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Monday, March 19, 2018

Tomb Raider spotlights a super fit Alicia Vikander

Movie Title:      Tomb Raider

Grade:   B+

Rating: PG-13, 118 minutes

In a Nutshell: 
Based on the 2013 video game reboot, this origin story to the franchise shines a spotlight on the talented Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander who looks absolutely amazing.  

She does all kinds of ridiculous stunts, but they’re believable because she’s in such incredible shape.   Those abs!

The 2013 Tomb Raider video game won “Game of the Year.”  While this movie probably won't win any awards, it's fun family entertainment that I got a kick out of.


Tips for parents: 
  • Some gross deaths
  • Profanity, but no F-bombs
  • Scary skeletons
  • Some pretty violent fight scenes
  • Guns and shooting
  • Spiders.  EEK!
  • A man gets drunk
  • Perilous situations

Uplifting theme: 
  • Family
  • Good vs. evil
  • Sacrifice for the good of others
  • Female empowerment

Things I liked:
  • Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West, and Walton Goggins join Alicia Vikander in rounding out the talented cast.
  • This is the second time Dominic West has played Alicia Vikander’s father.  The first time was in the movie Testament Of Youth.
  • There are some fun moments like in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark .
  • They filmed in South Africa and England.  Of course, there  were also green screens, but they were well done.
  • Some good stunts, although I hate the fake leaping antics.
  • Suspenseful torm scene in the ocean.
  • A few clever clues to figure out.  I wish there had been more.  I really enjoyed the mystery of The Da Vinci Code.
  • The beginning of the movie had two good scenes to introduce Lara's feisty character and skilled athleticism: the boxing match and the bike race.

Things I didn’t like:
  • I thought it was hilarious when they were down in the tomb and the team kept whipping out ladders, big lights, and other equipment, yet no one was ever carrying anything.  Ha ha
  • Some silly jumps and scares that were super cliché.
  • You don’t have to see this in 3D.  The original is just fine.
  • Lara made some dumb choices that drove me nuts.
  • Lara hangs by one hand.  A lot.
  • The logo doesn’t make sense…the arrow line starts halfway through the title image.

Funny lines:
  • “I’ll take two.” – Lara, when shown some guns

Want to compare this one with the Angelina Jolie's version?


Interesting lines:
  • “Usually when I see you on this island, it’s you who disappears.” – Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West)
  • “It’s almost impossible to get here, even harder to leave.” – Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins)
  • “Some men like dangerous women.” – Lu Ren (Daniel Wu)
“Some men are foolish.” –Lara
  • “All myths have foundation in reality.” – Lord Richard Croft
  • “It’ll be an adventure.” – Lara
“Death is not an adventure.” – Lu Re
  • “I haven’t seen you in a long time.” – Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas)
“You’ve never seen me.” – Lara
  • “Board rooms and business deals.  I’m just not that kind of Croft.” – Lara



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Early Man isn't Aardman Studio's best work, but it will still make you laugh

Movie Title:      Early Man

Grade:  B-

Rating: PG, 89 minutes

In a Nutshell:   If you’re a fan of the Wallace and Gromit stop-motion, cheeky, clay animated series like I am, then you’re always happy when the Aardman team creates anything new. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t their best work.  Still, it’s family entertainment that will make everyone giggle at least a few times.


Tips for parents: 
  • No profanity.
  • Some gags and jokes that some kids won’t understand.
  • It’s super silly.

Uplifting theme: 
  • Teamwork
  • You can be or do anything you set your mind to.
  • Girls can play soccer too.
Things I liked:
  • Lots of visual gags and puns.
  • The talented voice cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall, and Richard Ayoade.
  • I thought all of the characters’ accents were funny and ridiculous.
  • Wallace and Gromit are actually in a couple of the crowd shots.  Yay!

Things I didn’t like:
  • How sad that I was actually glad when the movie ended.  I hate to admit I was bored at times.
  • The trailer doesn’t really show what the movie is about.  As it turns out, it’s a soccer movie ala Stone Age vs. Bronze Age.
  • Americans won’t catch a lot of the British jokes.  For example, there is a zebra pelt on the ground when Dug first enters the Bronze-age village.  Apparently, it refers to the British term “zebra crossing.”
  • Some people won’t get the duck joke.  I didn’t.
  • The story is pretty thin with characters I didn’t feel very invested in.
  • Visually, it felt dark and rough.  I suppose that’s supposed to make us feel like we’re in the Stone Age, but it made me sleepy and uninterested.
  • Predictable ending.

