Just Getting Started (*) is an early retirement

#justgettingstarted I don't think this was scripted. I don't even think it was improvised. I am pretty sure it was just boredom. See this film only if you can't live without seeing Russo in everything.

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Ted 2 (***1/2) shines for a while…

Wherever there are 2 guys who decide to spend a day off together, there is Ted. Where ever there is the friend that will tell you truths no one else will, Ted is there too. When ever there is a friend that will risk jail time with you because it makes the event funnier, and hence more memorable, that's Ted, as well. The uncomfortable truth that most reviewers of the phenomenon that is this series is that everything about these films rings true to anyone who has ever had that buddy.

A new reason to love Lucy (****)

Lucy - 2014 Written and Directed by Luc Besson Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Nicolas Phongpheth, Analeigh Tipton, Paul Chan For all the activity Luc Besson has had in movies over the last decade as writer and producer for some interesting action fare (most notably in the Transporter and Taken series), he has not directed many live … Continue reading A new reason to love Lucy (****)

Dolphin Tale 2 (***1/2) Accomplishes what it sets out to do

Dolphin Tale 2 - 2014 Writer and Director Charles Martin Smith Starring Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Morgan Freeman, Bethany Hamilton Dolphin Tale 2 is a continuation of a story that is a sweet if derivative of real events.  This time around, Winter, a dolphin - who lost her tail fins and was nursed back to health … Continue reading Dolphin Tale 2 (***1/2) Accomplishes what it sets out to do

Forgotten Gems: The Bucket List has life spilling over the edges

The Bucket List - 2007 Director Rob Reiner Starring Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, Rob Morrow, Alfonso Freeman Screenplay Justin Zackham Rob Reiner is a remarkable director.  He has a knack for making things simultaneously funny and poignant.  The Bucket List may be his finest work.  Everyone talks about a bucket list since this movie … Continue reading Forgotten Gems: The Bucket List has life spilling over the edges

The Lego Movie: Applied to our lives like so much Kragl

The Lego Movie - 2014   Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Starring (voices) Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman Screenplay Lord and Miller Where the heck did this film come from?  They've been releasing Lego movies for years straight to DVD, and for some reason, someone got the extremely bright idea to apply … Continue reading The Lego Movie: Applied to our lives like so much Kragl

Oblivion: A nice, unoriginal Sci-Fi story with great visual flair

Oblivion - 2013 Director Joseph Kosinski Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman Screenplay Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt So many elements are borrowed from other sources in Oblivion, it's remarkable that it ends up as cohesive as it is.  That the sources all derive from the more contemplative sci-fi of the 1970's may have something to do … Continue reading Oblivion: A nice, unoriginal Sci-Fi story with great visual flair

Now You See Me is a cute date that vanishes after the show

Now You See Me - 2013 Director Louis Leterrier Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Michael Kelley, Elias Koteas Screenplay Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt Now You See Me is the kind of trick that shows you how its done while its setting you up for the next trick.  Four magicians (Eisenberg, Fisher, Harrelson and Franco) … Continue reading Now You See Me is a cute date that vanishes after the show

Olympus Has Fallen is a not so subtle slice of Peckinpah

Olympus Has Fallen - 2013 Director Anton Fuqua Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Finley Jacobsen, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Rick Yune Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt The attack on the White House is glorious.  An ungodly amount of .50 caliber bullets flying throughout, maiming some, … Continue reading Olympus Has Fallen is a not so subtle slice of Peckinpah

The Dark Knight Rises: A full return on investment

The Dark Knight Rises - 2012 Directed by Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marian Cotillard Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan made a wise choice with the ending of The Dark Knight when he decided to imbrue two of the integral characters with … Continue reading The Dark Knight Rises: A full return on investment