Sunday, December 10, 2017

Darkest Hour - Review

Darkest Hour

One of my personal favorites, British Actor Gary Oldman (JFK, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and The Professional & Batman - The Dark Knight) takes on the role of a life time as one of the world’s most iconic real life leaders in the form of his fellow countryman Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II with the rising Fascist German Army and Adolph Hitler.

An inspiring true story of the four weeks of May in 1940, we soon discover all of Europe is on the precipice of falling under the control and dominance of Nazi Germany with the fall of France very imminent. It is compounded by the fact that Britain faces its “darkest hour” as well with the threat of their “Island nation” being invaded from the German military juggernaut. 

As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, the newly formed British government of Prime Minister Winston Churchill (who hardly anyone in Parliament likes) is dealing with the early crisis of 300K plus of his countryman's British army and military allies collectively trapped and cornered on the French beaches of Dunkirk. Churchill realizes the fate of not only his country but all of Western Europe hangs on the balance of his leadership. But his leadership is a daily struggle as he dominated and surrounded by men who collectively in the Parliament and cabinet find him disagreeable, petulant and ill prepared to be their leader. They relentlessly pressure him day after day to agree to a peace treaty offering from Adolph Hitler to avoid the disaster of Britain being destroyed in a war they believe they cannot win. 

But it is the singular spotlight of his sole leadership to fight at all cost against a rising evil in the world and to prevent the totally incomprehensible thought of his country ever losing their national identity as a sovereign nation “under the banner of a swastika flying over Buckingham Palace”.

Refusing to cave under to his bitter professional rivals demands of negotiating with Hitler to save the British people from a terrible cost of life, Churchill chooses instead the very long extraordinary odds of confronting Germany. First by implementing a rescue strategy called "Operation Dynamo" that virtually rescued the entire British army from the shores of Dunkirk with a civilian naval armada and then shortly there after rallying his nation in his speech before the Parliament on what his policy would be going forward........... “You all ask, what is our nation’s policy? I will say it is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy”.

REVIEW: Initially we see the film in the form of an intimate examination of the ordinary man named Churchill filled with a combination of his smart British wit, compassion and charm along with a unique perspective of what he was like as a dutiful husband. But soon after this framing of his personality has passed we see minute by minute both the film “Darkest Hour” and the actor Gary Oldman grow into a perfectly executed mutual crescendo as one of the best films for 2017.

Running about 2 hours, “Darkest Hour” essentially is a microscopic portrait of what leadership likes when seemingly dire events require someone, just one someone, to take the reigns of people's hearts, minds and human will to lead them. That one special someone by being their most morally courageous to lead them. And it is Oldman's performance we see these qualities in his Churchill; that special someone in both intricate and broad strokes with flawless acting from beginning to end.

While Oldman is in almost 95% of the film scenes and has about 80% of the lines utter in the film, the film still works as a very well-rounded balance story of other historical characters all the while showcasing one of the finest acting performances in the way of Oldman interpretation you will see this year or any other year. Gary Oldman is just phenomenal and keeps the whole historical story from ever collapsing under the weight of already familiar documented account of events during those perilous month of May in 1940. Even with knowing how things turned out this story and film always felt fresh, compelling. very consequential every step of the way.

Look I could say a lot more in the way of details about the film being superbly directed by Joe Wright along with a musical score that was both appropriate and timely in its underscoring of key moments in the film, but should you see it you will find all of this out for yourself.

Ultimately, Darkest Hour’ is one of the 10 best films you will see all year. If you are a history buff I highly recommend renting this years “Dunkirk” and the former Best Picture winner (one of my favorites of all time) “The Kings Speech” before or after "Darkest Hour". Both previously released films are situationally linked to the same historical time frame in UK World War 2 history, with both films working very well as companion and supportive pieces to the more intricate strategic events that occurred in “Darkest Hour”.

