Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your instincts.” — M GoldenEye, released in 1995 A rogue element in the Russian military has developed a space-based weapons system — someone has deployed it to wipe out everyone […]

The Light Between Oceans

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{5/5} “For many years, everything I touched would fade away. And you are so full of life. That scares me.” The Light Between Oceans, released in 2016 Tom, having fought in World War I, decides to becomes a lighthouse keeper — at least temporarily, filling in for someone who had a nervous breakdown. When he […]


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{4/5} “There’s a great deal of situational ebb and flow in my line of work.” Inferno, released in 2016 Robert Langdon wakes up in Florence. He has a head wound and doesn’t remember anything from the past couple of days. When someone comes to the hospital to kill him, he and his doctor, Sienna Brooks, […]

The Girl on the Train

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{4.5/5} “For the first time in ages I have purpose. Or at least I have a distraction.” The Girl on the Train, released in 2016 Rachel travels into the city by train every day, and every day she looks at a house where there’s a happy couple. Then one day she sees something shocking — […]

Cold Case (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “People shouldn’t be forgotten. They matter.” — Lilly Cold Case season 1, aired in 2003-04 Detective Lilly Rush is a member of the Philadelphia Homicide Squad. She gets pulled onto a cold case and soon afterwards it becomes her thing. Whenever new evidence is found, no matter how old the case is, she and […]

Licence to Kill

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{4/5} “Remember, if it hadn’t been for Q branch you’d have been dead long ago.” Licence to Kill, released in 1989 When a drug lord named Sanchez feeds the lower half of Felix Leiter’s body to a shark, James Bond vows revenge. M expects Bond to do the mission he’s been assigned instead, so Bond […]

Mission: Impossible III

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{5/5} “I’m assuming it’s like a code name for something he’s about to sell to an unspecified buyer, for $850 million by the way. Or maybe it’s not a code word, maybe it’s just a really, really expensive bunny appendage.” Mission: Impossible III, released in 2006 Ethan Hunt is engaged to Julia, and he doesn’t […]

Mission: Impossible II

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{3.5/5} “If you look at Hunt’s operational history, and I have, you’ll notice that he invariably favours misdirection over confrontation.” Mission: Impossible II, released in 2000 Ethan Hunt’s mission is to recover something called Chimera, which he eventually finds out is a deadly virus. It’s been stolen by another IMF agent, Sean Ambrose. One of […]

The Living Daylights

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{4/5} “I’ve had a few optional extras installed.” The Living Daylights, released in 1987 When General Koskov decides to defect from the Soviet Union, James Bond is sent to assist in extracting him from Czechoslovakia. Koskov reveals that his superior at the KGB, General Pushkin, is starting spies on a path that may lead to […]

Captain Fantastic

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{5/5} “The absurdity of being eulogized by someone she didn’t know has exactly the kind of comedic flourish that Leslie would have cherished.” Captain Fantastic, released in 2016 Ben and his six kids live in the wilderness. He’s home schooling them, giving them assignments that are intellectually and physically challenging. When Ben’s wife, who’s bipolar, […]