Well, this one took my breath away. Joaquin Phoenix was masterful in just being him.  He had depth and did a great job acting “on his own”.  Scarlett Johansson, same thing.  The reason the story worked for me is it addressed the loneliness a relationship can fill and the curvature of growth coupled with the dangers of modern technology leaving you to live in your own world.  Everything worked well from cinematography to music and direction.  Grab the girls, wine and enjoy!  Not sure the guys will sit through this sweet one.


An interesting start to a possible new franchise.  Ryan Reynolds works to bring a sense of comic book humor to Deadpool that resembles a cross between Jim Carry and RDJr. It’s what many of the other films trying to be “like iron man” fail at. The film is full of action reminiscent of Xmen and others in the Marvel universe yet somehow feels like a stepchild that wants to be in with the grown ups – even poking fun at its challenges – i.e. not enough funding for other big name characters to participate.  I really enjoyed the way it was filmed and humor but recognize it’s probably more of a guys movie than a girls movie despite the romance and bear chested Reynolds.  Could be a date night movie if your partner is a comic book fiend like me who enjoys the humor mixed with comic book style violence.

Money Monster

Was ready to hate it and thought it had a stale beginning but (can you say stop acting George, just be talented?!), warmed up to it as the film went on. Jack O’Connel is GREAT, did a nice job in helping carry this film. Julia Roberts also did a nice job in what could have been an overdone part. Yah, George was the weak link. Jodie Foster directed and held my interest though the end. You wonder how it can end – is it typical/stereotypical? Could be a fun date night movie, ok to make it a stay in date night with wine, not really necessary to see it on the big screen.

The Jungle Book

Wow has animation come a long way.  Truly amazing work in this movie.  3D on the other hand is still evolving.  The opening sequence was great in 3D but the effect gets lost as the movie progresses, until the end credits.  Also, 3D still has a way of making you feel you are watching the film in a shoe box. Need Sethi is GREAT as Mowgli.  Well cast, Jon Favreau does a nice job directing – seems to have no trouble transcending mediums – this childhood classic.  Not quite sure it’s date night but definitely family night and kickback night!  Mom’s and kids alike will love it.

The Nice Guys

I smell sequel and possible franchise. Tarantino, this fun 70’s PI film has to have been influenced by you. Enjoyed the nostalgic shots of once past LA (remember tower records?!). Russell Crowe (how does he still seem sexy when looking so dumpy?!) and Ryan Gossling (hubba hubba hubba) have great unlikely chemistry. Cast works really well together with such odd characters. Kim Basinger is the only real let down, she seems a bit out of place, maybe she didn’t get the memo on the style of the film . Yes it’s violent and somewhat nonsensical and even tries to deliver a serious political message – but it’s so much fun- what movies are meant to be! Definite date night with a little something for everyone – but don’t bring kids!