[Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! – Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]
Hanna 2011 (w/ Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett) – 3.25 stars - An ex-CIA agent has been living in a private location raising his daughter Hanna with training he received himself (as an assassin). She doesn’t know anything of the outside “real” world. She wants to learn more about herself and her past. I always think Eric Bana is a bad actor, but he seems to have grown over the years. I’ve never been disappointed by Saoirse Ronan or Cate Blanchett though. I adored the music throughout it. This movie had a very odd and unique storyline. A lot of the whole German portion of it reminded me of Run Lola Run (which I’ve always adored). content: animal is killed and its intestines are shown, intense violence (blood shown), murder (by stabbing, breaking necks, and gun shot), immodesty, a transvestite dancing with their hands covering their breasts (nothing seen), man in his underwear, a girl kisses another girl on the lips (very friendly, definitely not romantic/sensual/sexual), a woman whispers the s word a few times in a row.
Love, Wedding, Marriage 2011 (w/ Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, James Brolin, Jane Seymour, Jessica Szohr, Michael Weston) – 2 stars - Ava just got married and her parents are the inspiration to her for marriage. Unfortunately, things start happening to both her parents’ marriage and her own. This is a romantic comedy, but it was a bit cheesy, though I do think that it was somewhat realistic. Mandy Moore is beautiful but I noticed in watching this that her bottom set of teeth are crooked. I think that’s cool (since so many actresses seem to be about perfection). I think this film would have been better without the language & sexual stuff to get a rating on it. content: talk about affairs; lots of kissing, the ax2, dx2, s, & bax2 word; mentions of “slut”, Jesus’ name used blasphemously, drinking, immodesty, a married couple kissing on top of each other (woman’s full leg exposed, man seen in boxers), drinking from a girl’s bellybutton, a girl shown in underwear (bra & panties)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (w/ Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) – 2.75 stars - Robin Hood has been a prisoner for 5 years from the Crusades and has returned to his home which is nothing as he thought it would be. So much has changed and he wants to set things right. This is an action film as well as one having romance. It is a long movie, and feels long too. It wasn’t bad, but it was a little boring. I think my problem is that I saw Men in Tights before this film (this was my first time seeing it). Rob was laughing because he was thinking so much of Men in Tights while seeing this film, that it ruined it a bit for me. I will say that it would have been a bit boring for me just as well. content: signs of torture (ex: a whipped back with lines of blood), murder, violence, decaying bodies, immodesty, d word, ba x2 word, f word, nude tapestry art, women being violated (not nudity), kissing, baby’s umbilical cord shown, man’s entire backside seen as he bathes, black magic/witchcraft used
Broken Hill 2009 (w/ Luke Arnold, Alexa Vega, Timothy Hutton) – 3.75 stars - I like watching movies about horses & thought it was going to be a horse movie because there was a horse on the cover >.< It starts with a sheep herder named Tommy who hears music and wants to orchestrate it. I was really in shock in the first scene and thought it was really cool! Tommy’s father doesn’t want him to live out his dream. This movie is set in Australia. Tommy has a crush on an American girl who doesn’t seem to notice him. Nothing seems to go his way, and he just wants to be heard and to be given a chance. He never thought that his circumstances would lead him to doing something with prisoners, regarding music! A very good movie that a family could enjoy together as well. content: kids damaging property, kissing, some slight immodesty (short skirt)
The Decoy Bride 2011 (w/ David Tennant, Kelly MacDonald, Alice Eve) – 2.75 stars - A famous American actress wants to marry her fiance’. Unfortunately, every time they try to marry, the actress gets very upset by the Paparazzi following her around. They try to go to a place in Scotland but circumstances make problems continue. A Scottish woman who seems to freak out most all guys she meets tries to pretend to be the bride when the real bride can’t make it to her own ceremony & goes missing. It was a cute story. content: word “twat” mentioned a few times, a woman seen in a slip, immodesty, a woman seen in a bikini as a man looks through photos he took of her on his camera, the s word, mentions of sex & mentions of voyeurism, kissing
Trade of Innocents 2012 (w/ Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino) – 3 stars - This is a movie about human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking & its high supply & demand. I’ve seen a bunch of these that have stunk and a bunch of them that are very good. Mira Sorvino had been in a TV mini-series/movie about the subject before, so I assume she has a heart in fighting trafficking and the mini-series was very good, so I had looked forward to seeing this, and really wanted to see it in theatres (but it was in select theatres only). I haven’t read the book (yet), but this movie is based on actual events and you can only purchase the book here (but now the price has gone down, so I’m going to go for it soon). The story revolves around a man and his wife who lost a child. They moved to South East Asia together where the husband investigates brothels and the wife works with girls as a bit of an art therapist. It was a moving story, but slow at times, unfortunately. It is a sad story, because in reality, it seems like the fight will never end, but it is worth helping rescue one child than none. content: it is about sex trafficking, so therefore there are little girls who start unbuttoning shirts (but nothing at all is shown and things are stopped); women dressed immodestly; the b word used; smoking; talk about pornography; slapping, kicking & punching women, shooting, kissing
Holiday Affair 1949 (w/ Janet Leigh, Robert Mitchum, Wendell Corey) – 3.25 stars - I know I am a little late in posting abut a Christmas movie, but I had it at the top of my que as “very long wait” since early December & finally received it from Netflix. The story follows a young widow named Connie who has a son named Timmy. She has a man in her life who wants to marry her and be the father of her son, but also meets another man who Timmy really adores. How confusing this Christmas might be for Connie. It was a very cute movie. Definitely nice to see even when the holidays are not here. content: drinking, smoking