Home Again (**1/2) is a fantasy for grown women

It's a Lifetime film with more accomplished actors, but #HomeAgain is still okay.

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The Secret Life of Pets (***1/2) and Sing (*1/2) shows Illumination is just pumping them out there regardless of quality

It's plain that Illumination is banking on a distinct visual flair while sacrificing originality of story (and, in Sing's case, distinct vocal talent). There are worse films out there, but it all makes me happy that my youngest one is 10 and I will likely be skipping more of the automatic animation viewing destinations in the future.

Wild (*****) is a beautiful loser

Vallée has made a vast improvement over his good but not great film Dallas Buyer's Club. Where the first film made took the warts out of the protagonist's past and present to make him into a saint-like figure of AIDS research, this film leaves all of Strayed's bad traits right there, and we benefit from them by seeing someone we can identify with who will not be curing cancer or any other disease. She's just learning to live with what she's done and who she is now. This is something we all could learn.

Mud: The dream of love lives on

Mud - 2012 Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shephard, Jacob Lofland, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker, Stuart Greer, Michael Abbott, Jr., Bonnie Sturdivant I was never more fiercely dedicated to the pursuit of love than when I was in the Grade School.  My nerves … Continue reading Mud: The dream of love lives on

This Means War is way better than the trailer

This Means War - 2012 Directed by McG Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Til Schweiger, Chelsea Handler, Angela Bassett Screenplay by Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg The weakest part of any screenplay is when one uses words for exposition when actions could do it much more effectively.  Lines like "This is a covert exercise" and "You know … Continue reading This Means War is way better than the trailer