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interstellarInterstellar

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

This is another finely directed movie by Christopher Nolan.  It features a former member of NASA who is asked to go into space to save civilization.  He and the daughter of a famous scientist travel through a worm hole to another solar system to find a viable planet to live. They find resistance from a previous exploration team which threatens not only the mission but their lives. What we know of the earth is not saved but an alternative is established for those who have survived. The acting was excellent and the photography was amazing.  The drawback was that it was LONG.

I gave it 3 out of 4 stars

 

 

nightcrawler-posterNight Crawler

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Jake Gyllenhaal was fabulous in an off beat role of a man on a mission.  He plays a character who is obviously a bit crazed who is looking for a career.  He happens upon a crime scene and decides that his calling is a photojournalist. He buys a camera, creates a working relationship with a station director and finds ways to get to crime scenes so that he can sell his footage for night time news. His insanity causes him to ‘eliminate’ his competition and ‘create’ the ultimate crime scene that gives him the acclaim and money that he sought.  He definitely should get an Oscar nod for this performance.

I gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

 

horrible-bosses-2Horrible Bosses 2

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Anniston

Horrible Bosses 2 is a horrible sequel.  I saw Horrible Bosses and thought it was hysterical.  I feel manipulated that I went expecting the same entertainment.  The mayhem is disjointed and just dumb.  Let it be said that

I gave it 1 out of 4 stars

(because the popcorn was good)

 

WILD_movie_posterWild

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Tom Sadoski, Mo McRae

In this movie, based on the life of Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon in her Oscar worthy performance plays a woman who has lost her way.  After losing her mother she took a destructive path using drugs and sex to survive.  After seeing brochures for the Pacific Coast trail she decides she must take on this 100 mile journey.  She bought all the necessary equipment, made whatever plans for retrieving future supplies along the way and set upon her journey.  She quickly learned how to survive this arduous adventure and one can say even mastered it by the time that she finished.  Wild epitomized the power of the human spirit and the opportunity that we all have to change the course of our lives.

I gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

AnnieAnnie

Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz

I tried to watch it with my 6 and 4 year old granddaughters and they really didn’t get into it. There was a lot of adult stuff which distracted their attention. Instead of Daddy Warbucks who was just rich, the writers added a rich guy who was running for Mayor. His PR guy was always looking for a great photo op. There are zero children who are interested in mayoral politics. I looked forward to seeing it and thought it was just okay. But Annie is for kids and the kids weren’t interested!

I gave it 1.5 out of 4 stars

 

 

 

 

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