Pitch Perfect 2 – movie review

Pitch-Perfect -2Grade: A

Rarely does a sequel out-shin the original but such is the case with Pitch Perfect 2. The musical numbers are great and Fat Amy keeps us laughing.

If you liked Perfect Pitch, you’ll love PP2. This is definitely an A movie.

The Woman in Gold – movie review

woman-in-goldGrade: B+

The Woman In Gold is a wonderful venue for Helen Mirren to shine and for Ryan Reynolds to show us that he’s more than just a pretty face.

Reynolds dug deep and showed us another layer of his acting skills as Randol Schoenberg, the young attorney who took on the entire government of Austria and won in the American courts.

I don’t think this movie is for everyone. If you like to see justice prevail under insurmountable odds you’ll enjoy Woman Of Gold.

Effie Gray – movie review

effie-grayGrade: C

Effie Gray was a slow paced Victorian period piece. I would have liked to have seen more Emma Thompson and less of Dakota Fanning looking like a sad whipped puppy. I do enjoy Dakota and loved her in Hound Dog but this movie was not a great vehicle for her angelic face that I’ve come to love.

If you like period pieces you’ll like Effie Gray, but I found it to be nothing more than a middling movie.

Little Boy – movie review

LittleBoyGrade: B-

Little Boy is a little movie with a big heart.

It’s a great family movie that teaches us faith, the value of never giving up, and most of all teaches the younger set about the pain and hurtfulness of racism.

Children in the 7 to 11 year old range will enjoy Little Boy, but the older kids will be bored to tears. Parents will be happy that there’s no foul language or nude scenes.

The Water Diviner – movie review

TheWaterDivinerGrade: B

WW I history buffs will enjoy this movie ever though it’s not completely historically accurate.

Russell Crow did a respectable job directing Water Diviner and the acting was good. While this movie cannot be compared to other epic war dramas, Saving Private Ryan for instance, it does provide the movie goer with a satisfying period piece.

Home – movie review

homeGrade: B-

The producers of Home did a fine job of giving youngsters a movie with lots of action, movement and funny looking creatures. The story line was just adequate enough to keep the audience engaged.

Jim Parsons was excellent as Oh and Rihanna knocked it out of the park with her interpretation of Tip

The Gunman – movie review

the-gunmanGrade: C+

There’s lots of action, lots of things being blown up, and people dying one after another.

Sean Penn if very watchable and gives a respectable performance as does Javier Bardem.

The plot can be difficult to follow with all the globe-trotting that takes place.

Cinderella – movie review

cinderellaGrade: B+

Disney studios along with Kenneth Branagh as director has given a fresh look to an age-old fairy tale.

The original animated movie of Cinderella is a classic and hopefully this is how posterity will view the new Cinderella.

It’s a beautiful movie with an outstanding cast and spot on directing.

Still Alice – movie review

still-alice

Grade: A

This movie addresses the delicate subject of familial Alzheimer’s and the emotional impact on one family.

Julianne Moore gave an extraordinary performance as Alice and the rest of the cast sort of fell to the back of the plot so that what we see and feel for Alice isn’t diluted by the emotions of the ancillary performers.