Starring: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan
Director: Marc Webb
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Run Time: 1:41
Movie Type: Drama
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
I have lost count of how many times I’ve watched this movie since it came out but with each viewing, I love the movie just a little bit more.
Frank’s sister died and left her genius daughter for Frank to raise in a normal upbringing. So Frank moves to Florida with little Mary, in an effort to give her as normal a life as he can. Mary’s mother was just as gifted and intelligent as Mary is but her life was filled with math question after math question and she didn’t want that for Mary. That was why she turned to Frank. Everything was going great until Mary became old enough to attend to public school.
You can’t hide a brain that big and Mary, well, Mary is a memorable character. She’s bright and she’s funny and she’s so full of love and wisdom for someone so small that she literally made this movie. That’s saying something because Captain freaking America plays her Uncle.
So, Mary becomes involved in a custody battle between her Uncle and her Grandmother. The grandmother that her mother didn’t want to raise her. They’re both fighting for what they think is right, at least that’s how it seems but Frank, mostly, Frank is fighting for Mary. He’s fighting for Mary to have the life that her mother didn’t have. He’s fighting for the Mary to have what her mother wanted her to have and that whole thing broke my heart because through it all, Mary is left pretty much on her own.
Frank wasn’t the perfect guardian for Mary. No, he was selfish and he was dumb but at his core, he was a good guy. He didn’t love Mary because she was smart or because she was cute. He just loved Mary and I adored him.
This movie kept my attention from beginning to end. I came to care for all of the characters in this movie (well, most of them anyway) and Mary and Frank wormed their way into my heart. I laughed and I cried and I was completely charmed with this movie so yes, I highly recommend this to everyone.
My favorite quote:
“He’s a good person. He wanted me before I was smart.”
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Run Time: 1:27
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama
Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) – having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text – decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the ‘random’ table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone’s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Friendships – and even a little romance – can happen under the most unlikely circumstances.
I’m kind of bummed that we haven’t had very many new romantic comedies to watch over the last couple of years. There’s mostly action hero movies and kiddie movies and lots and lots of dramatic movies but romantic comedies have been pretty sparse. When this movie came onto my radar, I knew that I wanted to watch it because 1) It looked pretty funny and 2) Anna Kendrick. There isn’t much that I wouldn’t do for Anna Kendrick.
Mostly, I look like this every time AK has a new movie coming out…
I watched this a while ago but I rented it over the weekend again just because I felt like it and I liked it all over again.
Eloise is attending her oldest friends wedding by herself and that wouldn’t be a big deal if she was supposed to be the Maid of Honor in the wedding (and isn’t anymore) and she wasn’t dumped via text by the Best Man, who also happens to be the bride’s brother. Sucking it up, Eloise attends the wedding and isn’t at all surprised that they sat her at Table 19.
You see, Table 19 is…
“The table that should have known to send regrets but not before sending something nice off the registry. The table that could disappear in the middle of the wedding and nobody would notice…”
So, Eloise is at this wedding, sitting with a bunch of strangers and over the course of the day, this table of strangers become friends and their shenanigans had me cracking up all over the place. This was such a fun movie to watch on a lazy weekend because it’s filled with a great cast with great chemistry and a female lead that is just too adorable for words. There’s also a pretty big plot twist and that was fun. So really, if you’re in the mood for something fast, cute and fun…check this movie out.
Wind River (2017)Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, Teo Briones
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Run Time: 1:47
Movie Type: Crime, Drama
A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
I went and saw this movie on a recommendation from Ames. She’s my go-to girl for book, movie, tv show and planner sticker recommendations. Actually, she’s my go-to girl for everything. She’s like an extension of myself because we love all of the same things and when she said that she highly recommends this movie, I knew I was going to see it.
This movie was a crime mystery that had me trying to figure out who was killing these Native American girls because I wasn’t too sure until right before the big reveal. I’m really terrible at trying to guess these things so I wasn’t too surprised that it took me forever to figure everything out but that didn’t stop me from eating everything up in this movie.
It’s not an easy movie to watch by any means but oh goodness, it was engrossing. I didn’t know that that we don’t track the deaths of Native American women. WTF is up with that?
Anyway, this movie is about Jeremy Renner’s character, his name is Cory Lambert and he’s a tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service. He’s asked to help track down a murderer who attacked and killed a young Native American woman and because the case hits a little close to his own home, he’s in. The closer he got to getting some answers, the more my heart double-timed in my chest. When everything finally comes to a head, I was glad. I didn’t think my heart could take much more thrilling moments. I was sickened with the bad guys and yet relieved that they were found and justice was served for those poor girls. I cried when we got the full story of what happened and I loved Cory Lambert all the more for that scene of him taking the last bad guy up into the mountains. I really like when the good guys beat the bad guys.
