Four new reviews to open the month of June from Al and Linda Lerner of Movies and Shakers



This film is good for dog lovers and for anyone who knows anyone in the military. You will become attached to Rex just as Leavey does in the film. Based on a true story, it may bring a tear to your eye. But this film is also a good example of a woman who fought hard to show what she could do. Both she and her canine partner became military heroes. She received the Purple Heart and more, and so did Rex.


Leave it to women to make this film soar. This is the first female directed live action superhero adventure with a female in the lead since 2005! And it’s pretty awesome. Good action, writing, message and comedy make this 4th installment of the DC extended universe a complete package. We recommend you see this extravaganza on the big screen so you can cheer and laugh along with the rest of the viewers. The battles are well choreographed and slowed down at strategic points so you can fully appreciate the moves.


Universal is raiding its own film vaults for ideas for how to compete with Marvel and DC superheroes by turning to it’s legendary monsters. This Mummy re-boot is part of Universal’s “Dark Universe” concept. Director Alex Kurtzman packs so many genres into his Mummy movie, it’s hard to track all the themes running through this mash-up.

Think action-adventure, animal-terror, mysticism, comedy, love triangle, monsters, gore, zombies, evil-medical-experiments, and heist flicks. They’re all here, but none of them are done exceptionally well. Looks like we can expect to see The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, his Bride, Wolf Man and Invisible Man all slated to come through this frightening pipeline.


Did she or didn’t she? This is not the first film version of English Gothic romance novelist, Daphne Du Maurier’s “My Cousin Rachel” which was written in 1951, starring Olivia De Havilland and Richard Burton. Du Maurier was already famous for “Rebecca,” which Alfred Hitchcock turned into a classic.

This film is described as a drama/romance, but it’s more than that. It’s an ambiguous mystery that will leave you guessing who dunnit. Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games,The Huntsman) plays Philip. He is the orphaned cousin who was taken in as a child by his Uncle Ambrose, a wealthy landowner and loving guardian. When Uncle’s health goes south, he does the same and goes to Italy. He stays longer than anticipated and writes letters to his nephew saying he has married Rachel who is taking care of him. But his health keeps getting worse and the symptoms are curious.


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