Monday, September 7, 2015

Ricki and the Flash

Movie:  Ricki and the Flash
Jan's Rating:  A
Time:  1 hour 42 minutes

Jan's Opinion:  I saw this movie today with my hubby and my sister and we all three loved it!  You have probably seen the previews on TV where Meryl Streep plays Ricki, and The Flash is her band. She sings and strums the heck out of that guitar!  She left her husband (Kevin Kline) and children years ago to pursue a career singing.  She and her band play in a bar in California while her ex-husband and his new wife rear the children in a beautiful home in Indianapolis.  One day Ricki gets a call from her ex-husband saying their daughter (played by Mamie Gunner, Meryl Streep's real daughter) is very depressed because her husband left her for another woman, and the daughter needs Ricki, so she flies to Indianapolis to try to console her daughter, who now hates her after all the years without her.  Her two sons have no love for her either, thus begins the healing process between Ricki and her daughter and two sons.  From the previews, I thought this movie was a comedy, but it is about a family who loses their way and then tries to mend relationships.  Excellent movie!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Movie:  Woman in Gold
Jan's Rating:  C
Time:  1 hour 49 minutes

Jan's Opinion:  Helen Mirren plays a woman who is trying to recover her family's possessions seized by the Nazi's in Austria during WW-II.  Ryan Reynolds plays her attorney.  They both were excellent in their roles but I did dose off a couple of times as they kept switching back and forth from present time to the past.  It was just OK, would not want to see it again. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015


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


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


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


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


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.