My View: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) PG-13 Jake (Asa Butterfield) goes on a quest to find the home that his grandfather told so many stories about. First off I must tell you not to take young children to this film. There are parts that are quite scary, and there is one scene that would be disturbing to young kids (heck, it was disturbing to me). I liked this film and feel it is one of the better adaptations of a Young Adult book genre. The storyline is fascinating and inventive. The special effects are well done and fun. I especially enjoyed Eva Green’s performance as Miss Peregrine, as she made her character likable but also very strange. The bad guys, led by Samuel L. Jackson, are creepy and sometimes shocking, which gives a horror tinge to the film. I enjoyed the ending of the movie and hope there will be more as I would like to revisit this strange world of “peculiar children.” My Rating: Full Price Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Website
My View: Masterminds (2016) PG-13 David (Zach Galifianakis) is a security guard who drives an armored car every day. With a group of half-brained criminals, David does the impossible and steals more than $17 million. Now, will he be able to keep the money? While I did enjoy that not just one, but two characters share my name, overall I did not enjoy this film. The laughs were few and far between and most I had already seen from the trailer/commercials. A little of Galifianakis shtick goes a long way, and I grew tired of his character very early on. I did enjoy the quirky performance of Kate McKinnon, who plays David’s weird fiancé. Her character steals the film, as she deadpan’s her way throughout. The plot is based on a true story, but it’s predictable and, at times, just not funny. My Rating: Bargain Matinee Masterminds Website
Indiefest: The Dressmaker (2015) R A glamorous woman, Tilly (Kate Winslet) returns to her small town in rural Australia. While she changes the style and dress of the women of the small town, she is there to get revenge on those who did her wrong in the past. I enjoyed this film that is part mystery, part revenge film, and part comedy. Winslet is scintillating as the stylish woman in the couture dresses clashing with the people of a small, isolated town. Judy Davis is perfect as the crazy mother that Tilly has come back to care for. I loved Hugo Weaving as the police officer in town who has a penchant for wearing women's clothing. And there is great chemistry between Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, who plays her love interest. There are plenty of twists and turns to make the mystery interesting, and you won’t believe the ending. Tilly is a beautiful woman on a mission, someone you might want to meet, but you wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. My Rating: Full Price The Dressmaker Website
Forgotten Films: The Seven-Ups (1973) PG Buddy (Roy Scheider) is part of an elite police team that is little known and mostly undercover. The team focuses on crimes that can get more than seven years in prison when convicted. When investigating the murder of his partner, Buddy uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for large ransoms. This is a smart and gritty film where the cops don’t always follow the rules to get their convictions. Scheider is intense and scintillating as the cop on a mission that may get him killed. There is an rousing car chase that rivals the car chase sequence in the 1968 film Bullitt. My Rating: Full Price The Seven-Ups Info
Weird Credits: From the credits of Masterminds: Props; Silicone Eel
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) I am a sucker for Kate Beckinsale and her portrayal of the kickass vampire Selene. The first film is still the best one in the series, but I am just happy to have her back killing vamps. Underworld: Blood Wars Info
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