Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is totally worth seeing! – I rate pretty harshly.
The Help 2011 (w/ Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer) – 4 stars – A young woman named Eugenia is single and lives in Jackson, Mississippi where all her friends are starting to marry and have babies. She herself was practically raised by a woman of African descent who was her family’s housekeeper. She starts to take an interest in the lives of the housekeepers who work for her friends and other people in Jackson. She starts to write a book with them about what they’ve gone through living as maids raising white children. It was a very good story and had excellent costumes, hairstyles, and had me laughing and nearly crying at various times throughout the film. content: profanities and racial remarks, smoking, a couple immodest outfits (cleavage showing), a slight kiss, talk about going to the bathroom.
Strike Up the Band 1940 (w/ Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland) – 3 stars – Another cute movie with one of my favorite movie duos. This one is about Jimmy and Mary trying to put on a show with a band they put together so that they can live out their dream and go to Chicago. Cute story with lots of singing and dancing and fun. content: a couple costumes that might be immodest, otherwise nothing I can recall
Mr. Popper’s Penguins 2011 (w/ Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond) – 3 stars – I remember reading this book in grammar school and this movie was quite a bit different, but it did hold a similar ideal. A boy with an adventurous father eventually grows up feeling unimportant to his dad. He himself is now a father and receives an inheritance of penguins which just drive him nutty but make his kids so happy. content: a lot of penguin poop, kissing, reference to penguins reproducing, champagne shown, one use of God’s name in vain (no other language)
The Last Emperor 1987 (w/ John Lone, Peter O’Toole, Victor Wong, Ying Roucheng, Joan Chen) – 3.25 stars – A long movie that I put off watching for a really long time. What gorgeous costumes and cinematography! This focuses on the life of the last emperor of China, Pu Yi. Although he was Emporer for a time, as he got older he realized how he wasn’t in power for his country as he had always believed. This also focuses on some of his wives and his relationship with them (which they forgot a few, but got his first two). We get to see the struggle he had with his title, wanting freedom, and being controlled by people around him in both China and Japan. I would have rated this higher if it weren’t for all the things they didn’t have to include in this! content: the Emperor’s wet nurse’s breast is shown, the Empress’ body is visible through her nightgown, although a sheet is covering them – there is a scene where you can see arms reaching around when the Emperor is in bed with his two wives, a woman licks the toes of another woman, smoking, drinking, opium, clips from an old film of footage of the Nagasaki bombing shows violence in murder and graphic dead bodies, a man is shown being shot in the head, another man is shown shooting himself in the head with much blood dripping, a man attempts suicide by cutting his wrists but is rescued from it, kissing, some language use, a naked toddler is shown running around (front and back), an infant is killed (not shown)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 2011 (w/ Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachel Harris, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn) – 3 stars – I thought this sequel was cute and really funny. It is about two brothers trying to get to know one another so they can get along even though they usually never get along. content: boy runs around with underwear on, an Indian boy gets ignored by his whole school, kids get teased, some name calling, kids disobeying their parents
Christmas Lodge 2011 (w/ Peter Benson, Michelle Creber, Michael Shanks) – 3 stars – It was a bit of a corny Christian Christmas movie (but really cute and I enjoyed it) about a woman who finds an old lodge where her family spent many Christmases. She decides to restore it with the permission of the man who owned it. content: maybe a kiss, but really there is nothing at all in this that is bad.
The Conspirator 2010 (w/ James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood) – 3.5 stars – A young Civil War Union veteran, who was a lawyer became the defendant of Mary Surratt who was charged with conspiring to kill president Abraham Lincoln. This was a great story and I adore historical biopics. It was a really sad movie though. content: someone gets stabbed repeatedly, blood is shown, a couple profanities are used, small amount of kissing
The Spy Next Door 2009 (w/ Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Madeline Carroll, George Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus) – 2.5 stars – It was a funny story about a spy who was in love with a woman who had a few children from her late husband. The kids weren’t so fond of him, but he wanted to get to know them and watch over them. He didn’t realize how much trouble it would get him into with their mom and with his job. content: kissing, pre-teen and woman in immodest clothes, name calling, a boy talks about watching porn
South Pacific 1958 (w/ Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Juanita Hall) – 3 stars – I would have liked this more but the color usage and the focus drove me crazy. I haven’t seen this film since I was a child. The songs were really nice, and the storyline was sweet, but the film bored me here and there (far too long). The story focuses on two couples during WWII set in the South Seas. One is of a Frenchman who is in love with an American woman, but is keeping something from her. The other is a young American soldier who is falling for an Island girl. This is a depressing movie with a sad and happy ending combined. content: kissing, immodest outfits, racism
A Hard Day’s Night 1964 (w/ Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison) – 3.25 stars – Obviously a Beatles movie. I’ve always loved this movie and still do. The direction and humor in it cracks me up and of course I love the music. I saw it was on instant play so I decided to watch it for probably the 40th time. content: pretend cocaine gestures, smoking, drinking, a couple sexual references such as an orgy mentioned, one word of language used, man in a bath (though he has trousers on, but is topless), women chasing and crying over men
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