La La Land

on 12-19-2016

The life choices we make and how their consequences can play out, is the theme I walked away with. The singing and dancing is like seeing an old time “MUSICAL”. The acting is great by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It is a very entertaining and in ways spectacular movie with a simple story of love and stardom coupled with follow your dream binding it all together. I am glad I saw this one....

Rules Don’t Apply

on 12-02-2016

This is a movie about the egotistic style of Howard Hughes with a young attractive fresh faced actress in a love triangle with him as the front end story. It depicts Hughes as having an allergic reaction to “little Creatures”, AKA children. The acting is well done. Warren Beattys portrait of Hughes is a bit of a character of the actual man but none the less fun. I liked this movie a lot. It...

The Dressmaker

on 9-29-2016

This is a therapeutically funny movie. I laughed so hard and so many times that I came out feeling like a kid again. It has a biting storyline with Kate Winslet in the lead. Liam Hemsworth at her side, nice looking guy for you gals. It is wacky and full of surprises from beginning to end. Ms Winslet does some excellent acting and shows her range as an actress. Much of the humor is...

Bridget Jones’s Baby

on 9-17-2016

This is a delightful yet improbable love triangle story. It was fun at every turn. I laughed..a lot! :o) The acting is very well done and the laugh lines are quite bawdy, abundant and clever. One of Emma Tompsons’ lines:” Having a baby is having a whole human being pass through your vagina”….. Had not thought of it that way, up until now. All of the characters are fun to watch on screen and...

Florence Foster Jenkin

on 8-13-2016

The operative theme for this movie is: “People may say I can’t sing but they can not say I have not sung.” Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep light up the screen with a slow dance love song that takes twists and turns that end in 1944 Carnegie Hall. It is a true story about a wealthy, off key classical singer who wins them all over with her determination and stage presence. It is a...

Hail, Caesar

on 3-05-2016

This movie is wrapped in a splendid 1950 wrapper but the energy inside is so flat, I almost walked out. For some odd reason, the scenes fell far short of what they could have been. Maybe if George Clooney and Brody switched roles, no, it was just stale. A great disappointment to me. I usually love the Coen boys. EXPEKT-O-METER Before 8.5 – After 6 > >...

Daddy’s Home

on 1-11-2016

Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell team up to have an attempt at a funny movie. Well, I thought the last scene really played well and was worth a great laugh. The question is: did the rest of the movie justify the long wait? You be the judge. EXPEKT-O-METER Before 6 – After 6 > >...

Sisters

on 1-11-2016

This is wacky, bawdy, fun and heart felt. These two wacky comedians team up to give us a dysfunctional family comedy. It is quick and entertaining. Lots of swear words and creative word-smithing to describe both male and female genitalia. These girls had a lot of fun filming this one. EXPEKT-O-METER Before 7 – After 7.5 > >...

Rock The Kasbah

on 10-24-2015

This is a classic wacky Murray movie with heart. Bill Murray is playing his usual, bigger than life characterization, This time he is a scamming talent agent looking for a big discovery. A door opens with one of his clients to go to Afghanistan for a USO type of entertain the troops, tour. This feels like a war zone and it looks like we are actually filming in Afghanistan. It is a gritty and...

Learning To Drive

on 9-19-2015

Ben Kingsley (yes, GANDHI) plays the role of a Sikh living in New York city making a living as a driving instructor, among other odd jobs. He takes on a new student who has never driven. This is where the fun begins. Their interplay is the heart of the movie. Their personal lives are highlighted as well but the dance of resistance and skill development in the learning to drive process offer plenty to...

A Walk In The Woods

on 9-19-2015

It was great to see Emma Thompson, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in a movie together. They are movie professionals and brought a lot of life to this great little movie. The dialogues were spirited and human. The visuals of the walking in the woods were, at times spectacular. Walking the Appalachian Trail is no small task and it plays the third character in the movie. It is a walk for young and old,...

Ricki And The Flash

on 8-11-2015

This was a movie that had a little trouble getting it’s footing. Some of the acting is alright but most is a yawn. Many of the band scenes had no energy. I am not sure where the director was or what he was shooting for but felt it fell well short of it’s potential. The closing few scenes are high energy but getting to them is a bit tedious. It has a great cast...