Widows

“Widows” is a great way to kick off the Holiday Season!!

Four woman who have nothing in common eventually come together because their husbands are dead due to their criminal activities and it soon comes to light that a debt was left behind and those who think they are owed come to collect. The story unfolds from there…

“Widows” is a gritty suspenseful drama. The movie is well executed and has lots of intrigue and enough action to keep you interested. Definitely a great way to start the holiday season at the box office.

“Widows” is an excellent collaborative effort between writer Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) and director Steve McQueen III (“12 Years a Slave”).

This is a 4 Star Movie!!

Roman J Israel, ESQ

“Roman J. Israel, ESQ” is a slow-paced legal thriller. Unfortunately the pace was too slow and not nail-biting or edge-of-your seat thrilling.

Academy Award Winner, Denzel Washington plays Roman J. Israel, ESQ a defense attorney in Los Angeles. Roman’s life is turned upside down when a series of unfortunate events occur and challenge his otherwise daily routine causing chaos. The chaos causes Roman’s beliefs in the system to be question. The story unfolds from there…

The pace of the movie was too slow for what was going on. It dragged and at times became boring. The foundation was not laid properly so there are holes in the story.

Denzel Washington is the bright element in the movie doing what he does so well. Denzel works overtime to hold the story together. Without him, the movie would really be mundane.

This is a 3 Star Movie!

The Beguiled (2017)

“The Beguiled” is Bewitching!!

It’s 1894 in Virginia. The Civil War is ongoing. On the grounds of a Girl’s Boarding School a wounded soldier, Colonel McBurney (Colin Farrell) is found by one of the students (Angourie Rice) out picking mushrooms. She befriends the soldier and helps him to get to the main house on the grounds. Once there the other students and head master come out to investigate. The soldier is badly in need of medical treatment, so the students help get the soldier into a room in the house.

Once Colonel McBurney is all mended and able to move around on a cane things get interesting as each one of the girls finds the soldier intriguing and he in turn plays on their sympathies. The story unfolds from there…

“The Beguiled” is definitely a great name for this movie. The movie has bewitching qualities. It’s well cast and well-acted. The movie is also a bit bloody. This version is a bit shorted than the 1971 original, but that doesn’t distract from this 2017 version.

“The Beguiled” is open in “Limited-Release”. It’s definitely worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 3D

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” dazzles with wizardry and spectacular special effects!

I never saw or reviewed any of the Harry Potter franchise. I decided to take a chance and view “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. I found the movie to be an adventure that was entertaining and well executed.
This new J.K. Rowling spin-off finds Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arriving in New York via and ocean-liner in what appears to be the 1930’s. Newt has a mysterious suit case that he is carrying. As he makes his way through the streets of New York, he stops at a gathering of people listening to someone outside a bank. Newt makes a mistake and sets the suit case down. Magically a Platypus gets out and races inside the bank. This starts an array of events that happen with this magical suit case. Little does Newt know that he is being watched. The story unfolds from there…

I had no preconceived notions or opinions about this movie going in. I wanted to keep an open mind.

I found the movie to be loaded with a lot of CGI, Special Effects and Fascinating Cinematography. There is quite a bit of action and adventure. J.K. Rowling has a vivid imagination. This is the first of what is to be four installments in this franchise.

I did find the movie to be entertaining, magical and mystical. The 3D aspects were very good.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will find this new spin-off from J.K. Rowling worth a look.

This is a 3 1/2 Star Movie!

Saving Mr. Banks

Walt Disney promised his daughters that he would obtain the rights to make a movie from the bestselling novel P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins”. The only problem is that it would take over 20 years to accomplish.

Author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) wasn’t really interested in allowing her book and beloved magical nanny Mary Poppins to become part of the Hollywood Mauling machine.
But after a while the book stopped selling and finances became a strain so P.L. Travers agree to come to Holly wood to meet with Walt Disney. The story unfolds from there…

The story is very well told. We see P.L. Travers childhood through her eyes throughout the movie via flashbacks that she has during her time at the Disney Studios.

This is a very delightful movie. It’s sweet in that Disney way, but not too sweet. Just think “Saving Mr. Banks” is a Disney movie about the making of a Disney movie. How can you go wrong with that?