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September’s Movies and Money for Charity

Jason and I finished our binge watching of the first season of Ozark on Netflix and loved it.

How as your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $59.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

It (2017) poster.jpgIT, 2017 (Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Olef)   Grade B+

Creeped out by the clown.

Preteens fight a murderous clown!   (Heather)


Home Again poster.jpgHome Again, 2017 (Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky   Grade C+

Wasted romantic potential, but sweet.


A black and white image, showing faces of the cast members. The image is split down the center and mirrored.Mother!, 2017 (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Barden, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer)   Grade F

Should have left halfway through.

 

September 30, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 6 Comments

August Movies & $ for Hurricane Harvey

Every month, since November 2009,  I’ve written a 5 word review of the movies I’ve watched and asked my online friends to add their 5 words to mine.  I’ve tied it to money for charity by letting the top contributor choose the charity every $100 (see charities here).  This month I’m doing something a little different.

I am donating money to the Houston Food Bank in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey devastation and I’ll add $1 to my donation every time you add your 5 words (or less) to mine.  It’s that easy. You can start on this post but if you haven’t seen any of these or want to contribute more money you can browse through the hundreds of movies I’ve watched and add your words to past movies.  Or if you want to browse each post to find movies you’ve seen you can do that here.

You don’t need to be a blogger to participate, just leave your movie “review” in a comment.  If you have any questions you can email me at stacybooks@yahoo.com

We’re up to $109!  Open til the end of next week.

 

Lucky Number Slevin Theater Poster.JPGLucky Number Slevin, 2006 (Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci     Grade B

Mob thriller made me LOL.

Josh Hartnett…before Penny Dreadful  (Michelle)


The main character holding a tabletBridget Jones’s Baby, 2016 (Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey)            Grade B

Two sexy potential daddies? Yesplease.


The Girl on The Train.jpgThe Girl on the Train, 2016 (Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney)   Grade B-

Twisty thriller with great cast.

Was OK, book is better.  (Heather)

 Entertaining, but book was better.  (Michelle)


Trolls (film) logo.pngTrolls, 2016 (Voices-Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani)  Grade B-

Cute trolls sing to live.

Fun singing. Lacked a plot.  (Heather)

Singing songs in my sleep.  (Nise)

Catchy tunes, overdose of happiness.  (Wendy)


Movie poster looney tunes back in action.JPGLooney Tunes:Back in Action, 2003 (Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Timothy Dalton, Joan Cusack, Heather Lockear)   Grade C-

Gage seemed to like it 🙂

The icons are guest-stars here.  (Tony)

 

August 31, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 6 Comments

July’s Movies & Money for Charity

I saw some great films at the theater this month.  How as your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $57.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

The Big Sick.jpgThe Big Sick, 2017 (Kumail Nanijani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar, Anupam Kher)      Grade A

Laugh, cry, cringe, smile,  love.

Love beats out cultural differences (Kathy)


Dunkirk Film poster.jpgDunkirk, 2017 (Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles)   Grade A-

Overlooked WWII struggle that never wavers.


Baby Driver poster.jpgBaby Driver, 2017 (Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez)    Grade B+

Getaway driver tries straight life.


Despicable Me 3 (2017) Teaser Poster.jpgDespicable Me 3, 2017 (Voices-Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gair, Julie Andrews)   Grade C+

Not my favorite, but okay.

 

August 1, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 3 Comments

June’s movies

How as your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $55.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Film poster showing a man in his underwear with a cape on his neck, standing on top of a building. A moon showing a silhouette of an underwear.Captain Underpants, 2017 (Voices-Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Tomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll)                                      Grade B+

Misbehaving friends won me over.


Moonlight (2016 film).pngMoonlight, 2016 (Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome)  Grade B-

Wanted to like it more.

Coming-of-age story about gay black man . (Heather)


LiloandStitchmovieposter.jpgLilo & Stitch, 2002 (Voices-Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames)                                         Grade B-

Alien monster finds human family.

Heartwarming story of family and acceptance.  (Heather)


Movie poster Around the World in 80 Days.jpgAround the World in 80 Days, 2004 (Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile De France, Jim Broadbent, Ian McNeice, Karen Joy Morris)    Grade C

Silly but entertaining Chan comedy.

July 3, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 3 Comments

May’s movies & $ for charity

How as your movie month?  Anything I need to see?

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $55.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Snow White 1937 poster.pngSnow White & the Seven Dwarfs, 1937    Grade B

Original Show White sweetness.

Grumpy is my favorite – married him!  (Kay)

A much loved childhood favorite.  (Michelle)

Good first effort for animation.  (Heather)


Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon with Felicity Jones as Sienna Brooks running together, with the film's title is written vertically in the middle between them, the film's director's name above and the billing and credits underneath them.Inferno, 2016 (Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones)   Grade B-

Langdon in Florence, read the book.

Good. Need to read book.  (Michelle)


Smurfs The Lost Village poster.jpgSmurfs:The Lost Village, 2017 (Voices-Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer)    Grade C-/D+

I liked them as a kid?!!?!?!?


A black-and-white poster of a mass of people being surrounded/tortured by the aliens, not unlike the Renaissance depictions of Hell, with one alien at the center highlighted by a shaft of light from the upper-left.Alien:Covenant, 2017 (Michael Fassbender. Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterson, Danny McBride, the alien(s))    Grade D

Good grief! Stupidest humans ever!

