See You Tomorrow

Stefan Bristol directs what on the surface looks like it wants to be a Disney film that pokes fun at the 80’s and includes a nod to Michael J. Fox. For some reason, Goonies even comes to mind. But Spike Lee is the producer so you know it won’t be light and fluffy, serious issues need to be tackled like his standards – racial discrimination and neighborhood issues. Beyond that, there’s grief and a strong black female lead, Eden Duncan-Smith looking for hope. Astro, the young man who plays Calvin, her brother, has a moment in the film in which he has such strong intensity, it encapsulates the entire feeling and message of the film. No neatly tied bow at the end of this film as director has faith in his audiences intelligence. As for the rest, sets feel like a Spike Lee film, music is good – didn’t really notice it, cinematography ok. You’ll need a small tissue box. A little too heavy for kids. Not sure I’d say date night worthy or a must see but an interesting watch.

Berlin, I Love You

A thinking persons movie. Apparently this is the latest installment from the “Cities of Love” franchise. And, it’s meant to focus on the possibility of love – something that seems to have been lost. This film is comprised of a series of shorts with a small thread to string most of them. Reminds me of movies in the 90’s. Interestingly some of the shorts have celebrities but all are character driven making them more intriguing. Mickey Rourke in particular was caught my attention despite being, well unrecognizable (what did he do to himself?!). Current topics are touched without being overt – like self driving cars, immigration or Weinstein. At the base it seems to me to be more about rebuilding/rebirth than love. Found it interesting but not everyone’s cup of tea therefore, date night only if you are looking to have interesting conversation after.

Murder Mystery

They say Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler make a great pair. Well, that may be true but not in this one. Aniston acts her way through most of it and inappropriately maintains her beauty – doesn’t fit the part. In fact, it sort of angers me that she’s too professional. Sandler is goofy as usual. At times the two intersect but for the most part, they seem to be stars in their own movies. Support cast is great. Story is a throw back to old style murder mystery and reminded me of the game Clue. It’s an entertaining night, probably best as a drinking game! Having said all that, can be a fun date night especially since you can watch it in the comfort of your own home!

I Am Mother

Yes you’ve seen a variety of movies in which technology takes over the world but, this one goes a bit beyond and adds heart. Trust is a delicate topic as is perfection and ones relationship with a parent, all explored. The day after I was left still thinking about the movie and its parallels throughout history and cinematography. (Odd timing given I’d just watched a documentary on the Nuremberg trials!) Rose Byrne provides a great soothing voice for Mother. Clara Ruggard is able to hold her own and Luke Hawker, with the aid of special effects is fantastic as Mother (the robot). Hillary Swank fell short as she acted her way through, trying too hard. Good direction. While it felt slow it was good and it sticks with you. Not sure I’d say date night but definitely intelligent night and discuss after worthy.

Then Came You

Looking for something bittersweet with a different type of love story? This one may fit the bill for you. Cancer, life, death, purpose, it’s all here and handled very nicely by the talented Asa Butterfield and Maisie Williams. They have great chemistry and are fun to watch. While the other players were good, they truly played supporting roles. Nina Dobrev makes a nice departure from her anxty teenage role into a more mature woman. She does a fine job but, her legs overshadow her talent, wonder if that was the directors intention! Music and direction worked. It’s just…sweet. As such, probably more of a chick flick that date night worthy.

Avengers Endgame

By now I would imagine most die hards have seen this “final” installment from our favorite superheroes so perhaps it’s safe to say…it’s a bit disappointing. Infinity war was everything you would want Endgame to be – great effects, good story but most of all, full of characters we enjoy. Endgame was drama focused so much on story that you lost the fun we have grown to love and expect from favorite characters. Serious issues to deal with or not, we still expect fun wry playfullness between characters. Where was the wit we love from the franchise builder himself Mr RD Jr.? Thor provided some of it but not enough to sustain. Having said that, it was still a good film and the 3 or so hours went without the need for a break. Less a thin comic book and more a collection of comic books it doesn’t disappoint if you go without preconceived notions! Definitely date night wothy.

The Humbling

A dark movie play brilliantly by the one and only Al Pacino. An aging actor grappling with reality seems well suited for this master. Having seen him on stage and of course watched his career in the movies, he fascinates either way which is what I enjoy most about the movie. It illustrates both his passions well. Age and dimension are to blame here but one can’t help but wonder about the true mind of gifted actors. Good supporting cast, with Greta Gerwig leading the charge. Music, scenery and cinematography are all well suited props. Date night worthy for those with the passion.