My View: Mission: Impossible Rogue-Nation (2015) PG-13 The incoming CIA chief (Alec Baldwin) wants to disband the Impossible Mission Force, just when we need Ethan (Tom Cruise) and the gang the most. This film is certainly the best film of the Mission: Impossible series and one of my favorite films of the summer. The movie starts off with a breathtaking stunt and just keeps going from there. There is a motorcycle chase sequence that is one of the best chase scenes I have ever seen. I loved the “bromance” between Cruise’s character, Ethan and Simon Pegg’s Benji, with some great lines flowing. Rebecca Ferguson held her own with Tom Cruise (not easy to do) and makes a number of action sequences believable. Sean Harris makes a great bad guy, and Alec Baldwin is fun as the CIA chief. I enjoyed seeing this film in IMAX, which made the action sequences come alive. MI Rogue Nation is a blast to watch and actually has a plot that makes sense. If you are an action fan, go see this film! My Rating: Full Price Mission: Impossible Rogue-Nation Website
My View: Vacation (2015) R Rusty (Ed Helms) decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and take his family on a long distance trip to Walley World. If you are nostalgic for the old Vacation series, you might enjoy this film. I found the film funny, at times, but it’s just too long and too predictable. I liked Ed Helms as Rusty, and he has good chemistry with Christina Applegate, who isn’t given enough to do in this film. The kids (Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins) are both funny and have some enjoyable scenes together. Chris Hemsworth is hilarious as the Texas weatherman married to Rusty’s sister, Audrey (Leslie Mann). There is a scene with Hemsworth that had me on the floor laughing, but the rest of the film doesn’t quite live up to that scene. I just wish there had been more laughs. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Vacation Website
Indiefest: Irrational Man (2015) R A philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) finds a new meaning to life when he gets involved with a student (Emma Stone). This is not a comedy but more like Woody Allen’s drama and mystery films. The film wastes the talents of Emma Stone (Woody doesn’t seem to know how to write dialog for her), and Joaquin Phoenix looks lost at times in his role. The film starts to pick up in the 2nd half of the film, but it doesn’t save it from being only mildly interesting. There was so much potential with this film but instead of utilizing the very strong cast, the film feels hollow and underdeveloped. It’s if Allen had an idea for the movie but only wrote one draft, making its story-line and its characters feeble. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Irrational Man Website
Indiefest: A LEGO Brickumentary (2014) G A look at the global legacy of the LEGO building-block toys. This is an enjoyable documentary about the little plastic blocks the world loves. Jason Bateman narrates the film, and his voice is animated by an actual Lego figure. The film looks at the almost cult-like status LEGOS have in the world. It also looks at how people are using LEGOS for more than just play, as the film shows them being used to help Autistic children socialize, architects create models of their work, and even used to create artwork. It’s a film that moves at a quick pace and doesn’t feel at all like an hour and a half. Fans of LEGOS, especially kids, will delight at all the inside information provided by this film. My Rating: Full Price A LEGO Brickumentary Facebook Page
Indiefest: Boulevard (2014) R A devoted husband, Nolan(Robin Williams), confronts the life he has been hiding from the world for over 25 years. It’s sad that this is the last principle part that the late Robin Williams will play. The film never uses his vast talent to its fullest as the script is predictable and somewhat boring. This is a somber, downbeat film that never takes any chances, much like Nolan himself. I liked Kathy Baker who plays Nolan’s very patient and loving wife, but their scenes are never fully fleshed out, and the film leaves you wanting more…more for the plot and more for Williams, the actor. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Boulevard Info
Forgotten Film: Seven Years in Tibet (1997) PG-13 The true story of Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt), an Austrian mountain climber who, while in India, is imprisoned by the British. He escapes and makes his way to Tibet. There he befriends the Dali Lama (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk) and becomes his tutor. Heinrich is there to see the invasion of the land by the Chinese. This is a beautiful film, and Pitt gives a multi-layered performance, and his scenes with the Dali Lama are magical. The film is a little dull at times (I would have liked to have seen the film done from the perspective of the kid instead of Harrer), but it’s gorgeous to watch and Pitt gives one of his better performances. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Seven Years in Tibet Info
Weird Credits: From Mission: Impossible Rogue-Nation: Standby Optician
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: She’s Funny That Way (2014) R I am hopeful about this screwball comedy written and directed by legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. The film is about a troupe trying to put on a Broadway production. The film has a great cast that should be perfect for this story, including Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, Cybill Shepherd and Richard Lewis. She's Funny That Way Website
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