What? OMG, I loved it!  (Michelle)

Never ever go off course…..  (Heather)


May 27, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 10 Comments

April’s movies, money for charity

Last month I watched more  movies than usual because of Blogging from A-Z posts.  And Tony went on a spree and got us to 100 and then some, and he chose the Red Cross so $100 was sent in his name.

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $49.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

ShawshankRedemptionMoviePoster.jpgThe Shawshank Redemption, 1994 (Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman)    Grade A

Innocence hard to find in Shawshank.


Far from the Madding Crowd (2015 film).jpgFar from the Madding Crowd, 2015 (Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen)   Grade B+

Independent spirit finds true love.


Beauty and the Beast 2017 poster.jpgBeauty and the Beast, 2017 (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad)      Grade B

Lovely Beauty tames a Beast.


It Happened One Night (1934) theatrical poster.jpgIt Happened One Night, 1934 (Clark Cable, Claudette Colbert)    Grade B

Love story with two greats.

Cute, funny, entertaining romantic classic.  (Leslie)


Me Before You (film).jpgMe Before You, 2016 (Emilia Clarke, Sam Clafin)    Grade B

Louisa & Will brought to life.  

Made me cry and think.  (Kathy)

 


 

Jack Reacher Never Go Back poster.jpgJack Reacher: Never Go Back, 2016 (Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders)     Grade B-

Is the daughter story true?


 


 

 

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff as Margo Roth Spiegelman and Quentin "Q" Jacobsen respectivelyPaper Towns, 2015 (Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith)   Grade C+

Wild Margo chase with friends

More for teens than adults.   (Kathy)

May 3, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 3 Comments

March’s Movies

Gage had a week where he only had half days of school and I was so excited to take him to the movies twice.  We were the only ones in Lego Batman and we had a blast trying all the rows 🙂

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $43.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Teaser poster for 2017 film Get Out.pngGet Out, 2017 (Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Catherine Keener)        Grade B

Creepy, smart, racially charged horror.

Steeped in reality, metaphorically.   (Michelle)


The Lego Batman Movie PromotionalPoster.jpgLego Batman, 2017 (Voices-Will Arnett, Zach Galifanakis, Michael Cera, Roasario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes)             Grade B

Talking Legos aren’t my thing.

Darkness was never so Awesome.  (Jen)


Odd Thomas poster film.jpgOdd Thomas, 2013 (Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Addison Timlin, Nico Tortorella)                                           Grade B-

Dude can see dead people.

Saw it. Barely remember it.   (Michelle)


Rock Dog 2016 Teaser Poster.jpgRock Dog, 2017 (Voices-Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, JK Simmons, Lewis Black, Keeanan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, Sam Elliott)      Grade B-

Mastiff purses rock ‘n roll.

March 31, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 5 Comments

February’s Movies

There has been sickness in the house for two weeks now, first Gage and now me.  I have a sinus infection that will not go away.  I started antibiotics on Friday so I’m hoping to feel the healing start any time now!

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $40.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Three women standing in the foreground. In the background a rocket is launching.Hidden Figures, 2016 (Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst)                   Grade A

Inspirational women with inspirational talents.


A man and a woman dancing at sunset; a city view stretches out behind them. The woman is wearing a bright yellow dress, her partner is wearing a white colored shirt and tie with dark pants.La La Land, 2016 (Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend)

Grade B

Good to see modern musical.


John Wick Chapter Two.pngJohn Wick Chapter 2, 2017 (Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose)    Grade B+

Love me some John Wick.

Just let me quit, okay? 😀  (Michelle)


DopeTeaserPoster.jpgDope, 2015 (Shameik Moore, Zoe Kravitz, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons)

Grade B

Stereotypes both help and hurt.

 

March 6, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 14 Comments

January’s movies

This month Jason and I watched 30 documentaries in 30 days for our monthly challenge, so I’m amazed we had time for even one fun movie.  If you are curious about the documentaries we watched and what our favorites were click on over to our wrap-up post here .

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $36.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime

Why Him.pngWhy Him?, 2016 (James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Meagan Mullally, Zoey Deutch)                    Grade B-

Lots of warmhearted potty humor.

January 31, 2017 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 3 Comments

December’s Movies & Money for Charity

Okay, this is the last one for 2016 and I’m hoping you can help me move that number up. If you haven’t seen these movies but want to scroll the past year and add your 5 words we could get to $100 by tomorrow.  Scroll here.

Another month and another chance to contribute money to charity.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $37.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

Manchester by the Sea.jpgManchester By the Sea, 2016 (Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol)            Grade A

Devastatingly raw Oscar worthy drama.


No Strings Attached Poster.jpgNo Strings Attached, 2011 (Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Lake Bell, Mindy Kaling)  Grade B

Cute leads pull it off.


Waffle Street Official Movie Poster.jpgWaffle Street, 2015 (Danny Glover, James Lefferty)    Grade B

Wall Street turns Waffle Maker.


Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters .jpgHansel & Gretel Witch Hunter, 2013 (Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen)           Grade C-

Had potential, but missed mark.

No soul to horror/fantasy mashup. (Heather)

 

December 30, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | 3 Comments