This romantic dramedy transports us to a fictional, small desert town in the American Southwest in 1955. It follows the stories of characters as they flock from all over the country to attend a stargazing convention. Things get interesting when a purported alien encounter occurs.
Director Wes Anderson’s latest whimsical flick oozes with style and does a good job of transporting us to his nostalgic ’50s universe. The characters have individual stories that form an entertaining tapestry, but the story can seem a bit convoluted.
Willy is a wild orca that has been placed in a marina fish tank, where he is expected to perform tricks for audiences. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is a troubled kid who has been assigned to clean Willy’s tank by his social worker. The boy and the whale form a special bond that may just lead to Willy's freedom.
While somewhat formulaic, this well-meaning drama should appeal to animal lovers and those who like feel-good films with satisfying endings. It’s an entertaining ride with good acting and excellent cinematography.
An Engrossing Cold War Thriller
The highly proficient spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) comes out of retirement to ferret out a Soviet mole in the British intelligence agency M16. But as he conducts his investigations, he begins to realize that he’s also a suspect.
Based on John le Carre's novel, this well-paced geo-political thriller eschews the glitz and glam of James Bond films for gritty drama and dialogue, realistic situations, gradual tension-building, and sets that nail 1970s aesthetics. It's a must-see for fans of spy films.
Paul (Lew Ayres) is a young German student who, wanting to do his patriotic duty, enlists for World War I. But when he begins to realize what hell war can be, his perspective changes.
This groundbreaking film pulled no punches in its realistic portrayal of war. Even today, it isn’t for the squeamish. However, it's still considered one of the greatest war movies of all time.