Downton Abby (2019, Michael Engler)

My wife and I were addicted to this TV series and were anxious to see it continued on the big screen (especially since we watched most of the series in our motor home little 21” TV). We even made sure we had reserved seats.

The movie picked up where it left us 4 years ago. If you have never seen the TV series, the movie will not have the same impact that it had on us. There were several story lines happening along with the major plot of the King (George the 5th) and Queen of England coming to Downton. The movie was intermingled with witty and very funny comments from the fantastic Dowager Countess such as “”At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.” or “Principles are like prayers: Noble of course, but awkward at a party.”

I really did not want this movie to end…although my bladder was happy it was over. If you were ever a fan of the TV show this is a must see.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019,Tyler Nilson)

This movie certainly did not get all the hype of a Hollywood blockbuster and I only came to know about it from Movie Mill previews. We wanted to see it when it arrived and was even more anxious to see it after Heather and Jaydee gave us raving reviews.

I loved this movie!! One of the first movies in a long time that I am giving 5 full bags of popcorn. The story of a drifter and a Down Syndrome young adult holds you right to the end without any dull moments. It also brought me back great memories of the time we spent on the US east coast in our RV travels. I want to put this movie with the same classic hits as Of Mice and Men and The Railman. Thanks to the Movie Mill for one “up ing” the Cineplex and bringing this great film to town.

It Chapter 2 (2019, Andres Muschietti)

Finally…a blockbuster we have been waiting for all summer. This was a must see due to my membership in the Stephen King Constant Reader Club. Once again went to the last show at night, and for one who is usually in bed by 10:00pm, this made this movie even more scary.

I would say this flic was like walking through a very scary haunted house for three hours and you can’t get out. I must of jumped a dozen or more times, as Pat will confirm, especially when Pennywise would pop out with his horrifying teeth.

There was lots of comic relief throughout, which in my opinion was necessary to release the a lot of stress of what was going to happen next.

The arch of the young loser club to the present day was amazing. As you can see by this picture – they aged the kids extremely well with great actors.

All in all, I thought the film was great. Seeing S.K. in a big cameo, was a my best scene.

The only fail in the whole movie was how they got rid of that horrible clown. I mean…seriously.. I won’t give it away though. A must see.

Ready or Not (2019,Matt Bettinelli-Oplin)

Three movies in one weekend!!!! With a recommendation from my Grandson Ben, we decided to see this flick. The basic plot line is : new bride marries into a rich family, and as part of her induction on her wedding day into the family , she has to play a pyscho game of Hide and Seek. This led to the creation of Bridezilla like you haven’t seen before. My better half didn’t like this one, but I did. There was plenty of action and what is going to happen next scenes which keeps you going to the last movie line…”What happened…..Inlaws!!!! Not the best movie I’ve seen this year but a memorable one. Four bags of popcorn.

Where’d you go Bernadette (2019 Richard Linklater)

Not a lot of choices this weekend, so looked at the Movie Mill for some possiblities. I thought this movie had an interesting premise. It looked like the daughter was the one that was going to disappear…but it wasn’t. On top of that, it took 3/4 of the movie to even reach the point of anyone disappearing. For me, the movie had a lot of blah blah blah and yada yada yada. Way to0 much talking! The ladies however, really liked it which I think was the target audience. The only redeeming feature of this movie was the fantastic scenes in the Antartica.

Not a bad movie, it just wasn’t one I will even remember in a month from now.

Angel has fallen (2019, Ric Roman Waugh)

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Cheap Tuesday ticket night got us out to see this flick. The action started right from the first scene. Most of the film was action, with a sprinkling of “Shawshank Redemption” quotes by the President. Not sure why they try to make these kind of movies with any attempt to serious thought. The “bad guys” were figured out early which allowed you to enjoy the ride till the end. There was a lot of holes in the plot like where the main character actually found a pay-phone. But like most action flicks, you have to ignore any attempt in making it realistic. Nick Nolte added great comic relief……crap that guy got old!!! Not an Oscar winner, but worth a watch. #morganfreemanforpresident2020

The Kitchen (2019, Andre Berloff)

Another movie we both waited to see at the Movie Mill to not spend the big bucks. I had great hopes for this movie, being a fan of Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Moss. Unfortunately, this was a bomb. Even after Pat had to clarify some plot lines that I missed, I still couldn’t see how three down trodden mob housewives, end up running all of Hells Kitchen in New York. It just seemed unrealistic….even knowing it is fiction. The story was way too depressing. I hated seeing New York in the 70’s when it was so dirty, gritty and violent. It isn’t the city I came to really love when we visited a few years ago.

This is the NYC I remember.

This movie only rated one bag of popcorn. I hope I see a 5 bag movie soon.

The Farewell (2019, Lulu Wang)

I was excited to use my “new” review site tonight. Pat talked about this movie a few days ago and I went along with her decision. This flick got really high reviews so I said why not. I didn’t realize that I was going to have to read the English sub-titles 90% of the movie..nothing wrong with that, but after a really tough week at work, I was more in the mood for an “Angel Has Fallen” movie…

I certainly was educated on Chinese family life…. wow do they eat a lot. I would describe this movie as one you would be forced to watch in Film School. Very artsy which I’m sure gave it high ratings. . A block buster film this is not. And to top it all off…(caution spoiler next) Grandma never died

Welcome to the new and improved “Movie Reviews by Johnny”

Starting with my next review, you will see a new format for my Movie Reviews. Thanks to my very creative son Paul and daughter-in-law Ronnie, I now have new graphics and a new Blog page. Posting my blogs on WordPress with automatic links to FB and Twitter, will give me better access, to images, videos and format. My new rating system will be changing from Thumbs up/down to a 5 Bag Popcorn rating. A 5 rating means the movie comes with my highest recommendations. This will be a much better rating system.



My goal one day is to be a reviewer for “Rotten Tomatoes”. Your support by following me is appreciated.

See you at the MOVIES!

Blinded by the Light (2019, Gurinder Chadha)

I am going against the critics on this one. I am a big fan of Bruce Springsteen music and was hoping for something better. It was like watching a two hour Springsteen music video marathon for MTV/Much Music sprinkled with a depressing story of life in England in the 80’s for an Asian family. At least it was a happy ending, especially for me that it was finally over.

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