Funny lines:
  • “Sliced bread! That’s the biggest thing since…well, ever!” – lady in the market

Fun movies from the Aardman Studio:


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Death Wish gets remade with Bruce Willis

Movie Title:      Death Wish

Grade:   B

Rating: R

In a Nutshell:   With all the debate going on about guns and the 2nd Amendment in our America right now, this movie is tricky.  Timing, eh?

It’s all about arming yourself, getting revenge, defending the helpless, and not waiting around for the police to do it.  Liberals are going to really hate this movie and yell louder for more gun control. Conservatives are going to be frightened by all the crime out there and get angry enough to want to kick some bad-guy butt.  Charles Bronson fans may be disappointed that this movie doesn't live up to his original.  Revenge movie lovers are going to get a kick out of it.

I get it.  I feel it.  Sometimes I get so tired of all the scumbag thugs in the world that I want to be a vigilante too.  Obviously, I believe in obeying the law, which includes not taking the law into your own hands.  The truth is I’m not clever enough to outsmart criminals.  I appreciated the fact that there is a healthy debate about vigilante behavior by radio talk show hosts, serving as the movie’s moral compass.  


Tips for parents: 
  • Profanity and tons of F-bombs
  • Attempted rape with clothes on
  • Dying deer gets shot.
  • Guns, shootings
  • Bloody, gory, violent deaths

Uplifting theme: 
  • Consequences
  • Family                                                

Things I liked:
  • Elisabeth Shue’s biceps looked great.  She looked great.
  • The expressions on Paul Kersey's face as he watched the YouTube video someone a witness posted of his first vigilante moment. 
  • As much as I love Liam Neeson, I’m glad he wasn’t cast in this one.  I thought Bruce Willis was great.
  • Dean Norris as a police detective.  What a stretch.  Ha ha
  • There was a surprising amount of humor.
  • Cheesy lines before Bruce Willis kills the bad guys.
  • It's not a great movie, but if you like to watch a good guy kick bad guy butt, you won't mind too much.
  • I like it when men aren't ashamed of being a man and protecting their family.  Our society has emasculated men so much lately that men feel like they have to apologize for their role.

Things I didn’t like:
  • Eli Roth usually directs horror films, so it's not surprising that his first action movie has lots of gory deaths.
  • The original book and film take place in New York, but this version is in Chicago.  I'm glad Paul Kersey ended up in New York at the end.
  • Why do people think they can take what isn’t theirs?  Why are there so many scumbags in the world?

Funny lines:
  • “Well, whatever you’re doing, keep it up.” – Dr. Jill Klavens (Wendy Crewson)
  •  "Who the #?!@! are you?" - Ice Cream Man (Moe JeudyLamour)                                                                             "Your last customer." - Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis)

Interesting lines:
* “People rely on the police to keep them safe.  That’s the problem.  Police only arrive after the crime has taken place.  That’s like trapping the fox as he’s coming out of the hen house.” –  Ben (Len Cariou) 
  • “Law abiding criminals don’t exist.” – Bethany at gun store

Things you can learn:
  • Don’t put your home address in your car’s navigator written as “Home.”  
  • Don't walk in dark alleys.
  • Beef up the security at your house.

Want to watch the original movie?



Monday, March 12, 2018

Hurricane Heist will surely blow into Netflix soon

Movie Title:    Hurricane Heist

Grade:   C-

Rating: PG-13, 
1 hour 43 minutes

In a Nutshell: The title pretty much sums up the entire movie.

Am I the only one who is wondering if this movie was just an excuse to play the song Hurricane Heist: Rock You Like a Hurricane 

If you love weather-based disaster movies and don't mind a lot of dumb stuff, it can be a fun ride and like a lot of director Rob Cohen's movies, a guilty pleasure.   (Think The Fast and the Furious )                          

Tips for parents: 
  • Profanity
  • Destruction, shooting, explosions
  • People in peril 
  • Crime

Uplifting theme: 
  • Family
  • Honor

Things I liked:
  • The movie starts when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992.  I remember it very well, because we were living in Georgia at the time and my husband drove down to Florida with a bunch of other guys from our church to help the people down there.  He returned with photos of unbelievable destruction.  It was truly heartbreaking.
  • Good stunt work.
  • A few twists.
  • I think this was the very first time I've EVER seen characters take a minute to go to the bathroom in the midst of all the action and commotion.  ha ha
  • Maggie Grace does a great job.  It was nice to see her empowered and capable after being drugged and helpless in Taken.

