Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. I tend to start at a 5 star rating and deduct things based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, which means I enjoyed it and would probably recommend it or watch it again. (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)]
Parental Guidance 2012 (w/ Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison) – 3.25 stars – This is a funny family film (I chuckled sometimes), although some of the things in it that they show…I don’t really know if I’d want my kids to see (such as poles in a living room that are used for exercises, though no stripping is in it at all). It definitely is good for older kids and parents though. It is about a couple who decide they want to have the wife’s parents watch their three children so they could be together on a mini-vacation. The kids have some strict rules to follow, though they are adjusted to them. The grandparents are going to watch the kids and are doing their best to help, but the wife has hard times with her own past to want her children cared for a weekend by them. You definitely can see how the style of parenting has changed over the past couple of generations. It is so interesting. I see my own sons acting like the two little boys in this at times (not liking being outside too much and such). Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are a fun pair! The pre-teen girl in this . . .I have seen her in so many things now and she has grown so much and is still a sweetheart (I hope she stays that way).
content: kissing, throw up shown, a guy gets whacked in his man-area by a baseball bat, a man is about to spank a child in public (but doesn’t), a child is allowed to watch a rated R film against the parents’ wishes, some innuendo, potty humor throughout, a married couple are known to “role play” (they show them fully dressed and teasing one another in a sweet way – not a sexual way), a kid is shown with a black eye after he got punched, alcohol shown being consumed (no drunkenness)
Godzilla 2014 (w/ Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sally Hawkins, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn) – 2.5 stars – I have a father who loves terrible B films. He’d watch all those dubbed movies all the time and Godzilla films were some of the only ones I actually enjoyed. This movie didn’t have enough of Godzilla in it. It didn’t have enough Japanese people in it. Why do we always have to have lead roles of White people? I’m growing weary of it. The only well known Japanese actor IS in this movie and he is always amazing in all his films. The idea of this is that there is a creature that has been spawned and has an attraction to radiation. It pretty much is an Atomic bomb when near it. Godzilla is “the savior” monster who lives in the water and only Ken Watanabe’s character seems to know about it. Ford Brody’s family lived in Japan during a radiation meltdown in a factory his parents worked at. He and his father left and both react differently. One buries it and the other researches it to not let it go. When Ford realizes his father is not completely crazy and things definitely go crazy and turn the world upside down, he needs to take action. This movie had great graphics and such, if anything. My husband bugged out about this movie and walked out of the room for one simple reason. If a warhead atomic bomb goes off. . . .it takes out 1,000+ miles span, not just a little section like depicted in this film. Therefore the main character in this movie should be dead and so should the whole California area shown in this film. It was a very poorly thought out concept and I had to hear yelling and outrage for 5 minutes (he turned the movie off on me and I had to turn it back on to see the last scene). He then started to educate me about the damage done by Atomic bombs and how movies like this and the third newer Batman movie completely lie to people (he bugged out about that film too for the same reason). Mass destruction is inevitable. He even showed me how newer bombs made lately cover 100 miles with the actual radius of the bomb and that it is much more powerful than it was in the last ones dropped. This is a fictional movie and yes, they should try to get things right in certain aspects like that. I agree.
content: bomb shown blowing something up, an accident site shown, people that you know are going to die are shown, kissing, a married couple shown kissing as the woman is clothed and on top of the clothed man (the wife is wearing tiny shorts and her husband holds her near her bum), a piece of rock falls on a man (not shown closely. . in the distance), people stepped on, people fall to their deaths, lots of guns shooting creatures/monsters, buildings go down and harm people in the process, creatures shown being destroyed or harmed in brutal ways, dead bodies shown lying around, language: (“d” word, “s” word, 4x, Jesus’ name used blasphemously, “hell” used incorrectly)
Hotel Rwanda 2004 (w/ Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, Desmond Dube) – 3 stars – I have wanted to see this movie for a long time and when I saw that it was available on Netflix instant play, I had to see it. I also just read a book that Don Cheadle co-wrote called “The Enough Moment” which is about the atrocities in Africa, not specifically Rwanda. This film is based on a true story about the horrific genocide that happened in Rwanda, Africa between the Tutsi and the Hutus – mainly to wipe out the predominately Roman Catholic Tutsi tribe. This movie is about a hotel manager named Paul Rusesabagina (who is half Hutu and half Tutsi) who tries to help save his family and the lives of many during the genocide. Don Cheadle did such a great job in this movie and his accent was great too. No wonder why he was nominated an Oscar for this character! As you may know, the US and UN did nothing to help those in Rwanda (and they were helping Bosnia instead). Paul wanted to make sure to contact many people and let them know what was happening so they would want to help them. Because the hotel was on Belgium property, he did whatever he could to make sure to protect it and help it to not be harmed while holding refugees especially. Because he was not white, this made it difficult since the foreigners were not present any longer while he was holding refugees there. It was very good and very sad and happy too. I would have rated this 4 stars if it were not for the content.