The acting was really good, no cheesy dialogue. No WTF scenes that don’t add anything to the story so all in all, this was a great movie that I highly recommend.
Room (2015)Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Run Time: 1:58
Movie Type: Drama
ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical–they are trapped–confined to a 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.
I went into this movie blind. I had heard of the book and then the movie but I didn’t have any plans on reading the book or watching the movie. I didn’t know what it was about but I saw that everyone was talking about it and loving it when the movie first came out. So last week when I was browsing through the movies on Amazon Prime, I came across Room and remembered all of the praise this movie got on Twitter last year and since I was tired of browsing through the movies, I hit play.
This movie hit me right in the gut and before the movie hit its stride, Brenna had come in and sat down next to me, just as intrigued with what was going on as I was.
The movie starts off in Room with Jack and his Ma. Jack is greeting the toilet, the bed, the wardrobe as if they’re his friends and then we see him and Ma go about their day. Their day looks like any normal day filled with meals, exercise, reading lessons and tv watching but what makes their day different is that the entire day is spent in a tiny room. At first, I was confused wondering why in the hell this little boy was talking to the furniture and then it hit me. It hit me at the same time that it hit Brenna, what was going on and holy cow, I couldn’t stop watching.
My heart hurt for Ma, to live through each day knowing the truth about their situation and then having to rely on Jack, her adorable 5-year-old son to set them both free. It was terrifying at the same time that it was thrilling and I seriously, could not stop watching. I was cheering for both Jack and for Ma to get through their ordeal with minimal scrapes and bruises and what really hit me was Jack.
Seeing Jack experience life outside Room was heartbreaking but it was also really good. I thought he was the strongest person in the movie and I just adored the hell out of him.
The acting in this movie was fantastic. Quite often, I’m taken out of a show or a movie because the acting is terrible but that wasn’t the case with this movie. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay and even Sean Bridgers did a fabulous job of bringing these characters to life. There wasn’t one thing that I didn’t like about the movie. It was full of great for me. I highly recommend everyone to watch it.
Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Aaron Tveit, Chace Crawford, Philip Winchester, Manny Montana
Director: Joseph Mazzello
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Run Time: 1:30
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama, Sports
When twelve ragtag teammates set out to play what should be a meaningless summer intramural baseball game, it ends up becoming the most important game of their lives. This collection of characters – the reliever turned starting pitcher (Tyler Hoechlin), a hot dog power hitter (Chace Crawford), an outfielder with anger management issues (Joe Mazzello), a player coach with clipboard envy (Duke Davis Roberts), an over-eager catcher (Ryan Pinkston), the old guy who shouldn’t be playing anymore (Philip Winchester), and the guy everyone forgot was on the team (Matt Bush) – truly gives new meaning to the phrase “amateur status”. As they struggle to transition away from baseball and towards an uncertain future, the best player among them (Aaron Tveit) – who they all felt should have gotten drafted – has to deal with the news that his big league dreams were dashed, leaving him grappling with why he should still play. One game can be just another box score, but when it’s played by a team
This movie was brought to my attention because Tyler Hoechlin is in it. I watch Teen Wolf and was a little bummed when I found out that Derek wasn’t returning last season but then I heard he was filming this movie and I perked right up. I love sports comedies and this one just looked funny from the trailers and the cast interviews that were going around.
When the movie came out, I forced Brenna (my daughter) to watch it with me and while she was not happy about putting her phone away for an hour and a half to watch a movie with her Mom, when all was said and done. She loved it and so did I.
You guys, this movie was funny. I was not prepared for how much laughing I was going to do. I thought it would be one of those movies that claim to be a comedy but I don’t laugh all that much. I was wrong. Every character brought something different to the movie and they were all distinctly different from each other. They were all really funny too. This movie was made up of funny moments but there were sprinkles of deeper issues through out as well. These guys are all college aged (except the old guy) guys with uncertain futures, coming together to win an intramural baseball game against a bunch of Division 1 players who thought they had the game in the bag.
I don’t even have a favorite character in this movie because I loved them all. I loved the dugout shenanigans, the fights, the jokes, just…everything. I liked this movie so much that Brenna and I watched it again the very next night. Too stinkin’ funny.