When a 10 year old girl named Anna (Kylie Rogers) from Texas goes in and out of the hospital with a rare intestinal disease, things don’t look well for her. Her mother (Jennifer Garner) and father (Martin Henderson) are stressed to the max and she regularly must make a trip to Boston to see a specialist regarding her condition. As her mother watches her suffer from this disease, she begins to lose her faith, but when a freak accident happens to Anna, things begin to look up.
Miracles from Heaven is a faith based movie (and yes it is thrown in your face many times) that surrounds a real life family from Texas. As most of these movies are, this story can be overly cheesy at times, but it gets the message across. You can obviously tell that much of this movie is exaggerated or created for purposes of a movie, and thus, make the movie feel longer than it should. Jennifer Garner tries her best to keep this movie in her hands, but even she makes this movie cringe-worthy at times.
Just like many of the Disney movies, this story is the kind that when you are done watching it, you can’t help but think “well that’s nice.” I don’t feel moved by their situation, but I definitely can see where they are coming from. Having your child that near death can be frightening and it is a miracle that she is better, but how much of this was Hollywood?
When it is all said and done, this movie is “Hallmark movie” that snuck its way into the big theaters. It is over the top, heart-felt, a tear-jerker and corny as all get out. I wouldn’t call this movie bad by any means, but it sure isn’t one that I need to see again. This movie, like many people who want to knock on your door to cram religion down your throat, is too much at times. I’ll recommend other spiritual flicks. Co-starring Eugenio Derbez, Courtney Fansler, Brighton Sharbino, John Carroll Lynch, Queen Latifah, and Kelly Collins Lintz.
5/10 Stars – Wasn’t the most irritating faith based movies I’ve seen, but even Jennifer Garner could make me want to recommend this tear-jerker.
Katwe is a small village in Uganda where people sell and trade various things daily just to survive. When a group of children begin to learn chess from Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a local teacher, they begin to have a sense of purpose and discipline that was missing from their lives.
In the same Disney vein as Remember the Titans, Miracle, Invincible, and Eddie the Eagle, Queen of Katwe is an uplifting true story that is special yet becoming over done. Don’t get me wrong, this kind of story is what we love to see in movies, but the formula is becoming redundant. The feeling I get when watching these kinds of films now as an adult is “that’s nice” and “good for them.” I don’t feel connected to the story as I once did and this time around, the aspect of chess playing could only go so far. The acting of David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o are definitely the kind that will carry this film further than it normally would, but let’s face it, this movie is about less fortunate kids playing chess and finding a purpose and direction in life. That is a wonderful story because it is true, but otherwise there isn’t much to hold on to here. I feel the movie is a tad too long and if it had been shortened down some, it might not have overstayed its welcome.
As I stated before, if you have seen any of the other many other Disney feel-good features then you know how this one is going to turn out. There isn’t much more I can say other than it is exactly what you expect. I did enjoy the end when the real people came out with their actor counter parts. That was pretty cleaver and special. My recommendation is that if you love true and up-lifting stories than you can’t go wrong with this one, just don’t expect it to change the mold.
6/10 Stars – It might be a happy and uplifting movie, this formula is getting old and redundant.
When a young 12 year old boy is faced with school bullies, a grandmother who isn’t exactly excited to be around him, and the notion that his mother will die soon of cancer, a monster made of a giant tree comes and allows this boy to cope with the changing world around him and find his true feelings.
In what feels similar to Pan’s Labyrinth, A Monster Calls feeds on the fact that this is how a child would deal with the “adult world” around him. He manifests a monster that allows him to deal with his emotions in a matter-of-fact way. The monster is his friend but also his mentor, and at times, it seems like he isn’t there to help the boy at all. The boy is forced to grow up much earlier than any child should and the monster is setting him up to be in the best position to find out his true feelings on the subjects at hand.
As far as a movie goes, don’t get me wrong, this movie is wonderfully told and full of important messages and heart-felt moments, but holy cow is this movie depressing. From bullies, to cancer, to a monster than tells sad stories, this movie has little in terms of uplifting and happy moments. This movie is for older teenagers (definitely not for kids under 10) who need to see what other aspects of life can teach us. It can also be used to teach those of us who are more fortunate in life about how different other people’s lives might be. A Monster Calls is definitely a “coming of age film” and will cause anyone who watches it to cry their eyes out.
