Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time

Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Storm Reid, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zach Galifianakis
Running Time: 2 Hours

I had such high hopes for this movie having been a huge fan of the book in my youth... but, it ended up being a major disappointment to me! I was so excited to see how they were going to tell this unique story and bring it to life on the big screen. There was so much hype and anticipation for this movie that maybe that may have played into my disappointment as well.
I don't feel like they followed the story from the book closely enough to keep it authentic.
The movie takes place four years after the young father in the family Mr. Murry (Chris Pine) some kind of a scientist experimenting in dimensional time-travel, suddenly disappears.
From there his daughter Meg (Storm Reid) is determined to discover what on earth happened to her beloved father and prove that he is still alive. Meg, her six-year old brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and a close school friend Calvin (Levi Miller) suddenly find themselves in the presence of a unique woman named Mrs.Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) when all chaos ensues and they are completely confused. They are suddenly whisked off into another dimension to try and find their father. They encounter Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and eventually the very calming and reassuring Mrs.Which (Oprah Winfrey).
This movie was so confusing and bewildering that it just left you completely baffled.
There were just too many strange occurrences with such unusual characters that it lost its appeal and draw. I felt like the movie was all over the place with no real direction.
The three Mrs. characters, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which were some of the strangest and  most misunderstood characters in a movie. They had the weirdest make-up and hair dos ever. I did appreciate the strength in the character of Meg and her determination to not give up on her father. However, there were some really cool scenes with beautiful, bright colors and some stunning special effects.
Parents be aware: This movie is rated PG. There were some intense scenes with some very bizarre looking characters. There was also strange and unusual scenery that young children could find troubling and scary.
I am giving "A Wrinkle in Time" two and a half bags of popcorn.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black Panther

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B . Jordan, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Forest Whittaker, Andy Serkis, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Sterling K. Brown
Running Time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes

This is the next installment of the Marvel Universe (18th to be exact).
This is the story of the superhero "T'Challa"aka "Black Panther" (Chadwick Boseman). The film begins where Captain America: Civil War left off. T'Challa goes back to Wakanda in Africa to succeed the throne of his late father and become the King of this incredible little country.
What makes Wakanda so incredible is that it has been blessed with a very special substance there called "Vibranium", which came from a meteorite from deep in outer space... but it has a power all of its own!!!
I loved the introduction to Wakanda. It felt a little "Lion King" to me. I thought the special effects were just breathtaking! The beautiful scenery and the special colors made it spectacular.
The story was not that strong, I felt like T'Challa wasn't so much of a superhero as he was a man trying to be a great King and save his people from an outside threat. I enjoyed "Black Panther", I thought Michael B. Jordan did a great job as Erik Killmonger and I thought it was great to see an almost exclusive African/American cast. I really enjoyed the scenery, the music and the culture.
Parents be advised: there was some fighting and violence and some mild profanity.
I am giving "Black Panther" three bags of popcorn.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Starring The Voices Of: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil and Alfonso Arau
Running Time: 1 Hour and 49 Minutes

This is the 19th Pixar movie to date. I can hardly believe they have made 19 movies. When it comes to Pixar I could honestly just replace it with "perfection"! They are scrupulous with every single detail! Just absolutely spectacular in every way!
As usual, I had absolutely no idea what this movie was going to be about and what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised.
This is the sweet story of a young boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) (I'm guessing around 12 years old) who does not understand why his family has forsaken any music to be played or listened to at all! He comes from a family of proud Shoemaker's, who feel it is an honor to carry on the family tradition. Young Miguel does not want to become a Shoemaker! He has no interest in it and he has an intense love of music, especially, the guitar. His family strictly forbade's him to play the guitar and are sorely disappointed in him. He just cannot suppress his desire to play music and he decides to search to find his family's connection to music. Legend has it that his Great, Great Grandfather Ernesto (Benjamin Bratt) was an amazing and very talented guitarist. However, he left and went away from his wife and daughter one night and never returned again! The wife and daughter were devastated! They loved and admired him so! The mother had to find a way to support her daughter and herself and became a shoemaker.
 That is where the family began the company of making shoes. But Miguel has a burning desire to follow in his Great, Great Grandfather's tradition and become a musician. He begs his family to support him, but they sharply refuse!
He sets out to compete in a music competition only to find himself in another existence filled with mystery and intrigue. He becomes caught up in The Day of the Dead! He actually finds all of the answers he has long sought after.
The attention to detail and the bright and vivid colors and graphics are spectacular! This movie is just as much a movie for adults as it is for children. The story is strong and compelling. The music is beautiful as well.
ALSO... Do not be late for this movie, There is a short 20 Minute Olaf movie called "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" from the movie "Frozen" that you or the children will not want to miss!
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG. The majority of the film takes place during The Day of the Dead and there are some unusual and intimidating creatures. I would recommend this movie for children of all ages. But, some children might be a little anxious in this one.
I am giving "Coco" four bags of popcorn.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Justice League

Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher,    Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Ciaran Hinds and J.K. Simmons
Running Time: 2 Hours

The world finds itself in crisis mode when a new enemy, Steppenwolf  (voice of Ciaran Hinds) an evil alien with a killer attitude and a whole army of followers suddenly appears and wants to take over!
Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) assembles a team of heroes, including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Superman (Henry Cavill) to attempt to take down the evil Steppenwolf!
This is the sequel that follows "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" plus we also had "Wonder Woman" this past summer.
 This is another action-packed super-hero, good guys vs the bad guys movie that we have come to expect. A ton of CGI (computer generated images) which really bring the bad guys to life. I really enjoy Gal Gadot as "Wonder Woman", she is always great!
Aquaman is an interesting character whom I predict will be starring in more superhero movies to come. He possesses superhuman characteristics which allow him to have incredible swimming skills, the ability to survive underwater and also the amazing ability to communicate with sea-life.
Cyborg adds his special touch to the heroes as well, he monitors crime through his cybernetics.
My favorite however was Flash, he added so much to this movie! He was just so much fun.
 Then we have Batman... I'm just not a fan of Ben Affleck as "The Batman"! I just don't enjoy him in this role. Then, we mysteriously have "Superman" (Henry Cavill) making an appearance?
Overall, this was an entertaining Super-hero movie that should satisfy the Super-hero junkies, but it wasn't outstanding like some of the others, mainly "Wonder Woman" which was definitely outstanding!
I did enjoy this movie, it's always fun to see the good guys take down the bad guys!
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I would recommend it for children over the age of 11.
There is a lot of action and violence, mild profanity and super-hero suggestive costumes.
I am giving "Justice League" three bags of popcorn.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Michael Pena, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe an Josh Gad
Running Time: 1 Hour and 54 Minutes

This is a remake of the 1974 version and both of these movies are based on the very popular Agatha Christie novel.
This is such a classic and sophisticated mystery that I do not want to divulge any secrets that might give away the plot.
I will just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I found it to be highly entertaining with a serious touch of elegance. It also has an impressive cast of characters!
This is the story of an upscale train en route from Istanbul, Turkey to London, England that caters to the rich and elite. They suddenly find themselves caught in a ferocious storm and the train is suddenly derailed. They are stranded for hours until help can come and rescue them.
Mysteriously a passenger (I'm not going to identify) is murdered  and everyone becomes a suspect!
It just so happens that the world's most famous and very best detective Herecule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is a passenger on board! He immediately goes to work to find out who amongst the passengers is guilty of the heinous murder.
This is a story that finds that all of the passengers are unknowingly intertwined to the murder victim. There are a lot of twists and turns and it is very intriguing. The perfect nostalgic whodunit! A classic Agatha Christie thriller.
I really enjoyed this movie. It was entertaining and thought provoking. I appreciated the old time feel it had. If you just want a fun mystery escape movie, this will fill the bill.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I would recommend this movie for children over the age of 13. It is more of an adult movie. There is really nothing objectionable it is just better suited to adults. I don't think it would hold a child's or young adults interest. I don't recall any profanity but the murder victim is shown and that was somewhat gruesome.
I am giving "Murder on the Orient Express" three and a half bags of popcorn.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Starring: Will Tilston, Alex Lawther, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Vicki Pepperdine
Running Time: 1Hour and 47 Minutes

