Captain America: Civil War; 2016 (w/ Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Daniel Brühl, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt) – 4.25 stars – This officially is the 73rd Robert Downey Jr. film I have seen (yes I have been keeping count). I thought it was higher but I had to recheck. I honestly don’t really like the Captain America movies but this one seemed more like an Avengers movie minus Thor and Hulk, so I suppose since it has to do more with Bucky, Captain America’s friend, it makes sense to give it to him. This film was really well done, plot wise. There was a lot of action involved as well. What I liked the most about it is that it had more comic-feel humor to it during the fights, which is how it is when you read the comics (which I have read a bunch of them). The films have been a little too serious lately and missing out on that fun, but this was really great. It definitely had a serious side to it too. I was impressed with the graphics and felt a great connection to the characters. I normally do terribly when there are too many names to remember and people involved in movies and books (like, sadly, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit). This movie I was able to follow through. I truly enjoyed Black Panther and my husband so liked how Bucky’s story turned out. I have to add in here that there is a scene that Marisa Tomei appears in and the dialogue between her and Robert Downey Jr. made me giggle because they played love interests with one another in the film Only You which is one of my favorites of him. I still can’t really connect with Captain America, but oh well. It was so weird to see the bad guy (Daniel Bruhl) in this film because I watched him in a German film (Good Bye, Lenin! – not recommending at all) 13 years ago now when he was so much younger. I knew it was him right away though.
content: kissing, cleavage/short skirt on a woman character, death of many people in an attack, violence throughout without gore such as a suicide bomber, people punching and attacking one another in fights, torture shown, choking, someone’s limb is harmed severely, alcohol shown being drank, language: “s” word a few times, misuse of the word “hell,” God’s name used blasphemously, smaller “b” word, small “a” word
The Peanuts Movie; 2015 (animated w/ voices of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Alexander Garfin, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Rebecca Bloom, Noah Johnston, A.J. Tecce, Francesca Capaldi, Bill Melendez) – 4 stars – What a very sweet film this is. I grew up on the Peanuts comic (or “the funnies” as I called them) and my mom had me watch all the animated films because she is Charlie Brown obsessed. This was so very much like those old movies put together in a little more of a modern way (although they still use a rotary phone that I am happy about). I liked how they animated it. My sons laughed and laughed when we watched it and I shed a couple of tears. This totally is an uplifting encouraging story that kids need these days. It tells us that we can be smart and wonderful and important without having to try so hard. People see our good qualities which matter most. I think my only issue with this movie is that there were too many white characters. There is maybe one who has African descent and I didn’t even see any Asians. It is just odd to me that they couldn’t add in some new faces with all the usual ones.
content: teasing/name calling
I Love You Again; 1940 (w/ William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh) – 3.25 stars – I have seen so many of this acting duo and continue with making sure I see all their films. In this one Larry, who lives a dull life, gets hurt. His newer memories slink away as older memories he cast aside come back. He used to be a bit of a con artist turned politician. Now that he finds out he has a beautiful wife who wants to divorce him, he uses his new (or old) charms to keep her. It was humorous and one of those slapstick romantic comedies.
content: smoking, drinking, a fist fight and punches, kissing, some shoulder showing outfits
Ant-Man; 2015 (w/ Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Michael Douglas) – 3.25 stars – I don’t really know the comics for this one, sadly. It is one that I heard about as a kid, but never read. The plot for it is that Scott is really good at being a bit of a modern-day Robin Hood who was in prison for breaking into a bank (pretty sure that whole bit was the reason). Now he is out and wants to stop breaking into places because he needs to be a good dad to his daughter who admires and loves him. On the other hand there is a technological weapon doctor of sorts who chooses Scott to be the wearer of the Ant-Man suit which can shrink a person and make them grow back again. If you watched Captain America’s Civil War movie, he is in it as well. I saw this afterwards to catch up on those Marvel films. This was funny and enjoyable.
content: a woman with a daughter seems to live with her fiance, kissing, people fighting, a scary scene where a person is turned into a blob (this actually greatly disturbed me), robbing people, talk of breasts, some immodesty, language: “s” word, “d” word, name calling, small “a” word, and misuse of the word “hell”
No-No: A Documentary; 2014 (documentary) – 3.25 stars – I grew up with older brothers who loved baseball and football. I used to watch sports with them. One of them is basically a baseball encyclopedia. I remember him telling me about Dock Ellis and all those who were on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1960s & 1970s. This film in particular talks about how Dock Ellis was high on LSD and “greenies” for every single one of his games. It talked bout the way he was raised, the relationships he had, and the way drugs and alcohol tore his life apart before he himself went to rehab and ended up becoming a spokesperson against the use of drugs in sports. It was really inspiring and very sad. I honestly had no idea about the drugs. He was such an original type of guy and so talented, but so controlled by substances that it makes you look back and cringe to think that a hero wasted that talent even if he did pitch a no-hitter while on too much LSD.
content: a lot of talk about drugs and substances, cigarette and cigar smoking shown, a scene of immodesty (girls in a club and a porn mag shown but the woman is covered in the more private areas), a lot of swearing from guys interviewed, talk about domestic violence, racism talked about