April’s Movies & Money for Charity

You know the drill, 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. Click here to see past movie posts.

We’re at $76 right now.  Your charity could be next 

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A Little Chaos, 2014 (Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci) Grade B+

Woman charming King & Versailles gardens.

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Crazy Rich Asians, 2018 (Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeow) Grade B+

Visually stunning, campy fun.

Big heart and big laughs. (Heather)

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Fences, 2016 (Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson) Grade B

Powerful drama with big personality.

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Jumanji: Welcome the the Jungle, 2017 *Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale) Grade B+

Surprisingly fun gamer throwback adventure.

 Jack Black as teenage girl! (Heather)

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Onward, 2020 (Voices-Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis Dreyfas, Octavia Spencer) Grade B

Sweet movie about brothers bonding.

Great story on grief/family. (Heather)

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Jumper, 2008 (Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Michael Rooker, Max Thieriot, Diane Lane, Samuel L Jackson) Grade C

Teleporting gone wild.

 I wanted Annikan to die… (Heather) *so accurate!*

January, February March Movies and Money For Charity

I’m so behind with this but unwilling to let a decade long tradition go by the wayside. I hope you’ll participate!

You know the drill, 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. Click here to see past movie posts.

We’re at $72 right now.  Your charity could be next 

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The Black Klansman, 2018 (John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace) Grade B+

Klu Kluz Klan Undercover Infiltration

Denzel’s son + True Story = Magnificent (Michelle)

Funny, serious, a timely movie. (Heather)


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Mudbound, 2017 (Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedland, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks) Grade B+

Sharecropping, Racism, Service, Friendship, Revenge.

Too many white people, OK (I really wanted the story focused elsewhere) (Heather)


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Yesterday, 2019 (Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Joel Fry, Kate McKinnon) Grade B

All You Need Is Love.


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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day!, 2014 (Steve Carrell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne) Grade B

Fun Family Flick For All.


The Call of The Wild, 2020 (Harrison Ford, Omar Cy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens) Grade B

Classic Book Comes To Life


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I Care A Lot, 2020 (Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Eliza Gonzalez, Chris Messina, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Alicia Witt, Damien Young, Chris Messina, Macon Blair) Grade B

Fear Inducing Horror and Hate.


Yes Day, 2021 (Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner, Everly Carganilla)

Parents Don’t Get To Say No.


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The Ritual, 2017 (Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Same Troughton) Grade C

So much potential, fizzled out.

Awesome folk horror; book (is) better. (Michelle)

Book was terrifying! Movie OK. (Heather)


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Murder on the Orient Express, 2017 (Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, William Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley) Grade C-

Hercules Poirot Rides a Train

Christie great with star power. (Michelle)

Branagh, don’t pretend hablar French. (Heather)


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The Midnight Sky, 2020 (George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Damian Bichir, Kyle Chandler, Caoillin Springall) Grade C

End of Earth from space.

Slow burner; much to contemplate. (Michelle)

Great ideas, but poor execution. (Heather)


December’s Movies and Money for Charity

How we’ve managed to watch so many un-holiday themed movies this month I don’t know. I didn’t particularly love any of them, but that’s okay. We’ve watched a few more Schitt’s Creek episodes and watched the first handful of season one of The Arrow (so completely hokey, but kinda what I was looking for) and we watched the first episode of Bridgerton. Way more TV time than normal. We’re still pretty much isolating and I really look forward to going to a movie theater again next year!

You know the drill, 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 $63 right now.  Your charity could be next 

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Molly’s Game, 2017 (Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp) Grade B

Chastain shows her many assets.

Enjoyed the ending not beginning. (Heather)


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Hotel Artemis, 2018 (Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, David Bautista, Sterling K Brown, Sophia Boutella, Charlie Day, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate) Grade B

Criminals need hospitals too!

My kind of strange. (Michelle)

Weird, bloody, messy, so so. (Heather)


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Focus, 2015 (Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney) Grade B-

Hot criminals also fall in love with other hot criminals.