So, now the Academy of Arts and Science in Los Angeles will have to go through the perfunctory formality of nominating Gary Oldman in late January 2018 for Best Actor and then the additional perfunctory formality of making him travel all the way across the Atlantic all dressed up in his black tuxedo and tie just to accept his golden statue Oscar on live TV. He will then in turn take the time to thank all those who helped him in this great performance as well as those who were instrumental in his successful long career. Instead I would like to suggest the following idea to the Academy........., “Hey Academy why don't you just Federal Express Gary Oldman’s his Oscar today to some London store………….Save him the damn time and money on flying and air fare just to pick his well deserved trophy here in the states" (just kidding - he will win though  - a 100% lock).

Please take the time to see “Darkest Hour”, I highly recommend this excellent film, but more for Gary Oldman's work who is “Brando-esque” as Prime Minister Winston Churchill (my highest form of praise for a male actor’s work). And also I would like to recommend one other final suggestion to Gary Oldman as well,……….. “Hey Gary, you might want to keep that Tux pressed and handy anyway, knighthood from the Queen is on its way………..and you have to show up for that”.


4.00 Stars 

The Shape of Water - Review

The Shape of Water

From acclaimed story teller, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth), comes the love story - fantasy tale “The Shape of Water”. An other worldly story set against the backdrop of the Cold War era of America verses the USSR circa 1962.

From the top we find a hidden high-security government laboratory, filled with army security, scientist and an abundance of day laborers, one of which is a slight, submissive and quiet laborer named Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins). She works at the top secretive facility as a janitor (oddly enough in high heels and dress) then clocks out at the end of her day to go home alone to a small apartment. Eliza has no friends outside of her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) and her landlord Giles (Richard Jenkins) because she is a mute and societally shunned; trapped in a life of daily isolation from her disability. And while her lost voice is an inexplicable mystery from scars on her neck she still is quite capable of hearing and able to respond to others very elegantly via sign language all too conveniently interpreted by her coworker and best friend Zelda and Giles.

One day at work Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment in the form of an amphibious half human – half iguana lizard looking creature that is brought into facility from the jungles of Brazil.

Captured to be examined and researched by scientist there, the creature is shackled and chained under high security protocols in a basement laboratory with an indoor pool filled with slimy green water to accommodate the natural habitat where he was found. Elisa and Zelda are charged daily with cleaning up the laboratory from their series of test and experiments conducted on the creature, as well as from the blood from the brutal treatment inflicted by the head of security by a man named “Strickland” (Michael Shannon). He is throughout the film is sadistically frustrated by the creature’s inability to communicate in a discernable language.

Elisa witnesses the brutality by Strickland one day and immedaitely feels empathy for the creature, probably relating to his dilemma of being ostracized by not communicating. Feeling that connection to the creature and using some ingenuity on her part, she finds a way daily to sneak into the lab to visit the creature on her lunch break to share her hard boiled eggs and love of music with him. What ensues is a love story aka “beauty and the beast” through their forged deep emotional connection, not from words but rather through the silent expressions of respect, of touching and the simple act of compassion.

REVIEW: “The Shape of Water” is on everyones short list as an almost a lock to be nominated for a Best Picture nomination, with Best Actress for Sally Hawkins and other Academy Award nominations for technical considerations as well. There is just one problem, it won’t be because I had a vote. While I found it very beautiful to look at and filled with some top Hollywood talent, the overall plot was slightly above average on the interesting meter that never really connected with me as something plausible or reasonable, even in the back drop of it being a pure fantasy.

It wants to be too many things. It wants to be taken seriously as a dramatic love story with its subtle homage to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers films and yet I found the relationship very one dimensional, lacking any depth as to why they were drawn to each other than Eliza having a powerful libido. I found their interplay with one another almost laughable to even contemplate. And it also wants to be some cold war era spy thriller with the full measure of a subplot of the evil empire (USSR) and espionage. In both instances theses competing plots tried to make the case of “falling in love by conquering all obstacles’ as some remarkable tale of romance. But for me it wasn’t. Rather I felt less incline to be naturally drawn to this as a genuine fantasy and more forcibly compelled to surrender to it as a tale of bestiality romance. YUCK.

