Movie review: Seven Psychopaths

Grade: A

Watching heads explode and throats sliced open has never been funnier. Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson steal the movie. Oh yes, let’s not forget Bonnie, the Shih Tzu.

The story line was at times bizarre but I loved this movie. Just as I have seen Pulp Fiction a couple of hundred times, I’ll watch this movie again and again and find something new to laugh at each time.

Movie review: Frankenweenie

Grade: A

Tim B urton has hit one out of the ball park with *Frankenweenie*. He manages to spoof just about all of the old B movies of the 50’s and 60’s, from Godzilla to Gamera.

*Frankenweenie* is sweet without being saccharine and charming without being cutesy.

The ending was one that every child will love as well as adults.

Movie review: Trouble with the Curve

Grade: B+

You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie. Trouble With A Curve is nice study of an atypical relationship between an aging father and his successful daughter.

Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake  all gave very good performances, the story was good and the ending was icing on an already very good cake.

Movie review: The Words

Grade: C-

I enjoyed this movie up until the ending. They gave it a cutesy twist and not in a good way. As I was exiting the theater most people were muttering words that are not fit to display here.

The acting was good but there were no challenging aspects for any of the characters.

Movie review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Grade: B+

I’ve read a few reviews about this movie calling it too sentimental too saccharine and not realistic at all.
Well…that’s why I saw this movie rather than The Expendables.

I didn’t want to see  things get blown up in my face. I have no hankering for blood baths. I *wanted*  to see humankind at it’s finest. Just one little movie about kindness, honesty and love. And I found it in Timothy Green.

C J Adams was perfect for the role. He has that appeal and innocence we saw in Haley Joel Osment’s performance in A.I. ( Artifical Intelligence ).

So for you folks who want more realism in your life, drive down the 405 in L.A. or try having a Sunday picnic in Watts.

Movie review – Mars Needs Moms

This was a truly unique movie. Never before has animation appeared so life like. Facial expressions and lip movements were closer to reality than I’ve seen in previous animated films – and I see a lot. As a bonus as the credits roll at the end we are given an insight as to how this was achieved using head gear on the actors doing the voices.

Not only was this a technically interesting movie but the plot was terrific. It was action packed from beginning to end with lots of humor and even a couple of heart warming scenes.

For the younger audience there’s a few scenes that are a bit scary and a few that may bring a tear to your eye. A young boy and his mother exited the movie just ahead of me. I asked mom how she and her son liked the movie and they both said that they loved it. Mom said that at one point they were both crying just a little – although the little boy denied it. 🙂

Movie review : Flipped

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Last week I saw “Charlie St. Cloud”, this week I saw “Flipped”. Charlie ripped at my heart but in the end the boy got the girl, the brother went to heaven and all was right with the world again. In Flipped, there was no tugging at the heart string, no painful goodbye’s just some cute puppy love and goo-goo eyes. That’s not to say that it was just an empty kiddy flick with no message for the youngsters. It was filled with kindness, sympathy for those less fortunate and best of all, an acceptance for things that are what they are and can’t be changed. The best part of the film was John Mahoney. Rarely can an actor say so much with so few words. Every kid going into Junior High should see this movie but they probably won’t because there’s no mind-blowing CG, no killer sound track and nobody gets to kick the crap out of the bully. Sad, very sad.

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Movie review: Charlie St. Cloud

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Charlie St. Cloud

This was a sweet movie, it’s not going to win any awards and it probably won’t be a blockbuster but it is good clean entertainment. Yes, it has its sad moments and there are more than a few holes in the story but the acting is spot-on plus the scenery is beautiful. Parents, no need to worry about dropping the youngsters off to see the film. There are no scenes that could possibly corrupt the kiddies.

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Movie review : Ramona and Beezus

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Ramona and Beezus was a terrifical little movie. As a child, I read everyone of Beverly Cleary’s books. I would wait on pins and needles for library day so I could check out another one. Well a little over twenty-eight years has passed since that wonderful time and I got to finally see it on the big screen. It was well worth the wait. Joey King was absolutely enchanting to watch. I hope her career really takes off because I would love to see what else she can do. I was mesmerized by her facial expressions and the way she delivered her lines was incredible.

Parents, if you want to take your little ones to see a fun, light movie, take them to Ramona. They did a great job of throwing in little lessons for tike’s to learn but they also had some fun stuff for the adults. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times.

Beware, I’m about to spoil something for you and it has to do with a pee time I submitted. In the movie Ramona has an old kitty by the name of Picky Picky. The cat is Ramona’s confidant when she needs someone to talk to. Picky Picky is sixteen years old and he dies in the movie. It’s a terribly sad scene and the little girl sitting next to me actually started bawling. I submitted this time just in case you don’t want your child dealing with this situation. Hope you enjoy!

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Movie review : Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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It is Spring Break in sunny California. I forgot this tidbit of information when I went to the very first showing of Wimpy Kid. The theater was packed with, yep, you guessed it, Middle School Kids. I don’t really like to go see a movie with a bunch of kids in the theater, they bother me…

However…as it turns out… this was a good thing. The kids let me know that this was a truly funny movie and the Moms let me know that they approved. There were no scenes to make a parent sorry they took the kids, not much really gross stuff except for one booger and a nasty piece of cheese.

The acting was good, the story moved along at a pretty good pace, and there was even a nice message for the kids to take home with them.

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