THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

Just screened #176, Patriots Day, a solid film with an excellent cast that pulls no punches in reliving that awful day in 2013 when two terrorist brothers planted bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line. The recreation of the bombs going off and the aftermath are extremely difficult to watch, but how do you tell this story without showing the horrific impact of what happened? Mark Wahlberg is Officer Tommy Saunders, a composite of several Boston policemen who's just TOO ...involved in too many scenes, the only character that rings a bit false. But don't let that stop you because this is one of the best casts in years, including John Goodman as the police commissioner, Kevin Bacon as the FBI agent in charge and J.K. Simmons as one of the Watertown cops who drives into a hellish assault. There is also one terrific scene between Khandi Alexander as a FBI interrogator and Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) as the wife of one of the terrorists who refuses to say if there are any more bombs left. This scene really crackles - but then again just about everything works here. Patriots Day celebrates the heroism of everyone who did all that they could that day. Recommended. Opens this Friday in select theaters and then opens wide in January.

TLA one-word review: powerful

PATRIOTS DAY (2016)