Barely remember it. Wasn’t impressed. (Michelle)


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Rebecca, 2020 (Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ann Dowd) Grade B-

Beautiful filmed but missing mystery.

Good, but not the original. (Michelle)

Pretty, but missed the boat. (Heather)


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The Snowman, 2017 (Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, JK Simmons) Grade B-

Bizarre and cold police drama.

So intrigued, bought the books. (Michelle)


A woman standing against wall, painted there are red wings, but with bullets instead of feathers

Peppermint, 2018 (Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr, Juan Pablo Raba) Grade B-

Jen kicks ass Alias style.

Awesome! Jen kicking ass again.  (Michelle)


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Ava, 2020 (Jessica Chastain, Common, John Malkovich, Colin Farrell) Grade C

So many hits, so little time.

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The Poison Rose, 2019 (John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen, Kat Graham, Brendan Fraser, Ella Bleu Travolta, Peter Stormare, Robert Patrick Grace C-

Film noir gone stale.


November Movies and Money for Charity

November was an okay tv watching month, but not so great with the movies (unless you count the dozen of Hallmark movies I watched 😉 ). We finished up The Great British Baking Show. We loved the Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. We FINALLY watched the last season of Game of Thrones. And although we are super late to the party we’ve watched a handful of Schitt’s Creek episodes and look forward to more.

You know the drill, 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 right now.  Your charity could be next 

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Carrie Pilby, 2017 (Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Ritter, William Moseley, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue) Grade B+

Quirky and heartfelt done right.

October’s Movies & Money for Charity

October was busy so few movies and all were watched while we were on vacation, lol. We are currently watching a few other things like The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Great British Baking Show.

You know the drill, 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 right now.  Your charity could be next 

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The Croods, 2013 (Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Duke Clark, Cloris Leachman, Randy Thom) Grade B

It’s not the end of the…oh, wait, maybe it is.

Really surprisingly great. Sold me. (Michelle)

Sweet: family and letting go. (Heather)

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The Lost Husband, 2020 (Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel, Nora Dunn, Sharon Lawrence, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Herizen F. Guardiola) Grade B

Kinda slow but still sweet.

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The Big Wedding, 2013 (Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfreid, Topher Grace Robin Williams, Christine Ebersole, Ben Barnes) Grade B-

The all-star cast was fun.

August & September 5 Word Movie Reviews and Money for Charity

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We’re at $53 right now.  Your charity could be next 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri poster.png Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017 (Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes)         Grade A

Hard lines softened and disappeared.

Powerful. One of the best.  Michelle


Enola Holmes poster.jpeg Enola Holmes, 2020 (Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Clafin, Helena Bonham Carter)     Grade A-

So much sister Sherlock fun!

Delightful! Perfect fourth wall breaking.   Michelle


The Kissing Booth 2 poster.jpg The Kissing Booth 2, 2020 (Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Taylor Zachar Perez, Molly Ringwald)   Grade B

Satisfying follow-up to fun original.


21BridgesPoster.jpeg 21 Bridges, 2019 (Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, JK Simmons, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David)   Grade B

Detective on hunt in NYC.


Da 5 Bloods poster.jpeg Da 5 Bloods, 2020 (Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Melanie Thierry, Jean Reno)                               Grade B-

Veterans in search of  Vietnam fortune.


How It Ends (film).png How it Ends, 2018 (Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Grace Dove, Kat Graham, Mark O’Brien)  Grade C-

Our world is maybe ending?

Didn’t live up to expectations.   Michelle

July’s Movies and Money for Charity

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We’re at $50 right now.  Your charity could be next 

Ready Player One (film).png Ready Player One, 2018 (Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance)    Grade B+

Virtual reality with 80’s twist.

Spielberg’s Harry Potter is…okay.  (Tony)


Independence day movieposter.jpg Independence Day, 1996 (Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A Fox, Mary McDonnell, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein)    Grade B

Americans discover Area 51 is real.


The Old Guard 2020 film poster.png The Old Guard, 2020 (Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling)   Grade B+

Immortal Charlize leads the way.

