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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Battlestar Galactica

This dark, four-season remake of the 1978 TV series is full of surprises. Twelve colonies of humans in a distant star system are wiped out by the cylons, a race of metal, humanoid-like machines. The remnants of humanity, traveling aboard a ragtag fleet of ships, including Battlestar Galactica, set off to search for the 13th colony--Earth. But not all cylons are metal. Some look just like humans. In fact, some cylons are programmed to think they are human. Can you tell who is a cylon?

Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, and Jamie Bamber.



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.



Cyberpunk 2077

This game was super immersive. It was a great game to play and the graphics were decent. The only downside is that the campaign goes by really fast. The in game story was fun and you unlock a bunch when you just play normally. It's all futuristic and cool to see what the designers think that 2077 is going to look like. 

Cyberpunk 2077 (Rated M) is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.




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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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Locke and Key

Locke and Key is a Netflix show based on a comic book series. Following a family tragedy, the Locke's move across the country to their father's family home, Key House. Strange things begin to happen, and the house starts to reveal its mysteries to the family. The Locke children start to learn more and more about their father's past and possibly why he ran far away from his Ancestral home. A little bit of adventure, a little bit of mystery, and a dash of fun.

What a great show! It was one of those shows we started and then couldn't stop watching- binge worthy for sure!  The library also has the graphic novels the show is based on. I haven't read them myself, but if they are half as good as the show, you won't be disappointed! 


Check out a Roku with Netflix to get caught up. The new season released October 22nd.

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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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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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

While summer may be near its end, it's not too late to take a vacation and go on an island getaway. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Rated E) you travel to a remote island where you meet fellow island visitors and enjoy some fun and relaxation. There are many activities and events to join in throughout the time there and lots of friendly fun villagers to visit. I've been enjoying my time fishing in the lakes, rivers and oceans on my island and visiting the fellow villagers and island visitors.

Available on Nintendo Switch.



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