Carol’s Movies 2/7/18

Maudie –  An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Director: Aisling Walsh Writer:  Sherry White Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Bennett

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Carol Says: Why Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke were not nominated for an award for this movie is beyond me. What an excellent movie and especially Sally’s acting is memorable .

The movie is based on the true story of Maud Lewis . Maud has some physical disabilities and is a quiet, reserved person. Not socially matured I guess you could say. I’m not sure of the exact words one would use . And, I think it is more that she was extremely shy as opposed to socially matured. That is what I am going with – extremely shy.

Maud meets her husband by way of becoming his housekeeper. Maud has a passion for painting and becomes a local folk artist. He has a few anger issues and it seems growing up in the orphanage he has led to some social issues.

They find each other and it is a beautiful story of their relationship and their love developing. It’s a quiet story that takes its time to develop. And so worth watching.

Carol’s Movies 1/24/18

The Big Sick (2017)

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.

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Carol Says: This is based on a true story of the actor which stars in the movie and his wife. Only the girl in the movie is not his real wife. It is how they met, how she got sick, and I don’t know if the outcome would be where I give a spoiler alert or not. So I won’t give you the outcome but it’s a nice outcome.

It is not a fast paced movie just kinda moves along. Holly Hunter and what’s his name actually made the movie for me. Ray Romano , that’s his name. I wouldn’t tell anybody to rush out and see it , but overall I enjoyed it. David enjoyed it more than I did. That being said, I I’m not sorry I saw it just not the greatest movie ever.

I was not going to give a review because it’s not in the movie theaters right now. But since it is on the Academy award list , which I was reading this morning, I thought I’d better give a review . Plus, Liz likes to get my reviews. At least that’s what she says… (editor note: yep I do)

The Post

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in THE POST, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership of Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of The Washington Post, and its driven editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to bring long-buried truths to light.THE POST marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer and features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

 

Carol Says: This is the true story of when Daniel Ellsberg took top secret papers he had stolen and leaked a. portion of those papers to The Washington Post.

The movie is centered around the editor, Ben Bradlee, and the owner of The Post, Katherine Graham, and whether they are going to print the portion of the top-secret papers they received , and possibly go to jail, or not print the papers.

It is an excellent movie and very informative. Six of us felt that the first 15 minutes was disjointed and hard to follow. After that we were totally engrossed in the time flew by. I would suggest reading up a little before going to this movie , but you really don’t have to.

Of course when I got home I checked to see what was true in the movie and what was not. It pretty much kept to the facts.

Carol’s Movies 1/3/18

Downsizing is a 2017 American science fiction comedy-drama film When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

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Carol says: In reading a movie review site, the consensus was about 50-50 of people liking/disliking this movie . I am on the “like” list. Not that it is a great movie but it kept me entertained. Of course, in a few places they should have shortened the scene (a lot) but overall I enjoyed it.

For those of you who do not know, in the movie about 3% of the population downsize to become 5 inches tall. Okay, that sentence right there I know is a turn off to some people.

They downsize to help save the planet . I don’t want to tell you too much about the particulars of the movie because that might give too much away. let me say, after the movie I knew which of my friends would love it, and we would have long philosophical conversations over the movie, or those people who would just roll their eyes.

I think the movie has something to say while also being entertaining. And there are some very clever lines. It’s a more lighthearted movie with some thought to be given to it.

I think I forgot to send a review on this movie

All Saints is a 2017 American Christian drama film directed by Steve Gomer and written by Steve Armour. The film stars John Corbett, Cara Buono, Myles Moore, Nelson Lee, Barry Corbin, David Keith, Angela Fox, Chonda Pierce and Gregory Alan Williams, and follows a small-town Tennessee preacher who attempts to save his struggling church. It was released on August 25, 2017, by Affirm Films and Provident Films.[1]
This movie is based on a true story and is very uplifting. My suggestion is everyone watch this. Since it is no longer in the theater you would have to rent it on Netflix or however you do it.

Carol Says:A pastor is sent to a church to close it up as they cannot afford the payments to keep the church. The pastor meets a group of Southeast Asians and they farm the land which enables them to keep the church. Well, that is the quick shorthand of what happened. But you really have to watch this movie to see how it all unfolds.

At the end of the movie they show pictures of the real people and what they are doing now. Also, the people on whose life this is based on are actually in the movie. And the movie is filmed at the actual church . So do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

Carol’s Movies – 12/13/17

Lady Bird (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lady_bird/

 In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson ( Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving …

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Carol Says- I just checked Rotten Tomatoes and they gave it 100%. I, on the other hand, cannot give it such a high rating. I have a hard time when 25-year-old actors play the character of 17-year-olds.One has to look beyond the obvious of 25-year-olds trying to look 17, and look at the substance of the script. All the acting was very good, by the way. In this movie we learn about each person; you got to know each character very well and their innermost struggles. In this sense, it it makes the movie meaningful .

There were a lot of scenes at the high school, interaction in the classroom and elsewhere. I cannot say I love this movie. This movie says a lot and it is a good study on people, but I left a little worn out. If you want a serious movie and watching people struggle on, you will get a lot out of this movie.

