[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.]

Teen Beach Movie 2013 (w/ Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton) – 3.25 stars – You are probably wondering why I liked this movie (my husband laughed at me too). If you have been reading my reviews for a while, you’ll know that I have reviewed many teen beach films from the 60s.  This movie completely captured the spirit of them (The Annette Funnicello and Frankie Avalon ones in particular) and even took some of the ideas from them.  The whole point of this plot is that there is a girl who has to go somewhere she doesn’t want to go which will take her away from her home and the life she enjoys.  Her boyfriend has a love for a 60s beach movie musical that somehow they get sucked into.  They need to figure out how to get out of it fast before they get stuck there and lose their lives.  I thought the music was fun, and some of it you could tell had auto-tune, which was a nuisance. My one problem with this film is that they could have made the girls a little more modest, however I liked the fact that at one point the lead girl let other girls know that they shouldn’t dress to impress guys, but should be themselves. It was odd to me that the more modern bathing suits were more modest than the 60s ones, but considering I’ve seen those old beach movies, this was played down much more on the sexual spectrum. I don’t even recall kissing in it (a few nearly kissing scenes). The movie mainly was about coming together with people you have differences with and trying to find common bonds regardless.  It is also about “following your heart” which sometimes I think is a terrible message to send to kids since your heart can be deceitful and lead you down bad paths even if it seems right.  I want to see it again now that I saw that it is on instant play (yet I waited 2 months for it get out of “very long wait” on the top my dvd que). content: go-go dancing (fringe outfit and a girl having emphasis on her hips), two-piece bathing suits, immodest outfits (bellies showing mainly as well as girls wearing babydoll lingerie – 60s style in a pajama party for girls, short shorts and skirts), guys’ chests shown, laser guns being shot, two grown men hold two teens hostage in one sceneteenbeachmovie

Crime After Crime 2011 (documentary) – 3 stars – After being forced into prostitution by her boyfriend who threatened her after she refused by severely beating her, and after he also sexually abused her daughter (and maybe his own? I didn’t remember which one it was), Deborah Peagler was sentenced to 25 to life for killing him in 1983. Her life turned around in prison and she was heavily involved in the choir and in being well behaved in her time there.  She wanted to be given a chance to be able to have freedom and understood that she did wrong in killing her boyfriend.  The documentary is about her case and how she fought hard to try to get freedom.  I really enjoyed this documentary, as it was really touching and sad as well. content: talk about sexual abuse (and use of certain words), talk about pimps, talk about murder and physical domestic violence, some language

A Christmas Kiss 2011 (w/ Elizabeth Rohm, Brendan Fehr, Lauren Breckenridge) – .2 stars – A woman is stuck for a minute on an elevator having some disturbance.  She is with a man and they start kissing one another.  She quickly escapes once the elevator stops and believes fate will bring them back together again.  What a bunch of hooey. Kissing someone you don’t know and believing in a big city you can find them? Hah! So of course in this movie she does just that.  She has been working a bit as a personal assistant for a wealthy well known woman, but was known for her set designs for ballets such as the Nutcracker.  I usually like these corny Christmas films for some reason, but this one was badly done.  I had little attachment to the characters and feel they didn’t really act that well.  I’m a bit disappointed. content: kissing, kissing when involved with someone else, deceit, very little language/profanities (but I didn’t write it down while watching like I usually do)

The Great Dictator 1940 (w/ Charles Chaplin – we noticed he wasn’t “Charlie” in this one, Paulette Goddard) – 3.75 stars – My husband has proclaimed this to be one of his all time favorite movies, so he’d probably give it 5 stars. This is a “talkie” that Charles Chaplin created to show the absurdities of war and the atrocities of war.  It was brilliantly and humorously portrayed, though also beautifully portrayed to the point of sadness! . .My husband and I constantly listen to the end speech of this film, which is incredible.  This movie was really long but really good.  Of course it was fun to see a talking “tramp” that Mr. Chaplin continued to play as.  Also, if you are a Mel Brooks fan, you could see that he was probably a fan of Chaplin’s just by watching this film. – content: mention of “Penis”, people being cruel to others (attempting to hang someone and oppressing them, taunting/harassing them, etc), shooting (killing), a couple naked statues shown, slapping (a few times, and done to a woman), mocking an overweight womangreatdictator

The Sapphires 2012 (w/ Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Tory Kittles) – 3 stars – I found this to be a really interesting story about a real Aborigine singing group from Australia that existed during the Vietnam War era.  3 sisters and a cousin grow up together singing on a regular basis.  They really love singing but most people won’t pay attention to them because of their Aborigine blood. This movie shows a lot about racism and how hard it hit these ladies with talent.  There was one really crazy scene near the end that was filled with racism that was the saddest, but I don’t want to give it away.  I shared the scene with my husband and said how upsetting it was.  I would have liked this more if there wasn’t so much content in it. . . content: A lot of language (I don’t know a lot of Australian profanities at all, but there were some strange ones that seemed to be bad, s word, God’s/Jesus’ name used blasphemously too too many times, d word, hell used incorrectly), racist remarks, missing limbs shown on people who are soldiers in a hospital, war zone shootings (one person shown getting hit),  a man grabs a mannequin’s breasts, a lot of kissing (make-out scenes including one of a woman straddling a man while clothed), drunkenness/drinking (a lot throughout), smoking, sensuality, men seen with a shirt off, immodesty (such as women in bikinis), fighting, a man shown in his underwear, a woman is shown in a shower (nothing but shoulders shown), kidnapping, name calling

After the Thin Man 1936 (w/ William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart – my favorite) – 3 stars – A sequel to The Thin Man, this combination of actors is always filled with fun (I’ve reviewed a few movies in the past that they did together).  You have funny, yet serious people throughout it.  The married pair of detectives visit Nora’s (Myrna Loy) cousin Selma when her husband Robert goes missing.  When he is found dead, the murder mystery (surrounded by comedy) comes about.  This was good, but there were some very quiet and long scenes that made me yawn.  However, I figured out who the murderer was right at the beginning of the film. Bingo! content: a man picks up a woman and carries her with her head over his back, drinking (drunkenness), smoking, kissing, immodesty (cleavage, backs exposed, dance costumes), a man smacks a woman after pulling her hair a bit, murder, talk about wanting to marry someone when they are already married, shootings, murder

Epic 2013 (Animated w/ voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Steven Tyler) – 3.25 stars – When a young woman goes to live with her dad, who has an obsession with trying to find a community of little people, she has a difficult time connecting with him since her mother had just died.  She is trying to cope, but he won’t seem to get his mind attached to reality.  Of course, when circumstances take a hold of her, she finds herself a part of the world that her father has been obsessed with.  This was a really cute movie.  My boys loved it and laughed a lot while we were watching it.  I liked the artwork as well.  Very nice.  I would recommend it more for older children (not toddlers and such) though.  content: A girl grieves her mother’s death, A woman’s back is revealed completely while wearing her dress, divorce mentioned, flirting, fighting between species of creatures, assassination attempt, a death/murder, punching, kissing, creatures’ bones shown throughout it, “jerk”, mocking of a person (and they were told they were being mean)


Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. I am adding some of these to my queue! I think Chris O’Dowd is hilarious!

  2. Oh I had wanted to see The Sapphires! I actually saw that there was a lot of controversy over the cover of the US version, because it featured Chris O’Dowd in the front with the ladies faded in the back. I still really would like to see it. I think I would also like to see The Great Dictator. I have always had a soft spot for Mr. Chaplin!


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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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