Great movie. It's about the trial of Mary Surratt, one of nine people, the only female, accused of conspiracy in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. She owned the boarding house where the conspirators met. Her son was part of the group, which included John Wilkes Booth. It's a great story of the need by many for revenge after the assassination. I loved it. James McAvoy plays the young attorney assigned to defend Mary, not a popular job. Justin Long has a small part as one of James's friends. It was nice seeing him in something other than a romantic comedy. But his mustache is a little comical, just saying. I did not realize it was Directed and Produced by Robert Redford until the credits. No wonder I loved it. Another must see for me.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
This is a must see. It's the story of a young girl who is raised in the forest by her father (Eric Bana, whom I love), a rouge agent who is training his daughter to be an assassin; his target is Cate Blanchet. The reason and their history is revealed slowly throughout the movie. Cate does a great job playing the villain. The young girl is played by
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Saturday, April 9, 2011
This is like watching a video game, developed by a bunch of teenage boys. Yay, not a must see. I was surprised by how bad it was. It’s inconceivable that a young woman whose mother just died and whose abusive step father, who just killed her little sister and is trying to pin it on her, and is having her committed to a mental institution, would try to escape her reality by fantasizing she’s enslaved in a brothel. And all the women in the brothel are wearing provocative, sex kitten outfits. The hair styles and make up are extreme, and for the women too. Vanessa Hudgen’s character provided some comic relief for me, but only because with her hair, make up and outfit, she was reminding me of Snookie! The script didn’t seem very original; the Wise Man character reminded me of Columbo; every speech ending with “Oh, one last thing…”. The first fantasy within the fantasy was like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Everything seemed based on some classic movie or character. I’ll be generous and give this 1 star. If I liked shoot ‘em up video games it might be a 2. Oh, I forgot, the big "Sucker Punch", not so much.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I was surprised how much I liked this one. It might be geared more for teenage girls, but I thought it was a great twist on the classic fairy tale. It was dark and suspenseful, and not too obvious as to what was coming up. The love triangle may turn some people off, but I liked it ad how it played out. It's another werewolf story; it seems like there have been a lot of them. It was nice seeing Julie Chistie again. This one worked for me, though I'm sure it wouldn't for a lot of other people. I'd give it 2 ½ stars.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sorry, I thought this was boring. I didn’t like the previews and was not interested in going, which would make this one of those rare movies I didn’t see. But I kept hearing good things and a friend at work said she really liked it. So I went. Wish I hadn’t. I apologize to my fellow movie-goers for my solitaire playing on the cell phone. I’m not sure how much kids would have liked it. I give it a 1 star, just cuz they got Johnnie Depp to do the voice. Not a must see. Not even a good rental.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
If you can get past the premise of the movie, that someone is obnoxious enough to talk about how much better they are than others because they’re good looking, it’s not a bad movie. I can believe there might be some people who think they’re better because they’re good looking, but talking about it, and getting a crowd of people to cheer you as you do it? That just was uncomfortable for me. But I really liked the Olsen twin witch! The makeup on the characters was interesting for me and helped keep me involved. The character of the father of the beast was not believable but I liked the characters of the blind tutor (Neal Patrick Harris) and the maid; they lent substance to the movie and helped save it for me. The romance of the beast and the beauty was cute, a little sappy, but that was okay for me. Definitely not a must see. 1.5 stars. If you have teenagers they might like it better.