Sunday, July 5, 2015

THE JUDGE

Movie:  The Judge
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  2 hours 21 minutes

Jan's Opinion:  I bought another movie that I missed when it was in the theaters.  Actually, I didn't think I would like it, but Dave wanted to see it so I decided to give it a chance, and I'm glad I did. We both thought it was an excellent movie, and excellent acting.  Robert DuVall and Robert Downey Jr. play father and son and both are judges.  They have never gotten along because one is as stubborn as the other.....but you know they love each other.  They have been estranged for years, but when Robert DuVall's wife dies, Robert Downey Jr. does the right thing and goes home to his mother's funeral. Right after the funeral, his father is arrested for murder so of course he stays to defend him.  What transpires during this time will have you angry at them, and crying for them.  It really is a wonderful story.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

THE BOOK THIEF

Title:  The Book Thief
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  2 Hours 10 Mins.

Jan's Opinion:  This is another movie that I didn't see when it was at the theater so I bought it and Dave and I watched it today.  We both loved it and gave it an "A".  The leading role is played by a young girl named Sophie Ne'lisse., who did an outstanding job portraying "Liesel", who is adopted by a German couple when her mother can no longer care for her.  The movie chronicles the years that Hitler was in command, 1938-1945.  The couple who adopt Liesel also takes in a young Jewish man and hides him in their basement.  You will alternately laugh and cry during this movie.  We loved it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SPY

Movie:  Spy
Jan's Rating:  B+
Time:  2 Hours

Jan's Opinion:  My friend, Laura, and I saw this movie yesterday and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  As I have said before, the movie would have been better with less "F" words, which is why I gave it a B+ instead of an A.  The movie stars Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law who work for the CIA.  Melissa McCarthy plays the role of Susan Cooper, who was hired as a CIA agent but has been stuck on a desk job in the basement of their headquarters for years.  Now the CIA has learned that Jude Law's character has been killed and they need someone to take his place who isn't known by the enemy.  Of course, "Susan Cooper" volunteers to go undercover and take down a deadly arms dealer.  And, so the action begins!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

5 FLIGHTS UP

Title:  5 Flights Up
Jan's Rating:  B-
Time:  1 hour 30 Mins.

Jan's Opinion:  I read about this movie recently and knew I wanted to see it.  I couldn't find it playing at any of the theaters but I did find it on Time Warner Cable's movie guide so Dave and I watched it last night.  Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton play a couple who has been married 40 years, live in an apartment in NY on the 5th floor and there's no elevator.  They decided they are too old to climb all those steps anymore so decide to put their apartment up for sale and look for another one in a building that has an elevator.  If you like these actors, you will like the movie.  It's a cute movie to see one time.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

BLACK OR WHITE

Movie:  Black or White
Jan's Rating:  B
Time:  2 Hours 1 minute

Jan's Opinion:  This is another movie that we didn't get to see when it was in the theaters so I purchased it and Dave and I watched it last night and enjoyed it very much - not our favorite movie of all times, but definitely enjoyable.  Kevin Costner plays the part of Elliott, a man who has just lost his wife due to a tragic car accident, and leaves him to raise his granddaughter (about 8 years old) alone.  Elliott's daughter died during childbirth and the father of the baby (who is African American) never contacted him and his wife so a lot of hard feelings prevail.  When Elliott's wife dies, the other grandmother, Rowena (played by Octavia Spencer), decided to sue for custody, and so the battle begins as to who is the most fit parent for this beautiful smart little girl.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HOT PURSUIT

Movie:  Hot Pursuit
Jan's Rating:  B
Time:  1 hour 27 minutes

Jan's Opinion:  I saw this movie yesterday with my friend, Laura, and we both enjoyed it in spite of the bad reviews.  Granted, it is not an academy award winning picture but light and funny and just what we were in the mood to see.  Reese Weatherspoon is a strickly-by-the-book cop because she wants to be as good a cop as her father had been.  She has been assigned to protect a sexy and outgoing widow (played by Sofia Vergara) from a drug boss as they race through Texas being pursued by murderous gunmen and crooked cops.  It was worth our time and we were glad we went.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

St. Vincent

Movie:  St. Vincent
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  1 hour 40 mins.

Jan's Opinion:  First of all, I'm sorry I haven't been on here for awhile but there just haven't been any movies out that I really wanted to see.  However, I did miss seeing St. Vincent when it was out so I bought it at Target last week and Dave and I watched it last night.  I have to tell you, this is my kind of movie.  We both loved it!  Melissa McCarthy and her son move in next door to Bill Murray, who plays a crotchety old man who drinks and gambles too much.  Out of desperation, Melissa has to ask Bill to watch her son when she works late, which is often.  He and the son become close as he introduces the boy to all his haunts.  The boy is wise beyond his years and soon understands Bill better than Bill does himself.  It was a heart-warming story about love and trust, makes you laugh and cry, and has the best ending I have seen in a long time.  Oh, and I can't forget Naomi Watts who is excellent at playing Bill Murray's "lady of the night"!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.