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Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

(Left to right) Ben Foster and Chris Pine in HELL OR HIGH WATER. ***** Crime/Drama/Quasi-Modern Western R-Rated “Hell or High Water” is the real deal as far as a solid heist film that is reminiscent of the 1960s and early 1970s heist films such as the late director Michael Cimino’s heist film “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974) [...]

The Secret Lives of Pets

The Secret Lives of Pets

*** 1/2 out of 5 Animation/Adventure/Comedy “The Secret Lives of Pets” although not perfect is a wholesome family affair. What do humans and pets do? Well, Humans go to work; pets come to play. When the coast is clear and the pets’ owners have gone to work or school in Manhattan, it’s play time for dogs, cats, parakeets, guinea pigs and [...]

“Game Room”

Crime/Drama/Thriller ****1/2 of Five Stars A punk-rock band called “Ain’t Rights” are desperate for money, gas and gigs. Running out of luck the band members Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Alia Shawhat), Tiger (Callum Turner), Reece (Joe Cole) and Amber (Imogen Poots) reluctantly accept a gig at white supremacist compound in back-woods near [...]

“The Lobster”

“The Lobster”

\Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Comedy Rated: R **** of Five Stars “The Lobster” casts modern love relationships in dystopian form and also casts, somewhat in a cynical way, how society constantly insists on couples. David (Colin Farrell) finds out how cruel the world is when his wife leaves him and he’s all alone. He seeks out a surreal compound where [...]

“High-Rise”

“High-Rise”

BY HOWARD MCQUITTER II Howardsmoviecorner.com                                                                                                   howardmcquitter68@gmail.com *** of Five Stars Action/Sci-Fi/Drama From the beginning of Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise,” the signs of a disturbing [...]

“Hail Caesar”

“Hail Caesar”

“Hail Caesar” **** Comedy/Mystery PG13 Our beloved Minneapolis (St. Louis Park, exactly) native directors, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, bring forth “Hail, Caesar!”, another off-the-wall comedy, screwy, boisterous similar to their other comedies “The Big Lebowski”(1997), “O Brother, Where, “Burn After Reading” (2008). Like [...]

“The Embrace of the Serpent”

“The Embrace of the Serpent”

“The Embrace of the Serpent” Colombian ***** 2015 Adventure/Drama/History  Not Rated “The Embrace of the Serpent” is filmed in black and white (except for a few emblazon moments), a film that takes us to the Amazon with haunting, remoteness and mysterious pace. Director Ciro Guerra’s film is unique in every sense of the word, in [...]

Howard’s Recommended MOVIES of 2015

“Sicario” (R) (Action/Crime/Drama) Director: Denis Villeneuve. “The Hateful 8” (R) (Crime/Drama/Mystery) Director: Quentin Tarantino. “71”(R) (Action/Drama/Thriller/Civil War) Director: Yann Demange. “It Follows” (R) (Horror/Mystery/Thriller) Director: David Robert Mitchell. “When Marnie Was There” (PG) (Animation) [...]

Zootopia

Zootopia

By Howard McQuitter II ***** (PG) “Zootopia” is a Walt Disney Studios creation that’s colorful, imaginative and full of life that adults as well as children can enjoy immensely. The three directors Bryon Howard (“Tangled”,”Bolt”), Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”, “The Simpsons”) and Jared Bush (“Part-Time Hero”, “Big [...]

TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2015

TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2015

#1 “Revenant” (R) Adventure/Drama/Thriller Director: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. Principal Cast: Leonardo Di Caprio (Hugh Glass), Tom Hardy (John Fitzgerald), Domhall Gleeson (Captain Andrew Henry), Forrest Goodluck (Hawk). Running time:156 minutes. #2 “Spotlight” (R) Drama/Biography Director: Tom McCarthy. Principal Cast: Mark [...]

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