Category: Movie Reviews

Another enjoyable film for the "older" generation

Hollywood hasn’t forgotten us. If you like a good story, fascinating characters, gorgeous scenery and certain scenes to cherish add, The Hundred-Foot Journey, to your must see list. No Ninja Turtles, creatures from outer space, massive destruction or impending doom. Just a good old fashioned romantic movie. The wonderful Helen Mirren plays Madame Mallory, the proprietress... Read more »

Woody Allen film, very entertaining, but not for everybody

Which Woody Allen would you like? “You’re a genius with all the charm of a typhus epidemic” – says the best friend of a master magician played by Colin Firth.  While Firth is trying to expose a supposed clairvoyant played by Emma Stone she says, “My mental impressions are cloudy”. He retorts, “Are they Cumulus or……?... Read more »

Boyhood - a modern masterpiece

I can’t recall ever seeing a movie as honest, ambitious and rewarding as Richard Linklater’s extraordinary undertaking titled, Boyhood.  It was like looking at my own life in those tender teen years, that in the movie, follow a boy named Mason from the age of six to eighteen and filmed over 12 consecutive years. Perhaps I should... Read more »

Life Itself - memorable portrait of a very special man

One  of the best books of the last few years was Roger Ebert’s Life Itself, published in 2011. The Pulitzer Prize winning film critic for the Chicago Sun Times wrote a fascinating, personal memoir that has now been made into a film that will touch your heart and stimulate your mind like few books do.... Read more »

The Obvious Child - controversial new film

While we had a break in World Cup action, I caught up with a movie that’s been around for a month or so and had been recommended by a couple of film buffs, whose opinions I respect. Obvious Child was an eye opener, but certainly not a movie for everyone. I’ve heard  it referred to... Read more »

"Jersey Boys" - It's not perfect, but it's worth seeing.

There’s one song near the end of Clint Eastwood’s, Jersey Boys that finally lifts the spirits of the audience which has spent an hour and a half going through the ups and downs of the record industry, gambling debts, mob threats, family disasters and the infighting that can occur in a “group project”. The song is “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and as sung by Frankie... Read more »

new film, "The Fault in Our Stars" - a weeper and a good one

The Fault in Our Stars is a tender, genuinely moving love story, interrupted occasionally by some annoying adults, but well worth seeing. Based on John Green’s best-selling young-adult novel, it’s the story of two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group. Hazel has lived most of her life with thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs and she must... Read more »

A Million Ways to Die in the West - rude, crude & mildly amusing

Seth MacFarlane let his ego get the best of him as he produced, helped to write, directed and stars in the new film,  A Million Way to Die in the  West.  The idea had possibilities.  It’s Arizona in 1882 and sheep herder Albert Stark (MacFarlane) is a misfit. He hates the west and all its violence. His girlfriend dumps him when he walks away from... Read more »

"Million Dollar Arm" - an old fashioned feel good film

It’s about time we had an old fashioned, feel good film and Million Dollar Arm fills the bill perfectly. No explosions, no car crashes, no f-bombs. Just a sweet, charming story and a travelogue thrown in for good measure. Based on a true story, a once successful sports agent played by Jon Hamm (from TV’s “Mad... Read more »

New movie CHEF is a delight

The delightful new movie, Chef, is set in the world of people who make and serve food and it also serves as the background to a warm and personal struggle with relationships.  There’s a lot to absorb in this almost two hour film, but every moment is carefully crafted by writer, director, actor Jon Favreau who has surround himself with... Read more »