Knives Out

“Knives Out” is a fresh “Who Done it”, Think “Murder on the Orient Express” in a quiet modern upscale Estate with many twists and turns.

Everything gets chaotic when renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead after his 85th Birthday at his estate. Everyone is a suspect. Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is on the case. Detective Blanc and his team find themselves digging through a web of decent and red herring to get at the truth. No stone will be left unturned. The story unfolds from there…

“Knives Out” is very entertaining, has some comic relief and many twists and turns. The movie is fresh. The cast at times is hilarious. If you like Agatha Christie type mysteries, you should definitely check out “Knives Out”.

This is a 5 Star Movie!!

Gemini Man in 3D

I was so excited when I first learned of “Gemini Man”. The movie trailers made the movie seem interesting and intriguing. When I saw the Rotten Tomatoes score of 26, my heart fell. I told myself I was going to keep an open mind.

Henry Brogan (Will Smith) just completed what he felt was his last assassin job for the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency). He planned to retire and enjoy time on his boat. The DIA had other ideas. They did not want to lose their elite assassin, so they decided to take action. The story unfolds from there…

The visuals for “Gemini Man” are impressive. There is a ton of action, suspense and intrigue. Will Smith turns in a strong performance. The problem with “Gemini Man” is the lack of foundation and a back story to tie all of the elements and other people you see into the movie.

“Gemini Man” is not a 5 or 4 star movie. I think it’s definitely worth a higher score than 26.

If you like Will Smith and suspenseful movies, you should check out “Gemini Man”.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

The Intruder

My husband was so excited about this movie from its trailers that I promised him we would go when it opened. So on Friday night May 3rd there we are in the theater to see “The Intruder”.

Scott (Michael Ealy) and Annie Russell (Meagan Good) decide its time to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life and purchase a home in the country where they can start a family.
Scott gets a line on a beautiful country home with lots of acreage. Scott and Annie go out to check out the home. The owner, Charlie Peck (Dennis Quaid) is there and after some discussion he hesitates to sell the property. The Russell’s decide to leave, but at the last minute Charlie has a change of heart.
Scott and Annie purchase the property, move in and make many changes. This seems to upset Charlie Peck. The story unfolds from there…

The problem with “The Intruder” is that the plot is short and there is really nowhere to go with it, but there is an attempt to stretch it out. You know what is eventually going to happen, you just wonder how long it’s going to take. This makes the movie painful to watch.

There is a more detailed back story behind the character Dennis Peck, but it’s not fully developed in this movie. This forces you to draw your own conclusions.

There are some small thrills and chills, but nothing to really make the movie suspenseful. There is also some light-weight drama, but it too is fluff. Last by not least the ending is strange and abrupt.

The best element in the movie is Meagan Good. She is beautiful and the wardrobe she wears in the movie is fantastic!! Unfortunately that’s not enough to make it worth paying to see “The Intruder”.

“The Intruder” is best viewed on Cable.

This is a 1 Star Movie!!

Glass

Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis reprise their “Unbreakable” roles Elijah Price also known as Mr. Glass and David Dunn. Joining them from “Split” is James McAvoy as Kevin Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within him. Also Anya Taylor-Joy joins “Glass” as Casey Cook who was the only person to survive an encounter with The Beast.

“Glass” picks up following the conclusion of “Split” where Crumb’s superhuman figure The Beast is being shadowed by David Dunn in a series of escalating encounters that lands them both in a mental hospital. Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is already there. Once they all find out they are together again Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets that are critical to both Crumb and Dunn. The story unfolds from there…

I am not sure what I expected, but this movie was just plain crazy. It’s almost like a deconstruction of a series of events that have happened in the lives of the three men, Dunn, Price and Crumb.
There are times of clarity and then there are times of confusion. There are a few interesting scenes and some interesting action and intrigue, but unfortunately that’s not enough to make “Glass” a good solid movie.
“Glass” is not the worst movie I have ever seen, but it certainly is not the best.

I am not sure that I would watch “Glass” at home on a Saturday night with a tub of popcorn…

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Hunter Killer

“Hunter Killer” is a fresh take on “The Hunt for Red October”. Unfortunately the plot is weak and the back story virtually non-existent.

Deep under the Arctic Ocean lies a US Submarine in distress. American Submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) has been requested to take on the mission of locating the distressed Submarine.
While on this mission Captain Joe Glass and his crew must deal with being fired upon by Russian ships and Submarines, a booby-trapped Ocean and a possible coupe taking place in the Russian Government involving the Russian President. In addition to the undersea mission an elite team of Seals are formed to help out. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is intriguing and very suspenseful, but the plot is lite and the back-story non-existent. The movie is still entertaining and worth a look. It is not as bad as the paid critics made it out to be.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

A Simple Favor

“A Simple Favor” was not on my original watch list but, its Alfred Hitchcock meets “Gone Girl”.

Two women become unlikely friends when their young sons attend school and play together. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a Mom/Blogger and “June Cleaver” without a husband. The other woman Emily (Blake Lively) is a Public Relations professional and a wife.
Stephanie and Emily start spending a lot of time together and during these times their share information and stories about themselves and things that have happened in their past.
One day Emily reaches out to Stephanie asking her if she could do a “Simple Favor” for her. Stephanie agrees to do the favor, but then Emily’s sudden disappearance causes Stephanie and Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) to come together to try and figure out what exactly is going on. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is full of twists and the movie itself is very twisted. This is a thriller of epic per-portion. There is a cloud of mystery throughout the movie.
Alfred Hitchcock would be pleased.

I was surprised at how well the movie was executed. “A Simple Favor” is definitely worth a look.

This is a 4 Star Movie!!

Peppermint

Riley (Jennifer Garner) leads what seems to be a normal life. She has a young daughter and a husband who loves her. Riley’s husband appears to be on the edge of doing something that is on the wrong side of the law. At the last minute he backs out.
The family decide to celebrate their young daughter’s birthday at the amusement park. After riding a few rides, they get ice cream. Riley goes back to get a few napkins, Father and daughter head toward the car. A dark sedan cruises by and opens fire on the Father and daughter, Riley runs to them and also gets shot. The story unfolds from there…

“Peppermint” is filled with intrigue, drama and suspense. There are a few holes and the back story on the husband is missing, but the move is very entertaining and you are riveted to your seat. I personally love seeing Jennifer Garner in action/drama roles. She appeared in “Peppermint” as I remember her in the ABC hit “Alias”.

I am not sure why the “Paid Critics” were so hard on “Peppermint”. It’s not as dismal as they make it seem. It is Vigilante at its finest!!

If you enjoy “Action/Drama/Suspense, “Peppermint” is worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!