Miss Sloane

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Jessica Chastain knocks it out of the ballpark again. She commands the ice-queen role well and is her most interesting when she has little dialogue. Surrounded by a top notch cast the film is well done. Everything from lighting, music and even makeup is in place to play a part in this film.  It’s a shame this 2016 film was overshadowed by the election as the topic is very fresh.  If you enjoy political thrillers and miss  House of Cards this will help fill that void.  Yes to date night.

Thor: Ragnarok

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This review may be a little late to the party as the movie has been out for a while and has been described as a must see before Infinity Wars, but I’ve finally had a chance to see it on Netflix.  Must say, wish I’d seen it on the bigger screen.  It is all that you expect from a good Marvel movie.  Doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet it’s very serious.  For us gals (and some guys) you get the good old fashion hubba hubba shots and we have some strong female characters.  Action, drama, soap, comedy and good special effects, it’s what you go to the movies for, a little something for everyone!  Even the end of the credits are fun.  Looking forward to Infinity Wars!  Date night worthy for sure!

Kissing Booth

joey-king-is-red-hot-at-the-kissing-booth-screening-in-la-04This netflix teen rom-com has all the right ingredients.  Cute girl next store coming of age, a hunk and a friendship that lasts a lifetime.  It’s your standard teenage will they wont they end up together film that leaves you waiting for the famed John Cusack boom box in hand scene. You can’t help but smile and be mildly entertained.  (Although, it’s a bit disturbing that high school sex has become so common and promoted.) Star of the film, 18 year old Joey King is a mix of awkward Julia Roberts and confident yet innocent Alexis Bledel.  Think we will be seeing a lot more of her.  And her real life boyfriend is well, let’s just say we won’t tire of seeing this tall stallione who provides a small hint of Tom Cruise!  Date night worthy for us older folk if we have a bottle of wine and a blanket.  Fun for the younger girls, lucky for the guys who get stuck going!

The Greatest Showman

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Well choreographed, this film is reminiscent of Les Miserable.  Staccato, hope, energy and, the greatness of America are the words and thoughts that comes to mind during this entertaining film.  Choreography is right on point carrying through the film along with the music.  Hugh Jacksman is perfectly cast leaving Zach Efron withering in his shadow.  Which is a shame as you know how talented I think he is.  The film provides an interesting look at the start of the circus and at a deeper level works towards helping you understand the meaning of family and value of what’s important.  Makes for a nice light date night movie, better on the big screen but enjoyable on the coach with a huge TV.

Young Adult

Charlize Theron has a habit of making really interesting film choices, often flying under the radar.  It’s refreshing that this giant beauty has the audacity to play against type or explore peoples view of her type, as you see in this film.  Dark comedy of the Juno ilk, this dive into the life of “the popular” explores the nature of growing up, at any age, and happiness.  While she is predominately one note throughout the film, she does it well.  Good cast, over all nicely done but, not quite date night.  More girls nights with wine and cheese.

Ready Player One

Brush off those 80’s movies and experiences as there are more references in here than you may remember!  And, if you haven’t seen The Shinning, you might want to before watching.  Special effects are great as you are bolted in and out of a video game and reality.  Avatars are very lifelike. There are a ton of messages and comments about society wrapped up with a fun action adventure and of course, it wouldn’t be Spielberg to let us go without touching our heartstrings, innocent romance.  He tries really hard to have something for every generation from some baby boomers through Gen Z and men/women/boys/girls.  All is great – music, cinematography, actors – just a bit long in some parts and a bit too much of a commercial for the inevitable game to accompany it!  Date night yes, may as well bring the kids as you can also watch it with the fam., but not the grandparents.

Black Panther

black pantherAppropriate it’s part of the Marvel universe as it’s a Marvel.  The opening sequence starts with terrific animation/cgi.  The actors are masterful offering life and culture to this world.  There’s fun play with 007 throughout the film – including the token odd white guy –  and strong women, not just physically!  Well written script I wonder how these characters will mesh with the others in the universe.  The interplay with the characters in Black Panther is a different type of fun, with a sense of importance than those from others in the marvel universe so it will be interesting to see how they plan to mesh them all together for the upcoming film.  Yes to date night!