A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Must Go
Tom Hanks will rip your heart out and return it to you filled with love and understanding. I’m not ashamed to admit that it actually did move me to tears, and happy tears at that.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a beautiful feel-good film about Mr. Rogers and the effect he had and will always have on people. It tells the tale of his relationship with Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), an emotionally jaded reporter tasked to write a profile on him as one of America’s heroes.

If you’re interested on learning more about Mr. Rogers, see the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (2018). You’ll get more of a feel for who he is. But if you’re in the mood for a touching story from his life, this is a good one to see. Take four hankies.

Knives Out

Go
I love it when a movie surprises me.
Knives Out is a great whodunit that’s unpredictable and extremely funny, skillfully played. Its incredible cast are excellent but Chris Evans, Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas give the standout performances
Halfway through, she who must be obeyed and I were like, “OK, it’s all solved, where’s the ‘mystery’ part?!” And then … well, a very enjoyable second half.
I have read the majority of the Agatha Christie novels, and Knives Out does a fantastic job paying homage to the Queen of Mystery. It’s witty, surprising, and a great ride. I would recommend anyone that appreciates mysteries to go see this!

Ford v Ferrari

Must Go
If you’re a fan of racing or cars in general, this movie will be for you. This is a very well-directed film by James Mangold, and the racing sequences are quite long, taking up a good chunk of the nearly 150-minute run time. Luckily, they are very intense, practically shot, with a fantastic score to back it up, and sound effects to get your heart pumping. Everything about the exciting aspects of this film was top notch. Christian Bale and Matt Damon give stellar performances here as the two leading men in the film and I totally bought their rigid friendship that slowly developed.
In the end, Ford v Ferrari is engaging, emotional, and downright thrilling. She who must be obeyed gives this a must go too!

Doctor Sleep

Must Go
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.
All work and no play make Tom a dull boy.

The original Shining terrified me! Too easy to see myself slipping into the darkness. If you are going into this film expecting it to be a straight up sequel to the Kubrick film with the same horror tone, you’ll be disappointed, however if you have an open mind, this movie is very well directed and acted and the story is very compelling. This is more of a fantasy thriller than a horror film and I really like that about this film. It also does quite a bit of homage to the 1980 film, but takes it into a new and interesting direction with a deep underlying theme direct from Steven King.
While Doctor Sleep is a somewhat drawn-out and, mostly, slow-moving film, it still has enough to it, to not lose one’s attention.
Damn Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat is creepy.

Harriet

Must Go
Cynthia Erivo, as Harriet Tubman, is a powerful talent. I was not surprised to discover that she comes to us via the theater, having won accolades for her acting and musical talent (a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy – 3/4 of the way to an EGOT). The supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at, either, it is littered with stars and seasoned character actors.
What this film did do – and did do well – was make me want to find out more about this hero.
Do yourself a favor – see this movie.

Zombieland 2

Go
Nice zombie touch with the Columbia logo at the very, very beginning before the movie even started.
The humor is spot on, it had me laughing all the way through it, from the running gag with their transport problems to the family guy style cut scenes involving the ‘Zombie Kill of the Year’
This film delivers and it improves from the first film a perfect blend of action comedy and love. I recommend it.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

MUST GO
Friends are the family you choose!
I absolutely loved this movie. From start to finish I was smiling, laughing, crying. The acting is amazing, the cinematography is stellar, editing and dialogue is quippy, and you fall in love with the characters. it’s funny and absolutely charming. Shia, Dakota, and Zack are all amazing, and this is the feel-good movie of the year.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

GO
I found the story to be touching and sweet. Pretty much a feel-good movie. Loved the family. Beautiful cinematography in Antarctica!
Cate Blanchett was brilliant, as always, and I loved Kristen Wiig and Laurence Fishburne’s characters too. I thought all of the main characters were believable and relatable.
It was a good movie.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Maybe Go
There is non-stop action, a lot of muscles, a lot of machines, and even some cute girls. The few times the movie does pause for some character development, it was so clumsy I thought that they better get back to the action. Some over the top action scenes and great chemistry between the leads are the only thing this movie has to offer, while one dimensional villains and side characters and a third act that comes out of left field sink it into mediocrity
If you just want to waste your money then this movie is for you.