• Passengers

    Passengers

    I liked it and thought it was entertaining and enjoyable for the whole family. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two passengers (out of 5000+) who are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods open 90 years too early. They are forced to solve the mystery behind the malfunction on the Avalon as the ship and mission hurtle towards disaster. Cameo appearances are made by Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia.

    I found the criticisms of the film to be rather unfair. It’s not about online dating…it doesn’t tie into the Trump presidency…it’s not about the unfair treatment of women in our society or future one for that matter…OMG, it’s a simple love story (based on a rather unethical action – handled well, I thought) that takes place on a large space going vessel.

    Is it superficial…yes. Could they have done more with the storyline…yes. But overall…I really enjoyed the interaction between Pratt and Lawrence, loved the SFX and had a fun night at the movies.

    Go see it.

    WATCH IT AGAIN:

    In the theater – Probably not

    On TV – Yes

    DVR it – Yes

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    I will admit that I really wanted to see this film from the moment I saw the first trailer a few months ago. Regardless of the fact that I don’t have young children anymore; three college age kids; it didn’t take much to get the whole family to go with me. We really enjoyed this film and thought that it was clever, original and the Pixar animation was exceptional. My only ‘slight’ compliant is that I would have liked to see more of the emotional characters in the parent’s heads – who were very funny. However, the story is more about a girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Things immediately start to go downhill when the house they move into in SF is small and dirty and the movers are delayed with their stuff.

    Taken from RottenTomatoes: “Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

    A fun movie for the whole family with a wonderful cast. Extra kudos to Lewis Black who is spot on as Anger. Kids of all ages will really enjoy this film.

  • Woman in Gold

    Woman in Gold

    The WOMAN IN GOLD is the true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim a famous painting by Gustave Klimt of her aunt Adele. Maria Altmann, played by Helen Mirren, is seeking justice for what happened to her family sixty years after they fled Vienna during World War II. The story starts after she finds some papers detailing her uncle’s efforts to reclaim some of the families property after the war while going through her sisters belongings after the sister had passed. Their uncle who had fled to Switzerland had tried unsuccessfully to reclaim the family’s possessions seized by the Nazis, among them several Klimt paintings, most notably ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ aka the Woman in Gold, which was now hanging in the Austrian State Museum and considered an Austrian national treasure. Together with her inexperienced lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she takes on the Austrian art establishment and forces her and Randy to confront difficult truths about their shared past.

    The film sticks to the story very well and as far as I have been able to research, nothing had been changed to make the film “better”. I found it very entertaining and honestly I don’t understand the low rating on Rottentomatoes. The acting was wonderful, especially Reynolds and Mirren and thought that the supporting cast was superb.

    I love true stories and appreciate films more when they stick to the facts and are able to present them in such an interesting fashion. This a great movie for anyone interested in history, WWII, art, classical music, etc. Safe for the whole family.

  • Capricorn One – 1978

    Capricorn One – 1978

    I remember really enjoying this movie as a child so I recently rented it from Netflix. It moved a lot slower and the acting seemed a bit forced, but it was still a fun movie. It’s about sending a maned craft to Mars and the government conspiracy that goes along with it after the astronauts are pulled at the last minute and forced to fake the landing. Big bad government and big bad corporations deceiving the average joe and only one reporter who risks everything to find the truth. One of the first movies to play on that theme, I think.

    Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterston, Brenda Vaccaro and OJ Simpson (who doesn’t speak much so I am not sure why they included him).

    Anyway…harmless fun and mostly a safe family movie (some unnecessary language from Telly Savalas) rated PG
    ENJOY!