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The Founder

The main reason I think The Founder (2016, rated PG-13) is a good movie is because of the spirited discussion it generated between my coworkers and me. There was no debate about Michael Keaton's terrific performance of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's.

My mistake was assuming Kroc was obviously a bad person for what he did. A debate quickly began as to whether or not in the world of business, was Kroc wrong at all or a genius entrepreneur? After all, "It's not personal Sonny, it's strictly business."

I highly recommend you watch this movie and decide for yourself. Check it out on Hoopla today.

Tracy also liked this film. Check out Tracy's review here



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Cruella

What an absolute delight! I loved watching the DVD "Cruella" (Rated PG-13). Emma Stone portrays Estella (Cruella) Deville perfectly. This is the predecessor to the animated Disney movie "101 Dalmatians" and why Cruella is the way she is and why she detests damnations so much. This is the story of how Estella grows up with wanting to become a fashion designer. She grabs the attention of the famous designer the Baroness von Hellman (played by Emma Thompson) and realizes that she more talented than the Baroness. The casting of characters is unbelievable when they truly portray the animated characters. The music and fashion in the movie are exciting and fun. Estelle has a revengeful and nasty personality as she transforms into Curella. I highly recommend this movie.


The Leisure Seeker

If you're looking for a movie that will carry you through a myriad of emotions in less than two hours, The Leisure Seeker (Rated R) is the perfect drama. John and Ella, a couple whose old age and struggle with Alzheimer's and cancer causes their children to check in on them frequently, decide to go on a spur of the moment trip to Key West in their RV, "The Leisure Seeker." Ella desperately tries to jog her husband's memory along the way, since he's forgetting the world around him by the day, while also fighting to take somewhat control of her cancer and caring for John as much as she can. The two discover things about each other on their journey even after decades of marriage. As their illnesses begin to take over, Ella takes matters into her own hands and has to make a choice for them both. Funny, heartfelt, frustrating, and, overall, a beautiful depiction of family and love, The Leisure Seeker will make you appreciate life in a deeper way.




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Up in the Air

Set against the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2008, Up in the Air (Rated R) follows Ryan Bingham as he flies around the country doing his job--firing people. His spartan lifestyle, which keeps him almost constantly airborne en route to the next city, suits him just fine. But when a new business model and a romantic entanglement threaten his comfortable existence, his goals shift unexpectedly.

Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick.



A Father's Legacy

What a nice story. I truly enjoyed watching this Christian based DVD A Father's Legacy. This is the story of an old man, Billy (played by Tobin Bell), living out in the middle of the woods, on a pond. He is just going about life when he answers his front door to a young stranger Nick (Jason Mac) who has just been shot. Nick pushes his way inside Billy's house and takes him hostage in his own home. Nick is on the run from the police for robbing and stealing about $10,000. Over the next few weeks, they slowly become friends and reveal secrets about their lives and why they are in this situation. Somehow they were brought together to heal and resolve past issues that have haunted them their whole life. Nice heartfelt movie.

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Source Code

This movie is the Sci Fi version of Groundhog Day except that if the main character doesn't get it right soon, millions of people will die. Confused, Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in another man's body, but the encounter only last's eight minutes--the last eight minutes of his life. Reliving the same eight minutes again and again, Stevens must find information to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. Will he discover who the terrorist is in time? Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga.

Source Code is available for checkout on DVD.



The Courier

The Courier was a very good movie and was based on true events. It reminded me of Bridge of Spies. For those who like Spy movies you will like this one about the cold war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. What a dangerous business to get into. It was interesting that the main character was just a regular businessman who was talked into this by his government but wound up getting involved way over his head. It's worth seeing.




In the Heights

If you love Lin-Manuel Miranda and his hit Broadway musical- Hamilton, then I think you will truly enjoy watching the musical "In the Heights" on DVD. I loved this movie! The songs and dancing tell the story of a tight knit community in Washington Heights, NY. The entire cast is so talented in telling the stories of many of the Latin American people working hard to chase their dreams. This musical is a colorful celebration of music, friends, family, neighborhood and love. The music and choreography are so cleverly done. Great movie to share with the family. I highly recommend watching more than once.




Those Who Wish Me Dead

This is a good action movie for people who like a good comeback story. The title is a little misleading towards the main points of the story. The characters are a good representation of people's strong will to survive and fight for the survival of national parks. 

Those Who Wish Me Dead is available for checkout on DVD




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Till Death

How do you get out of a situation handcuffed to a dead body? What happens when the key is nowhere to be found? Where do you go when you're in the middle of nowhere, have no suitable clothes, and it is freezing outside?!

In Till Death (Rated R), Emma played by Megan Fox, tries to escape the cold grip of her dead husband (WHO IS HANDCUFFED TO HER!). Her husband Mark, played by Eoin Macken, commits suicide in front of her. However, before his death Mark made sure Emma could not get free, call for help, or walk outside without freezing to death. The story gets more deranged when Emma discovers Mark invited a psychotic man from Emma's past to this horror!

This movie is a horror, thriller, but has its funny moments.



Sully

Three minutes into a flight out of New York's LaGuardia airport on a cold January day in 2009 and with 155 souls aboard, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger's plane hit a flock of birds causing catastrophic engine failure. Essentially gliding at 2800 feet above one of the most populated areas in the world, Sully had only seconds to decide where to land. Try to make it back to the runway and jeopardize even more lives on the ground, or ditch the plane in the Hudson River? 

This suspenseful film is based on a true story. Sully is directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney.

Also check out the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley Sullenberger.

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The Father

The Father (Rated PG-13) is a terrific movie worthy of an Oscar. The acting by Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are fabulous. It is a serious drama on a difficult subject, dementia. I could not help but feel for all those adult children out there who are making the sacrifices to be full-time caregiver for a parent going through this. One outstanding thing about this movie is that it allows you to see this through the eyes of the person with dementia (Hopkins). I was confused which scene was the truth and which was the illusion, because they all seemed real.

Available for check out in both DVD and Blu-Ray.



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Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman (Rated R) is a suspense, thriller kind of movie. I really liked the actress, Carey Mulligan, who plays Cassie. She is a young 20 something, super smart, pretty, medical school dropout who works in a small coffee shop by day. And then at night, she goes out to local bars and pretends to be drunk so that she gets guys to try and take her home to have sex with her. One day, an old former med school classmate comes by the coffee shop and asks her out. This person talks about other classmates from med school and how successful they have become. He doesn't understand why she's working in a coffee shop and why she dropped out of medical school. This opportunity opens Cassie up to reveal her problems to him and the sweet smell of revenge that is to come.




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The Gift

A little bit older of a movie but is still really good. This thriller makes you double check that your doors are closed and has a good hook that keeps pulling you in. 

The Gift (Rated R) is available for checkout on DVD.




Fear Street Part One: 1994

Celebrate Halloween early with this teen slasher film based on the books by beloved author R.L. Stine. This is the first installment of a trilogy that follows a group of teens who are terrorized by an evil ancient spirit that has plagued their town for centuries. At first, Deena Johnson doesn't believe in the town witch; that is until her ex-girlfriend Sam accidentally disturbs the witch's grave following a car crash. The witch is furious and will stop at nothing until she gets revenge, no matter how brutal. The film does a great job honoring its source material and has an impressive, committed cast. If you're looking for horror/suspense mixed with 90's nostalgia, then this one's for you.

You can watch Fear Street Part 1: 1994 (2021, Rated R) on Netflix with one of our Rokus.