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Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

Hello My Name is Doris (R) ★★★

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Sally Fields stars in ‘Hello My Name is Doris.” Photo Credit: Red Crown Productions

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The Jungle Book (PG) ★★★½

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‘The Jungle Book’ Mowgli (Neel Sethi) Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Those who were anxious about this remake can forget about their worries (and their strife).

“Now I’m the king of the swingers-oh, the jungle VIP; I reached the top and had to stop and that’s what’s botherin’ me!”

For a total of fourteen hours last week I listened to Disney tunes nonstop on road trips from Phoenix to Disneyland and back. Whenever “I Wan’na Be Like You” came on, I just had to sing along (much to the chagrin of my husband, in-laws and kids, I’m sure). It’s not only one of my favorite songs from Disney’s 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book, it’s one of my favorite Disney songs overall. Needless to say, despite the fact that I was worried when I heard about plans for a remake, I still hoped Iron Man director Jon Favreau would find a way to incorporate The Jungle Book’s songs into this year’s live-action version of the film.

I’m usually anti-remake in general, but when it’s a film that I absolutely loved in my childhood that’s being given the treatment, I’m especially antsy. My fears seemed to be confirmed in the first few minutes Favreau’s film, as it begins with jittery close-ups of young “man-cub” Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi, who’s neither a standout nor annoying like most child actors) running and jumping across tree branches in the jungle. I thought I was going to be sick. Thankfully there were only a few other sequences like that in the rest of the movie, which I’m thrilled to report is excellent. Favreau and his team created a lush, beautiful world for Mowgli and his friends—it’s truly the kind of film that you need to see to believe.

You know the story: Mowgli is left in the jungle as a baby, found by the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and raised by wolves until the intimidating tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) learns of his existence and wants revenge for being burned and scarred by man’s “red flower” (fire) years ago. As long as Mowgli remains in the jungle, no one is safe from Shere Khan’s wrath, and so takes Bagheera takes it upon himself to accompany Mowgli on his return to the man village. It’s a coming-of-age story, as well as a tale of bravery and friendship. Read more…

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Miracles from Heaven (PG) ★★★

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Jennifer Garner stars in ‘Miracles from Heaven’ Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (R) ★★★ Radio Podcast

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Tina Fey stars in ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

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Eddie the Eagle PG ★★★

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Eye in the Sky ★★★

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Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky. Photo credit: Bleecker Street.

When is it OK to kill a nine-year-old girl?

It’s a horrific thought. And you’re probably thinking, “Well, NEVER, of course.” But Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky doesn’t let its audience off that easy. We meet the young, cute Alia (Alicia Takow) at the start of the film as she’s practicing the hula-hoop outside her family’s house in Nairobi. We then learn that two of the world’s most wanted terrorists—including a British citizen that Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) has been tracking for six years— are in a nearby compound helping Somalis strap on explosive-laden vests for an imminent suicide mission. What Powell and the British military (with assistance from their US allies) originally planned as a capture mission quickly turns into a kill order.

But just before Steve (Aaron Paul), a drone pilot in Nevada, presses the button to release a Hellfire missile that will wipe out the terrorist compound, little Alia walks into the “kill zone” and sets up a stand to sell bread. It’s not spoiling anything to say that Steve refuses to fire the drone missile after first noticing the girl, and that’s because the majority of Eye in the Sky follows its characters as they try to convince each other—and themselves—what the best plan of action is now that an innocent child’s life might be ended by their decision.
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