[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.]

Argo 2012 (w/ Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane) – 3.5 stars – Based off of a real event, there are 6 US Embassy workers in Iran in 1979 who escape the building when the embassy is invaded and many members are kidnapped and held as hostages.  The 6 that got out need a way out of the country, and a CIA agent decides on the best way to get them out.  This was slow at times but a very good story and well done. My only issue with it was all the language (it would have received a much higher rating otherwise).  I was impressed though, and this is the third Ben Affleck film he’s written/directed (I’ve seen them all and enjoyed all).  I can see why he won an oscar for this one.  It is nice to see true stories conveyed to the public.  These situations are not always easy to watch or rewrite for films.  I was not alive when the event happened, so I can imagine how much more exciting it is to watch this when you remember when the event really happened.  I like learning new things though.  content: people shown being burned, people shown being punched & kicked, language: God’s name used blasphemously 4x, b word, f word x13, s word 3x, immodesty (women in half  naked sci-fi outfits a few times), a nude drawing of a woman, shooting of people, drinking, smoking, people hanging dead, man’s chest exposed & body seen going lower than the chest

Oz the Great and Powerful 2012 (w/ James Franco, Zach Braff, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Joey King) – 3 stars – Oz lives in Kansas and plays a wizard in order to make money.  He charms ladies and is a bit of a player.  He tries to get away and finds that a tornado takes him to a place called Oz in which they had been waiting for him for ages.  My husband has read most of the Oz books and says how they did a really good job in creating this story based off of the books as a prequel to it all.  I thought there was far too many computerized graphics (not the best either), but it was a good story.  Wish there was more modesty and a better treatment of women in this story, though I understand why they did it the way they did it.  content: kissing, magic, cleavage, woman rips off a part of her dress to reveal a black corset, immodesty, fighting

Running Brave 1983 (w/ Robby Benson, Pat Hingle, Claudia Cron, Jeff McCracken) –  3 stars –  This story is about Billy Mills who lives on a reserve and gets a chance to enter the Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo.  One thing that is cool about the coach is that while racist remarks were said about Mills, he tells him to ignore it and let the people on his own team judge his running, because he couldn’t touch that.  He was concerned for his player the whole time which is nice.  This is definitely a story about someone who came up out of poverty and inspired many.  It was pretty good.  I don’t really have many complaints.  Sometimes it was a little slow, but it was well done and seemed to go pretty well in line with the actual story.  If you’d like to see how the race pans out (with a spoiler) in the Olympics, I found this clip. content:: guys are in a locker room (we see very low but no nudity is on camera other than a partial bum-cheek in a towel), men in underwear, a magazine drawing of a naked woman laying down is seen in a room in the background on a wall, language: d & s & b words, the misuse of the word hell, drinking, kissing, suicide (light blood shown, the act was not shown)

The Paper Chase 1973 (w/ Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman) – 2.25 stars – A new Harvard law student enters his first day dealing with a rough professor.  He tries to even outsmart his professor in the best way possible. He’s been seeing the professor’s daughter without realizing who she is and finds out she is in the process of a divorce too.  He becomes very engrossed in his work to gain respect of his professor whom he begins to highly admire.  For the most part, this is a very wordy movie and is a little boring at times.  It was a good movie, but seemed so much longer than what it was.  I probably would have enjoyed it more without the language.  content: guy seen in underwear, smoking, drinking, language – b word x2, ba word, s word x3, d word,  improper use of the word “hell” x5, God’s name used blasphemously x4, small a word x5; a guy wakes up in bed with a woman laying next to him to indicate they had pre-marital sex a couple times (she is naked with a sheet on her body, though not covering her too well – nothing shown though), male immodesty (very low visible area near the pubic area, also 70s speedos worn), kissing, trouble making (breaking into places), calling someone a pimp a few times, a person is said to have attempted suicide but failed

First Love 1939 (w/ Deanna Durbin, Roert Stack) – 3.25 stars – Connie is an orphan and her uncle has helped her get through school.  After graduation she goes to live with them, only to find out they treat her as a servant instead and only got her through school to “take care of their own” at a distance.  This is practically like a more modern day tale of Cinderella with a little twist here and there.  It is cute and not too long at all.  Deanna Durbin of course sings a few opratic songs as usual.  The cutest part of this movie is the relationship that Connie builds with the servants of the house.  So sweet.  content: kissing, deception, a man destroys a bunch of things, kicking someone into a glass door

Red Dawn 2012 (w/ Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Alyssa Diaz, Adrianne Palicki, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – 1.5 stars – I have reviewed the original Red Dawn.  This is a remake with the same set-up but with N. Korea coming in to attack, rather than Russia & Cuba.  Oh, and get this, they use humvees from the US to invade us.  A bunch of kids try to survive and want to fight.  This version wasn’t that great and it had far too many inconsitancies (my husband complained the majority of the movie).  There is more action in this version, while there was a building of relationships in the first one (other than a few of the characters in this one that they show bonds between).  I don’t even remember all the names of the characters in this because there was a lack of connection, though I looked up and saw they have the same names as the originals, so whoops. They added new characters as well and killed off people differently, and did a poor job of things throughout it.  I was disappointed.  The original seemed more realistic and freaky to me. This one slacks in so many areas.  Also, the s word is way too overused in this that it annoyed me like crazy. In the first movie, the Russians/Cubans were a bit frightning and the N. Koreans in this were not anything to fear, and I don’t think it was realistic enough.  In the original it was more of a movie of survival while this one had a bunch of kids constantly invading inside the town to be all “This is our home, blah blah blah, ‘Merica”.  My husband thinks this movie was a mix between a video game called Homefront and the original Red Dawn story. If you want to watch Red Dawn, watch the 80s version instead. This was dumb. content: girls in cheerleading outfits doing flips & such, language – b word x2, s word x17, misuse of the word “hell”, God’s name used blasphemously, the f word once, the ba word; girl touching  thigh of a boy (he has jeans on), kissing, alcohol use, attacks, gun use, killings (and teenagers being a part of it), throw up shown, drinking of animal blood, a close up of someone giving the finger to someone else, cleavage

What to Expect when You’re Expecting 2012 (w/ Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Tom Lennon, Chase Crawford) – 2.25 stars – This movie takes on the perspectives of various people who get pregnant or want children.  There is a lot of realness in this, though a loto f corny in it too.  I really don’t like how controlling many of the women are in this movie.  It is really sad if women are hat selfish that they can’t even consider guys’ thoughts.  One cool part about this is that people think that parenting and pregnancy are simple.  For others it seems pretty easy (which is true, I know some who had no issues at all).  One character in this tried for a couple of years to get pregnant and when they finally did it was nothing like it was, even though she was a pregnancy expert.  I loved that they actually showed her looking puffy and having stretch marks too.  I think a lot of the delivery experiences is pretty realistic compared to other films I have seen, though slightly off in other ways.  They never take real brand newborns though, they all look like 11 pound babies other than maybe one of them.  I’d probably like this film more if there wasn’t so much bad language.  They really could have done without that.  content: immodesty (cleavage, women in bikini/underwear looking dancewear, short robes, glutes showing on an album cover), sensual dancing, people talking regularly about making babies (ovulation and such), a book about breastfeeding read to children (with illustrations of completely circular breasts), language used: s word x19, d words, b word x3, Jesus/God’s name used blasphemously x2, hell used incorrectly; “tits” said, drinking/drunkenness, talk about vaginas & “dicks”, guys checking out women they aren’t married to, a man gets slapped

Love’s Everlasting Courage 2011 (w/ Wes Brown, Julie Mond, Cheryl Ladd, Willow Geer) – 3 stars – Clark is having a hard time with work.  His wife Ellen has been working to help out at a tailoring shop.  She’s not feeling so well though.  How is Clark going to make a way of work when the house is being threatened of repossession and he has a young daughter Missy to care for too.  This is a Prequel to the first movie “Love Comes Softly”.  The set looks so much like Little House on the Prairie (so odd that it looks almost exact).  This is the sequel of the last film I reviewed too “Love Begins”.  This story shows that things can get really hard sometimes and that we can’t give up on God just because they happen, but to know He is there with us helping us along the way.  It was not that great compared to the other films they’ve released, but it was good.  It had less of a focus on a relationship being built like the others always have, and more of just being able to get by and work together as a community, which was a nice change.  content: kissing, man seen without a shirt on

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. I was curious about Argo – my hubs loved it and has wanted to re-watch it with me, but I’m extremely sensitive when it comes to seeing violent, tortuous situations, so I haven’t seen it yet. Sounds like it is probably worth the watch – though I’m sure some parts will bother me based on what you wrote.

    I just watch Oz and it was definitely better than what I expected 🙂

    • Most of what I mentioned in the sense of violence was what was shown on Televisions, other than the man hanging which was seen while he was driving in a street or something of that sense. It was based off of actual footage/photographs from that event that they showed certain things. I am sensitive to that stuff as well as bad language, which I think was used FAR too much in this movie so I cringed a lot. The story was amazing though. My husband liked the Oz movie more than I did. I think he would have rated it 3.25 stars unlike my 3. Maybe more.

  2. There’s the review you said you were going to do! 🙂 I do want to see Argo still. As for Oz, I totally agree with you. Rob and I thought it was so-so. Good to hear that they were close to the actual plot in the books though. That’s definitely a plus. The CG-ness was alright, but it was intentionally cartoony, so I can understand. Yeah, that one scene with the corset was totally unnecessary… just like a lot of half naked scenes anyway. :-/

  3. Awesome reviews! Sadly, I don’t think I would really watch any of these ones. Kyle has a bug up his butt to see Argo, but it honestly looks boring. I like your reviews because you are pretty honest.


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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