Movie Review – Ma – Octavia Spencer in a Creepy Horror Thriller

Movie Review - MaIf Ma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! Is that how the saying goes? If not, that’s how it played out in this horror-thriller. I just watched Ma, starring the beloved Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer. This isn’t a scary movie per se, but it is extremely creepy; Octavia, of course, nails the role perfectly. I didn’t expect anything less from her.

In a small rural town, a single woman befriends a group of teenagers after they convince her to buy them liquor. After the woman notices a connection to the teenagers, she invites them to party at her house “for their safety.”

I enjoyed seeing Octavia stretch in another role. I also enjoyed the timing and that the plot didn’t take long to build. Additionally, I liked the character surprises sprinkled in that made me think back to something said or shown earlier in a scene. Sorry — I can’t elaborate more without spoilers.

If you are a horror movie fan or just like creepy stuff, this is for you. The movie is rated R, contains moderate sex and nudity, severe violence, profanity, alcohol, and intense scenes. If you enjoyed the 1976 Carrie movie, then this is somewhat of a modern day version of it.

Enjoy the film and a Icee, but don’t ask Ma to buy it for you – LOL!

Grade: C+

About The Peetimes: While it was a little difficult choosing Peetimes, I have 3 for you to pick from, all around 3 minutes long. As this is somewhat of a creepy (not scary) movie, it was risky picking good times for you to leave and not miss part of the back story. The 3rd Peetime is best, but don’t be late returning or you’ll miss a crucial scene.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Ma. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for violent/disturbing material, language throughout, sexual content, and for teen drug and alcohol use
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Movie Review – Gifted

Grade – A

RunPee Mom starts: Gifted unfolds beautifully, and just keeps getting better. The cast was excellent, and the chemistry between the main characters was palpable. There were tender moments and humorous moments. This is a great movie for audiences of all ages.

Jill, RunPee Co-Creator adds: This is the second movie this year where Octavia Spencer appears in an movie about mathematical genius – someone’s developing a niche? LOL. Her role was pretty basic in *Gifted*, but she interacted very well with the titular genius child…we could believe she was the little girl’s best friend, odd as it may sound to someone used to more typical children.

And speaking of Mary (Mckenna Grace) – the child actor is wonderful. What a fresh new talent: in every scene on screen she simply shone. She had moments charming childish glee/anger, mixed with a plethora of precocious adult mannerisms. She was completely believable in the role, easily upstaging every adult. In fact, the moments she didn’t appear were only the scenes the movie lagged (mainly every courtroom segment – we’ve seen all that before, and those acts felt like they were simply going through the motions). I loved the scene where Mary beat up on much older child to defend a young boy – and where she really pulled through for him a little later – that was quite heartwarming. We come to see there is a fantastic child in there, nearly buried under quantum mechanics and unsolvable math equations.

Chris Evans turned in a good performance – nothing amazing – but definitely more challenging a role than anything Captain America ever asked of him. 🙂 I think he can be proud to put this film on his filmography. Here’s to hoping he can continue to grow his acting talents to meatier (but less beefcake, enjoyable as those are) roles.

Is this movie sad? I’d say there are some scenes that are tough to watch, probably especially for parents. No one enjoys watching adults rip a child’s life apart in the name of “what’s best for them.” What ultimately occurs is kind of confusing, legally, but without giving anything away, this is not a tear-jerker. (There were two moments I choked up, and one of them was about a cat.) 🙂

I recommend this film, but waiting for the DVD wouldn’t take anything away from the experience.

Movie Review – Black and White

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; it’s more of 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 races, creed, and color will be moved by this movie.