The Upside is actually a remake of an excellent French film from 2011 called The Intouchables. It was also about a wealthy man who becomes a quadriplegic after an accident and hires a caregiver with a questionable past. I haven’t seen the remake with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart yet, but The Intouchables was one of my favorite films that year (it was even nominated for a Golden Globe). So, who wants to see The Upside EARLY and FOR FREE? Good because I have passes for screenings all over Texas! Continue reading →
Director James Wan was not going to let Aquaman be another gazillion-dollar disappointment for DC, so he threw everything he could at this movie.
It has mermaids, not-quite-as-pretty mermen, talking fish-people and a sea-princess who looks almost too much like Ariel. There are also dinosaurs, battle-sharks, a drum-playing octopus, the Kaiju monster from Pacific Rim (for some reason) and I haven’t even gotten to the main characters, yet. You’re left with a mish-mash of every super-hero movie you’ve seen in the past five-years (except this one is underwater), with a little Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flash Gordon thrown in for good measure. It makes for a fun, but cluttered movie that sometimes leaves you wanting just a little more of Aquaman‘s biggest asset: Jason Momoa.
His special quality of winking, let’s-get-a-beer charm is on constant display here, but it gets diluted in the process of turning Momoa into a HERO. He’s the reason I’m giving Aquaman a B-, but you’re probably just wondering what your kids will get from it. Continue reading →
I think Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman might be my new favorite DC superhero. I feel like a straight-up traitor for saying that, since Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is clearly the best hero they’ve cranked out yet. There’s just something about Mamao that I love. No, it’s not because he’s gorgeous…though that helps. It’s because Jason Mamoa really seems like the type of guy who would stick up for the underdog, then hang-out and play drinking games with him. Sure he’s beautiful, but he also seems like a good guy, which is the part I like the most. So, who wants to see Aquaman EARLY and FOR FREE? Continue reading →
The setting for The Beguiled is a girl’s school in Virginia during the Civil War. Young women are sheltered there from the horrors of war, when they take in a wounded soldier. The soldier is played by Colin Farrell so you know EXACTLY where this story is heading. He starts working his way through the ladies when something goes horribly awry, which is why you have to see The Beguiled. Continue reading →
Lion tells the true story of Saroo, who was only 5-years-old when he was lost and ended up thousands of miles away from his family. He spent the following months wandering the streets of Calcutta, searching for a mother whose name he did not know and a city he couldn’t properly pronounce. It took Saroo 25 years to finally get home, which he with the help of Google Earth and a great deal of luck.
Dev Patel stars in this true story but Sunny Pawar, who plays young Saroo, is the actor who stole my heart. It blows my mind when children, who are this young, are able to act so convincingly, and Pawar is consistently authentic. It makes watching him wander the streets, searching for food and dodging bad grown-ups, almost unbearable.
Saroo is eventually adopted and grows up living a charmed life in Australia. Despite this, he can never shake the ghosts of the mother and brother he lost. The second-half of Lion doesn’t offer the impact of the first (despite an ego-free and near perfect performance by Nicole Kidman), but it’s all barreling towards one phenomenal conclusion. –B
So, now you have to see Lion, right?
Well, you’re in luck because I have passes to see Lion EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →