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November’s Movies & $ for Charity

Loved the first two movies!  What did you see that you loved this month?

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.

Arrival, Movie Poster.jpgArrival, 2016 (Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker)    Grade A-

Time bending first alien contact.

The Accountant (2016 film).pngThe Accountant, 2016 (Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons, Jon Bernthal,  Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow)     Grade B+

Justice served with cold precision.

Doctor Strange, wearing his traditional costume, coming out from a flowing energetic portal, and around him the world and New York turning around itself with the film's cast names above him and the film's title, credits and billing are underneath.Doctor Strange, 2016 (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejofar, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Mads Mikkelsen)   Grade C+

Mystical struggle to rule Earth.

 

 

December 2, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 3 Comments

August’s Movies & $ for charity

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 $35.

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.

Captain Fantastic poster.jpgCaptain Fantastic, 2016 (Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn)    Grade B+

Family’s heartbreaking funeral road trip.


 

Painted-veil-poster.jpgThe Painted Veil, 2006 (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Diana Rigg, Toby Jones)                     Grade B

Slowmoving drama honest to original.


Dark Skies Poster.jpgDark Skies, 2013 (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, JK Simmons, Dakota Goyo)                                             Grade B-

Alien Abductors Are Among All.

 


 

August 31, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 2 Comments

July’s Movies

I could watch a great romantic film again and again (and have!) but bad ones are hard to stomach (I’m looking at you Nicholas Sparks). 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 $35.

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 Secret Life of Pets poster.jpgThe Secret Life of Pets, 2016 (Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey)    Grade B+

Enemies become best friends.


Living on One Dollar Poster Living on One Dollar, 2013 (Ryan Christoffersen, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, Chris Temple)   Grade B

College guys head to Guatemala.


The Legend of Tarzan poster.jpgThe Legend of Tarzan, 2016 (Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Dijmon Hounsou)  Grade B

Tarzan and Jane go home.

Tarzan fights greed and oppression. (Michelle)


 

My Last Day Without You, 2011 (Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken, Reg E Cathey)                                         Grade C-

Cheesy love at first sight saga


The Best of Me poster.jpgThe Best of Me, 2014 (James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Gerald McRaney, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey)   Grade F

I wanted to poke my eyes out.

 

July 29, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 7 Comments

Absence, June’s Movies and July’s movie vote

Hi Guys! I’m feeling very out of touch in the blog world since I have run out of time and energy lately to post when and what I have in mind.  Gage got a new medical diagnosis a few months ago and I’m trying to figure it out.  Autism has a medical cause (most often more than one) and figuring it out is a very big, complicated puzzle. I’m a stubborn woman and in many ways it would be easier to say “autism, I’ll just treat that (the behaviors)” but some hero moms dig in their heels and step into the biomed world.  I’ve been trying to follow in their footsteps but it takes its toll on me. It’s stressful and honestly, oftentimes, too much to deal with on top of the autism behaviors themselves, especially in the summer when schedules are often fluid. I could go into great detail, but who needs that?  But, if you know of any moms who might need to talk to someone about autism, send them my way.  I’ve had so many moms step up and guide me to where I need to be and paying it forward makes me feel like I’m honoring them.


It was a slow month here.  Can you tell my movie choices were chosen by the boys in my life?  Please tell me if you saw anything worth seeing this month!

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 $34.

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.

Mr Peabody & Sherman Poster.JPGMr. Peabody and Sherman, 2014 (Voices-Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter)    Grade A-/B+

Smart way to introduce kids to history.

Fresh and Nostalgic at the same time.  (Jen)


CentralIntelligencePoster.jpgCentral Intelligence, 2016 (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet)     Grade C+

Kevin Hart does Kevin Hart


Penguins of Madagascar poster.jpgPenguins of Madagascar, 2014 (Voices-Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, Benedict Cumberbatch,John Malkovich)   Grade C+

It had its moments.

Short characters with big humor.  (Jen)


We’re going to try the Watch-a-thon again. Last month was a big fail, so I’ll leave the voting up for a week and then we’ll try again. Vote for the one you’d most like to see.

 

The Legend of Tarzan

The BFG

Ghostbusters

Star Trek Beyond

Bad Moms

Captain Fantastic

The Secret Life of Pets

 

July 1, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews, movies | | 13 Comments

May’s movies


Please tell me if you saw anything worth seeing this month!

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 $.

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 Nice Guys poster.pngThe Nice Guys, 2016 (Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice,Margaret Qualley, Matt Bomer, Keith David, Kim Basinger)   Grade B+

The trailer captures the vibe 🙂

 

Minions poster.jpgMinions, 2015 (Voices-Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Alison Janney)  Grade B

Villain lovers save the day.


 


 

Official poster shows the Avengers team factions which led by Iron Man and Captain America, confronting each other by looking each other, with the film's slogan above them, and the film's title, credits, and release date below them.Captain Ameica:Civil War, 2016 (Chris Evans, Rober Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremey Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd)        Grade B

No shortage of fighting superheroes.

 

May 31, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 4 Comments

June Movie Watch-a-thon Choices

Okay, movie peeps, let’s vote on something we’d all like to watch in the theaters in June.  I’ll post my thoughts at the beginning of the month with some discussion questions. When you write your post I’ll figure out how to use Mr. Linky (seriously, someone may have to walk me through that) so we can share. I have a few ideas on how to keep the conversation going that I’ll address in that first post, but for now we need to vote on a movie.

