Tuesday, May 31, 2016

THE LADY IN THE VAN

Movie:  The Lady in the Van
Jan's Rating:  C+
Time:  1 Hour 44 Minutes

Jan's Review:

This one left the theaters before I got to see it so I rented it on Time Warner yesterday so my sister and I could watch it.  The best part of this movie is Maggie Smith's acting!  She is brilliant!  It is a true story of "Miss Shepherd", played by Maggie Smith, who is homeless and parks her van in a nice neighborhood on the streets but the police keep making her move, so she befriends one of the homeowners and asks if she can park her van in his driveway, telling him she is ill and just has 3 months to live, so he agrees to this and she ends up staying there for 15 years!  The homeowner is Alan Bennett, a playwright in England, and he wrote this story about Miss Shepherd living in his driveway all those years.  The actors have very strong British accents, making it difficult to understand what they are saying most of the time, and the most difficult for me to understand was having two Alan Bennett's in the movie.  Are they twin brothers, or is one the alter ego?  Didn't figure this out until the end. I would not watch it again, but Maggie Smith was wonderful!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Movie:  Bridge of Spies
Jan's Rating:  B
Time:  2 hours 21 minutes\

Jan's Review:

This movie is taken from a true story that happened in 1957 when lawyer James Donovan, played brilliantly by Tom Hanks, was recruited by the CIA and involved in intense negotiations to exchange a spy plane pilot, Francis Powers, who was shot down and arrested, for K&B spy Rudolf Abel.  My husband and I rented this movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BURNT

Movie:  Burnt
Rating:  B
Time:  1 hour 41 minutes

Jan's Review:

"Burnt" stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Emma Thompson.  It is another movie I missed when it was in the theaters, so we rented it from TWC and enjoyed it very much.  Bradley Cooper stars as a high-strung chef who knows what he is doing but has no patience if someone in his kitchen makes the smallest mistake.  He is starting over at a posh restaurant, trying to prove himself as the worthy chef that he really is.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Friday, January 29, 2016

THE INTERN

Movie:  The Intern
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  2 hours

Jan's Review:

We missed this movie when it was in the theaters so we rented it last night from TWC.  If you haven't seen it, you will want to rent it too.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  Robert DeNiro plays a 70-year old man who has retired and is bored to death, so wants to go back to work.  He finds a job as a Senior Intern for an on-line fashion company, owned by Anne Hathaway's character.  You will learn about his life, her life, and the ups and downs they encounter as they learn to respect one another and start working well together.  It was definitely worth renting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

BROOKLYN

Movie:  Brooklyn
Jan's Rating:  A+
Time:  1 hour 45 minutes

Jan's Review:

I saw this movie today and absolutely LOVED it!  It is the best movie I've seen in a long time, and some of the best acting I have seen also.  There are no well-known actors in the movie but it is so good, you don't even miss them.  The story is about a young Irish girl (maybe 20?) who can't find a decent job in Ireland, so she leaves her mother and sister and sails to the United States where a priest has found her a job in an exclusive department store in Brooklyn....hence. the name of the movie. She lives in a boarding house with other young women and you watch her try to "fit in" and all the trials and tribulations she goes through.  Then she is called back to Ireland for a wake.  Will she return to the United States or not??  Go see the movie and find out.  You will laugh and you will cry.  You don't want to miss this one.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Movie:  A Walk in the Woods
Rating:  C
Time:  1 hour 44 minutes

Jan's Review:

My husband and I rented this movie from TWC last night.  It stars Robert Redford, (who is married to Emma Thompson's character), and Nick Nolte.  First of all, I have to say that these men have not aged well, though I give them credit for not having plastic surgery done.  Robert Redford plays a successful writer who wants to do something interesting and invigorating with his life before he gets any older, and decides to hike the Appalachian Trail.  His wife doesn't want him to do this alone so he asks some of his old school mates, and the only one interested is Nick Nolte's character, who is known for being an old drunk.  So, off they go with heavy backpacks to hike the Appalachian Trail. The story is predictable but also entertaining watching the challenges they face as senior citizens and long-time friends.  This movie is not an academy-award winner but we still enjoyed it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2

Movie:  Hunger Games:  Mockingjay, Part 2
Jan's Rating:  D
Time:  2 hours 16 minutes

Jan's Review:

My grandson went with me to see this movie and we were both very disappointed.  We had seen the other two movies and loved them, so had high expectations for the finale, but what a letdown!  It was so boring, we were both glad when it was over.  My advice is.... don't waste your money on this movie.  Jennifer Lawrence was excellent as usual but the story line was definitely lacking.