While “The Shape of Water” does try earnestly to being something very lovely to contemplate with its colorful sets design, movie musical tones and overt long silent love gazes meant to suggest real romantic tension between the two principle “love lizards”.   It never generated any real dramatic tension as far as I can see. Especially with an ending which from my perspective I could see coming a mile away.

Still I give Director Del Toro credit in trying to make a prodigious piece of work with glamour and appropriate atmospherics to sell this as a “by gone era old fashion love story”. And FYI, I am always a bit of a forgiving film fan of creative people taking risk into making something completely original given Hollywood’s yearly propensity to recycle the previously recycled  year after year. So for that I applaud Del Toro efforts for having and using some imagination with the best intensions. 

But in the end, “The Shape of Water” doesn’t transcend the art of romance in any artful new way, it just demands you accept this “slimy watery love tale” without ever questioning any aspect of it which made it for me a “hard water” story to buy.

So, see it but definitely rent it on those whimsical sleepy wintery days when you want to stay in doors and nothing else worth wild is on the TV.


3.00 Stars

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Disaster Artist - Review

The Disaster Artist

Actor James Franco, acts, writes and directs, along with his real life brother Dave Franco and his best buddy Seth Rogan in the offbeat satirical and very funny film called “The Disaster Artist”. A true story about a mysterious man with unusually long black hair and an indiscernible accent named Tommy Wiseau who in 2003 made one of the worst reviewed movies ever grossing only $1,800 dollars, only to  eventually have it evolve into one the greatest cult classic’s about “how not to make a movie” called “THE ROOM”. For 14 straight years “THE ROOM” has been currently playing in theaters in most major cities at least one night a week as a testament to its unintended fame. 
 
PLOT: At the start of the film we see principally only two characters, Tommy (James Franco) and his best friend Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), a 19 year old who is aspiring to be a full time actor. Both Tommy and Greg are studying together in a San Francisco based acting class when one day the Director admonishes Greg in class as being simply not good enough to be a serious working actor in Hollywood.
Frustrated by the criticism Greg reaches out to Tommy as someone he sees in his class through his improvisational but very strange performances as genuinely fearless and passionate about his work. Agreeing to help Greg, on a whim Tommy offers Greg to simply move in with him as his roommate so as (maybe) together they can inspire each other to getting the kind of real acting work they both dream of achieving. 
 
But after several months of endless rejections, Greg during a flippant and dismissive moment at humor suggests to Tommy that he should make his own movie. Tommy sees this as a real epiphany moment to making his dreams come true to being like his iconic film hero James Dean. So he goes off not only to writing a screenplay, but also financing his entire film at the cost of $6M with a bunch of no named actors in his story “THE ROOM”. A plot that centers  a banker named Johnny, a man who has it all; great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancĂ©e named Lisa , but who also has a scheme on her part of  manipulating and tearing Johnny apart for her own selfish needs while at the same time allowing herself to being seduced by Johnny’ best friend Mark.
REVIEW: Besides being completely off beat and hysterical funny at the same time, ‘The Disaster Artist” ultimately is a sweet homage to all of the countless actors who went to Hollywood with huge dreams that quickly failed; giving up, never to be heard of again. But not Tommy.  Franco’s film is essentially about Tommy Wiseau as a sweet tribute to both him as a person as well as to the idea of personal perseverance, along with what constitutes a real friendship and overall being truly passionate about something you genuinely believe it, no matter how many people make fun or criticize you.
 
