Cars 3

Lightning McQueen and the gang are back!!

This installment finds Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) struggling to win a race. There is a new generation of super-fast cars on the race circuit and suddenly Lightning McQueen can’t keep up. He turns to a young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) who has her own unorthodox way to train and her own plan to win a race. Lightning also gets some help and inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet. The story unfolds from there…

“Cars 3” is “Cute, Cute, Cute!!” “Cars 3” goes back to its roots from the first installment. The story is relatable. There isn’t quite as much humor as I would have expected. “Mater” the Tow Truck is a bit quiet in this installment. He is one of the funnier characters. None the less, the movie is entertaining and heart-warming. The cinematography, action and animation are excellent. Children of all ages will enjoy it.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the 3D IMAX Experience

In this installment the team continues their adventures as they make their way across the galaxy. “The Guardians” must fight to keep their family together as they are confronted with challenge after challenge, but one challenge made by Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) supposed father “Ego” (Kurt Russell) proves to be more than the team bargained for. The story unfolds from there…

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a CGI feast. The special effects and cinematography are off the charts. There is plenty of action, suspense and intrigue. I did not review the first installment, but saw it later. This installment is a lot cruder and a lot more violent than the first installment, so Parents beware.

The movie is fast-paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is plenty of humor, probably more than in the first installment. Normally sequels lose some luster, but I would say this installment kept it real and fresh. My favorite Guardian is “Baby Groot”. He looks like a miniature Mummy.

If you are a die-hard Marvel Comic Fan, you will love “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Going in Style

“Going in Style” is Hilarious!!

Just imagine you are in your “Golden Years”. You have retired after working 30, 40 years at the same company. You have a pension that you expected to last as long as you do. The company you worked so hard for is having problems and has been purchased. The new company has decided to freeze all pensions from the purchased company. This leaves all of the current retirees without any money.

Desperate times calls for desperate measures. You get together with your retired pals and decide to rob a bank. There is planning, getting into shape and learning to shoot a gun among other tasks that you need to undertake, but first you need some help from someone with a criminal mind. The story unfolds from there…

The paid critics are very Luke-warm about “Going in Style”. What could possibly be Luke-warm about a movie with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as its stars?
I thought it was funny, entertaining and lighthearted while potentially ringing in some truth. In America today, pensions disappearing does happen. It’s funny to see 70+ year old’s putting together a plan and robbing a bank.

“Going in Style” is an entertaining movie and worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

A Dog’s Purpose

“A Dog’s Purpose” is about a Golden Retriever named “Bailey” who goes through several reincarnations. Through some of these reincarnations dog abuse is realized before the reincarnated “Bailey” lands where he/she is supposed to be.

Each time “Bailey” is reincarnated he/she learns a new purpose and life lesson. The story unfolds from there…

While we all know that animal cruelty does happen, I don’t like seeing it on the big screen. That made parts of the movie intolerable. At times the movie was very entertaining and other times it was boring. There was some comedy relief, but that too was brief. I had hoped for a better more fun movie than what I actually saw.

I believe small children might enjoy “A Dog’s Purpose”, but dog loving adults may not.

This is a 2 ½ Star Movie!

La La Land

“La La Land” is about an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a Jazz Man (Ryan Gosling) who are both trying to catch a break in the entertainment and movie business in modern day Hollywood. They both struggle to make ends meet while auditioning for various roles and gigs. They are both overwhelmed with disappointment, but finally they each catch a small break, the story unfolds from there…

The movie is a lively “Singing and Dancing” extravaganza. It will remind you of the days of Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Ginger Rogers, only this is modern day Hollywood and a modern day musical.

The movie is executed well, is very entertaining and enjoyable. The cinematography is fabulous. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have good on-screen chemistry. The Jazz music that is played through-out is awesome!

“La La Land” is worth the ticket.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!

Rules Don’t Apply

Its 1958, a young aspiring actress Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) from Front Royal, VA makes her way to Hollywood, CA along with her Mother (Annette Bening) in the hopes of getting a part in a Howard Hughes film.

Upon arriving in Hollywood a driver, Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) is waiting to take Marla and her Mother where ever and when-ever they needed to go anywhere. There is instant attraction between Marla and Frank, but they both try to hide it. Frank is an employee of Howard Hughes and does not want to mess up. Marla finds out that Frank knows Howard Hughes and everyday peppers him for information about the Billionaire.

Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) does not want people to see him and if anyone does it’s with the lighting very dimmed or off all together. Soon Howard sends for Marla. The story unfolds from there…

I found “Rules Don’t Apply” to be quite boring. The story jumps all over the place. There are at least 4 stories brewing in the movie, but they never percolate. The plot appears to be missing. It’s obvious that “No Rules Were Applied” when making this film.

“Rules Don’t Apply” is best viewed on Cable TV.

This is a 2 Star Movie!

Almost Christmas

“Almost Christmas” is a lively comedy about a patriarch whose one wish is that for the upcoming Christmas Holiday the family all come together for the 5 Days leading up to Christmas. This will be the first Christmas without the Mother as she passed away earlier in the year. The family consists of 5 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 1 sister-in-law. The wish of the patriarch is that they are all able to get along under one roof without killing each other. As the children start to arrive at the family home the fireworks begin. The story unfolds from there…

The events and drama that unfold with this family are not uncommon in real life. Jealousy, Envy, Ambition, Adultery, Grief and Misunderstandings all take up residence at this family gathering. The movie has good and bad parts, but it is entertaining, thought provoking and at times corny.

“Almost Christmas” is better that a lot of Holiday comedy movies that have come before it. I think “Almost Christmas” is worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!