Two fine comedians Simon Pegg and Lake Bell turn up the fun in the film Man Up now playing at select theaters. Their chemistry reaches high levels as they deliver a very enjoyable romance that has a lot of twists to its rewarding ending. Nicely directed by Ben Palmer, one of England’s top television directors, the film’s perfect for a date night out.
Finally coming to an end, the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 brings the trilogy to a close. The continuation of the battle to take down President Snow adds depth to the characters, ties up loose ends and shows the future in a surprising finale. Well-acted as usual, the cast has their roles down pat as they begin the final battle for Penem and stake their claim on the Capitol. Ardent followers, mostly female, will be lining up in droves to see this final episode. So if you want to be the first, seek out tickets early. Read more
This little gem of an animated flick on Blu-ray/DVD called Toy Story that Time Forgot should excite youngsters from 4 to 10 and those parents that are still holding on to their childhood days. Because it’s short enough to play over and again, no one in the home will be able to avoid the laughter and there’s even a sing-along in the Bonus Features. Two new characters are featured in this robust treasure that puts the Toy Story gang in the center of it all. (also Check out the Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet review below) Read more
Fighting for Women’s voting rights, the film Suffragette has all the trappings for an Oscar run. Well directed, the movie tells the story from the angle of a new recruit entering the fray at the beginning of violent protesting that helped to turn the tide slightly in favor of the movement. However, it’s the sterling acting that sets Suffragette apart from the rest of the pack in the Oscar race for one of the ten spots. Read more
A very compelling documentary What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy opens in theaters this weekend. The film delves into two high officials of the Nazi government that were responsible for most of the deaths in the concentration camps during WWII. With material discovered by an International Lawyer, the responses from two sons that grew up in the families of the two Nazi officials during the war and the aftermath are eye opening. It’s that one in a million chance to get an inside view of the monsters that controlled the destiny of millions of Jews. The film gets shocking at times as one of the sons tries to defend his father. Read more
The very funny comedian Amy Schumer steps into her first film screen role in Trainwreck and she nails it. The newcomer who has taken the boob tube by storm with her bawdy Inside Amy Schumer, moves to a film venue with ease. Now on Blu-ray/DVD she delivers a hilarious story with a fine support cast that keeps it all together to its bizarre romantic ending. Much like her TV show the film uses many side vignettes that contribute to the central theme of trying to survive her screwed up life. It’s a lot of fun for the ladies and couples, but it’s only for adults only. Read more
The movie Terminator Genisys, now on Blu-ray/DVD, surprises with top quality special effects, continuous action scenes and a welcome return of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The storyline may be a little complicated if you are trying to piece together the previous four outings, but take a deep breath and just go with it to enjoy the shape shifting time traveling bots that deliver chaos wherever they appear. If you are an action junkie and want an adrenaline rush, get the newest edition on home video of John Connor’s attempt to take down the spy in the sky that led to annihilation of billions of people on the planet. Read more
One of the most chilling films I’ve seen this year Pay the Ghost comes to Blu-ray/DVD featuring one of the creepiest narratives of a child disappearance. Very good acting, directing and cinematography lend to this sinister story that not only grabs at the heartstrings, but continues to frighten till the credits roll. It makes me wonder why the distributors did not release the video in October for the horror crowd because it’s that good. Read more
Weird, wild and whimsical the musical drama Bang Bang Baby has a fine cast, good direction and a story too inconceivable to be nothing but science fiction. Played out and filmed like it could be taking place on a stage with many sets, the film’s presentation reminds me a lot of the madcap Little Shop of Horrors. The 60’s rock music also adds some nostalgia as part of the enjoyment. Now available on all major VOD platforms. Read more
Slipping into theaters this weekend and beating the rush of blockbusters, Spectre the new James Bond thriller should garner a lot of box office bucks from its loyal fan base. The movie however drags between action scenes and falls short in supporting roles. That said, Spectre does entertain with cinematography that’s picturesque, explosive and slathered with CGI. If you are a big fan of the series then get in line for a ticket to another big film featuring 007. Read more
A different kind of road trip, Lost in the Sun takes a ride cross country with very good acting performances by Josh Duhamel and Josh Wiggins. Under the able direction of Trey Nelson the two fine actors make the simple theme work. And melding Nelson’s coming of age story with a twist that you may realize early on, makes the impromptu trip an intriguing action drama. Read more
Very fascinating, delicate and inspiring A Brilliant Young Mind has a very good cast, fine direction and a story that you’ll long remember. The film was inspired by the documentary by Morgan Matthews that involved following young brilliant math students that participated in the challenging competition International Mathematical Olympiad. Here he takes a script written by James Graham and fashions it into a story of one boy who faces a test of will, social acceptance and rules for romance. Read more
Ladies are the target audience for the film Miss You Already a tearjerker laced with comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. Just coming off Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the film exemplifies the devastating effects of the disease and those that are brave enough to face it. The performances by the whole cast are stunning and realistic making the film compelling as it tests the bonds of friendship and the bedrock on which it is built. Bring some tissues.
Sitting back and watching the documentary The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers brought back the memory of the history taught in my school years depicting the establishment of the State of Israel. But the information I received back then does not compare with what you will see in this film. Told by the late Yehuda Avner who witnessed the beginning of a nation through all the turmoil and frustration, you’ll see how the country evolved into what it is today. Now in Theaters. Read more