Saturday, August 12, 2017
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
Wonderful anime fantasy with some quite surreal, but harmless elements; however, its appeal is obviously intended for a small toddler audience.
Maltin***1/2: "Gentle, infectious animated tale...Beautiful art direction and excellent English-language treatment make this a treat for small children an parents; older kids may chafe at the story's leisurely pace. Wait till you see the 12-legged cat-bus!"
Friday, August 11, 2017
Feature documentary film of the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.
Excellent and thorough documentary of a festival on the verge of chaos doesn't avoid some uncomfortable insights and still manages to include some great music.
Maltin***: "Top-notch documentary...Priceless footage of rock acts, including Hendrix and The Doors' Jim Morrison just before their deaths."
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Reagan Era (and fascistoid) gung-ho as slick entertainment; only watchable, if your mind is turned off.
Halliwell (no star): "A feast of hardware and noisy music; not much story."
Maltin**1/2: "Contrived beyond belief, with dogfights that play like video games, and total lack of sexual chemistry between the two leads...but slickly calculated to please '80s audiences (and fans of ever-smiling Cruise). Edwards, as Cruise's sidekick, steals the show."
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Unusual teenage drama staged as a one-room ensemble play; some moments are silly and unnerving (they're teens, after all), but otherwise a quite impressive movie.
Halliwell (no star): "Abysmal apologia for loutish teenage behaviour."
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
An aspiring young writer tracks a literary titan suffering from writers block to his refuge in rural Italy and learns about life and love from the irascible genius and his daughters.
If you like your clichés wholesale, this is the movie for you; otherwise, it's actually well made, and the cast make it mildly entertaining.