“Mother’s Day” is a star-studded Dramedy that doesn’t quite meet the mark.
There are five different dramedies going on simultaneously in “Mother’s Day”. Each drama all boils down to the Mother or lack thereof in each person’s life.
The movie definitely has its hilarious moments. At least three of the dramedies are down-right silly, but at the end of the day the movie is unfulfilling.
From a Comedic stand-point Jennifer Aniston holds her own. From a more serious stand-point Julia Roberts holds her own. The script seems flat and everyone else in the movie is running in place.
There have been other star-studded holiday movies such as “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve”. “Mother’s Day” is the worst of the lot.
This is a 1 Star Movie!
I had modest expectations for “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”. Unfortunately the movie did not even come close to meeting modest expectations.
Continuing the twist on the fable Snow White, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is about the powerful evil siblings; Freya the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) and her sister Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and their plan to conquer the Enchanted Forest. The only people who can stop them are the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and his secret lover Sara (Jessica Chastain). The story unfolds from there…
The special effects, cinematography and big name cast are all that “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” has going for it. The story is dis-jointed. Three strong female actresses are swallowed up in the script. Chris Hemsworth come across as being cocky and full of himself.
What a waste…Instead of a fairy tale, I felt like the movie was a nightmare.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is definitely a forgettable sequel.
This is a 1 Star Movie!
“Criminal” offers familiarity, but lacks cohesiveness.
Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) who is a CIA operative is kept alive so that his memories can be surgically implanted in a dangerous criminal (Kevin Costner) so that the CIA can use the knowledge to stop an International terrorist. The story unfolds from there…
The problem with “Criminal” is there is no basis or context for the actions and events that take place in the first 12 minutes of the film. The story does not start of right, so you are left to your own devices to try and figure out the “What’s”, the “Who’s” and the “Why’s”.
While “Criminal” isn’t great by any stretch of the imagination, it is better than the 2014 “3 Days to Kill” which also starred Kevin Costner.
“Criminal” will be an excellent watch on DVD or Blu-Ray.
This is a 2 Star Movie
After 10 years we get a fresh new appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop on the South-side of Chicago.
The crew that we came to love is still there, but the shop has undergone a major change. Calvin’s is no longer a male only Barbershop. Calvin has a female partner and there are several chairs rented to female hair stylists.
The female hair stylists bring their own brand of hair fashion, drama and gossip.
All in all the shop is very lively. The conversations flow and the quips keep coming and are just enough to keep the customers coming in.
Calvin’s Barbershop becomes more than just a place to get a hair-cut, shave or shampoo. There is real crime and gang problems on the South-side of Chicago and Calvin is tired of the youth dying before they have a chance to grow up.
Calvin’s Barbershop devises a plan to orchestrate a cease-fire for 48 hours. The story unfolds from there…
“Barbershop: The Next Cut” is entertaining, funny, hilarious and at times preachy, but the movie does raise important questions after race, violence and sex.
“Barbershop: The Next Cut” is worth a look if for no other reason than the entertainment factor.
This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!
“Hello, My Name is Doris” is another one of those movies that wasn’t on my original “Watch List”. I did not know Sally Field had recently made a movie.
“Hello, My Name is Doris” is cute, light-hearted and entertaining. Sally Field makes this movie. If it had been anyone else, I don’t think they could have pulled it off.
Doris Miller (Sally Field) works as an account at a NY City firm. She meets the company’s new art director, John Freeman (Max Greenfield) and sparks fly-at least for Doris. Doris wants to impress John and get his attention.
Mean-while in Doris’s cluttered house she shared with her now deceased Mother, Doris searches the internet for a way to get John to notice her as a woman and not a co-worker. Not finding what she is looking for, Doris gets some “Dating Advice” from her 13 year old granddaughter. Soon Doris wins over John’s friends and she finds a new perspective on life. Her family and close friends are worried about her and this causes a rift between them.
The story unfolds from there…
“Hello, My Name is Doris” is a very entertaining comedy-drama. Academy Award winning actress Sally Field plays the role of Doris Miller wonderfully.
“Hello, My Name is Doris” is open in limited-release around the country. Check it out!
This is a 4 Star Movie!
“Eye in the Sky” was not on my original “Watch List” and I did not know the movie existed until a couple of weeks ago, but WOW!! What a well-executed movie!!
“Eye in the Sky” is about the dealings and procedures that take place when a Drone Strike has been ordered. Everyone (Military, Political and Legal) evaluates and measures the possible collateral damage and loss of human life against the killing of identified international terrorists and suicide bombers. The story unfolds from there…
“Eye in the Sky” is an excellent movie. The suspense and Intrigue are “Off the Chain”!!
Helen Mirren as Col Katherine Powell was awesome!
There was never a dull moment throughout the movie. An excellent Drama that does produce some ambivalence at the end, but it goes with the territory.
I highly recommend “Eye in the Sky” for those who like Military films with Politics mixed in.
This is a 4 1/2 Star Movie!