Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta ComptonDirector: F. Gary Gray
Run Time: 2h 27m
MPAA: R
Stars: 3.5

I’m not gonna lie. I saw this movie because my husband chose it for date night. Otherwise I would’ve chosen to skip it. While I was pleasantly surprised, I can’t say I was blown away like most seem to be. Continue reading

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Southpaw

SouthpawDirector: Antoine Fuqua
Run Time: 2h 4m
MPAA: R
Stars: 4.0

Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t have me impressed with Nightcrawler. (Sorry, not sorry). But his performance in Southpaw led me to root for him as if he really were a boxer who had something to prove.

Oh, and I should warn you I will probably slip in several boxing puns. Enjoy. Continue reading

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible Rogue NationDirector: Christopher McQuarrie
Run Time: 2h 11m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 4.0

In Ghost Protocol the IMF was disavowed. In Rogue Nation, they are dissolved. The CIA has absorbed all operations, and only Ethan Hunt remains at large to complete his original mission: bring down the Syndicate. Continue reading

Paper Towns

Paper TownsDirector: Jake Schreier
Run Time: 1h 49m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 3.0

Just like its source material, Paper Towns is only enjoyable during the road trip. Everything else is as flat as the name suggests. It is only the movie’s lesson that gives it any value. Continue reading

Self/less

SelflessDirector: Tarsem Singh
Run Time: 1h 47m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 2.0

The tagline for this movie reads:

God created man.
Man created immortality.

Um…I’m pretty sure that’s false but what the heck. Let’s find out what else you got wrong, Self/less. Continue reading

Mr. Holmes

Mr. HomesDirector: Bill Condon
Run Time: 1h 44m
MPAA: PG
Stars: 4.0

Mr. Holmes is a simple film that doesn’t rely on extravagance. Instead it focuses on revealing the man behind the legend and what it looks like when a brilliant mind starts slipping away. It may sound depressing but I assure you, this is a delightful film. Continue reading