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“lady bird” movie review

Posted on November 27, 2017

Lady Bird

If you are a mother or a daughter, you will absolutely love and relate to Lady Bird. In fact, it just may be the mother of all mother-daughter movies.

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are perfection in this relationship which writer/director Greta Gerwig nails with dialogue that rings so true, you just may be transported back to one of the (many) times when you had a similar conversation/fight/lovefest with your own mother or daughter. more »

“goodbye christopher robin” movie review

Posted on October 22, 2017

goodbye christopher robin

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends are sacred to my family.

My son was obsessed with them when he was little, greeting Tigger at Disneyworld as though he were a long-lost friend.

We quoted the characters and discussed them in great detail, laughing about how one of us was acting like an Eeyore when we complained too much.

My son might even have been a smidge envious of Christopher Robin.

Well, although he’s now 27, I hesitate to recommend Goodbye Christopher Robin (which I loved) to him because it just may traumatize him. He will certainly never wish to be Christopher Robin again, and he may actually feel guilty for all the attention he gave to the real boy’s beloved stuffed animals.

I had no idea of the story behind Winnie-the-Pooh, which is dark and sad and completely at odds with how the hunny-loving bear made us all feel. more »

“victoria and abdul” movie review

Posted on October 13, 2017

Victoria and Abdul

Well, I was going to write all about how much I enjoyed Victoria & Abdul, the true-ish story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and the young Indian man (Ali Fazal) who becomes her confidante and spiritual advisor.

But, as I was looking for photos to accompany my review, I came across some articles lambasting the movie for its dismissal of the horrors of British colonialism.

Since I don’t know enough about this period of history, I will have to leave that criticism to the experts. I can only take Victoria & Abdul at face value, although that new context does give me pause. more »

“the mountain between us” movie review

Posted on October 6, 2017

The Mountain Between Us

The real problem with The Mountain Between Us is that it’s not a true story. more »

“stronger” movie review

Posted on October 1, 2017

Stronger

Stronger is the kind of movie you feel really bad criticizing. I mean, it’s the story of Jeff Bauman, the 28-year-old who lost his legs during the Boston Marathon bombings.

You know it’s supposed to be inspirational — and it is.

You know it’s important to celebrate our heroes — and it does.

You know it should really move you to tears — but it didn’t. more »

“brad’s status” movie review

Posted on September 30, 2017

Brad's Status

Brad’s Status is one of the worst titles ever — yet it’s turned out to be one of my absolute favorite movies of the year.

Ben Stiller stars as 47-year-old Brad, who lies in bed at night, comparing his boring suburban life to the lives of his uber-successful college friends. While he’s struggling to run a small non-profit he started, they’re jetting around the world, writing books, directing movies and spending an early retirement in Hawaii. Everyone is ecstatically happy and living the good life. At least in Brad’s imagination. more »

“battle of the sexes” movie review

Posted on September 28, 2017

Battle of the Sexes

I remember rooting for Billie Jean King to beat that male chauvinist pig, Bobby Riggs, during their 1973 exhibition match yet I found myself feeling the urgency of her winning even more strongly watching Battle of the Sexes, the fictionalized movie about the two tennis legends.

I was 14 during the original must-watch-TV match and, although I was a devout feminist who believed wholeheartedly in women’s lib, I don’t think I had any clue at the time of just how brave and important King’s efforts really were. more »

“year by the sea” movie review

Posted on September 27, 2017

Year by the Sea

Joan Anderson’s Year by the Sea has been sitting on my bookshelf for so long, it was inevitable that the movie would come out before I had a chance to read it.

It’s not surprising this memoir has become a kind of midlife classic because so many baby boomer empty nesters will be able to relate to Joan’s story. more »

“take my nose … please” movie review

Posted on September 27, 2017

Take My Nose Please

This must-see documentary about funny women who have had or are having cosmetic surgery is fascinating, often hilarious and sometimes devastatingly sad. (If you remember Totie Fields, you’ll once again be moved by her tragic story.)

“Plastic surgery is supposed to make you feel good about yourself,” says comedian Margaret Cho. “To me, it’s just brainwashing, manipulation and mutilation of women.”

She waits a beat, then adds, “I’m still going to get it.”

And there’s the heart of the story. more »

“home again” movie review

Posted on September 16, 2017

Home Again

After seeing the trailer, I knew Home Again wasn’t going to be a good movie but I went to see it anyway because: 1) Reese Witherspoon 2) Nancy Meyers

Reese Witherspoon is adorable, always fun to watch and seems like she would be a great friend. But Nancy Meyers? Her movies are house porn at its finest. more »

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