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.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

JOY

Movie:  Joy
Rating:  B+
Time:  2 hours 4 minutes

Jan's Review:  This movie is based on a true story of the young woman, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who invented the Miracle Mop.  It shows all the struggles she had to go through as a single mother with no money, trying to get loans to patent this mop and get it on QVC.  Besides this being a full-time job, her whole family depends on her for everything.  To begin with, they all live with her.  Besides her 2 children, this includes her mother, her father (divorced from her mother). her grandmother, and her ex-husband!  She has more patience than I do!  Robert DiNero plays her father, who finds himself a wealthy girlfriend, who loans part of the money to Jennifer.  Bradley Cooper plays the person on QVC who decides whether the mop goes on TV or not.  I thought this movie was a comedy, but it isn't.  However, It is a very good movie and explains what this poor woman went through to get the mop on TV, then the manufacturer raises their price so high that she is losing money, so she finally gets fed up, goes to Texas where these mops are supposedly being produced, and raises hell like any respectable woman would do.  My sister, Judy, and friend, Gloria, went with me and they also enjoyed the movie.