Things I didn’t like:
  • None of the characters seem like real people.  Lame.
  • Some really awful Southern accents.  Sometimes it's hard to even know what people are saying.
  • Some of the special effects look really fake.
  • Cliched, stupid villains. 
  • Cliched line, "Do you trust me?"
  • There is mention of the American terrorist Timothy McVeigh and his bombing of the federal building.  Some of the characters buy fertilizer and some other items at a garden supply store, while talking about how easy it is to create a bomb.  Gee, thanks for giving more wackadoodles out there the idea.
  • Dumb dialogue.
  • The ending was super abrupt.
  • Why did they dub over the voice of the little boy who played the young Toby Kebbell's character?  If they didn't like Leonardo Dickens, why did they cast him?
  • Supposedly, they spent $40 million dollars on this film.  Really?

Funny lines:
  • “You know, I think you’re a little psychotic.” – Perkins (Ralph Ineson)
“I think you’re a little bit right.” – Casey (Maggie Grace)
  • “I’m out of bullets!” – Casey
“How’d that happen?” - Will (Toby Kebbell) 
“I shot them all.” – Casey
“I fricken love Monday, you weirdo.” – Casey to Will

Interesting lines:
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absences of fear.”  Perkins, quoting Mark Twain
  • “Money is honey.” – Perkins

If you like this, here are some other disaster movies you might like:


Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time isn't smooth sailing through the universe

Movie Title:    

Grade:   C+

Rating: PG, 1 hour 49 minutes

In a Nutshell: Despite its best intentions, A Wrinkle in Time is disappointing as a film, although kids will probably still like it.

Based on the very popular book A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) by Madeleine L'Engle , it doesn't quite deliver the magic I hoped for, especially since screenwriter Jennifer Lee had done such great work with Disney's Frozen , Zootopia (DVD) Wreck-It Ralph and even Frozen Fever


Tips for Parents:
  • LOTS of moral lessons kids and parents can feel good about.
  • Kids in peril
  • Mrs. Whatsit uses the word “prodigious.”  In case your kids ask you what it means, you can tell them “remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree.”  Your kids will be so impressed that you know. 
  • Bullying
  • No profanity.  Thank you!
  • Multi-racial family


Uplifting theme: 
  • The only way to defeat the darkness is to become the light.
  • Love rescues
  • “Be a warrior.” – Mrs. Which  (Oprah)
  • Center yourself.  Become one with the universe and yourself.
  • “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Mrs. Who

Things I liked:
  • Chris Pine!  I love him in anything.
  • Storm Reid is adorable and did a pretty good job, although a bit straight-faced during most of the movie.  Her best scene, by far, was with Chris Pine towards the end.
  • It's a colorful ride.  The gossiping flower scene was the best part of the film.
  • Fun hairstyles on the Mrs.'s.
  • Zach Galifinakus was pretty funny and did a lot with the very small role he was given.
  • I think frequencies and energy are so interesting. If you're fascinated by science, check out A Wrinkle in Time Book of Fun, Facts, and Science  Energy is everything.
  • Some of the scenes were shot in gorgeous New Zealand.

Things I didn’t like:
  • While director DuVernay was very enthusiastic and creative, her vision was probably overly ambitious, resulting in a choppy mess.
  • A lot of the green screens look fake with some special effects that don't really work. 
  • Some weird moments with missing details.  Sometimes I really wish directors would let me see their movies before they released them so that I could point out some of the mistakes that could be quickly fixed.
  • Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace is super cute, but sometimes it was hard to understand what he was saying.
  • I couldn’t understand a word Storm Reid was saying during the tornado scene in the woods.
  • Cliched scene where someone says, “Do you trust me?”
  • Mindy Kaling looked so awkward trying to run in her ridiculous dress.  What was her character's purpose?  She didn’t actually do anything to help.  
  • Over-the-top make-up.  The costumes were creative, but they looked like costumes.The “Mrs’s” looked more fake than magical. 
  • You don’t need to pay extra money to see this in IMAX.  It's fine on the regular screen.  Better yet, watch it when it comes out on Netflix.
  • The dialogue may sound good in the book, but it's awkward in the movie.
  • Lots of close-ups that don't really work.
  • A scene in the second trailer was completely cut out of the movie.
  • I actually looked at the clock on my cell phone.  That's never a good sign.
  • There's no real villain.  There's only a wispy, menacing "it." 
  • Kids who haven't read the book might think that Oprah's character's name is Mrs. Witch.  While Oprah really is bigger than life (I laughed when Mrs. Which was gigantic), her acting is not good.  I heard her speak to a room full  of 10,000 a number of years ago at the California Governor's Conference for Women and she was mesmerizing.
  • Surprisingly, some of the acting was not good by quite a few of the other actors too.  It felt forced and contrived.

