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.

Dead in a Week …or Your Money Back

A fun little dark comedy mixing a serious subject with a little romance and purpose for living. And let’s face it, how can you not enjoy this tight cast which include Tom Wilkinson and…birds! Tom Edmunds script is almost predictable but not quite. Music is terrific and the setting is perfect. Date night worthy with a nice glass of wine!

Shazam

Pure fun! Reminded me of being a kid and going to summertime movies. it’s a fun get away. Somehow Zachary Levi’s over the top performance really works and Asher Angel is adorable- he has a career ahead of him. The entire cast works well together in this nice departure from darkness foray for DC Comics. They seem to be learning from Marvel! Date night worthy.

Captain Marvel

For some reason this plays more like a comic book than some of the others in it’s catelog. The story is a bit more drawn out but appropriate. Would have expected them to dive a bit deeper into her background so you are more emotionally attached to the character but they had a lot to accomplish. Works as a standalone but is a nice key to the “final chapter” in the marvel franchise. Brie Larson does a reasonable job, but perhaps as any other in the role might do…a bit bland. How could she better own the role and shine in the mantle she’s been brought in to wear. In all, fun movie makes for a good date night with make out opportunity!

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.