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...

Minions

on 7-10-2015

I loved this movie!! It is smart, clever, engaging, sophisticated and has script tie ins to stripes of life, politics and current events. There was an eruption of applause after the movie. They speak a gibberish language that has elements of English, Spanish and High Mumble. The words definitely do not get in the way. It has plenty of goofy and a lot of old fashion entertainment. EXPEKT-O-METER Before 6.5 – After 8.5 >...

Magic Mike XXL

on 7-03-2015

I liked this story. Sure, it is a story about male strippers with a road trip theme. Yet a story that is fun to be with. It is laid back and has an authentic mood that made me feel like I was a part of their trip. The lines are clever and the entertainment is well done. All along the way, there are surprise characters that come along and add to the mix, making...

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

on 6-29-2015

Quirky, slow moving and lacking something I can not quite put my finger on. It got rave reviews from The Sundance Film Festival and I am not sure why. It did not appeal to my senses. The acting is well done but the story and how it was played out did not engage me. You may love it. If so, please let me know what I missed. EXPEKT-O-METER Before – 7, After-5.5 > >...

Spy

on 6-06-2015

From the opening credits, I could see QUALITY in this production. The attention to detail grabbed me and reeled me in. The comedic timing was great. The plot was not sacrificed for the comedy. McCarthy worked as a rather silly seeming chick from the home office who got sent into a life and death situation for the CIA. Jason Statham plays an over the top, inept self assigned agent trying to help but proving...

Aloha

on 6-04-2015

This movie seemed to have some trouble finding itself early on. The acting was not all it could be, early on. Once it finally found it’s direction (pun intended) if came together with a lot of fun, surprises and sincerity. There are many laugh lines that work and all in all a very fun movie. This all star cast of Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Alex Baldwin, Bill Murray and Rachael McAdams seem to have...