content: immodesty (a little girl’s midriff showing, women tourists wearing bikinis at a hotel’s pool, cleavage, a woman breast feeding her child, a woman lounging in a bikini, sex slaves shown in a gated outside area naked and trying to cover their bodies where some backsides in the background are shown very briefly, a woman shown in the background getting her clothes ripped off as she is in well covering underwear (this was to portray the constant rapes that were happening there without showing it happening, a man shown without a shirt on), racist remarks, people shown smoking, people shown drinking and pouring drinks on people, kissing, a man shown in boxers and a boy shown in underwear, violence: much shooting, blood shown, people shown being shot or sliced in the face with a machete (with blood), punching shown, bodies shown lying on the ground dead, dead bodies are all over the place in one foggy scene that people didn’t realize they were driving over them, a man gets slapped, houses shown burning, a man gets kicked in the back and hit in he face with a gun, in the background people are shown being beaten to death (no blood shown)), language (“s” word 4x, “f” word 1x, use of the “n” word, small “a” word 1x)
Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (w/ Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton) – 3.5 stars – This film has a Groundhog Day/Run Lola Run type of story to it. It is basically about a man in the military who has never seen actual combat action who is sent to the front lines against his desires even though he is ranked high. He sees things that are pretty intense. An alien race is trying to destroy the earth (the aliens look a little like the Sentries from the Matrix series). He will have to re-live a day multiple times and looks for a woman who he thinks understands what he is going through. He wants to put an end to the bloodshed. The graphics in this were so amazing! I like that even though there was war violence, there was not nasty gore or things that would cause me to have images I want erased. The story was really well done, though I will admit I was confused by the ending at first until I sat and thought about it and then discussed with my husband and started to see things in a cool way of “Woah!” . . .and I like movies that make you have to think things through afterwards because then you keep thinking about it. This was based off of a book that I have not read, by the way, though I know my husband wants to read it because he’d probably give this much more stars than I have. There was a lot of mech-warrior anime-type of armor in this which was neat. You can tell they based this off of a Japanese novel.
content: threats made, men shown without shirts on, man shown wearing a cup with armor on and his bum was shown, a man gets punched, a man gets hit with a tazer, people get blown up and seriously hurt and killed through blasts and different things falling on them (no grotesque stuff, but very scary), a woman in immodest clothing where some of her back has skin shown (same sequence of her like this shown a few times), aliens shown killing people, a kiss, talk about having sex to spread something happening in the movie mentioned briefly, a man being burned by something lava-like and a part of his face melts away (this is the only gruesome image we see in the whole film), language ( “hell” used incorrectly 4x, small “b” word written out 5x, small “b” word said 3x, “f” word 1x, “s” word 3x, small “a” word said)Flame in the Streets 1961 (w/ John Mills, Sylvia Sims, Brenda de Banzie, Earl Cameron, Johnny Sekka, Ann Lynn, Wilfrid Brambell) – 3 stars – In England, there was no segregation like in the US during the time in which this film was being made, but it certainly shows the bigotry and cruelty brought forth in that time even there. This story focuses on a white family and how they live and how their daughter is beginning to fall in love with a man “of color”. It also focuses on an interracial married couple in which they interact with in some way. The film was slow at first and I wasn’t too into it until after some time. The message was certainly clear and good. It actually horrified me at one point with sadness/anger. A film that can get my emotions going that boils my blood because of my heart in fighting racism and seeking peace with all people and loving all no matter where they are from or what skin color they have – is worth seeing or talking about. So watch this film. It was really great to see some actors I recognized too and love some of the films in which they appear in outside of it, so that was neat. The acting was well done.
content: racism and throwing the “n” word around several times in hatred often used, kissing, a woman’s leg and figure are stared at for a second, fighting, people throwing things at others, cruelty towards people, a man gets hurt in a fire, a scene where a woman barges into a home where a man and woman are in bed together (the woman is in a slip seen from the side) and the man invites her to join them.