I hope that you’ll vote for the movie that you are most likely to watch and write a post on, but I understand that life happens and I don’t want there to be (too much) pressure.  For this first month, let’s keep it bookish.  Next month I’ll have new and old movie options 🙂

Me Before You (based on bestselling book by Jojo Moyes)

Me Before You PosterYoung and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.

Cast: Emilia Clarke,Sam Claflin,Janet McTeer,Charles Dance,Matthew Lewis,Stephen Peacocke,Jenna Coleman,Brendan Coyle

Genius

Genius PosterRenowned editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) develops a friendship with author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) while working on the writer’s manuscripts.

Cast: Colin Firth,Jude Law,Nicole Kidman,Laura Linney,Guy Pearce,Dominic West,Vanessa Kirby,

Septembers of Shiraz (based on a novel by Dalia Sofer)

Septembers of Shiraz PosterAfter creating a prosperous life in Iran, a Jewish family may be forced to abandon everything as a revolution looms on the horizon.

Cast: Adrien Brody,Salma Hayek-Pinault,Shohreh Aghdashloo,Ariana Molkara,Alon Aboutboul,Anthony Azizi,Navid Navid,Armin Amiri

 

 

May 25, 2016 Posted by | movies | | 6 Comments

April’s Movies & money for charity

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 $34.

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.

Chef 2014.jpgChef, 2014 (Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansen, Oliver Pratt, Dustin Hoffman)  Grade B+

Yummy heartwarming indie film. #Foodporn

Feel-good movie, great food scenes.  (Kathy)


Theboyposter.jpgThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 2008. (Asa Butterfield, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis)  Grade B

I feel manipulated, sniff, sniff.

Too heartbreaking to bear.  (Michelle)


Trainwreck poster.jpgTrainwreck, 2015 (Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, LeBron James, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton)   Grade  B-

He could’ve done way better.


Official poster shows the titular hero Deadpool standing in front of the viewers, with hugging his hands, and donning his tradional black and red suit and mask, and the film's name, credits and billing below him.Deadpool, 2016 (Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller)    Grade B-

Smartass superhero plus extra X-Men.

Ryan Reynolds…enough said.  (Michelle)

April 30, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 9 Comments

March’s Movies

As I put together this post, I saw that they are currently filming Bad Santa 2 with much of the same cast, minus Bernie Mac and John Ritter, two funny men lost too young.

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 $31.

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.

Race 2016 film poster.jpgRace, 2016 (Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Shanice Banton)    Grade B

Buckeye Jesse takes on Hitler.


10 Cloverfield Lane.png10 Cloverfield Lane, 2016 (John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher, Jr.     Grade B

Suspenseful kidnap/apocalypse/alien thriller.

Saw Cloverfield? You’ll get it.   (Michelle)


 

A scruffy dishevelled Santa Claus, standing beside a scowling man in a yellow suit, and a fat child and an Santa helper elf standing in front of them.Bad Santa, 2003 (Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, Brett Kelly, Bernie Mac, John Ritter)   Grade B-

You must embrace the depravity.

Foulmouthed Santa is strangely hilarious.    (Michelle)

 

April 2, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 8 Comments

February’s Movies

These past few weeks have been a blur.  Should have posted this earlier.  I was happy to see Spotlight win Best Picture at the Oscars.  I thought it was deserved.

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 $29.

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.

Spotlight (film) poster.jpgSpotlight, 2015 (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci)   Grade A

Investigative reporters expose Catholic Church.

Absolutely terrific movie that definitely deserved the Oscar!  (Lloyd) – not 5 words? Sue me.

Amazingly acted, written, and directed.   (Heather)


Munich 1 Poster.jpgMunich, 2005 (Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz)        Grade B

Truish story about justifying murder.

Remember it having emotional impact.  (Michelle)


Message in a bottle film poster.jpgMessage in a Bottle, 1999 (Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, Paul Newman)   Grade D

The ending was soooo bad.

Another reason why…no Sparks.  (Michelle)

A waste of two hours….   (Heather)

March 5, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 20 Comments

January Movies and $ for charity

What a great movie month! You may notice that 3 out of the 7 movies I’ve seen this month have starred Tom Hardy.  He is one talented guy!

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 $24.

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 Short teaser poster.jpgThe Big Short, 2015 (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marissa Tomei)   Grade B++

What Jason does – for dummies (like me ;))


 

Child 44 poster.jpgChild 44, 2015 (Tom Hardy Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel)      Grade B

Gripping 1950’s Russia character study.

Suspenseful Russian serial killer mystery  (Michelle)


 

Theatrical release posterMad Max Fury Road, 2015 (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz)    Grade B

Road trip on acid anyone?

Charlize Theron being super awesome.   (Care)

Not as good as original.  (Michelle)


The Revenant 2015 film poster.jpgThe Revenant, 2014 (Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter)    Grade B

Not my thing but Oscar-worthy.

Amazing adventure. Leonardo was outstanding.   (Michelle)


 

Get Hard film poster.pngGet Hard, 2015 (Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T Nelson, T.I., Alison Brie)      Grade C

Not as bad as expected.


 

Kingsman The Secret Service poster.jpgKingsman:The Secret Service, 2014 (Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine)   Grade C

Mr.Darcy leads dapper English spies.

Colin Firth – umbrella action hero!  (Kay)

Kingsman was a huge disappointment.   (Care)

Surprised it was so dirty.   (Michelle)

Fun, except for that one over-the-top scene.  (Carol)


 

Theory of Everything.jpgThe Theory of Everything, 2014 (Eddie Remayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, David Thewlis)   Grade C-

Suffered from lots of boredom.

January 29, 2016 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 12 Comments