And I could see where some people may think this is the best movie of the year, but I still think that title goes to “Wonder”.

Carol’s Movies 11/29/17

Wonder  –  Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Director: Stephen ChboskyWriters Stephen Chbosky (screenplay by), Steve Conrad  Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

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Carol Says: The other day Gay , Molly’s mother-in-law , and I took all four grandchildren (our mutual plus my Mason and Tanner )to see the movie “Wonder”. It is wonderful! Take Kleenx.

It is about a boy who was born with a facial deformity and has always been home schooled. He is now taking the big step to start public school and dealing with the reaction of his classmates.

The acting is supurb by everyone in this movie. It is like the script was written for these actors. There are happy moments which bring on the tears, and the hard moments that August goes through (that bring on the tears). The movie is written in the perspective of August, his sister Via, and their friend Miranda.

I also think that young children can see this movie . I have not determined how young, but what a movie.

All four grandchildren looked at Gay and me after the movie, And they were just beaming. They loved it. And they said they also cried throughout it. They were not so much tears of sadness, but of empathy and happiness and the trials this little boy went through. We all left very very happy.

Carol’s Movies 11/15/17

LBJ 2016 – The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: Joey Hartstone (screenplay)

Carol Marshall

Carol Says – LBJ
Woody Harrelson did a very good job. The movie was not what I expected. I expected it to be about during his Presidency. The movie actually is before the Presidential race , when he is Vice President, and just a short time of his Presidency.

I felt I knew more about his politics and the person after seeing this movie. However, the movie is not much about his Presidency. It’s whether he’s going to run for president, when he’s vice president, and a lot about President Kennedy’s assassination.

The movie goes back and forth in time and I don’t think it flows well. Well the movie is 1 1/2 hours long, it felt more like 2 or 2 1/2 hours. They didn’t really mention the Vietnam war. At the end of the movie they mention the Vietnam war, and some of his accomplishments during his Presidency .

Either HBO or CNN or some station did a movie documentary on LBJ in the past year about his term as President and it was very good. The good thing about this movie, LBJ, was his passion about politics and his thinking on various political venues.

Carol’s Movies 11/8/17

The Edge of Seventeen

  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2016 – Director:Kelly Fremon – Cast:Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner. Full cast + crew Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all

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Carol Says: This is not a bad movie. While I wouldn’t tell anyone “don’t miss it”, it is sweet in it’s own way. The main character, Nadine, is 17 and going through growning pains and being a teenager. She has a mother who I would not want as my mom, and a brother that she just cannot connect with. Her best friend is Krista.

Now I cannot tell you what happens, but the movie is mostly about Nadine and her emotional ups and downs. While it is not what my teenage years were like, I think many teenagers could relate to this movie. It has a sweet ending and I enjoyed the movie.

Carol’s Movies 11/1/17

American Made –  Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House. Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, E. Roger Mitchell Director: Doug Liman

Carol Marshall

Carol Says: Good movie. This is the second time in a month I’ve been to movie that’s currently playing. First: observations: the acting by everyone in this movie is very, very good. When I first saw Tom Cruise, hereafter call TC, I thought “oh there’s Tom Cruise”, shortly there after I no longer so TC but only Barry Seal, the character he was playing. TC just didn’t act like himself or look like himself … He was the Barry. Another thing I noticed is that no one in the movie is likable. They are not good people. That usually turns me off in a movie but here we were watching what really happened . So I did not like the characters and I did not like the decisions our government made, but it was a good movie. And from what I’ve read everything we saw was basically what actually happened, and worse in real life.

Barry was a TWA pilot who began running drugs and guns for the CIA. That’s the bottom line with this movie is about.

This is a fast action movie and kept me engrossed. After you see the movie you may want to research what was true and what is not true in the movie , as it is interesting . But there is not much difference between the truth and the movie , from the articles I found.

Carol’s Movie 10/25/17

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Carol Says: 

Sometimes I think people say a movie is good because everyone else is saying it, and they don’t want to be the exception and see what they really think, and in actuality the movie is not that great. This is one of those cases.

The movie is not great. I think people confuse the true story , which was very remarkable, and with the movie and the movie is not good. We first learned of this story while watching 60 Minutes. That 20 minute section was remarkable , and moving . The movie was agonizing and way too long. How they could take such a good true story and make it super long is perplexing to me.

Now those of you who don’t know what this is about, a young boy in India gets on a train and ends up days later in another town. They believe him to be orphaned and he’s adopted by a family in Tanzania . About 20 years later he goes on Google to find his home town. Man, this movie could have been so good…

Editors Note: Anyone know what movie Carol is talking about?

Carol’s Movies 10/18/17

Battle of the Sexes is a 2017 American biographical sports film, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. The plot is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The film stars Emma Stone and Steve Carellas King and Riggs, with Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, and Sarah Silverman in supporting roles.

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Carol Says:Battle of the Sexes

We actually went to a movie that is currently playing in the local theaters. Overall it is a good movie. Steve Carell does a great job.