Transcendence 2014 (w/ Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara) – 3 stars– A woman who wants to help the environment and people from diseases is married to a highly renown computer scientist who is targeted by many because of his ideas for the world. His life is in danger and his wife takes extreme measures to keep him alive. Of course in doing this she is left with new problems. This was a Science Fiction film and was very unique and interesting. I think sometimes it was a bit slow, especially in the beginning and sometimes in the middle. This is basically a love story with many strange occurrences. It is very hard to write a review for this movie without giving things away, so that is the best I can do.
content: a monkey shown to indicate animal testing, an explosion shown with dead bodies (no blood), a man shoots another in public and then himself (no blood shown and the screens change over when they happen), a man throws up (nothing shown), kissing, drinking, might be some scary imagery in regards to technology with connections to a human, a man is kidnapped and punched, robbery, blood shown after a man is beaten up, a married man is shown making out with his wife while on top of her in bed (she is clothed and he is shown without a shirt), some slight immodesty (open backed outfits and small amount of cleavage, a woman’s mid-section shown – but wounded and it is not focused on), explosions, shooting, people shown wounded with much blood, people shown dead, language: (“s” word 2x, Jesus’ name used blasphemously, 1x)
The Fault in Our Stars 2014 (w/ Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern) – 3 stars – Hazel had thyroid cancer that became worse but she started to get better but still has cancer. I think my biggest problem with this movie is that cancer patients don’t look as good as the ones portrayed in a lot of films, especially this one. Too bright and cheery looking, in my opinion and not bed ridden enough. I have known many cancer patients who did have a hard time and some easy times too, but I don’t know, You can tell when they are sick, it just seems off at times in this film too. I liked that the mom was the actress from Jurassic Park which I haven’t seen act since then! haha. Anyway, so Hazel goes to this support group at a church (which I also have a hard time when they make Jesus so corny and terrible sounding in movies as if God is a joke when He is anything but one). Hazel meets a boy named Augustus at the group who is there to support his friend who is going to lose his eye sight. Augustus lost a portion of his leg and had dealt with cancer himself. He finds a connection with Hazel through books and their intellect. They start to really enjoy one another’s company. I think it is interesting how the actress (which both leads played siblings in Divergent, which I also recently reviewed) looks “plain” in a beautiful way. It is rare that they have “normal” beauty with hardly a drop of make-up needed on an actress. I would have rated this higher but I am tired of teenage movies that make it seem as if it is appropriate for people to have sex right after professing their love for one another. The movie was great until they had to put the “love-making” portion in it. I am tired of the typical. Also this movie reminded me of a few other movies that are almost exactly the same which I’ve reviewed or seen. This was not bad though, it was just not as good as I hoped it would be. I loved the monologues! So good. I am a sucker for good lines in movies and there were quite a bit of them. I have not read the book for this one.
content: kissing, a teenage boy gropes his girlfriend’s breast pretty crazily, a teenage boy puts a cigarette to his lips but doesn’t light it, ,a mention of herpes, talk about virginity a few times, a woman appears wearing a bath towel with her cleavage showing, a girl is shown wearing a bra mainly seen on her shoulders only, a girl’s naked back is shown for a few seconds while she is straddling her boyfriend in bed, implied sex as a couple is shown waking up naked but under sheets (their feet are shown intertwined), talk about death, some scary cancer imagery, language: (God’s name used in vain 2x, “s” word 2x, short “b” word 2x, “f” word once, long “a” word, “douche” used to mock someone)
Grace Unplugged 2013 (w/ AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollack, Shawnee Smith, Michael Welch, Jamie Grace) – 3.25 stars – Most Christian movies have terrible acting and I have complained many times in my reviews about them and given them low ratings. This one was well done. Grace Trey is 18 and has been brought up in a Christian home and helps her dad lead worship in their church. He was a one-hit wonder in the past and led a life that was terrible until Christ saved him. Grace just wants to be able to make it big like her favorite singer. She wants to be a recording artist like her dad once was but she feels like he doesn’t understand her dream at all. She decides to disobey her parents and go on her own since she is an adult. This causes for situations to happen in Grace’s own life where she struggles between wanting to do the right thing and wanting to become a big sensation. Her faith is tested. It was pretty good. I would say to watch this if you have pre-teens (or are one) and older. Younger children should not see this (check content). My only issues with this film were that the beginning opening was a little lame (but once the credits were done it got better) and that the church had mainly white people and it was in Birmingham, Alabama. That bugs me. I guess because I go to such a diverse mixed congregation where the white people are the minority.
content: tons of deceit, talk about underwear/lingerie (which is shown being held up in a hand but not worn by anyone), underage drinking/drunkenness, talk about using a body to sell things and trying to manipulate someone into being more sexy, a woman is dancing in a music video and her bum is zoomed in on a bit as she shakes it while wearing tight leather pants, A husband and wife are lying on a couch together and his hands are placed between his wife’s breasts as she holds his hand, talk about a one night stand (it is a song that is mentioned but not performed), a kiss, a lot of talk about God (to let you know as this is a Christian film)