While there are moments in the film that most casual film viewers will find as either weird, emotionally uncomfortable, even bizarre to contemplate, it wasn’t for me.  “The Disaster Artist” worked for all of its 1:45 minutes running time as it apparently did for the viewing audience who laughed out loud, seemingly enjoying this effort throughout as I did. But not so much as a film to make light of Tommy’s naivety, but more at the brilliance of James Franco superb acting talent playing skillfully about a man with no talent for acting while trying to act in the film with horrible acting (get it). Franco makes the full arc of Tommy’s story a fabulous tale that is sincere and honest even in the midst of watching Tommy’s direct his film rooted almost daily in some form of chaos and endless production disasters.
There is a great visual scene in “The Disaster Artist” film where Franco’s Tommy is seen shooting a scene in his making of “The Room” film that was supposed to be about Tommy having sex with his girlfriend in the movie. Tommy is so completely bad at acting that he is even horrible simulating having sex, as it looked more like some naked rhythm-less uncoordinated man humping a concrete building. Brought me to tears.
 
James Franco will almost certainly be nominated for Best Actor and deservedly so as his “The Disaster Artist” makes Tommy someone you totally root for. And if you should see this and you conclude that Tommy is a bit of a head case, as well as you deem his acting as unbearable to watch or you conclude that at times he seems more like a child stuck in a man’s body, it nevertheless is truly one of the more imaginative original pieces of film making you will see with genuine hilarity and genuine heart about a successful and yet unknown actor named Tommy Wiseau's who’s eccentricity and bad acting was an illuminating joy to watch.
3.50 Stars

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Films Rebooted - For TV / New Movie


Films Rebooted - For TV  / New Movie

A Star Is Born
An American Werewolf In London
Blue Thunder
Car Wash
Creature From The Black Lagoon
The Crow
Das Boot
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dune
Escape From New York
Every Which Way But Loose
Five Fingers Of Death
Friday The 13th
Hellboy
Hellraiser
Highlander
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Jacob's Ladder
Little Shop Of Horrors
Little Women
Logan's Run
Men In Black
Miami Vice
Momento
Nightmare On Elm Street
Oceans Eight
Police Academy
Predator
Private Benjamin
Rambo

Red Sonja
Road House
Scarface
Shaft (comedy)
Short Circuit
Sister Act
Splash
Stargate
Starship Troopers
Super Fly
Terms of Endearment
The Birds
The Fly
The Fugitive
The Green Hornet
The Legend Of Conan
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Matrix
The Naked Gun
The Seven Samurai
The Ten Commandments
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Warriors
The Wild Bunch
The Wolfman
Tomb Raider
War Games
Weird Science
White Men Can't Jump
Zorro

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is a drama with some appropriate comic undertones from Academy Award winning Director Martin McDonagh who wrote and directed the 2007 low budget hit "In Bruges" starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleason.

In his latest effort we leave the cinematic cultural vibrant landscape of Europe for the more rural and laid back American Midwest in the small sleepy town of Ebbing Missouri. The story begins about several months after teenager Angela Hayes was murdered with no culprit(s) or a single clue offered to solving her case.

Mildred Hayes (Angela Hayes's mother) played by Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (Fargo) who is highly frustrated by the lack of progress to solving her daughter murder, decides to making a bold move by painting three billboard signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed squarely at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature redneck mother’s boy with a penchant for violence gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated with more antagonism and personal threats that seem to put the case of Angela’s murder on the back burner of concern. Nevertheless, Mildred is determined one way of another to solving her daughter's death even if it kills her or kills anyone who gets in her way.

REVIEW: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at its core is about the extraordinary trauma a parent goes through when grieving the loss of a child, especially through needless violence.

I believe in most cases people in the very depths of despair and grief will often recoil to the privacy of their homes and their personal families, barely living; completely withdrawn from their friends, food and work - just sitting and waiting in an emotional fog for others to come to them with some news of resolution to a family member’s tragic murder. BUT NOT MIIDLRED HAYES, she is fully engaged. Totally motivated with a quiet almost masculine locked jaw resolve to do anything by looking pass anyone standing in her way of accomplishing the goal of solving her daughter’s murder. It’s the brilliance of Director Martin McDonagh to draw on both the normal tragic aspects of grieving and mourning with Mildred’s approach within his screenplay that also offers up a smart, sometimes profane and vulgar, definitely hilarious, violent and sometime karmic look at this kind of relentlessness. With some clever plot point twists intertwined we see with a realistic examination of how rage, under very rare circumstances, can be a productive cathartic mechanism in making some people just better human beings.  

