hell-or-high-water

I love bank robbery movies and I love westerns. As it turns out, putting them together is also pretty great.

Hell or High Water is about two brothers who hatch a plan to save their family’s ranch after their mother dies by robbing the bank that holds the loan for the land.

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rogue-one

After The Force Awakens and this, they could make Star Wars movies every year for the rest of my life and I’ll be in the theater opening weekend for all of them.

For those that don’t know, Rogue One is the first standalone, non-trilogy Star Wars movie. This is very important to know going in. This is NOT Episode 8. So if you go in expecting to see the further adventures of Rey, Finn, and the Skywalkers, you’ll be disappointed.  However you will not be disappointed if you go in expecting a great depiction of how the plans to the Death Star were acquired prior to the original Star Wars movie.

spectral

Netflix’s original movies that I’ve watched have been solid for the most part. This one is no different.

Spectral follows a scientist and a group of special forces soldiers through a war torn European country. They are trying to fight an enemy that they can’t seem to kill because… well they are basically ghosts. Like actual ghosts. It’s better than it sounds.

arrival

I’m behind on a lot of movies out right now. I’m very glad I picked this one to see first to start getting caught up.

Arrival stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as a language specialist and scientist, respectively. They are tasked with learning how to communicate with mysterious aliens after they show up in several places across the world.

the-accountant

This is by far the best movie I’ve seen about an accountant.  Then again, it’s pretty much the only movie I’ve seen about an accountant.  And it’s also not so much about an accountant.  But still, the best one.

The Accountant stars Ben Affleck as a brilliant accountant who suffers from autism.  Some of his work involves some pretty bad people.  When one of these people double crosses him and tries to have him killed, he uses a special set of skills originally meant to help him cope with his autism to find those responsible and exact revenge.

siege-at-jadotville

Netflix’s most recent original movie shoots to be a Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down.  But it misses the mark, and instead gives us some great action but is weak in other aspects.

The Siege at Jadotville is based on a true story involving a group of UN peacekeepers from Ireland who are sent to the Congo during the 1960s.  Jamie Dornan takes a break from beating and abusing women in 50 Shades of Grey to lead a bunch of no name and “I know that guy from somewhere” actors with sometimes unintelligible Irish accents. Together they have to fight off a bunch of mercenaries and Congolese rebels to save themselves during a coup.

I’m still a week behind on my Top 10 lists so this one is actually because of Deepwater Horizon that came out last week.  Marky Mark has come a long way with his acting and has a wide variety of really good movies that range from straight up action to Oscar winners (and almost as many based on a true story movies as Tom Hanks). Here’s the list and let me know your favorites in the comments: