Chappaquiddick (2018: PG-13)

Chappaquiddick
PG-13 | 1h 41min | Drama, History, Thriller | 6 April 2018 (USA) | Director: John Curran; Writers: Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan; Starring: Kate Mara, Clancy Brown, Olivia Thirlby | See full cast & crew on IMDB ~ Watched 4/7/18 at Capital 13 Theaters, Colorado Springs, Colorado using Movie Pass ~

The dramatic tale of the 1969 fatal car accident where Senator Ted Kennedy was involved with claiming the life of Mary Jo Kopechne, one of the Kennedy familie’s aids. Interwoven during the time of the walking on the moon, the film bounces between cover-ups, hiding facts, and trying to keep Ted clear of it destroying his political career. All star cast, good production, and well done.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Siren (2013:TV-MA)

Siren
1h 33min | Drama | 26 October 2013 (USA) | TV-MA
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2083332/
~ Director: Jesse Peyronel; Writer: Jesse Peyronel (screenplay); Starring: Vinessa Shaw, Robert Kazinsky, Bess Wohl and more. See imdb for details. ~

A fantastic tale about a women with a medical “siren-like” condition where no human or animal can resist her pheromones, driving them crazy enough to take their own lives. This has forced her since puberty to live reclusively on an estate in the middle of nowhere for the rest of her life. She meets a man who has a disorder that doesn’t allow him to smell, making him resistant against hers. He is the first man she can trust, or can she? I thought the screenplay was grand, story line interesting, and production well done. Great plot. Watched on Amazon prime. 4/7/18

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Early Man (2018: PG)

Early Man
~ PG | 1 hour, 29 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 16 February 2018 (USA); Director: Nick Park; Writers: Mark Burton (screenplay by), James Higginson (screenplay by) | Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A comical clay-mation animation of Cave Man from asteroid clash and the invention of football, bleeding into Romans, Vikings, and other mish-mash of historic timelines. A “dumb and dumber” of the Stone Age fighting the Bronze Age for the prehistoric jungle. Machines and Mastadons, to bunny hunts, the Neanderthals figure out Soccer. Its a quest to save their homeland from the Bronze empire.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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Peter Rabbit (PG: 2018)

Peter Rabbit (PG: 2008)
~ PG | 1 hour 33 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 9 February 2018 (USA) ~ Director: Will Gluck; Writers: Rob Lieber (screen story by), Will Gluck (screen story by); Starring: : James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A invisibly digitized modern re-telling of the child classic “Peter Rabbit” features Peter and his gang targeting raids on the farmer’s vegetable garden and not getting caught. A trajedy takes a twist giving them full reign only to have to deal with another farmer escalating into full outright warfare. A love story meshed within, Peter has to contemplate right from wrong, and the twists are hillarious. Fun, full of action, edge of your seat fun for the family. My son was dancing afterwards wearing bunny ears the theater gave him. Based on the classic from Beatrix Potter. Well done with a thorough plot, excellent cinematography, and the digitized animation was transparent. Highly imaginative classic.

Rating 5 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ viewed 2/11/18 at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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Den of Thieves (R: 2018)

Den of Thieves (R: 2018)
~ R | 2 hours 20 minutes | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 January 2018 ~ Director: Christian Gudegast; Writers: Christian Gudegast (screenplay), Christian Gudegast (story); Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr. | See full cast & crew on IMDB. ~

Fast action and deeply violent flick about the bank robbery capital of America – Los Angeles and a “Den of thieves” who work from there taking out banks, armored cars, and heists. Deep seeded in the muck of Los Angeles, bank robbery after heist, this gang goes up against a elite Sheriff’s department who are committed to take them down. The most impossible of robberies is targeting the Federal Reserve. The unexpected takes a turn as this well laid out story line comes to explosive action on the screen, entertaining for all.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri (R: 2017)

Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri
R | 1 hour 55 minutes | Crime, Drama | 1 December 2017 ~ Director: Martin McDonagh; Writer: Martin McDonagh; Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell | See full cast & crew on IMDB. ~

The tale of a unsolved mystery and traumatic murder that struck the town of Ebbing, Missouri along a un-used old highway. Mildred Hays is infuriated with local law enforcement and decides to take in-your-face action against the local law enforcement to motivate them to solve the crime. She paints three billboards with controversial messages aimed at the local sheriff Willoughby played by Woody Harrelson. Violence, brutality, arson, and false arrests create a circus of activity in this small once quiet town. High action and deep contemplation, the ending would not be of my choosing even though its meant to carry on into your dreams that night. Well done and great plot.

~ Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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The Post (PG-13: 2017)

The Post (PG-13: 2017)
~ PG-13 | 1 hour 56 minutes | Biography, Drama, History | 12 January 2018 (USA) ~
~ Director: Steven Spielberg; Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer; Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson | See full cast & crew at IMDB. ~

A great film with a blast from the past in the Nixon era covering a pre-Wiki-Leaks drama and coming out of government secrets and cover-ups over the Vietnam War. The controversy spanned over four presidencies continuing to put soldiers at risk and death because of it. When the secret files were release to the Times and the Washington Post, the ordeal has Nixon taking the newspapers to the Supreme Court, fighting for rights of freedom of the the Press. The fight was unprecedented and a landmark in history for the U.S.A.’s first woman newspaper publisher. I thought it was very well done, informative, and great roles for Hanks and Streep who worked well together. A must see. Eye opening and awakening.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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Ferdinand (PG: 2017)

Ferdinand (PG: 2017)
~ 1 hour 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 15 December 2017 ~ Director: Carlos Saldanha ~ Writers: Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson ~ Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale | See full cast & crew at IMDB. ~

A fantastic family animated tale about “Ferdinand” a young bull being raised for the bull fights. He grows up with three other bull calves who are getting ready to fight the matador when they get older. But Ferdinand doesn’t want that life … he just wants to admire and smell the flowers! This gets him into bullying situations with the other bulls. Once he discovers his dad has gone missing, he seeks to find him and discovers Nina who becomes his best friend. Raised with play, fun, and frolick he has found a new life. But he becomes enormous and scares the town folk, getting captured and forced back to the bull ranch he was at. He’s pushed back into the life of bull fighting and figures out what happens to the bulls after the fight! He’s abhored and fights for another break out this time with his friends. A mad-dashing adventure of shenanigans as they get chased all the way to the arena! It is non stop thought provoking fun for all ages. Good plot with a happy ending.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Colorado Springs Tinseltown using the Movie Pass.

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50 Shades Freed (R: 2018)

50 Shades Freed (2018: Rated R)
~ 2 hours – Drama, Romance, Mystery, Adventure. Director: James Foley; Writers: Niall Leonard (screenplay by), E.L. James (based on the novel by); Starring: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele; Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey; Eric Johnson as Jack Hyde; Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh; Rita Ora as Mia Grey; Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey; Victor Rasuk as José; Max Martini as Taylor; Jennifer Ehle as Carla; Marcia Gay Harden as Grace Grey; and more … see IMDB for more details. ~

~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ Viewed 2/9/18 at Tinseltown with Movie Pass ~

The Saga continues to the final chapter after Anastasia and Christian Grey return home to Seattle after a amazing honeymoon in Europe. Christian gets a bit over-protective and demanding of his new wife, in part to protect her against Hyde who seeks vengeance upon them both. Gifting her a life of leisure and her own publishing company, the two newly weds start settling in with a lavish life together with a very intimate and erotic zeal in life together. Things go down under quickly as the madman Hyde seeks to destroy them, eventually turning to criminal motives that endanger them and their relationship. It becomes a battle of committment vs. freedom, control vs. safety, as the Red Room is used in push-n-pull marital dynamics of individuality and the bonds of marriage. Questions of commitment vs. adultery, bondage and BDSM will make the mystery deeper as it extends to their friends as well. A pregnancy is thrown into the mix as emotions blow up intermingled with threats of murder, kidnapping, and violence. The plot toils and tumbles with high action, car chases, deceipt, sex, eroticism, and conundrums. Very well done and captivating throughout the entire screenplay. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

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Forever My Girl (PG-13)

Forever My Girl (PG: 2018)
~ Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf, Writers: Bethany Ashton Wolf (screenplay), Heidi McLaughlin (novel), Stars: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey, more: See IMDB. Released: 2018. Rated PG | 1h 48min | Drama, Music, Romance | 19 January 2018 (USA).

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

A story of a country music star that leaves his high school sweetheart at the altar to go pursue his quickly gained celebrity status. Eight years later he discovered a high school friend passed away and headed home for the funeral only to run into her and discover what he has missed over the last eight years – an emotional struggle of everything he walked away from and how to deal with a new life presented upon him. The acting was great and the plot perfect. Not normally a film i would randomly choose but while at Tinseltown in Colorado Springs, the timing was convenient for the small window of movie-going and able to use as a free film for my $9.95 / month Movie Pass it was a go. It was a emotional, tear-jerking, chick-flick that made a grown man cry – heart felt and warming, touching to the soul of any parent, definitely a film with lots of emotional moments. Outside of the country music, which even though it was about a famous country singer, was minimal and not obtrusive, so a country-music disliking soul such as myself was not bothered. It was a remarkably well done movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Viewed by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley on 1/29/18 with Movie Pass)

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