The Foreigner.  London. Busy day.  Dad takes daughter to dress shop so she can buy new dress for dance. All hell breaks loose when the block explodes and starts a chain reaction of events of double crosses, political expedience, revenge, retribution and even redemption.  At the core is the IRA and any deal they might have with the Brits to maintain the shakey 20 year old peace.  At the periphery is a man whose daughter is killed in the blast and his perceived inability of the police to find the bombers.  What ensues is a cat and mouse game that sees many people injured, killed , blown up.  Alliances are tested and the father kicks everyone's ass.  Highly entertaining and worth a watch.

  Kingsmen: Golden Circle. Mostly harmless tale of Poppy wanting to rule the world through her drug cartel.  Giving everyone who uses her drugs; pot, meth, heroin, and more, a blue virus that kills in a few short days after torturous side effects she demands legalization before she'll release an antidote.  The Kingsmen are all but destroyed by her and the survivors go to Kentucky, America to enlist the help of the Statesmen to save the world.  The movie itself is full of cliches and telegraphed intentions but it really picks up when Sir Elton John shows up in his Captain Fantastic outfit, including the platform shoes and uses every cinematic martial arts trick to foil his captors.  He is one hell of a good sport.  The movie is overly crass and tries to hard to be something.  It seemed unusual that one of the main characters is an actor from Netflix's Narcos series.  Halle Berry had dumb hair, Channing Tatum's role was meaningless, and as of late, Jeff Bridges portrayed a curmudgeonly unintelligible leader.  Julianne Moore chewed so much scenery it makes you wonder how she became a respected actress.  Overall it was nice to see Harry return, it was sad to see Merlin die such a noble death and the cool new gadgets were fun.  Overall a harmless way to spend a couple of hours.



















































































  The Snowman.  A dull-witted adaptation of Jo Nesbo's book of the same name.  Major parts of the book are left out or rewritten entirely so much so that the entire narrative of the events that created the serial killer are totally gone and you have no idea why any of these people are victims.  The story as portrayed is disjointed, irony intended, and nonsensical.  No one is likable and you truly wish after 10-15 minutes that the whole of the community is missing and presumed dead.  Team Apeonaut nearly walked out of this boring mess.  So disappointing.  The book, though not original by any means at least had a logic to its beginning, middle and end.  Is this truly the franchise Michael Fassbender is looking for?  He should stick with Magneto.  BORING!  Poor Val Kilmer is dubbed horribly and looks like a mutant, though he has lost tons of weight.  JK Simmons uses a wretched accent.  It is nice to see the young beheaded henchman from In Order of Disappearance make an appearance as a policeman.  Most everyone is ill used and ill cast.  So bad.

  AMERICAN ASSASSIN.  Never having read any Mitch Rapp books Team Apeonaut went into this just hoping for action, vengeance and assassinations.  Yup, that's what we got.  A nicely made actioner with a massacre montage, a training montage, a caper montage, an explosive final act montage.  Well played.  Highly enjoyable if a little cliched.  Hopefully someone buys the rights to another book and gets this young man a franchise.  All thumbs up.

  Dunkirk.  A depiction of the activation of the British civilian fleet to cross the English Channel to Dunkirk to evacuate the British Army that has been surrounded and cut off by advancing German forces.  Christopher Nolan approached this with an "Inception" idea so we can see what all players were seeing simultaneously.  The civilians are heading to Dunkirk, one in particular picks up one survivor from a torpedoed ship and a downed Spitfire pilot,  the Germans are bombarding the British warships and medical ships, the Spitfires are heading out to shoot down German fighters and bombers that are taking a heavy toll on the evacuees.  We see the story from all sides; the bravery, the cowardice, and everything in between. Nearly 400,000 Allied troops are evacuated from Dunkirk.  Then the Empire regrouped and rallied to take the fight to Germany.
Monkey thumbs up.

























































































 KUNG FU YOGA.  A China-India co-production.  In the beginning we have ancient Chinese and Indian warriors clashing in battle.  The two heroes head to China to drop off a vast treasure to the Chinese ruler.  It is lost.  Thousands of years later Archeologist Jack Chan and an Indian princess join forces to find the treasure and get it to the rightful owners.  A bad Indian tries to thwart them at every turn.  Wackiness, action, kung fu and yoga ensue.  This is quite a production.  One might wonder how would Jackie Chan inject Hindi style singing and dancing into one of his movies.  Easy.  It is perhaps one of the most fun movie endings in foreign movies since The Blind Warrior Zatoichi 2003.  All monkey thumbs up.
































































November 23, 2017