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Friday, November 21, 2014

If I Stay

This drama stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia Hall, a teenager who is faced with all of the normal problems of a teenager and has a loving family who provides support no matter what.  Jamie Blackley plays her boyfriend Adam who is an up and coming rock star. 
One day while on a family outing, there is a horrific car accident that kills both of Mia’s parents and her brother that leaves her fighting for her life. 

I loved every second of If I Stay so much so that I saw it twice.  I would highly recommend that you rent this movie but make sure you have a box of Kleenex on hand.  I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.  

22 Jump Street

I thought this movie was even funnier than 21 Jump Street.  Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Ice Cube were back as undercover police officers.  They go to a university to discover who is behind a large drug ring. 

I love the roles played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in what was a very entertaining movie.  This movie will give you a real good belly laugh.  I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. 

Dumb and Dumber To

This movie was typical of a Jim Carrey movie.  It was fun to watch and I enjoyed the chemistry between Jim Carrey’s character, Lloyd Christmas, and Jeff Daniels character, Harry Dunne. 
Lloyd had been committed to a mental institution after a failed romance as shown in the first Dumb and Dumber movie.  He was there for 20 years before Harry discovered Lloyd had been faking all along.  Lloyd leaves the institution and they go to visit Harry’s family.   The family had been saving mail for Harry for years and it’s discovered after looking through it that Harry is a father. 
The movie also stars Kathleen Turner as Fraida Felcher, the mother of Harry’s daughter.   After Harry tracks her down, she sends them out to find the daughter she had given up for adoption. 

I loved every second of this stupidly funny movie.  Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are terrific.  The movie is ridiculous but it fits the title.  The performance was outrageous and I loved it.  Even the dog car makes another appearance in the movie.  I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars. 

Beyond the Lights

I went into this movie hoping to be entertained and at times I was.  But it was very similar to Kevin Costner’s movie the Bodyguard with Whitney Houston, and I found myself making comparisons throughout. 
It stars Nate Parker as Kaz, a police officer with aspirations of becoming a politician, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni, a well-liked pop singer who was exploited by everyone as a sex object, Minnie Driver as Macy Jean, Noni’s mother and manager, and Danny Glover as Kaz’s dad who was also a police officer.
Noni was raised by her mother to be no less than perfect at all times.  As a child, they travelled around to talent contests.  If Noni did not come in first, it just wasn’t good enough.  But all of her hard work paid off, as she becomes a pop idol superstar.  However, being a celebrity comes at a price and being exploited gets to her.  She attempts to jump off of a balcony but is saved by Kaz, who had been filling in as her personal protector.  They hit it off, and become a couple much to Noni’s mother’s chagrin.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a terrific singer and I truly enjoyed listening to her sing.  Her acting skills were fantastic as well.  Of course Minnie Driver and Danny Glover played their parts perfectly also.  I just thought the story line could have been less predictable.  This movie was better than The Bodyguard but I wanted more than I got.  I gave this movie 2 out of 4 stars.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tammy

This comedy stars Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, and Dan Aykroyd.   With a cast like this you can’t go wrong.  There were some really funny parts in this movie as well as a serious side.  I also thought there were points in the movie where nothing much seemed to be happening. 

I liked this movie but it didn’t overwhelm me.  I gave this movie 2 ½ out of 4 stars.     

Jersey Boys

This wonderful movie was directed and written by the great Clint Eastwood.  The movie is a tribute to Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons.  It follows Franki’s rise to stardom from a troubled high school boy to an adored and well loved singer. 

This movie was brilliant and has a great cast.  The music is unbelievably good and worth purchasing the sound track for.  I gave this movie 3  ½ out of 4 stars.   

Birdman

Michael Keaton stars in this movie as Riggin Thomson.  He had been the star of the movie Birdman years ago.  He decides to make a comeback by writing, directing, and performing in his own Broadway play.  Included in the play are his best friend and producer Jake played by Zach Galifianakis, Riggin’s girlfriend Laura played by Andrea Riseborough, and Leslie, a first time Broadway actress played by Naomi Watts.  Riggin’s daughter (played by Emma Stone) is a recovering drug addict and serves as Riggin’s assistant.  Through a convenient accident, the other male star is severely injured.  Leslie’s boyfriend (who is played by Edward Norton) is brought on to take his place.  
Riggin is constantly hearing the voice of Birdman in his head both poking fun at and encouraging him.  He is flat broke as well as a heavy drinker.  He needs money to help finance his play.  After a discussion with his ex-wife (played by Natalie Gold), he decides to sell his Malibu house which was intended to be his daughter’s.  Everything he is and has is on the line for the success of this play. 
This latest movie by Michael Keaton just really stood out.  I loved all of the characters and their interactions.  The movie was so engrossing that time just flew by.  Michael Keaton played a very deep part and played it to perfection.  I hope that he is nominated for an Oscar because of his unbelievably fantastic performance. 
Edward Norton’s role required him to be very egotistical and full of himself.  He played the part well as did Naomi Watts as his girlfriend.  Emma Stone and Natalie Gold were terrific as well. 

You will have to go out of town to catch this movie, but it is worth the trip.  I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.  It’s the best movie I have seen so far this year.