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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Movie review : Brooklyn’s Finest

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Brooklyn's Finest
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If you’re a fan of either Don Cheadle, Richard Gere or Ethan Hawke, or just like cop movies, then you’ll love Brooklyn’s Finest. This movie is a little like Pulp Fiction without the dark humor.

There are three plots and each is germane to the ending. You see each of the characters crossing paths several times during the movie in small ways, so you know that somehow they’re going to be brought together and they are in a dynamite ending.

I’ve read a number of other reviews of Brooklyn’s Finest and no one gave it anything better than a “B”…good….let me be the first to give it a resounding “A”.

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Movie review : Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart
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[ No spoilers ] For most people, if asked to name a Jeff Bridges movie, more than half would say Starman. I’ve always felt that it was his best role. Until today.

Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, a wash-up, alcoholic country singer reduced to singing in bowling alleys for chump change will go down in cinema history.

Bridges’ performance as Bad Blake has never and will never be equaled. He looks the part of a tired old man who’s seen the bottom of a shot glass too many times. He’s overweight and poorly groomed and even though his voice is still able to hold the attention of everyone in the room, you know that he was so much better when he was at the top of the charts.

I think that’s part of the magic of this movie, you know who he was before the bottle took over his life, without resorting the cheesy flashback. Maggie Gyllenhaal is great as the love interest. And what can I say about Robert Duvall as Bad’s mentor. He’s Tender Mercy all over again.

Movie review : The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
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The Lovely Bones..Ted Bundy meets What Dreams May Come. I read the book..loved it…then saw the movie…loved it also. The nearly full theater applauded at the end of the movie which is always a good sign.
I came home eager to read the latest reviews. I knew there were three possibilities:
  1. those who read the book, saw the movie and felt betrayed
  2. those who didn’t read the book, but gathered from the trailers that it was going to be a supernatural slasher/thriller and disappointed that it was neither
  3. Then folks like me who read the book, knew what to expect, and was very forgiving for a few plot holes because it was such a pretty movie
I was completely engaged throughout the movie, never felt that one point or another was being beat to death, was impressed with the acting, especially impressed with Rose McIver, her character went from age 11 to 20 and she pulled it off beautifully, not with a change in hair and makeup, but with her attitude. Stanley Tucci was Oscar worthy, one of the creepiest villains ever.
Marky Mark Wahlberg fortunately didn’t have to do much but look sad and angry, same for Rachel Weisz. Saoirse Ronan was perfect for the role of the murdered teenager. We saw her as an innocent young girl, waiting for that first kiss, then as an angry confused murder victim wanting to exact revenge on her killer. But finding that it was more important to help her earth-bound family cope with her death.
Peter Jackson did a beautiful job of not only allowing us to feel her wide range of emotions but to see the emotions through some pretty spectacular landscapes straight out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. Even the cold desolate landscapes revealing her anger showing us the dead corn field and crumbling gazebo were breathtaking.
My only complaint: Susan Sarandon should have been given a much larger role, she was fantastic.

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Movie review : Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks

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I have loved Alvin and the Chimpmunks since they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the late 50’s. Yes they are that old, so that should tell you something about their ageless appeal.

I didn’t find this sequel quite as funny as the first one, but it was just as charming. Plus it introduces the Chipettes, three chipmunk girls. They are sweet.

This movie is for the kindergarten set, however, I did hear the parents chuckling as loudly as their children at some of the scenes. And the children did laugh A LOT.

So after you’ve dragged the kiddies through the mall looking for that last minute gift, take them to see The Chipmunks, it’s a nice Christmas treat.

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Movie review : Amelia

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No one but Hilary Swank could have made this movie. Not only is she one of the finest actresses today but she LOOKS so much like Amelia, it’s almost spooky. Her preformance was beyond great. Yes, yes…Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor were very good along with Christopher Eccleston, but she could still have made this movie unforgetable if the above actors were replaced with Moe,Larry and Curly.

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Movie review : The Time Traveler’s Wife

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When I go to the movies I like to sit back, relax, eat popcorn and wash it down with that monster diet soda, especially now that I don’t have to worry about missing key parts of the movie while making a trip or two to the ladies room. (RunPee.com). The Time Travelers Wife is not a movie that allows one to do that. Even though it’s a nice love story, it is confusing. I spent way too time tying to figure out if Henry,the time traveler, was the Henry of the past or the future. However, I did enjoy the scenery and Eric Bana was easy on the eyes.

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