Saturday, September 24, 2016

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Movie:  Magnificent Seven
Jan's Rating:  C-
Time:  2 hours 13 minutes

Jan's Review:  I probably shouldn't rate this movie since I am not a fan of westerns.  However, my sister loves westerns, so took her to see this one yesterday.  I dozed off twice.  She loved it.  I did not love it.  Greedy Bart Bogue tries to take over Rose Creek, offering residents $20 for their land.  When they would not sell, he killed a lot of them. (This is not a loving, feel-good movie.)  The wife of one of the men killed, Emma Cullen, turned to Sam Chisolm (played by Denzel Washington) to help the town, and he recruits an eclectic group of gunslingers to help the people save their town from greedy Bart.  There is a lot of blood shed, so if you like that sort of thing, by all means go see it.  The best part was when Emma shot Bart in the end (literally).

Monday, September 5, 2016

HELL OR HIGH WATER

Movie:  Hell or High Water
Jan's Rating:  B+ (and her husband agrees)
Time:  102 Minutes

Jan's Review:  My husband and I both really enjoyed this movie, lots of action with a sentimental side also.  Chris Pine and Ben Foster play two brothers who are desperate to save the family farm.  Ben's character was away at prison for several years while Chris's character stayed home and took care of their dying mother, during which time Chris is divorced from his wife and 2 sons.  Chris wants to save the farm for his ex-wife and sons so that they can live there and his sons won't turn out as bad as he is.  Jeff Bridges plays a Texas Ranger who is supposed to have just retired but can't go fishing until he catches the brothers and stops the bank robberies.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

CRIMINAL

Movie:  Criminal
Jan's Rating:  D
Time:  Approx. 2 hours

Jan's Review:  This review will be short and to the point:  This movie is about an international conspiracy starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ryan Reynolds.  How can a movie with these excellent actors be bad you ask?  I asked myself the same thing.  It was full of extreme violence and blood, and that is not entertainment to me.  If that's the type movie you like, then you would like it.  Surprisingly, my husband agrees with me on this movie.  Neither one of us liked it.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

JASON BOURNE

Movie:  Jason Bourne
Rating:  B
Time:  2 Hours

Jan's Review:  My husband and I saw this movie yesterday.  We had seen the previous Jason Bourne movies and enjoyed them, but though this one started out slow, getting the story line out there, the rest of the movie had us sitting on the edge of our seats!  I was exhausted when it was over, felt like I had been running from the CIA!  Matt Damon did an excellent job, as did Tommy Lee Jones.  I did read a lot of bad reviews on this movie but we enjoyed it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

HILLARY'S AMERICA: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Movie:  Hillary's America
Jan's Raing:  A
Time:  2 Hours

Jan's Review:  First of all, I was very disappointed that there were only 12 people in the viewing that my friend, Fran, and I went to see.  I highly recommend that all Democrat's and Republican's make a point to see this movie before they go to the polls in November.  It has nothing to do with whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, but everything to do with not having corrupt people running our country.  I am more frightened now than I was before I saw the movie.  New York Times #1 Best Selling author and filmmaker, Dinesh D'Souza reveals the truth about Hillary and the secret history of the Democratic party, and how the Clinton's (and other Democrats) see foreign policy in terms of personal profit rather than national interest.  I beg you to see this movie, and if you still want to vote for Hillary, you deserve what you get.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

RAILWAY MAN

Movie:  Railway Man
Jan's Rating:  B+
Time:  108 Minutes

Jan's Review:  A friend told me that he had seen Railway Man and that Dave and I should try to rent it.  Well, could not find it to rent anywhere but was able to buy it at BestBuy.com.  I think everyone should see this movie just so they would appreciate our Veterans more.  It really opens your eyes.  It is a true story of Eric Lomax (played by Colin Firth) who was a British Army Officer during WW-II, and the Japanese soldier that almost beat him to death in a prison camp.  It was actually hard to watch, and find it hard to believe that anyone could treat another human with such violence.  After the war, Eric Lomax married Patti (played by Nicole Kidman) and she soon saw how deeply her husband had been affected by those beatings, though she knew nothing about them.  He probably had the worst case of PTSD ever recorded.  She learned of his beatings through a friend who had served in the same war with her husband.  They found out that the Japanese soldier who had nearly beat him to death, was still alive, and giving tours through the same prison camp in Singapore where Eric had been a prisoner of war.  Eric makes the decision to go to Singapore and confront his worst enemy.  I won't tell you the rest because I think you should see it for yourself.

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!