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Michael O'Keefe

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Arrival (2016/II)
1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Alien vessels create worldwide fear., 21 June 2017

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Humanity could be in peril. Twelve black oval alien pods appear in twelve different parts of the world like Denmark and America, the alien vessel hovers in Montana. Military leaders will seek the assistance of a brilliant young linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) in an attempt to communicate with the extraterrestrials. Who, why, what? Where do they come from; why are they here and what do they want? The linguist will need the aid of global military minds played by Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, Mark O'Brien, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma.

There is suspense and wonderment watching intelligent language being created. Creative scenery and Miss Adams is outstanding in what could have been a dull role.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Back to the Caribbean maybe a time too many., 20 June 2017

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To some, to know him is to love him. But has that swash-buckling, dared doer Jack Sparrow dropped anchor in the Caribbean a time too many? Has the lucrative franchise lost some of the original luster? The rousing adventure continues as Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) seems to find himself against the odds, yet again, as an old nemesis Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his gathering of minion ghost pirates threaten a rampage of killing every living pirate on the seas. The drunken, yet witty, Captain Jack must put winds behind him to search for the Trident of Poseidon, a mythical artifact that gives its possessor unquestionable control over the seas.

Plenty of action and great visuals. It remains to be seen, but scuttlebutt has it that this may just be the last time Jack Sparrow will get his boots wet. Espen Sandberg directs a very busy cast that also features: Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally and Angus Barnett. Impressive cameos feature Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom and Sir Paul McCartney.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A young boy is befriended by animals in the jungle., 29 May 2017

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A fantastic live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's beloved novel destined to be another Disney animated masterpiece. This story we most know by heart, follows young Mowgli (Neel Sethi) navigating the adventures, wonder and hardships of the jungle with a lot of help from his animal friends like the bouncing bear Baloo (Bill Murray) and savvy panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). This version is visually brilliant and the story keeps all its charm as it evokes a myriad of emotions. A movie for all ages.

Spot on casting of actors providing character voices; such as: Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Giancarlo Esposito, Brighton Rose and Gary Shandling.

Split (2016/IX)
6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Who, who are you?, 26 May 2017

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Not the best from M. Night Shyamalan, but damn near close. Don't take the bad reviews for fact until you see SPLIT for yourself. Gripping, dark and psychological meandering. The story line is not all out scary; is not supernatural really; but haunting with scattered anxiety. Three young women are kidnapped and held captive by a man suffering with his agonizing 23 different personalities that may even hint toward a 24th. These attractive girls must play their own mind games to find what personality will be of any help in their escape.

James McAvoy is outstanding weaving the different personalities. And Anya Taylor-Joy is the stronger of the captives. Very disturbing thematic content with violent behavior. Also in the cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Betty Buckley and a cameo by Shyamalan.

Worth a repeat watch with some friends.

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
One wrong card; one wrong move., 20 May 2017

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Satoshi Kuwabara co-writes and directs this original anime. The stakes could not be any higher as the rivalry between Yugi Moto and Seto Kaiba reaches the boiling point. The risks never so great; one wrong move, one wrong card...or one card short. The right monsters at the wrong time. The battle is for two key pieces of the Millennium Puzzle.

You don't need Yu-Gi-Oh cards or even be a follower to enjoy the fantastic cinematography. Lack of Yu-Gi-Oh knowledge will not keep you from enjoying this film. The game is not over until it is over! Card playing prowess reigns supreme.

Character voices supplied by: Dan Green, Kenjiro Tsuda, Eric Stuart, Daniel Edwards, Kana Hanazawa, Laurie Hymes, Kazunari Kojima and Kento Hayashi.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
It is better to not know his name., 20 May 2017

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This terror driven tale has three close Wisconsin college students renting an off-campus old deserted mansion together. It doesn't take long for some strange things to happen leading to the discovery that the place is housing an evil supernatural entity that kills anyone calling his name...the Bye Bye Man. The friends will try their best to save each other from immanent doom.