We loved The Old Guard!!  (Les)

The Old Guard was lots of fun!  (Marg)


Honey I blew up the kid film poster.jpg Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, 1992 (Rick Moranis, Marsha Strassman, Robert Oliveri, Daniel & Joshua Shalikar, Keri Russell, John Shea, Lloyd Bridges, Ron Canada)                         Grade D

Ugh, that kid was creepy.

 

 

June’s Movies & Money for Charity

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We’re at $47 right now.  Your charity could be next 

E t the extra terrestrial ver3.jpg E.T., 1982 (Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Drew Barymore, C. Thomas Howell)      Grade A-

Fun trip back the 80’s!

Will Always Love This Movie!   Vicki


Ckfilm.jpg The Cincinnati Kid, 1965 (Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margaret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld)   Grade A-

A true gambler never folds.


A young girl holds a surfboard at the beach. A section of her board is missing as if been bitten by a shark Soul Surfer, 2011 (Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicholson)    Grade B

Truly uplifting true story.

 She is such an inspiration!   Vicki


Honey I Shrunk the kids.jpg Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, 1989 (Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland, Amy O’Neill, Robert Oliveri, Thomas Wilson Brown, Jared Rushton)    Grade C+

80’s ridiculousness at its finest.

Fun for the whole family.   Vicki

 

 

May’s Movies & Money For Charity

What a sad movie month this was.  We did make it halfway through The Cincinnati Kid (1965) tonight and I already know it’s going to beat all of these movies hands down.

You know the drill, 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 $44 right now.  Your charity could be next 

Atomic Blonde poster.jpg Atomic Blonde, 2017 (Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman)    Grade B

Attractive spies betraying each other.

Not a favorite…Charlize = badass   (Michelle)

Brutal fight scenes…no McAvoy   (Heather)


Enemy poster.jpg Enemy, 2013 (Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini)    Grade B-/C+

Messed up and confusing thriller.

 Truly twisted. Loved it!  (Michelle)

 meh?  (Heather)


Evolution movie.jpg Evolution, 2001 (David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Sean William Scott, Ted Levine)   Grade C

Much needed levity as chaos reigns.

 A favorite. One word – Duchovny  (Michelle)

Classic Meta Duchovny, super cheesy.  (Heather)


The Rocket Poster The Rocket, 2018 (Richard Blake, Brady Tutton)     Grade C-

Cheesy acting was so bad.

April’s Movies & $ for Charity

A few of these were repeats.  Psycho is an all-time favorite that I’ll be posting about next week and we let Gage stay up late a few times this month to introduce him to classics like The Money Pit, lol.  He loved it, of course.

You know the drill, 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 $38 right now.  Your charity could be next 

The poster features a large image of a young woman in white underwear. The names of the main actors are featured down the right side of the poster. Smaller images of Anthony Perkins and John Gavin are above the words, written in large print, "Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho". Psycho, 1960 (Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin. Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam)             Grade A

Thriller perfection. Must-see classic.

Scariest movie I’ve ever seen.  (Kathy)

Creepy deluxe! Eee! Eee! Eee! (explanation of ‘Eee’ involves shower curtains and stabbing – ha!   (Kay)


Smart people.jpg Smart People, 2008 (Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, Thomas Hayden Church, Ashton Holmes)      Grade B+

I love intelligence, even the cantankerous kind.


As Above, So Below Poster.jpg As Above So Below, 2014 (Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar)    Grade B+

Boring to can’t-look-away in a hot minute.  


Money pit movie poster.jpg Money Pit, 1986 (Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton)                Grade B

Can’t help but laugh.

Love some Tom and Shelley!   (Kay)


Deliverance poster.jpg Deliverance, 1972 (Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox)        Grade B-

Freaky but okay backwoods thriller.

Will.Never.Watch.Again! Ick!    (Kay)


Before i go to sleep poster.jpg Before I Go To Sleep, 2014 (Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Ann-Marie Duff)      Grade B-

Not knowing who you are – every morning.


Hop2011Poster.jpg Hop, 2011 (James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Perkins, Gary Cole, voices of Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie, Hank Azaria)         Grade B-

Some Fun Easter Fluff.