I remember when this all took place and it was nice to look back in time. Plus, I learned a few things that I didn’t know then … Or else time has made me forget. I won’t go into it you will not enjoy learning these surprises.

For those of you who do not know, this is about Billie Jean King standing up for equal pay for women in the tennis tournament world. Then Bobby Riggs came into the picture and wanted a tennis match between him and the top female tennis player. He wanted to prove that men were superior.

Well, the movie is very good, however at one point I wasn’t sure if they were trying to tell more about Billie Jean and her relationship with Marilyn , or the battle of the sexes. at certain points I think they lost track of their main purpose of the movie.

At the end of the movie they give a little summary of what happened to each person. I was disappointed that they did not point out that Marilyn sued Billie Jean in a palimony suit . Which was more along the line of blackmail , per the judge.

Some of the scenes went on longer than needed. I was thinking “okay folks, we got the point, let’s go to the next thing” … That aside, I would recommend the movie . It’s not the best movie, but it is a good movie . I feel that Steve Carell definitely made the movie a better movie.

Carol’s Movies 10/11/17

Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film, written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, and Candice Bergen, and follows a 40-year-old single mother who allows two young brothers and their friend live with her in her Los Angeles home. The film was released on September 8, 2017 by Open Road Films, and has grossed $30 million worldwide.

Carol Marshall

Carol Says -Home Again

This is a delightful movie where everything always turns out fine after a few rough roads . I went with my friend Patty because we like light hearted movies.. unlike my sister who likes the heavy movies with great deep meaning . Those movies are fine, that my sister likes, but once in a while I like a total chic movie that is lighthearted .

The main character is recently separated from her husband . Along with her two young children she moves back to the home she inherited from her father. She takes in three boarders… Three younger men. The rest of the movie is the interaction between her and the children’s interactions with the three boarders. Candace Bergen has a small roll and just steals the show.

Well,, some people think the movie is just silly……remember folks, it’s just a movie. And right now we can use some lighthearted stuff.

Carol’s Movies 9/27/17

Gifted is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother. The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and grossed $39.3 million worldwide.

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Carol Says: Good movie. Good acting. At the end of the movie I had to ask myself… If my child were gifted, a mathematical prodigy as in this movie, what decisions would I make for my child for her education? Would I want my child to go to college at age 7 to further develop her genius, or would I want her to have more of a life as a child in a regular school?

That is the basis of this movie . Of course they make it more complicated with the background situation in each person’s life, and the reasoning each person makes.

Here is what it is about… Frank has custody of his seven-year-old niece after his sister’s death. When it is discovered that the seven-year-old is a mathematical genius., Frank’s mother (the niece’s grandmother) wants this seven-year-old to go to a college for geniuses. Frank wants the child to have a normal childhood and go to a regular school. It ends up that Frank’s mother takes him to court for custody and as to where the child should go to school. As stressful as that may sound for a movie , it flows quickly and it is a good movie .

Carol’s Movies 8/30/17

Maggie’s Plan(2015) – Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on his her, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie’s plans may collapse.

Director:

Rebecca Miller 

Carol Marshall

Carol Says: Quirky; interesting; we liked it. Maggie has decided to use a sperm donator as she cannot keep a long term relationship. She wants a child, so, the sperm donor. At the same time of making that happen, she falls in love with this guy. The beginning of this movie moves fast, so all of this happens within 15 minutes. 30 minutes? Then the rest of the film is how the relationship progresses and how it unfolds. There are some surprises and we liked the ending. That’s a biggie for us.

It is a fun movie, maybe not for everyone. At one point I thought it was a little long, but it was kept interesting. The acting was very good, and I have to say that Julianne Moore almost steels the show (no, not that much, but…). I think this may be one of the best acting jobs I have seen from her, and very different from past performances.

Carol’s Movies 8/2/17

Carol Says:  Wonder Woman -My friends and I really wanted to go see a movie……..there was nothing we wanted to see. But, we wanted to go to a movie. So “Wonder Woman” it was. The little girl who played “WW” as a child had such an expressive face. She did a great job. So did the woman playing “WW”. I think if you love comics and follow WW, this would be a wonderful movie. But there was not one thing in the movie that we could figure out how they got from point 1 to point 2, or that made any common sense. That being said, for the type of movie it is, I think people would enjoy it. Not my type of movie but I cannot knock it because it is a movie not for me. The good news is that other people are loving it!

and Despicable Me 3

Carol Says : I saw #1 & #2 and enjoyed them. This was a disappointment. I thought there was too much repetivness and not the humor I found in the past movies. If they come out with a #4 I think I will take a pass.

 

Carol’s Movies 6/21/17

The Space Between Us (2017)

The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

Director: Peter Chelsom

Writers: Allan Loeb (screenplay), Stewart Schill (story by) | 2 more credits »

 

Carol Says:  The Space Between Us

I thought this movie might have potential. Boy born on Mars, at age 16 wants to come live on Earth, and see how that works out.

Well, at this time in our lives it is not possible but who knows what the future brings? But this movie is just crazy. We kept watching it to see how much crazier they could make it, and it got to ridiculous, where we could not even enjoy using our imagination. I would say to pass on this one.

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