Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and AbdulDirector: Stephen Frears
Run Time: 1h 51m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 3.0

Dame Judi Dench earns 2 full stars all on her own. Her costar Ali Fazal is another solid star. The rest of Victoria and Abdul is entirely forgettable.
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Lion

lionDirector: Garth Davis
Run Time: 1h 58m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 4.0

Countless films claim to be “inspiring” when they are based on a true story. I can honestly say that Lion is more than deserving of such a description. Continue reading

The Jungle Book (2016)

Jungle Book, TheDirector: Jon Favreau
Run Time: 1h 45m
MPAA: PG
Stars: 2.5

The Jungle Book is another classic example of a well-calculated star rating from yours truly:

  • 1 star goes to the special effects department
  • ½ star for the cinematography
  • and 1 brightly shining star for Bill Murray and all his glory

Everything else majorly sucked. Continue reading

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TheDirector: John Madden
Run Time: 2h 2m
MPAA: PG
Stars: 3.5

Surprisingly The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was just as–if not more–enjoyable than the first. For a sequel that’s certainly an achievement. Although, I would prefer to call it A Dame and Her Dev.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TheDirector: John Madden
Run Time: 2h 4m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 3.0

In preparation for the sequel now in theaters (review coming soon), I thought we’d take a look back at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and see if it was worth revisiting in the first place. Continue reading