great performer—is getting tiresome. The plot did not grab me as in the prior stories. Ugh.

The Accountant

It was worth the price of admission, but would have been a better film if Ben Affleck had convinced me his character was autistic. He reminded me more of the programmed killer played by Matt Damon in parts of Jason Bourne than anything like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.

Jack Reacher II

Tom Cruise was getting better at acting for years, but this time he lost something. Maybe between the MI series and this one, the tough guy role has gotten old—as has he.

Miss Peregrine’s Home

Thoroughly enjoyable and another testament to British film—they tell the best stories and use the best talent. Though I am getting really tired of Samuel L. Jackson showing up as the arch-player for either side. Tim Burton brought out his best here and focused on the story—even though it was fanciful stuff.

Dr. Strange

Surprisingly serious metaphysical content worked. I am still willing to watch Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch in anything, though I am sure he is close to wearing out his cachet.

Keeping up with the Joneses

Fun film and more of Zach G__________whose last name I don’t try to pronounce anymore. And who should take a break before I get as tired of him as some of the others on this list. Jon Hamm was good and showed versatility for comedy a la Cary Grant.

Hell or High Water

Fine indie film with good story, good cast. Jeff Bridges has got to stop using the same character from True Grit. Based on a true story?


I just watched this film. It worked well as a story and deserves credit for presenting us with what we humans have in common during a time when the emphasis is on differences. Amy Adams was once again magical on the screen; I do not expect to tire of watching her onscreen anytime soon.

I am looking forward to seeing…


Getting serious attention

The Edge of Seventeen

Hailee Steinfield who killed it in True Grit is a little older now. With Woody Harrelson

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Ang Lee may have his masterpiece with this one.


I am drawn to Isabelle Huppert so I am going

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