My All-American is the story of Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) who was an underdog on the football field. In high school, he was one of the best players on his team and got a scholarship to the University of Texas along with his teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell). Throughout the year of playing ball, his knee began to give him problems, but it wasn’t until after Texas won the National Championship that Freddie learned he would have to lose his leg to cancer.
My All-American means well. It tells a true story and does it with plenty of heart, however, with a run time that is way too long, this movie becomes more daunting that it should. Following behind plenty of other true stories in sports, My All-American will be left in the dust for 2 reasons; it is too long and it is too plain. I don’t feel that there was enough “Hollywood” magic in this movie to keep audiences fighting along with Freddie. I felt the movie should have been over after the championship game (which is the best part of the whole movie), but it goes on for another 30 minutes as we watch Freddie fight the cancer. I’m obviously not suggesting they cut this part of the movie out, but the beginning of the movie could have been trimmed.
Part of me feels like the Championship game was glorified too much. It feels like the movie should have ended there, but it keeps going causing the audience to get antsy as they want to head for the exits. The ending wasn’t as special as it should have been and I wish that it had a bigger impact on the overall story. Obviously this movie isn’t a “bad” movie, but it doesn’t achieve what it set out to do. Sure it educates the audience on the life of Freddie Steinmark, but I still don’t feel like I really knew the young man, and that is where the movie lacks.
When it is all said and done, I feel like this movie will be quickly forgotten about compared to the vast amounts of other sports related stories. Freddie Steinmark is someone to know about, especially living in Texas, but I feel like his story should be told in a more emotional way.
6/10 Stars – Obviously not a bad film, however, My All-American fails to add true emotion behind its touching story due to a long run time.
In the 1950s, Hollywood had a huge influence in the form of Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), an actor, inventor and recluse. He ran a talent agency in Los Angeles, however, none of his clients ever saw him. In fact, most people never saw him except for a few close people, and even then they only saw him a little. Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) works for Howard as a driver and he is assigned to Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) who is a new talent coming to work for him. There is a rule when it comes to being employed with Howard Hughes and that is not to fraternize with the talent. Frank can abide by this rule, but when Marla begins to show interest in Frank, things soon start to get out of control.
At first, I didn’t understand why this movie needed to be made. We have seen this kind of movie before with “forbidden love” and the breaking of the rules, but the setting and the main characters add some flare to the story and keep it somewhat interesting. The addition of Howard Hughes was a mystery to me because this story has very little to do with him until the 2nd half of the film. After seeing the movie The Aviator, we all know that Howard was a crazy guy, but the love triangle was missing and perhaps that was because this happened later in his life or being this story is bogus, either way I didn’t understand why someone from history was included.
The 2nd half of the movie is when it gets more interesting because not only does Howard have a stronger presence, but the main characters we have been watching finally come into focus. All the development pays off as the relationship between Marla and Frank come to a head and the drama keeps the audience interested. The performances of Warren Beatty, Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich also help this movie feel more mature
As I stated before, I’m not exactly sure the history of this movie nor why this movie was made, but it isn’t a horrible watch. I think that those of you that do sit down to see this movie won’t regret it and the story will keep you interested, but those of you that skip this aren’t missing out on much. I think if anything, this movie brings Warren Beatty back to relevance and shows us the talents of Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich. It was nice to see Matthew Broderick back in a decent role too.
6/10 Stars – It was odd at first, but the story and characters grow on you a little. I found that the setting and the drama kept me interested as the movie went on, but that isn’t saying much. It is merely “ok.”
The setting is 1979 Southern California. Dorothea (Annette Bening) is an older single mother with a teenage son whom she had when she was 40. She rents out her home to 2 other people, Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and William (Billy Crudup), and everyone gets along well. Abbie has cervical cancer and is having to deal with the fact she cannot have children. She has strong feminist views and is expressive about them even at the worst of times. William is a nice, gentle man who helps Dorothea fix up the house and generally causes no issues. Dorothea’s son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) is learning about the world around him as he becomes an adult. His is in love with his best friend Julie (Ellie Fanning) but since they have known each other forever, she won’t allow romance to flourish even though she sleeps in his bed almost every night. Together these 5 people explore life, love and heartache during a specific time in history.
