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Black and White – movie review

black-or-whiteGrade: B

I’m not sure what director Mike Binder wants the audience to take away from this film. I didn’t view it as a racially motivated movie, as much as a family drama. The writing and directing are spot on, and the cast was excellent.

I would love to see Kevin Costner get at the very least an Oscar nod — yes, he was that good.

Audiences of all race, creed, and color will be moved by this movie.

The Loft – movie review

the-loftGrade: A

The Loft was surprisingly good. I didn’t expect so many twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out, they proved me wrong. That actually happened quite a few times.

The cast that they assembled was awesome. You were treated to so many different types of personalities that it stayed fresh through out the entire film. Talk about five totally different characters that worked splendidly well together.

This is a movie that you need to concentrate on the entire time. There are current shots, flashbacks and flash forwards, making it difficult to keep up sometimes — and very difficult to make Peetimes. 🙂

I’d have to say this was the best psychological thriller I’ve seen in a very long time.

Strange Magic – movie review

strange-magicGrade: B+

Strange Magic should appeal to movie goers of all ages. Children will love the animation, while the older set will enjoy the sound track — classic rock and roll.

The story was charming and funny. Adults will laugh at some of the dialog that goes over the heads of children.

I’m not sure why Strange Magic is pulling in some scathing reviews from the high dollar critics. Since I’m a low dollar critic I don’t have a need to sound really snooty in my review. I’ll just say that I liked the movie and I think most people will too.

Cake – movie review

CakeGrade: A+

Oh my God. This movie proved that Jennifer Aniston is Superwoman. I can not express in words how absolutely riveting her performance was. My heart was ripped from my chest and thrown on the ground only to have a double-decker bus come by and run over. Then it backed up and ran over it again. It left a feeling of complete and utter despair.

This is not a movie for anyone battling depression. It would leave you in a bad way. I’m an incredibly happy person and I wasn’t able to shake the sadness for days. The day I saw this was my granddaughter’s second birthday. When I got home we gave her a yummy cake and started singing Happy Birthday. The tears that came to my eyes were due to the symbolic meaning of Cake from the movie.

I hope Jennifer lands every award possible for this performance. She rightfully deserves it. It is the best movie I have ever seen that I wish I could un-see.

Mortdecai – movie review

mordicaiGrade: D+

Mortdecai is evidence that an all star cast doesn’t necessarily translate into a great movie. I don’t think it’s the cast fault for the movie falling flat. It’s primarily due to the writing.

The only thing the writers had going for them was a thesaurus. The characters are all written and portrayed as caricatures of stereotypical character types. I think, I hope, that was done purposely. Whatever the motivation it didn’t translate well in the movie.

There were countless attempts at humor but they almost all fall flat, although I did laugh out loud at a few of Paul Bettany’s scenes.

This certainly isn’t the sort of movie I’d suggest rushing out to see in a theater. If you love these actors then my suggestion would be to save some money and rent the DVD.

Reminder: You can use the RunPee app’s “DVD Alert” feature to sign up to receive an email when this movie is released on DVD.

The Wedding Ringer – movie review

WeddingRingerGrade: A

The Wedding Ringer was absolutely hilarious! I am going to go see it again because I missed a bunch of stuff since I was laughing so hard. It really was non stop humor.

Will it win an Oscar? Most definitely not, but what it did win was my new favorite Kevin Hart film. He was at the top of his game. It really looked like he was enjoying himself.

It was definitely a team effort. The entire supporting cast was marvelous. I would recommend this movie to anyone who just wants to laugh for a while. You won’t be disappointed.

Blackhat – movie review

blackhatGrade: B-

When I went to see this movie, I was honestly a little disheartened. It’s not my kind of movie and it just seemed like every other bad guy action movie out there. With that being said, I actually really enjoyed it. The first 45 minutes kind of dragged, but it was worth it.

The acting was surprisingly well done. It would’ve lost me had anyone other than Chris Hemsworth played the lead role. He’s a great actor with a diverse range. His supporting actors did incredibly well too. They all did a cohesive job of drawing you into their lives and making you feel sympathy for them, which is important in any good movie.

All in all, if you like these genres of movie, or even just Chris Hemsworth, you’ll appreciate the movie. It revolved around hacking computers and writing code, which is totally over my head, but they did a good job of making you feel like you knew what they were talking about. So good job to them and I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did.

Spare Parts – movie review

SparePartsGrade: B

Initially I regarded this movie as predictable and a typical formula flick. However, it went a few steps beyond predictable.

George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei were very good and quite believable in their rolls, but the real stars were the four young actors that made up the science team.

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It’s no surprise that the team beats MIT, Virginia Tech and Cornell university. If they’d lost, well there’s not much of a story there and even the team winning isn’t the story. The story is HOW they won. That aspect of the movie is the real winner.

Paddington – movie review

PaddingtonGrade: A

Paddington was an un*bear*ably charming movie and sweeter than orange marmalade. (Note: I tried to talk my mother out of that pun but she insisted.)

The story was well paced, funny, and well..cuddly. The entire family will enjoy it.

I give high marks to Ben Whishaw and the digital artists at Framestore for bring the most adorable bear since Ted to life. I know, many folks will be scandalized by that comparison. Ted was cute, but Paddington left me yearning for more orange marmalade antics.

(Important: Ted is not a kids movie. Don’t show that to your kids just because there’s a Teddy Bear as the main character.)

American Sniper – movie review

AmericanSniperGrade: A-

Just when I thought Bradley Cooper was a great actor he turns in a performance like this one and and makes me consider that he’s a *really* great actor. It seems like every movie I see him in he does something different and keeps doing it at a high level. There are many actors who can play a few roles really well, but not many that can perform with the diversity as Cooper does.

And to think he got his break as a bit character on *Alias*.

It’s really the acting that carries this movie. I thought the story was good, but not great. From what I can tell the “true” parts of the story were the best and most dramatic. I’d recommend looking up the real life man this movie is based on after you’ve seen it. He is truly inspiring.