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  • Magnus

    Magnus

    ★★★★★

    Magnus Carlson is a chess prodigy and the current world champion. I most definitely don't understand the ranking system, but Magnus is listed as the highest ranking chess player of all time: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_players_by_peak_FIDE_rating.

    This documentary is fantastic. It starts with home movies of a young Magnus. He's, um, a little different. (ha) And then it continues on to track Magnus' life playing chess as a teenager and then an adult. The analysis of Magnus' approach to chess is really interesting.…

  • The Stand

    The Stand

    ★★★

    Love the book. Like the movie. Typical.

    The good: The cast! Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, and many more. And the BIG Stephen King story is fun.

    The bad: It looks like a junior high production. I don't know what the budget for this show was, but there are lots of unintentionally funny scenes.

    If you haven't read the book, your rating will likely be lower. (ha) Solution: Read the book.
    A good movie.
    thanks... yow, bill

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

    The new Star Wars is a good movie and is worth seeing. There's a lot of "inside stuff" for extreme Star Wars fans which didn't really interest me much. Also, I think Star Wars fans are so grateful that the movie isn't terrible like the second trio from George Lucas. And you have to tip your hat to the Star Wars marketing lads for creating a HUGE buzz. For me, it was a fairly typical action movie with lots of…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    This is a fantastic action-packed movie. I saw it at the iMax. There are more breath-taking scenes than I can count. Tom Cruise is amazing.

    Negatives: silly plot, tired characters, a little long.
    The negatives are tiny, however. And happy surprise: there's a surprising amount of humor in this MI movie as well. Great movie!
    hi rob... yow, bill