Frances McDormand is both phenomenal and brilliant as Mildred and is an absolute 100% lock to get a Best Actress Nomination as will is Sam Rockwell as the alcoholic, excessively violent redneck momma’s boy Deputy Jason Dixon. Also, Oscar nominations will definitely be coming in the way for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director as well. But the real  greatness of this film, with a running time of 1:15 is that “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is one of those films that keeps getting better and better, more unpredictable and more compelling as it went along. It’s truly one of those rarest of rare films that is more profound and more grounded in reality each and every frame with a subliminal message of inspiration hidden inside its story without ever being overly manipulative, gimmicky or predictable.

A must see film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with definitely be in my high top ten films for 2017 as one of the more satisfying movies I have seen with its funny and palatable dramatic story about small town life through the tragic prism of loss and redemption.


4 Stars

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Roman J. Israel, ESQ - Review

Roman J. Israel, ESQ

Director Dan Gilroy who wrote and directed the intriguing and compelling 2014 “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, works with another A list Actor in the way of two time Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington in the legal drama “Roman J. Israel, ESQ”.

Taking place in Los Angeles, the story surrounds just three characters in the way of Denzel Washington as a lawyer named Roman Israel, along with Colin Farrell as his boss George Pierce and Carmen Ejogo a civil Rights activist as Romans’ female friend aka love interest named Maya. Roman is legally brilliant; a savant of sorts when it come to the law uniquely able to recite details of old cases by simply hearing the case number under which it was filed. His problem is he is a bit socially awkward and to a degree emotionally dysfunctional when interacting with other people. But he has a good heart with even better intentions of always wanting to help the indigent, the working class poor and overall to use his legal training to make the law be a mechanism for good in the way of social justice for those less fortunate.
Early in the film Roman discovers his small legal firm that he has been employed with for many years is closing doors for financial reasons and that he is being laid off. Emotionally lost and financially desperate to find work he reluctantly takes a job with a huge law firm run by George Pierce (Colin Farrell), a slick lawyer who was friends with Roman’s old boss who died suddenly now offering Roman better pay at his big time glitzy firm downtown.


The transition doesn’t go well as Roman  antiquated manner and ideas of doing things have left him stuck in a time warp of sorts when it comes to interacting with new high profile clients as he did at his old firm leading to real tension with his new legal colleagues as well exposing his new firm to potential laws suits. But in the process of getting a second chance with his boss George blessings, Roman gets his act together but on a rare impulse which is contrary to his nature Roman makes another decision that leads to a series of turbulent events that will put his new client as well as his new firm in a dangerous perilously situation.

REVIEW: As far as acting goes this is one Denzel’s best performances ever. You find yourself hanging on every uttered word as we watch and listen to his imaginative interpretation of this odd duck of aka Professor Cornel West looking man named Roman, who is part brilliant lawyer, part savant Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman’s “Rain Man”) part Forest Gump and part Karl Childers (Sling Blade). He creates real intrigue and dramatic weight to his Roman that while at times (and there were many) you found Roman’s conversations and actions totally perplexing, you still found yourself fixated on just how commanding Denzel owns the screen in every frame. 

Another positive is how the interplay chemistry between Roman and George is totally electric in the scenes they are together. But with all of Denzel’s acting prowess and Colin Farrell’s equally fine performance, the film gets totally loss and bogged down in the 2:09 minute running time from its endless choppy direction with an equally choppy, puzzling and meandering plot that seems never to elevate any aspect of the film into something meaningful or consequential to justify spending your time watching this overly wordy film.
By the time the movie comes to an odd dramatic ending, you really don’t care at all about Roman's fate;  …………and you should have and you won't - not even a little.
2.25 Stars

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Last Flag Flying - Review

Last Flag Flying 

Self-taught writer/director Richard Linklater who is among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s offering such films as “Dazed and Confused”, “Before Sunrise” and the 2014 Best Picture nominated film “Boyhood”, takes on another realistic and natural humanist film story titled “Last Flag Flying”.