At times this flick can be a little humorous , but laughs will subside into goose-bump terror. You will find yourself seeing things that turn out to be little of nothing. But beware of some scenes of bloody violence. The finale could be stronger. A fun watch!

The cast includes: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco, Cleo King, Doug Jones and a cameo by Faye Dunaway.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Scary way to make ends meet!, 20 May 2017

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A young Los Angeles widow struggles to make ends meet and uses her two daughters in a scam seance business. New customers are attracted when a Ouija board is added to the "act". The youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) is intrigued and drawn to the board believing she is in contact with the spirit of her dead father. A malevolent entity is in deed summoned; all hell can only break loose.

Several real good jump scares with building suspense and a simmering sense of doom. Character development is better than a lot of horror flicks and some good acting with Miss Wilson leading the way. Kudos to director Mike Flanagan. Some chilling atmospheric music too.

Also in the cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Parker Mack, Halle Charlton, Doug Jones and Henry Thomas.

These huge crocodiles can keep to themselves., 9 May 2017

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Lake Placid just seems to have a reputation to live up to. By now the crocodiles are kept to themselves in a nature preserve. These crocs are not just big...they are huge. (Bad CGI or what). Just lounging and getting fat. Fun loving Reba (Yancey Butler) is still around and this time is a game warden. Poacher Jim Bickerman (Robert Englund) is somehow still around Black Lake. Nuttier than ever and a bit disabled, all because of the love of crocodiles.

An electric fence guarding the crocs is accidentally left open and an area high school field trip bus unknowingly enters the sanctuary. Those huge crocodiles are in the mood to taste something different. Now it will be Reba teaming with the new sheriff in town, Sheriff Glove (Elisabeth Rohm), to protect students and the Lake Placid area population from being devoured by the biggest crocodiles ever.

There is nothing scary about this flick. It is a fun watch, maybe because the crocodiles seem so cartoon-like. There is even moments you have goodwill toward Bickerman. There is some violence of course along with raw language and scenes of nudity/sexuality to earn an R rating.

Also in the cast: Paul Nichols, Poppy Lee Friar, Benedict Smith, Sewell Whitney, Scarlette Byrne, Caroline Ford and Kitodar Todorov.

A regeneration serum actually works; but is it for good?, 9 May 2017

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An attractive young Geneticist Scientist, Dr. Amanda Haze (Crystal Allen), develops a serum for regenerating cells that come with self-healing abilities and possible immortality. Her employer Murdoch (John Rhys-Davies), an evil minded financier, is ramrodding a group to find a fresh supply of blood orchids needed to experiment further with the regenerating nectar. The tail of an anaconda is cut off and almost immediately grows into two ferocious man-eating giant serpents with non-stop hunger. The woods of Romania are ripe for blood-lust.

The CGI is pretty sloppy and goes hand in hand with the less than flawless story line and acting. Almost comical are scenes of the giant snakes flipping their prey into the air before swallowing whole.

Don E. FauntLeRoy directs. Other players: Linden Ashby, Danny Midwinter, Claudia Bleont, Calin Stanciu and Ana Ularu.

La La Land (2016/I)
3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Song and dance; big on the romance! Must see!, 8 May 2017

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Hollywood musical; Hollywood romantic comedy if you will. Mia (Emma Stone) is an attractive young lady pursuing showbiz fame serving coffee between auditions and meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a talented jazz pianist searching for his dream of owning his own jazz club. Romantic flirtations lead to an intense love affair; but conflicting ambitions force them to make some tough choices and their relationship begins to fray and both will realize true love is too important to let slip away.

Song and dance scenes could have been cut a little shorter for me; but this movie is well written and acted. Scenery and sets are beautiful and some scenes just ooze romance. By far, should have won Oscar for Best picture. Gosling is charming and Miss Stone is what dreams are made of.

Also in the cast: J.K. Simmons, Jessica Rothe, Jason Fuchs, Callie Hernandez, John Legend, Terry Walters, Tom Everett Scott and D.A. Wallach.

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