Keith the Critic
This comedy tells the story of three girls attending their senior prom and preparing for life away from their parents. Julie Decker, who is played by Kathryn Newton, has been best friends with Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) since they started kindergarten.
Julie is in love with her boyfriend and decides that she will lose her virginity on prom night and make it a very special night. Her friends decide to do the same and make a sex pact. When their parents find out, they join together to stop them. Julie's mom, Lisa, who is played by Leslie Mann, Kayla's dad, Mitchell, who is played by John Cena, and Sam's dad, Hunter, who is played by Ike Barinholtz, will stop at nothing for their daughters.
I thought that this movie was very entertaining. The story was really good and fitting for this time of year. Leslie Mann, Ike Barinhotz, and John Cena were laugh-out-loud funny and had me laughing so hard, it brought tears to my eyes. It's not for anyone under 17, so it's appropriately rated R.
Go see this movie if you need a good belly laugh. There are several outrageously hilarious scenes. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.
A Quiet Place
Earth has been overtaken by creatures who attack based on sound. The Abbot's have worked to sound proof their home and their surroundings in order to survive. The whole family communicates using sign language. Lee and Evelyn Abbot, played by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, are very careful with their children. Their oldest child, Regan, (Millicent Simmonds) is deaf and Lee is constantly working on something to help her hear.
Regan is a teenager and tries to help with her brothers, Marcus and youngest brother Beau. While scavenging in town one day, Beau finds a noisemaking rocket and wants to take it home. Lee removes the batteries and returns it to the counter. Regan feels sorry for her brother and gives it back without the batteries. But when no one is looking, Beau grabs the batteries too. On the way home, Beau turns on the rocket and sound blares out. Before Lee can reach him, Beau is attacked and killed by one of the creatures. That memory stays with the family.
All is good for a while. Evelyn is expecting a baby and unexpectedly goes into labor while alone in the house. She must fight to remain quiet to save herself and her family.
John Krasinski not only stars in this movie, but he rewrote the script and directed the film. He did an unbelievably fantastic job in all three. His real-life wife, Emily Blunt, was spectacular. She is such a great actress that she was able to get one of the more challenging scenes in just one take. Also terrific was Millicent Simmonds who is actually deaf. Kraskinski wanted a deaf actress to add credibility to the role. The creatures were well designed and somewhat frightening adding to this tremendous movie. It should be up for nominations for best director and best actress. I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars. I'll see it again because it is so good.
Ready Player One
The year is 2045 and the world is very different. Cities are made up of "stacks' which are house upon house stacked on top of each other. As a getaway people become part of a video game known as "The Oasis". It was founded by James Halliday, who is played by Mark Rylance. Halliday creates a series of challenges to find hidden keys. The keys will unlock a gate leading to an Easter egg. The person who finds the egg will have full control of The Oasis as well as a quarter of a trillion dollars.
People known as "Gunters", which is short for egg hunters, try to master the challenges to find the eggs. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is known as Parzival in the game. While in The Oasis, people are only known by their character's name. Parzival teams up with fellow gunters Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Aech (Lena Waithe), iRok (T.J. Miller), Sho (Philip Zhao), and Daito (Win Morisaki) to finish the challenges one by one. Together they are known as High Five. They must find the egg before Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the CEO of the Innovative Online Industries. Nolan will destroy The Oasis if given control.
This is the best movie directed by Steven Spielberg in several years. He created a game and showed how life would be living in the game. It contained many scenes and characters from actual video games like Jurassic Park, Batman, Back to the Future, and The Shining. The set designs wer terrific.
This is one movie I would recommend seeing in 3D. The script is outstanding as was the cast. The pace of the story was just right - never slow. I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.
This Tyler Perry film stars Taraji P. Henson as Melinda Moore-Gayle. As a young girl in college, she's struggling. Running in the rain on campus, she collides with Robert Gayle and papers fly. Robert ends up with some of Melinda's papers and tracks her down to return them and the two begin dating. When Melinda's mother dies, Robert comes to her house to the dismay of Melinda's sisters. Their mother left Melinda the house as well as a substantial amount of money. Robert, however, is poor. He dreams of making it big with his design of a rechargeable battery. He struggles to find work since he has a prior felony. The two marry and Melinda puts him through school and supports him after graduation as he continues to work on his battery.
Years later the money is gone and the house has been mortgaged. When the house is about to be foreclosed, Melinda's family puts their business on the line in return for Robert's assistance in their delivery business. When the wallet of an old girlfriend named Diana is found in one of the trucks, Melinda is furious and divorces Robert. Soon after, Diana, who is played by Crystle Stewart, helps Robert get a life-changing deal for his battery and all that Robert had promised Melinda now belongs to Diana.
The only good thing in this movie is Taraji P. Henson and the rest of the cast. The script was poorly written, the sets looked cheap, and Tyler Perry did a poor job of directing. Parts of the movie made sense but the story took some wrong turns. I don't like Tyler Perry movies in general and this one wasn't better. This movie gets 1 out of 4 stars only because of Taraji P. Henson.