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with Former Marine, now bar owner Sal (Bryan Cranston) and fellow former Marine now minister Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne). His visit to them is a surprise as they have not seen or spoken to each other for decades. But “Doc’s” arrival is a solemn one as he is on different type of mission to his old friends. He came to ask them to help him bury his only son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc has decided to forgo a burial at Arlington Cemetery and with the help of his old buddies, they take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.

REVIEW: “Last Flag Flying” structurally speaking is a conventional film in the purest sense. Meaning, it’s never flashy in any frame during in its 2:04 minute running time, spending most of the film's story portraying very realistically meaningful “in the moment dialogue”. Specifically the kind of dialogue that helps the viewing audience get acquainted with these Marine buddies who are now years later getting reacquainted with one another. 

But in the first 30 minutes into their personal story, this viewer came to realize that while Rotten Tomato has "Last Flag Flying" scored at a modest 76, from my perspective something special was starting to take place up on the big screen. Something special as I was witnessing three stirring performances about how men, in only ways our DNA X chromosomes will generally ever allow, how men uniquely show their warmth, share their humanity, share their respect and yes share their love for and with one another. Not with tears, not with melancholy and not with bravado. But rather by drawing on their comradery that has been fortified into a deeper hidden strength from a single shared experience. In their case it was their experience as brave soldiers in Vietnam War.

While the overall arc and premise of the story is somewhat gloomy, as it is always ever present in your mind while its narrative unfolds, this is a story at its core about a funeral procession for a brave dead solider who is being laid to rest by his father and his two best friends. And while there are a few rare moments where the three men do engage in other matters like belief in God, sex and sentiments about being anti-war verse being pro-soldier loving Americans, the film is always buttressed by the wonderful interplay between Cranston’s, Carell’s and Fishburne’s characters as they create acting magic with one another, using both sometimes dramatic restraint and sometimes down right hilarious chemistry that will touch anyone’s heart at the deepest of levels.

The overall strength of "Last Flag Flying" is it is always sincerely honest with itself and therefore is always sincerely honest with its audience each step without relying on simplistic sentimental gimmicks to fill in space or take up time. No its a moving story from beginning to end that is even more elevated by some memorable and unforgettable scenes that will have you thinking about the movie days later after you see it. 

The first such scene is when we watch Doc sees his son's casket at Dover military base. The second is with all three men riding in the cargo section of the train carrying the Marines remains home. The third is when they buy and use flip phones on an impulse (remember this take place in 2003 - no I phones yet). The fourth is when the three men take a side trip to a friend's mother home who died with them while in Vietnam. And finally the scene on the day of the funeral ranging from Doc’s home to the cemetery. I guarantee you these moments in the movie will make you laugh, reflect, smile and be emotionally touched by the beautiful seamless transition of experiencing these three men support for one another during one of the deepest human tragedies anyone can experience……………..A parent putting their child to their final rest.

But the real magic in this film is Bryan Cranston. He is the lead engine on this train, metaphorical speaking, as he galvanizes the appropriate amount of inner wisdom, emotional strength, humor and personal reflection that the film needed to prevent it from being dragged down as some simple sad tale of death. His performance is nothing short of brilliant and reinforces what I have been saying for 5 years now he is the finest male actor working in Hollywood today.

Please to all who read this, I implore you to see “Last Flag Flying’ in the theater if you can. If you cannot, please do not miss it when it is convenient for you to do so. It’s a profoundly thoughtful and powerful meditative story about war and how surviving its aftermath can affect people in lasting ways negatively, but also in ways that are wonderful, humorous and nurturing.

One of the best films for 2017, “Last Flag Flying” is not just an excellent story that is well written with terrific executed performances and direction, it’s just a superbly magnificent emotional experience that should not be missed. 

4 Stars