At the end of the day, this movie gives you the same sadness when Little Foot’s mother dies in The Land Before Time but throughout the whole movie! I understand movies with tough and sad elements, but when a movie is as daunting and a beat down as this one is, I don’t get why people want to watch these tear-jerkers. As I said before, I know this movie was well created and send its message loud and clear, I just don’t know who wants to deliberately watch a 2 hour depressing movie. That is just me, but I know others will appreciate this much more than I did. I just like happy tales when it comes to children. I also know that isn’t the way of the world and sometimes children have to figure out life in their own way. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson.
5/10 Stars – This is a well-made and well-told movie, but the sadness and depressing features of the story are enough to make me weary to recommend this to a lot of people.
The very idea of the Bye Bye Man will drive you insane to the point he will cause your death. If you simply don’t think about him than he will leave you alone. If you simply don’t say his name then his legacy won’t spread. However, it’s hard to not think about him when he puts hallucinations in your mind and it is hard to not say his name if no one understands what you are going through. The Bye Bye Man is coming and he will get you!
Set in present day, The Bye Bye Man (although the stupidest title I’ve ever seen) isn’t that bad a movie. Sure it has some major flaws, but for the most part, it has what I want from a horror film. First thing I will give it praise over is the opening scene. I’m a huge fan of horror and too many movies these days put 20 minutes of boredom before their horror story, but The Bye Bye Man has a chilling opening similar to that of Sinister! Big props for these film makers doing something that so little films do, yet is so obvious.
For the majority of the movie, there is a mix of cliché scares mixed with chilling images that let your mind wander. I thought the aspect of things either being real or fake was intriguing, but it was the simple story that worked. All you have to do is say his name and he spreads like a virus. He infects people’s minds and causes them to think crazy things that ultimately gets them killed. The only problem I have with this is The Bye Bye Man himself isn’t that scary. He looks like a homeless man badly burnt with scars. Anyone remember the 1998 version on Spawn?? He looks just like the guy after being burned in the fire. Not that scary. They needed something more than to mimic the Bogey Man from Sinister. They needed “creepy” like the creature from Insidious.
The downfall of this movie, and thus why most critics will tear it apart, is the ending. It is lackluster and predictable. It really isn’t anything special or memorable and the very last moment in the movie is cliché. They could have done so much with this movie to make it great and something that people will talk about but when it is all said and done, it falls into a category of “same old same old.” I do recommend this movie for doing many things right, as I was pleasantly surprised, but the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco, Doug Jones, Jenna Kanell, Erica Tremblay, Marisa Echeverria, Cleo King, Faye Dunaway, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Leigh Whannell.
6/10 Stars – For what it is, it is a decent horror film, but it could have been so much better!
Miller (Tom McKay) is a drifter moving around from place to place, but he is able to find work on a tobacco farm working the fields. He lives alone in an abandoned slaughterhouse and becomes a dependable worker for Uriah (Lars Gerhard). However, when Miller witnesses Uriah mistreating and abusing his beautiful wife Gale (Maggie Geha), Miller intervenes subtly. By subtly, I mean Miller tries to be Gale’s shoulder to cry on, but they end up having an affair and falling in love. Flash forward several years and Gale’s daughter Ruth (Sonya Harum) comes looking for Miller, so he can tell her the details of her mother’s death.
The Harrows is a movie that didn’t hit theaters and probably for a good reason. What feels like a bad Nicholas Sparks movie (and that’s saying something) for the first hour, this movie is pretty straight forward and boring. From the looks of the poster and the idea of the synopsis, this movie sounds like a horror film, but whoever wrote the story forgot to include the parts that are scary and horrifying. Sure there are some moments that I would consider creepy, but this formula has been done over and over. There is nothing new or original here.
This movie is an hour and a half, and the development is decent since there aren’t many characters. However, we all know that short horror films are usually bogus and this one is. There wasn’t much for me to complain about with this film except its lack of originality, however, I couldn’t stand the end when the girl just stands there when she should be RUNNING AWAY! I couldn’t believe how obviously stupid they made this girl to be. I was so angry at how this movie questioned my intelligence and expected me to believe that this girl couldn’t run away from the danger that was coming after her. Just don’t watch this stupid, boring, and unoriginal movie. Co-starring Gabe Wood, Geneva Carr, Kevin Stocklin, and Patch Darragh.
4/10 Stars – I did manage to make it though to the end of this snoozefest before it gets stupid and unoriginal. Nothing to see here!
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