My review of Arrival

Hey, Everybody! I haven’t been blogging about the movies like I should, but I a few reviews coming up this week. If you have read any of my other reviews, then you have probably figured out that I rarely see any movie when it first comes out. In fact, I am lucky if I see a movie within the first. Okay, I’m not really that bad, but it does take me a minute. Anyway, I checked out Arrival last weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. I was drawn to this film just from the release date. It came out on November 11th and that 1111 happens to be a very special number to me. I won’t go into all that. Anyway, I found this movie to be, AMAZING! Amy Adams does a phenomenal job as Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist brought in by the government to help decode an alien language when they unexpectedly arrive on Earth. As I was watching this movie, I remember hoping that I would get it. That the wonderful symbolism in this film would not escape me. Luckily, that didn’t happen. I found myself going through a range of emotions watching this movie. Happiness, sadness, and a general sense of being in awe. It is my practice not to reveal too much in my reviews because my hope is that you will watch these movies yourself. I will end it like this. If you love good movies, watch Arrival. If you appreciate movies that take you deeper, watch Arrival. If you like movies that stay with you a few days after you see them, then by all means, watch Arrival. This movie is suitable for ages 13 and up, but the younger set might not be able to get the true gist of all that is going on.

Arrival has a running time of 1 hr and 56 mins. And is rated PG-13


Queen of Katwe- My review

Let me start out by saying, I am so glad this movie was made. It isn’t a Black movie or a girl’s movie. It is simply a great movie that in my opinion, everyone should see. I got so much inspiration from it. I took my 2 youngest sons to see it with me. They are homeschooled, so there were no other children in the audience. I was the only one that noticed that. I figured that watching movies like this would not only spark them to start playing chess again. But would inspire them to keep trying to go after their passions whatever they may be. I also give them writing assignments after watching certain movies to make sure they paid attention. No problem there. Queen of Katwe had them captivated from the very beginning. The entire cast was amazing! The beautiful young actress, Madina Nalwanga did a magnificent job playing the lead character, Phiona. I instantly fell in love with all of the children and was trying to figure a way to take my sons to Uganda to play chess. Yeah, good movies do that to me. David Oyelowo is heart-warming as the chess coach who discovers that the shy girl who wanders into his class one day, might actually be a chess prodigy. Lupita N’yongo shines as the very strong and determined mother to Phiona, Brian, Night and Richard. You should know by now that I don’t tell parts of the movie because I hate when you read a review and they basically give you an entire synopsis on the movie. I will say this. GO SEE THIS MOVIE! Take your children to see this movie. Take your parents, take your friends, team mates, co-workers, whoever. Just take them! I am so glad that Disney brought this wonderful story to the big screen.

Queen of Katwe is rated PG and has a running time of 2hours and 4minutes

My Magnificent 7 Movie Review

My brother and I decided to take our mother on a “date”. It had been quite a while since it was just the 3 of us. Life gets so busy. And, with my brother and I both having spouses, grown children, teenagers and pre-teens, we stay on the go. We decided to take a break out of our hectic lives and take our mom to check the Magnificent 7. She is a long-time fan of Westerns and she loves Denzel Washington. Then again, who doesn’t love Denzel? I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of Westerns. I have a few that I like. Silverado and Tombstone, but that’s it. So, I wasn’t as interested in seeing it. But, I too am a fan of Denzel and I also wanted to see what the phenomenal director, Antoine Fuqua was going to do with this remake. I wasn’t surprised that the movie was excellent. My mother remembers the original with Yul Brynner and she really enjoyed this one. I think maybe even more than the first one. The one thing I noticed about this movie is that it didn’t waste any time. There were no lulls. It started off with a bang and ended with one. There were light-hearted moments and some moments that made us laugh.One scene,( I won’t spoil it for you) had me almost cheer out loud. I don’t get the chance to see too many movies in the theater, but I am glad I went to see this one. If you get the chance to see it. Please do. Being a writer/actor myself, I am always looking at sets, at the movements the actors make, and how scenes are set up. However, with this movie I was so engrossed in the story being told that I just let myself be whisked away for 2 hours and 13 mins. My 14 and 12-year-olds want to see the movie and I had to see if I felt they could watch it. There really wasn’t anything in the movie that they haven’t seen already as far as the gunplay, the arrows and the occassional axe. But, you might want to leave children under 12 at home. Not many curse words (a few in Spanish) and thankfully not as much gratuitous blood spatters as I expected. It is violent though. It’s a Western. Have you ever seen a non-violent Western? Than being said. If you enjoy a great Western or just very well acted movies, you will enjoy The Magnificent 7.

PG-13 Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett,Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Lee Byung Hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier Running Time: 2h 13mins

My latest reviews

Seriously? Almost 3 months have passed since I last posted? WOW! Well, I have been pretty busy with my new grandson. That’s right, I am a grandma!
Anyway, I have been watching lots of movies lately. I had the chance to check out; Tomorrowland, Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie and, I Origin.  Totally different movies, but I enjoyed them all.
Tomorrowland surprised me. I really thought it was going to be super sweet and sappy and stuff, but that was definitely not the case. Not sure why I thought that but,glad I was wrong. The movie is about some very serious topics and I think that Hugh Laurie delivers an extremely awesome monologue. I won’t tell you about it, just watch it. This movie is more suited to the 10 and older crowd.
Next up, Inside Out.
Insdie out Poster
This movie great! I watched it with my 11 year old son and we both felt everything the main character, Riley was feeling. This movie took you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions,but left you smiling. The animation is awesome (as usual) and the storyline is clear and straightforward.I can see them doing a sequel for this one. Some of the content might be lost on younger children. But,they will love how colorful the characters are. Recommended for 10 and up.
The Peanuts Movie
I thought this movie was wonderful! It was really awesome sharing this new Peanuts movie with characters I have loved forever with my sons. The makers of this movie did an amazing job finding voice actors for the beloved Peanuts characters. It sounded as if they used the same ones from long ago. The story was classic Peanuts with awesome messages of friendship and perseverance. I even found myself with a bit of a lump in my throat at one point during the movie. But, that’s not surprising. It was a pleasure watching a true G rated movie. No sneaky adult jokes in this movie at all. How refreshing! Everybody can see this one, and I hope they do.
Lastly, I Origin.
I saw a poster for this last year and for some reason was attracted to it. I finally watched it the other night and it blew me away. I am not really sure I can describe this movie, except to say that it really spoke to me. I Origins is spiritual in a very non-preachy way. It is strange, weird and magical all in the same breath. The story is not predictable at all. The characters are multi-faceted and open minded and it leads the viewer to follow the same path. I will definitely watch this mildly complex piece of sci-fi again, as I am sure I will get even more out of it the 2nd time around. This movie is rated R for adult situations.
That’s all until next time. Keep the popcorn poppin’!