Modern Movies: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 Pt. 2

Here we are with the second half of the big December/January modern movie mini-review dump! Part 1: HERE Miss Sloane (2016) This was one of my favorite new releases of the 2016 thanks in large part to a stellar performance by Jessica Chastain. The film on the whole takes many turns toward melodrama, but that makes for a very entertaining political drama. Moana (2016) If … Continue reading Modern Movies: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 Pt. 2

Modern Movies: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 Pt. 1

I did a whole lot of movie-watching in December and January, but never got around to making a Modern Movies post for the December viewings, so today and tomorrow I’m combining the months into one big recap! Here’s the first half of the post-1970 flicks I watched in December and January. Creed (2015) My sister has been raving about this film since she saw it … Continue reading Modern Movies: Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 Pt. 1

Period film: Allied (2016)

Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), a Canadian in the RAF, is traveling to Casablanca on a mission during World War II. He’s been partnered with Marianne Beauseour (Marion Cotillard), a French Resistance fighter. Posing as a married couple from Paris, Max and Marianne team up to carry out an assassination plot against a German ambassador. At first they’re all business, preparing for the assassination and questioning each … Continue reading Period film: Allied (2016)

Movies with dad: Learning to Love His Daughters’ Favorite Rom-Coms

My sister and I share a frequently-celebrated ritual of “Sister Movie Time,” a movie night hangout session often filled with the “chick flicks” of our youth. “Of our youth” is the key here. We discovered these films years ago, mostly when we were in middle school or early high school, and have been watching them on loop ever since. Naturally, given our ages at the time of … Continue reading Movies with dad: Learning to Love His Daughters’ Favorite Rom-Coms

Films in 2015: Modern Movies in August

The Gift (2015) – The preview for this grabbed my attention and I had very high hopes for it. In many ways it lived up to my expectations. There’s plenty of suspense, a few jumps, an intriguing mystery. The outcome/truth behind the mystery leaves a bit to be desired since the build-up to it is so captivating and has so much potential, but the performances … Continue reading Films in 2015: Modern Movies in August