Interesting lines:
  • “You can do this.  You’re choosing not to.” – Happy Medium (Zach Galifianakis)
  • “It’s ok to fear the answers, Meg, but you have to face them.” – Happy Medium
  • “What if we are not just in the universe, but the universe is in us?” – Mr. Murry (Chris Pine)
  • “You just have to find the right frequency and have faith in who you are.” – Mrs. Which (Oprah)
  • “We can’t take credit for our talents.  It’s how we use them that counts.” - Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon)
  • “Your house is so warm.  You’ve done a good job keeping the darkness out.” – Mrs. Whatsit
  • “Love is always there, even if you don’t feel it.  It’s always there for you.” – Mr. Murry
  • “Don’t give up hope.” - Mrs. Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) 


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Red Sparrow takes spy thriller to a Rated X level

Movie Title:    
        Red Sparrow

Grade:  C-

Rating: R, 
2 hours 19 minutes

In a Nutshell:   This sex filled spy thriller features psychological manipulation and LOTS of undressing and naked bodies.  Even Jennifer Lawrence shows us full frontal nudity. Why isn’t this movie Rated X?

It feels more like a tale of prostitution than super spy.  It's like saying Fifty Shades of Grey is a romantic love story.

Tips for parents: 
  • Full frontal male and female nudity.
  • Two completely naked people having sex.
  • Bloody beatings and violent deaths
  • A woman undresses down to her underwear.  Another gets completely naked.
  • Homosexuality
  • Attempted rape
  • Crude language, profanity, F-bombs
  • Someone gets run over by a car.  Yuck.
  • Some family-friendly spy movies without all of the graphic violence and nudity that’s found in Red Sparrow are Spy Kids and Agent Cody Banks.
  • If you’re intrigued by psychological manipulation, but want your teens to be able to watch something that’s not Rated R, check out the interesting social experiment in the TV show “The Push” found on Netflix right now.


Uplifting theme: 
  • Sacrifice for a higher purpose
  • Extreme patriotism

Things I liked:
  • The talented cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, and Mary-Louise Parker.
  • To enforce the title of the movie and the Russian setting, the color red plays a dominant role, from the movie poster, to the clothing that people wear to the bloody scenes.  
  • Jennifer Lawrence trained in ballet for 4 months, although Isabella Boylston was her lovely body double who did the more difficult choreography.       
  • Directed by Francis Lawrence, this movie is his first film since he directed The Hunger Games movies.  Clearly, Jennifer Lawrence trusts him completely. She would have to in order to strip and do the things she does in this movie.  She's in fantastic shape, by the way.
  • You don't know who is telling the truth, which makes it intriguing and suspenseful.  
  • The movie is based on the book by Jason Matthews who was a former CIA operative.  Cool. 
  • The opening sequence is a bit confusing, but mesmerizing.            

Things I didn’t like:
  • The telling is uneven.
  • Way too much graphic nudity and sex.  There are so many awkward scenes.
  • Women are used as tools in a one-dimensional portrayal.
  • It's very dark and violent, which must have rubbed off on Jennifer Lawrence who, apparently, got into a bar fight in Budapest when she was filming the movie.
  • Jennifer Lawrence has basically the same expression on her face the entire movie.  It's hard to see her character arc.
  • The movie feels long and tiring.
  • Disgusting torture.

  Interesting lines:
  • “There’s no such thing as luck.” – Scumbag guy
  • “Your body belongs to the State.  Since your birth, the State nourished it.  Now the State asks for something in return.” – Matron (Charlotte Rampling)
  • “In my experience, the proud are the first to fall.” – Matron

Funny lines:
*  "Why are all the Russian women so sexy?  All the men look like toads." - Stephanie Boucher (Mary-Louise Parker)