Movie Reviews with Dan & Karin

Movie Reviews Santa Cruz Monterey San Jose Silicon Valleyby Karin Leonard & Daniel Robin

Each month, we select our favorite or otherwise important films to be featured on this page. We rate them, subjectively, on a scale from 1 (worthless) to 5 (awesome) in terms of their entertainment and message. We leave the plot details and storytelling to the filmmakers and instead attempt to characterize, highlight strengths and, and hint at purpose. Reach us at [email protected]. Enjoy!

Straight Outta Compton – Movie Review

With O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti Entertainment: 3.5            Message: 4.5 Based on the real life story of the 1980s rise and fall of NWA from the mean streets of LA, and the five young musicians who channeled their abusive...

Jurassic World

With Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins     Note: extremely frightening scenes & peril Entertainment: 3         Message:  2.5 Seen one GMO dinosaur you’ve seen them all?  While more intelligent and interesting than some of the previous installments, as well as...

Jurassic World

With Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins     Note: extremely frightening scenes & peril Entertainment: 3         Message:  2.5 Seen one GMO dinosaur you’ve seen them all?  While more intelligent and interesting than some of the previous installments, as well as...

Inside Out

Voices of Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith Entertainment: 4  Message: 4.5 Growing up is hard. Some don’t actually make it. Though seemingly a children’s tale, this masterpiece is truly a breakthrough achievement in what an...

Ex Machina

With Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno, Claire Selby Entertainment: 3.5 Message: 4 The intrigue and potential threats of artificial intelligence are well illustrated in this highly intelligent and sophisticated sci-fi film. While the themes are familiar,...

Woman in Gold

With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruehl, Katie Holmes Entertainment: 3.5 Message: 4.5 Based on the true story and events surrounding Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s famous work Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also called Woman in Gold. With...

Monkey Kingdom

With Tina Fay as narrator Entertainment: 4 Message: 4 Disney magic at its best. So well filmed and coordinated, it is easy to forget these are wild macaque monkeys in their natural, Sri Lankan environment. We are privy to their private lives within their highly...

The Age of Adaline

With Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn Entertainment: 4 Message: 4.5 This beautiful, romantic drama delivers lingering impact with deep echoes and implications for the human condition. Brief narration helps rational viewers accept the...

While We’re Young Movie Review

Just saw While We’re Young last night. This is a good solid comedy that has a lot of laughs. It also bring up issues with contemporary society, which makes if worthwhile watching. I’ll start the comments. If you’ve seen it, share your comments below....

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