Julieta  82% on Rotten Tomatoes                     7 (Amazon Prime)

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Starring Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner

Plot Summary-A chance reunion with the friend of her estranged daughter sets Julieta down memory lane, as she tries to recall the events that led to her daughter leaving.

My Take-Julieta lets its slight plot unfold slowly which gives it a weight that would otherwise not be there. We see an older Julieta think back on why her daughter left, and flashbacks reveal a younger Julieta who has turned her back to her father for cheating when she herself is engaged in an affair. The film feels less thematic than some of Almodovar’s best work, but Julieta is masterfully done and intriguing.

-Directed by Pedro Almodovar, 2016

Dinosaur    65% on Rotten Tomatoes                       7 (DVD)

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Voices of Ossie Davis, Alfre Woodard, D.B Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Della Reese, Joan Plowright

Plot Summary-A meteor crashing down causes all types of  displaced dinosaurs to band together in order to find a new home. Aladar, an Iguanodon raised by Lemurs, does his best to help the weaker ones make it as the brutish leader, Kron, practices survival of the fittest.

My Take-The plot is very simple (some might even say thin), but i find it enjoyable. The characters are strongly defined and the voice work is excellent. Known mostly as a technical marvel when first released, the special effects have naturally aged, but hold up pretty well.

-Directed by Ralph Zondag and Eric leighton, 2000

Chances Are 64% on Rotten Tomatoes                        6 (VHS)

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Starring Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd, Ryan O’Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson

Plot Summary-A lawyer dies suddenly just as he stumbles on a huge scandal and his wife gives birth to a daughter, causing him to seek reincarnation as a way of getting back. Granted, he is reborn as Alex Finch (Downey Jr.). Twenty or so years later he runs into his old family and best friend (O’Neal), bringing all the memories from his old life flooding back.

My Take-Deliberate attempt at a lighthearted and charming old-time movie comes out mostly successful. Awkward moments distract from the film’s romantic nature at times.

-Directed by Emile Ardolino, 1989

-Walter Howard-

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