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Review: Gifted

Posted November 15, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Gifted (2017)

Starring: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan
Director: Marc Webb
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Rating: PG-13
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.”

Movie Trailer

My Rating

5 out of 5

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Review: Table 19

Posted November 8, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Table 19

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Rating: PG-13
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.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

4 out of 5

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Monthly Recap: September 2017

Posted October 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

I didn’t do much in September. I supported Chase and Brody at their football games, went to one of Makaela’s volleyball games and then Brenna played in her first games on a college level team. Aside from that, not much has been going on with me except watching movies, tv shows and reading loads. Gah, what a boring month for me. Here’s a picture of Caiden, haha.

Isn’t he so cute…even with all of that drool? Haha. Go Lakers!

What I Read

1. The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
2. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
3. Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreakers Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
4. Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen | 3 out of 5
5. The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancees #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
6. The Prize by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
7. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
8. Ransom (Highland’s Laird #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
9. Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
10. Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
11. Ready for Wild (Grand Valley #3) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

9/01: The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
9/06: Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
9/07: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
9/11: The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
9/13: Acheron (Dark Hunters #12) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 5 out of 5
9/14: Clean Sweep (Inn Keeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
9/18: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9/19: Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
9/21: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
9/26: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
9/28: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5

What I Bought

One Day: Valentine Novella by Samantha Young
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen
Dirty Little Tease by Kendall Ryan
Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan
Wednesday by Kendall Ryan
Just a Taste by Whitney G.
Turbulence: The Epilogue by Whitney G.
Resisting the Boss by Whitney G.

What I Got for Review

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Love, Life & the List by Kasie West
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath

What I Listened To

I’m on a country binge, getting ready for Stagecoach next year and these are songs that have gotten a lot of play time in September. I’m kind of bummed that my girls are scared to go to Stagecoach after what happened in Vegas this past weekend so that’s put a damper on our mood. 🙁 I still love these songs though.

What I Watched on TV

I binge watched Powerless a couple of Saturdays ago and then found it was cancelled by NBC so I quit it that same day. LOL. Dammit, it was another show that I really liked. Stupid ass NBC.

The Brave and Seal Team were both good but of the two, I liked The Brave a tad bit more. We’ll see which of these shows stick in the coming weeks.

What Movies I Watched

My favorite movies for September were Wind River, Room and Kingsman: The Secret Service. I’ll be reviewing them all soon so you’ll see my thoughts on them soon-ish.

What I Loved

Words with Friends. My siblings and I have been playing Words with Friends over and over again and we started up again last month. September has been filled with a lot of talking shit, contesting words (even though it’s an app and if the app takes the word, you can’t really contest) and gloating when we beat each other. It’s been great fun and so far, I’m tied for first place with my brother for most points scored in one turn. He’s hating because I got my 126 points against him. Ha!

How was your month in books, movies and TV? Did you do anything fun? Share in the comments!

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