Christopher Robin

With trepidation I took the recommendation of a good friend and watched this one. Very happy I did.

It’s amazing that a childhood favorite can play even better as an adult. Lessons learned can certainly be forgotten and brought forward. This movie gets it right from being fanciful to meaningful. Story bodes well for a grown up Christopher, even brought tears to my eyes! Despite the oddness of pooh and friends the special effects work. Music is memorable. Definite feel good date night movie to remind you of what’s important in life.

Closer

A play adapted to a film doesn’t always work. It takes a good cast to help it coast from scene to scene. In this particular case, the cast superseded all else. The locations truly were simply backgrounds, the script simply brought further meaning to the engaging subtext of the actors. You fall in love with each separately, hating them as a whole eventually moving past their futile mess. If you are in the right mood and looking to watch actors who are good at their craft play, this film is for you. But…as date night, probably not a good idea!

Music from Another Room

Yes it’s another predictable RomCom but it’s enjoyable. And, I dare you not to fall in love with Jude Law in this one! A late 90’s film it’s shot in standard style. Script is sweetly odd with most actors as props for Jude and his leading lady. Even the handsome competition has little to do. So, if you have nothing else to do and are looking for something to put you in a good mood with a glass of wine and your hubba hubba partner for the night, this throw back might be the one for date night.

Just Believe

Yes, it’s predictable and gooshy but it’s kinda also a nice reminder that it doesn’t take three wishes to make for a happy life. A more applicable version of The Secret”! It’s nice to see Louis Gosset Jr return to the screen with such a powerful, booming yet gentle voice. A good cast it’s a nice film to watch with the family and remind yourself of what you do have. Not really date night worthy but definitely a good one to pull out when you need a friendly reminder or nudge.

While We’re Young

That’s how I felt at the start of the film but so old by the end. It does drag but also is a very interesting comment about where we are in the world. From a babyless couple with married friends who have kids to hipsters it spans generations. Every generations parents look back at the youngsters wanting to recapture youth then realizing how silly the young are and just how much the world has changed without their noticing it. Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried reel you in while Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are standard. Like a documentary with some pep, it trudges along so I can’t recommend it for date night but, I did really enjoy the statement.

A Dog’s Way Home

What do you think this movie is about – yup you are most likely right. Dog and owner are separated, dog must find it’s way back to it’s owner. Formulaic it simply tries to come up with scenarios you haven’t quite seen before including unusual animal buddies. An attempt to be a Disney like movie it’s cute but an annoyingly predictable tearjerker. More appropriate for the kids, ok as a datenight movie, definitely a rental.

Roma

Cinematic-ally and artistically this is a beautiful and powerful film. Shot fully in black and white with a talented cast, one who enjoys independent film making that provides a slice of life and a realistic look at political climates will enjoy this film. CuarĂ³n has nicely mastered matching panoramic views with those that look like detailed paintings. Must see on a full screen that offers crisp definition. Considering this is Yalitza Apraricio’s first film (lead), she deservs all the accolades she is receiving. However, for the populous, this may be too slow moving and require some research prior to viewing. For that reason, can’t quite rate it date night worthy.