I have to be honest… I was hesitant about seeing this movie because it looked boring. Knowing that Annette Bening was the lead in a movie set in 1979 about feminism didn’t sound appealing because I was expecting something super dramatic and depressing. However, this movie wasn’t what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. First thing I noticed was that it isn’t depressing nor is there a lot of fighting. There are sad moments, but for the most part, this movie is about love and life. The characters are the best part of this movie as their personalities carry the film. They are all unique and special and feed off of one another. Because of the simple and rather bland story, these characters have to be on point to keep the audiences interest and I think they do the job right. I really enjoyed how the characters were developed not only on screen, but through narration into each persons backstory (and at the end, their futures.)
Speaking of the story, there isn’t much to the flow of the movie. It is the kind of movie where we simply watch people live and experience life. There aren’t plot twists or major memorable moments so this is going to keep the rewatch value down, but that is the purpose of the movie so you can’t fault it for that. I just wish that something more emotional or special could have happened.
Overall, the characters and the acting are what make this movie really good and worth watching. There are enough happy moments and comedy to not make this a total bore for casual watchers, but I don’t see anyone watching this movie more than once as there isn’t anything needing of a 2nd viewing. If this sounds interesting to you, it was worth the watch.
7/10 Stars – It may not be the type of movie I normally want to watch, but the well-developed characters and the solid acting keep this semi-interesting plot afloat.
When a dirty cop (Jamie Foxx) steals 25 kg of cocaine during a drop in Las Vegas, his son is kidnapped by the owner of the Luxor (Dermot Mulroney) in order to get it back. Knowing he needs leverage, the cop hides half the drugs until he collects his son, but when an internal affairs officer (Michelle Monaghan) finds the stashed cocaine, things get out of hand when he can’t deliver the rest of what was taken.
Sleepless is a short, yet fast paced crime movie about dirty cops and drugs. This movie isn’t going to change the mold on the genre, but due to the big names in the movie, it was entertaining and that is what matters. It has plenty of action, tension and family members in danger. At no point was I bored and I feel that the 95 minute run time is just right. It wants to be short, sweet and to the point without over staying its welcome and it achieves this.
Sleepless might not have the depth of other great action films, but it leaves out the boring moments and keeps things moving. I have no idea why this movie was dogged so heavily be critics, but I enjoyed it. I’m not sure how much I’ll want to see it again, but it feels like a typical Jason Statham action flick if that helps you pin point what you are walking into with Sleepless. Thumbs up! Co-starring T.I., Gabrielle Union, Octavius J. Johnson, Scoot McNairy and David Harbour.
7/10 Stars – Fast, action-packed, and entertaining! This movie is simple and complex all at the same time and never gets boring.
A Dog’s Purpose is told from the perspective of the dog. Actually it is told from the perspective of 4 dogs all with the same mind (and narrator Josh Gad). It seems that when a dog dies, he is reincarnated as another dog, who knew? The main story surrounds Bailey and his human Ethan. As life progresses, Bailey becomes many other dogs and has other purposes in life (get it?) but he learns and retains everything he learned along the way. The message of the story is that a dog will always remember the people he loves.
A Dog’s Purpose is a family film that is really geared at kids. The story is juvenile as it is mainly told from the perceptive of a dog that wants to eat and play. For the first hour of the movie, Ethan is a young boy and a teenager so there are more ways for a younger audience to connect. Because of this, adult are going to find the story shallow and uninspiring – because I did. In fact, this movie to me was about the dogs dying. Even though this movie tries to focus on the importance of dogs in our lives, it was the scenes when the dogs die that have the biggest impact. Because of this fact, the movie just seemed sad and depressing the whole time. The story surrounding Ethan and his parents didn’t help the happy moments either. For a movie that is about dogs and their connection with humans, this movie sure dropped the ball with the happy moments.
If this movie had a more interesting or well-developed plot, I could see the need or desire for this kind of movie, but this movie was so light on the happy moments and so depressing during the sad, that I don’t know who wants to keep this movie playing over and over. This is a big pass for me, and I’m a dog person with 2 dogs of my own! Co-starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Bryce Gheisar, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, and Pooch Hall.
4/10 Stars – A Dog’s Purpose tries to be special, but it is too light on the happy moments and too depressing during the sad ones. No adult will be glad they saw this!
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