Ad Hominem Enterprises,

Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Margo Martindale, Cheryl Hines, Isabella Amara

Wilson (Woody Harrelson) is a lovable oaf who is still in love with his ex-wife (Laura Dern) of 17 years since she left him, moved to Los Angeles, and aborted their child, or so he thought. But when he runs across his ex, he finds out that she had the baby and gave her up for adoption 17 years ago. Wilson is really, really lonely, and pushes himself onto everyone he meets no matter how inappropriate, but when he starts stalking his daughter, things get really complicated in a hurry.

This film really reminds me of “The World According to Garp” which is a similar type of story with similar characters in many ways. But Wilson is more of a loser, and is just so damn inappropriate. When I was about 1/3 of the way through this film, I had the urge to turn it off as I was really thinking I didn’t like Woody’s Wilson, and it was getting on my nerves, but I’m glad I stuck to it, as soon I realize that I finally got it, and his portray of the title character is brilliant. Wilson is an unusual character, but as it proceeds you really get to understand him, and to understand why Woody played him the way he did. It was an interesting and very entertaining experience to watch this unfold slowly piece by piece and bit by bit. This seems like it must be an excellent book, and one I wouldn’t mind looking for, as it was quite an original story. I think we probably all know someone like Wilson, and as it moves along, you like him more and more and yet understandable as to why everyone avoids him as much as possible. He’s a guy with no filter at all. If you get to watch this film on DVD, in the “extras” there are some deleted scenes. If you get a chance to watch them, they’re really worth it. Some of the very best Wilson moments ended up being cut. Never hysterical, but it always puts a smile on yourself, Wilson is a very good film. Check it out.

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Chernin Entertainment, TSG Entertainment,

Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Ty Olsson, Alessandro Juliani, Michael Adamthwaite, Max Lloyd-Jones, Aleks Paunovic, Sara Canning, Gabriel Chavarria, Chad E. Rook

Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader of the Apes. They have fled to a hideaway deep into the forest. Caesar simply wants peace, but the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) is building a fortress at the old base and is relentlessly looking for the hideout of the apes in order to wipe them out once and for all. But when Caesar’s wife and son are killed, he sets out after The Colonel to seek his revenge, only to learn that there is an even greater danger just above the horizon for both sides.

These darn Planet of the Apes films just keep getting better and better. This has to be the best one of all. It is hard to watch the original Planet films now, with the special effects, CGI, and the wonderful scenery and sets make this a stunning thing to watch. Add to it the 3-D and a huge screen and recliner seats and it was really an experience. I enjoyed every second of this film. It was amazing entertainment. They really make the apes more expressive than the humans are, and the script has to be one of the best ever. This is a rather simple war story that will likely strike a chord with everyone. This is a very good story, and everything came together in every way. This is the must see film of the year, and one I would always expect this kind of film to kill at the box office. Kudos to everyone involved with this film, and if you haven’t gone out to see it, what the heck are you waiting for???

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Broad Green Pictures, Busted Shark Productions,

Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Röhm, Josephine Langford, Kevin Hanchard, Sherilyn Fenn

Clare Shannon (Joey King) is a school age daughter living with her Dad (Ryan Philippe) who is a collector. Their house is filled with junk he collects from the neighborhood dumpsters to reuse someday for something useful. This is really embarrassing for Clare as her schoolmates constantly harass her for this. In fact, she’s typically being bullied by the cool kids in school. Clare is a misfit. But on his journeys, Dad finds an interesting Chinese music box in the trash, cleans it up, and gives it to Clare as a gift. But this is a very special and evil wishing box which, if you hold it, and make a wish, the wish will come true. Clare starts using the box, but there is more to the deal, and no one can seem to translate the ancient writing on the box. When Clare learns that price that is taken for each wish, she has to try to use all her wits to figure out a way to defeat the demon in the box.

This horror film came out in a time when the theaters are filled with too many sequels of superhero films, and so a decent horror film was a good change of pace and much appreciated. There was a pretty good turnout when I went to see this film, and it seemed the crowd enjoyed it, but there has been a lot of hate for this movie. The film was directed by John Leonetti who also directed Annabelle which is a pretty decent film. I enjoy horror, and though there is some reuse of some of the ideas (after all the evil box movie isn’t new, is it?) it is really well done, and I enjoyed it. It was really creepy, and it has a nice pace. The surprise ending really caught me by surprise, and I really enjoyed the ending. The clever twists and turns were interesting, and though obviously this is low budget, it’s not bad at all. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, give this one a shot.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday Julyy 18, 2017

  • Beaches
  • Bister’s Mal Heart
  • Free Fire
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • The Promise
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta
  • Tommy’s Honor

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Franklin Street, Myriad Pictures, Parkside Pictures,

Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, AnnJewel Lee Dixon, Thomas Sadoski, Tom Everett Scott, Philip Baker Hall, Alanna Ubach, Joel Murray, Adina Porter, Sarah Baker, Steven Culp, Basil Hoffman, Gedde Watanabe

Harriet is a retired businessman, and very wealthy woman. She is also the worlds biggest control freak and everyone hates her. She lives in a small town, and over the years was the primary supporter of the local paper due to her advertising revenue. One day, while reading the obituaries, she notices that the beautiful words describe people in the greatest light, even though she really didn’t like any of them. Then she got an idea. She decides to visit the paper and find the girl, Anne, a frustrated writer who wants to be so much more than an obituary writer. She informs Anna that she is now hired to write her obituary now, while she’s still alive, so that Harret can make sure it’s done well enough. She doesn’t want to leave it to chance. So she provides Anna with a list of all her contacts, her estranged daughter, her ex-husband, and everyone else in her life. Problem is that no one has anything good to say about Harriet.

This comedy is really in the wheelhouse for Shirley. She nails the grumpy old lady who has her way 100% of the time. No one can every do anything right in her eyes, and though she’s sweet at the center, the harsh exterior is played perfectly. It’s a great role for AManda as well and she works with Shirley very well. It’s a very interesting story, and very, very funny. This might have appealed to me more as a Senior Citizen myself, but I found it really funny. It’s very cleverly written, the script is excellent, and the acting is really well performed. All the cylinders are firing, and I found this to be a very pleasant surprise. I enjoyed this movie, and I recommend it for a bunch of laughs and a pleasant time.

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