'Inside Out' Is A Real Head Trip
By Marie Moore
“Inside Out” begins appropriately with the line, “Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside her head?” Thus begins the awesome journey of the discombobulated emotions Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) inside the head of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), a dislocated 11-year-old.
Recently relocated to San Francisco from Minnesota, the once happy camper now yearns for her old hometown, friends, school and soccer team. Those primary emotions in Riley’s head are at the controls of “headquarters,” behind her eyes and responsible for taking on new memories that look like vibrant, radiant orbs. And, Pixar pulls out all the stops to ensure that audiences, young and old, are drawn into the dazzling display of mind boggling state-of-the-art, striking animation.
At times when parents Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan try to console Riley, she goes into brat control and throws a temper tantrum. Although Riley and Joy have the most star power, I would pay just to see Sadness in action. Her dry, on point humor is hilarious, and she is adorable.
Directed by Pete Docter, “Inside Out” has a minor animated appearance by Rashida Jones and Dawnn Lewis.
'Max' Is No Ordinary Dog Tale
By Marie Moore
What is not to like about animal movies and such is the case with MAX, director Boaz Yakin’s latest endeavor. Not only is Max an adorable dog, but his raison d’etre trumps any adorable, cutesy canine purpose in a story that precedes him. Max is a precision-trained military dog that serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell)—Amell can
currently be seen as Firestorm on the CW sensational series THE FLASH [Amell is the cousin of Stephen Amell who stars in the striking series ARROW, that airs on CW]—who is mortally wounded when things go awry on a maneuver.
Traumatized by the explosion, Max is sent stateside and bonds with Kyle’s brother, Justine (Josh Wiggins). But all is not hunky dory when Kyle’s crooked comrade-in-arms, Tyler (Luke Kleintank), shows up and besmirches Max’s name, it’s a race against time to save Max, the father (Thomas Haden Church) and prevent an arms deal going down between the Mexican cartel and Tyler. This is where the film loses its speed and goes from a family adventure and takes on weapons being smuggled from the war zone into the U.S. and hands of criminals. The situation is compounded when drab, forced dialogue with the Mexican friends tries to be hip with derogatory snipes and tired clichés like white boys are introduced.
MAGIC MIKE XXL Brings the Magic
By Marie Moore July
MAGIC MIKE XXL pumps up the volume and doesn’t skip a beat even though all the players aren’t back. Away from the guys for several years, Mike’s (Channing Tatum) custom furniture business does not move him the way syncopated sounds do when he’s barely dressed on a dance floor in front of squealing females. Taking a leave of his dull, inanimate day job, Mike joins Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Tarzan (Kevin Nash), on a road trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to attend a stripper’s convention.
The film, knowing its purpose, did not set out to attain any writing or movie awards, so a plausible plot and deep dialogue were never an issue in its anticipated appeal. Women are awash in the sea of gyrating guys, who fulfill their every fantasy and clever prose would only fall on deaf ears. A case in point is the impressive and clever scene where Big Dick Richie takes on the challenge to make a sad looking convenience store clerk smile.
Jada Pinkett Smith (Rome) is no doubt one of the highlights of the movie. Her pleasure palace is another source of titillating cinematic imagery. And I still would like to know how Augustus (Michael Strahan) pulled off the awesome feat of rocking the world of a very endowed woman. It was truly magic. Least impressive is the drab, dull and boring (Zoe) Amber Heard. Fortunately, her role is miniscule and female fans leave the theater with smiles on their faces.
Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett Smith in MAGIC MIKE XXL
By Marie Moore July 17, 2015
“Ant-Man” is big on fun. The exciting, super special effects ride, directed by Peyton Reed, is based on the Marvel comic character Scott Lang. Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang is Ant-Man and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is his mentor. Before becoming Ant-Man, Lang’s con past consisted of million dollar tech thefts that affected the wealthy. Now aligned with Dr. Pym, they are on the road to saving humanity.
There are many surprises and renowned Marvel comics references, not to mention Marvel characters showing up, such as Anthony Mackie (the Falcon) and Chris Evans (Captain America).
Notwithstanding the many movies done on the subject of diminishing size—“Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” “The Fly,” or “Dr. Cyclops,”—“Ant-Man” astounds audiences and captivates them with its technically enhanced 3D visual effects.
Among Paul Rudd’s many accomplishments is the SNL skit that has been named as one of Saturday Night Live’s most hilarious. He appeared as the director of “The Single Ladies” video with Beyonce and Justin Timberlake as one of the all male backup dancers clad in leotards and high heels.
Paul Rudd gets introduced to the suit that will change his life.
Whether on the big or small screen, Rudd commands attention. Also appearing along side Rudd in “Ant-Man” are Evangeline Lilly [the ending reveals, she’s one to watch], Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, TI, and Wood Harris.
TRAINWRECK Is Just That
By Marie Moore July 17, 2015
“Trainwreck” is just that, a smash up of clichéd ideas, predictable and boring cinema. In one of the early scenes, Amy (Amy Schumer) is sitting on the toilet in the ladies’ room talking to a co-worker in the next commode, whose drawers are wrapped around her ankles in a desperate display for attention for at least five minutes—well, maybe not that long, but it seemed like forever. This lame reference is a throwback to the controversial 1989 “Back to the Sh**t” Millie Jackson album cover.
And what is all this hype about flipping the script? The sexual revolution is something that took place decades ago. Because Amy supposedly takes on the embodiment of the male species and jumps from bed to bed in one-night stands, the shock factor is expected to make up for the scarcity of humorous material.
In addition to the schlock factor, it doesn’t help either that Amy is a very unlikable player. Part and parcel to a successful story is the engaging and likeable characters. A supposedly well-educated writer who engages in gibberish at times and thinks bloody tampons floating unflushed in a toilet is not funny.
Although a key writer at a high falutin magazine, Amy has many insecurities that are the basis for her bizarre behavior. When she falls for her assignment subject, a successful orthopedic surgeon (Bill Hader), Amy treats him like vermin. After learning the error of her ways, Amy turns over a leaf. However, by that time, she has left such
Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TRAINWRECK
a bad flavor on the palate, mouthwash could not get rid of the bad taste; it would take a lobotomy. The film is 2½ hours--two hours too long.
Directed by Judd Apatow, "Trainwreck" also stars Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James.
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