Mountain Between Us - A Survival Tale That Doesn't Survive Scrutiny

Submitted by Bethany on Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:29

If nothing else this movie is worth seeing, in the theater especially, for the breathtaking mountain views.  The scenery throughout is gorgeous and well worth the price of admission.  Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are strong enough actors that they carry this film well, and the tension held throughout - will they or won't they survive - truly kept me on the edge of my seat.  I loved the contrast of the two characters - they both want to survive but have different ideas of how best to do so.

Bad Moms Christmas - Go for the Moms, Stay for the Moms Moms

Submitted by Bethany on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:08

I didn't have high hopes for this movie, but I thought it might be a fun holiday romp.  When the movie started with my least favorite trope of all time, I knew I wasn't in for a very good time.  You know the trope...we are immediately thrust into the middle of the story, the climax is occurring or has just occurred, and then, the narrator takes us back to the beginning, or "1 week earlier" flashes on the screen.  Ugh, I hate it.  If your story is interesting enough to tell just tell the dang story, don't try to pull me in by starting in the middle.  I hate it.  Have I mentioned that I hate

Bad Moms Christmas Was Even More Disappointing Than Expected

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:52

I didn't expect much from the sequel to a movie filled with caricatures instead of characters, but this really took a step beyond. Yes, there were some sweet moments and great acting once in a while, but for the most part, this movie was simply boring, repetitive, and cliche. If you were a big fan of the first one, you might enjoy the second installment, but less so. 

Happy Death Day is a Happy Surprise

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:02

Yeah, the movie is a rehashing of Groundhog Day, but that's ok. I love the concept of reliving the day over and over, and this is a new twist on it. I didn't expect much from this movie, but it was actually pretty enjoyable. Sure, there was the obvious story of the terrible person slowly getting better over every iteration. Yeah, it had the realization that the people she surrounded herself with were also terrible. Yeah, she found the ones that truly cared about her. But it had heart and some brains mixed it. It was a pleasant surprise!

Geostorm - A Perfect Storm of Bad Acting and Even Worse Writing

Submitted by Bethany on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 21:35

I wanted to like Geostorm, I really did.  Sometimes a high stakes disaster film is just what I'm in the mood for and I was ready for one the night we went to see this.  Instead...Joel and I got to experience a first together - our first time walking out of a movie before the end!  It really was that bad.  It probably didn't help that we went to a 9:00ish movie and we usually go to bed around 10.  At some point the movie just wasn't worth sacrificing the sleep we could be having. 

Thor:Ragnarok - A Fun Romp in Space, Lacking Heart

Submitted by Bethany on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 22:35

I didn't find myself exactly disappointed in the movie, but I can safely say it did not meet my expectations.  The last Thor stand alone movie was rather dark and heavy, while this one is the exact opposite - colorful, light, and energetic.  As much as I love a movie full of wit, sight gags, and hilarious moments, many of the ones in this movie felt...off.  It pulled me out of what should have felt like a high stakes scenario - the fate of all Asgard was in the balance - and instead made it feel like it didn't much matter what would happen. 

Thor: Ragnorok was a Little Too Campy for My Tastes

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:23

If you liked the pod race scene from The Phantom Menace, you'll love Thor: Ragnorok. It has it's charm, but I found the movie slightly disappointing, personally. The movie was campy with a side of slapstick. It was quite a departure from the other Thor movies, which might be a good idea, since the other movies weren't exactly great. 

Spoilers ahead!