Many of you have requested a mini synopsis of the most recent films; answering a simple question; “see it or skip it”?
“Unstoppable” is pulsating entertainment; a true story of a runaway train without the “terrorist” angle; a heart -arresting ride that keeps you cheering for two unlikely heroes; significantly portrayed by veteran and award winning actor, Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (Star Trek), whose looks and talent should keep him in major billing mode for decades to come. Gorgeous cinematography, perfect casting, elimination of the sensational and superfluous scores another bull’s-eye for director Tony Scott. The musical score blends with impeccable refinement the non- stop, breathless momentum, tension defined action. The question, always unanswered: are heroes born, endowed with the gene, part of their DNA, waiting for the trigger to unleash its powers or do circumstances create the man above men? ”Unstoppable” is worth seeing just to ponder the “what ifs”.
THREE & 1/2 STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
A rather soapy story, starring Rachel McAdams as the ambitious Becky Fuller, scrapping to save her career and the early morning TV show she produces; her frantic, sleepless, out of orbit animated behavior leaves one to surmise that she is the progeny of the energizer bunny. Harrison Ford is Mike Pomeroy the overly grumpy journalist hired as life support for the show, nearing hospice. Diane Keaton, the vivacious and caustic anchor, saves the film from sinking and drowning in a sea of mundane, predictable insignificant drivel.
If you are a “foodie” you leave with a “fluffy” recipe for Frittata; a definite film saver (or savior)!
MADE IN DAGENHAM
If you liked the movie “Norma Rae”(1979), you will go “bonkers” for “Made in Dagenham” This is a great story starring some of England’s finest actors. Sally Hawkins ( academy award nominee for “Happy-Go- Lucky”) plays Rita, based on the true story of 187 seamstresses who went on strike in 1968 at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England, demanding equal pay. Here are heroes created by circumstances; poor, uneducated, imminently skilled and wealthy with dignity. Nigel Cole has directed one of the top films of 2010, not a wasted or meaningless frame; just layers of talented depth showered upon an audience thirsting for raw, real, sincere filmmaking. Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson lend a Midas touch to the polished scenario. “Made in Dagenham” accomplishes what few films do; the viewer exits feeling the world is gleaned of its gray matter and brightness dominates the day and one’s spirit. Life is a series of tests, pop quizzes, final exams; most tests we are unaware of until we pass or fail; we celebrate and toast the “Rita’s” of the world, though unprepared, excelled, captured an “A” for changing and eliminating an archaic practice.
FOUR & 1/2 STARS!!!!