This is the true story of how all of the "Winnie The Pooh" books came to be.
The author A. A. Milne (Alan Alexander Milne) was a noted writer and playwright before he wrote the "Winnie The Pooh" books.
He grew up in England where he served in both World Wars I and II. He married Dorothy
 "Daphne" de Selincourt and they had a child, a son whom they named Christopher Robin.
With all of the incredible success of "Winnie The Pooh", they moved out of London and into the beautiful English Countryside of Sussex where "the hundred acre wood" got it's beginning.
Christopher Robin was an only child whose mother Daphne (Margot Robbie) was very unhappy that he was a boy and not a girl (she wanted a daughter). Plus, she claims during the birth that he almost killed her and she forever had a chip on her shoulder against him and really wanted very little to do with him.
She insisted on hiring a nanny to care for baby Christopher Robin, they hired Betty
 (Vicki Pepperdine) who adored the child and he grew to really love her too.
His mother Daphne was a very social debutante  and would leave their home to go back to London to mingle with her friends for months at a time. She did however, introduce Christopher Robin to the stuffed animals made so famous in the "Winnie The Pooh" stories. She gave him the stuffed bear, tiger, donkey, piglet. kanga and roo from her travels to London where she named them and played with them with Christopher Robin occasionally. He loved his toys and they held a very special place in his heart.
He was left alone with his father Alan Alexander (Domhnall Gleeson) when his nanny suddenly had to leave to attend to her dying mother.
His father struggled with debilitating post traumatic stress disorder from his tours of duty. Christopher Robin and his father had to learn to function with one another. They had to depend on one another which was difficult in the beginning, they would take walks together in the countryside and actually started to form a bond. Christopher Robin would reassure his father that everything was ok when a loud noise or boom would go off. He helped his father to overcome some of his insecurities.
Christopher Robin was taken out to public signings and social events to promote the books where he was idolized! He was very nervous and insecure in those situations.
As time went on, Christopher Robin was sent away to boarding school where he was not accepted with the other boys and bullied mercilessly for being the famous character in the classic books. He always felt like an outcast. He then enlisted in the military where he was sent away.
This was a very interesting and informative movie. It was really fascinating to learn the true history behind these magical childhood classics! I must admit, this movie left me very sad, I feel like he had a very lonely and unhappy childhood. There were some happy moments and the scenery was beautiful but it was still a very somber movie. I have a completely different perspective about those little storybooks now.
Parents be advised: this movie is rated PG. I would not recommend this movie for children under the age of 13.
 Don't be fooled by the title. Not that there is anything bad or objectionable, rather just a very somber, melancholy and lonely story of a character (who is a real human being) that we have all grown up with and loved and admired, It is definitely for more mature audiences,
I am giving "Goodbye Christopher Robin" three bags of popcorn.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Only The Brave

Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Andie MacDowell and Matthew Van Wettering
Running Time: 2 Hours and 13 Minutes

This is such a dramatic and realistic movie, that you are drawn into it from the very start.
With all of the deadly and devastating wildfires that have taken place recently in Northern California, I think it made this movie even that much more realistic.
This is the true story of the "Granite Hotshots", as they are referred to, a group whose mission was to fight wildfires, located out of Prescott, Arizona.
There were twenty firefighters in the hotshot crew. They were a great group of young men comprised of mostly of 20-30 year olds. This story is centered around only a few of the primary characters, namely Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) the superintendent of the Hotshots, his wife Amanda Marsh (Jennifer Connelly) and their personal trials and tribulations. Also the story of young Brenden McDonough (Miles Teller) nicknamed Doughnut and the difficult obstacles he has to overcome to become a coveted "Hotshot".
These young firefighters are a typical bunch of young men, a little rowdy at times but always full of life and love. They were always willing to put their own lives on the line for the greater good!
The Hotshots were trained to the highest standards to be able to fight the most perilous fires and to be able to survive under the very worst of conditions.
On June 28th 2013 a lightening strike near Yarnell, Arizona ignited a wildfire which grew out of control. On June 30th the fire overran the fire lines at lightening speed and trapped 19 of the Hotshots. They had absolutely no where to run for safety and this is the most unfortunate story of the infamous Granite Hotshots.
This is such a moving and highly emotional story. Just such a heartbreaking and devastating set of circumstances. This story puts firefighting these horrific and deadly fires into perspective and you come to really, really appreciate these young men and all they do and sacrifice for us!
I was amazed how totally realistic this film was, I honestly felt like I was right on the fire lines myself. The special effects were totally incredible!
I also loved how they paid tribute to the firefighters at the end of the movie, it made it very up close and personal. God bless all of the fallen firefighters and their families!!!
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. This is a very intense movie with dangerous firefighting situations front and center! There is some raucous behavior, male behind nudity (several times), the f-bomb was used twice along with other profanity and a bedroom scene between a husband and wife. I would not recommend this movie for children under the age of thirteen.
I am giving "Only The Brave" four bags of popcorn.

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