The Martian

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! Solve one problem at a time.
Matt Damon is absolutely brilliant in this film. He plays Mark Watney with so much optimism that it actually makes the depressing aspect of the film not as depressing.
I lost count of how many times the cinema erupted into laughter. There were so many clever lines and witty comments. But despite the comedy, this film was able to be very gripping and tense when it needed to be: Mark removing the shrapnel from his stomach, NASA’s failed attempt to launch the supply probe, the malfunction in the base on Mars leading to all of his work being ruined.

I also really liked that they were able to show the effect of such severe rationing: Mark loses substantial weight and muscle.

Needless to say, the cast was phenomenal: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena just to name a few.

Black Mass

Maybe Go
This is a bio-pic about Whitey Bolger an Irish Mobster from South Boston. I did not find it particularly interesting, see the Sopranos’ instead. However the transformation of Johnny Depp is pretty incredible.

The Intern

Should GO
‘The Intern’ is a delight! Its sweet, uncomplicated & thoroughly charming!
With stalwarts like Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, one doesn’t really need to worry much about the acting. The addition of Rene Russo as Fiona the In-House masseuse was fabulous.
The warm, charming and charismatic chemistry between De Niro and Hathaway is the sweetest and most beautiful part of the film to enjoy which makes us believe that we can manage well both career and family life.
I was expecting a good movie. It is DeNiro after all! But I did not expect to be as entertained and delighted as I was. It was cleverly written, dialogue that was perfect for the setting and the ages of the stars. The movie told a real story. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. The outstanding performance of the newcomer, little Paige, shows us we will be seeing much more of her. She is adorable as a movie child should be but really talented. What a little treasure. There is much about relationship in this movie between workers, lovers, friends, with yourself. They were real people and someone each viewer can relate to. Be ready to belly laugh, weep a little, cheer for a favorite character, chuckle and be glad you saw it! I highly recommend it.

The Forger

Never pass up a Christopher Plummer movie.
This is a finely acted, superbly casted drama about one man’s relationship with his son, and what he is willing to do to have a few more days with him.

Will Cutter: I just never see you guys hug, or say you love each other.
Joseph Cutter: Yeah, well I don’t do that. But he knows.
Will Cutter: You sure?
Joseph Cutter: I didn’t tell your grandmother either. But she knew. Why? Because words don’t mean shit in this world, Will. It’s what a person does for you that counts.

It is about the relationship between a convicted father (Ray Cutter – John Travolta) and his son with cancer (Will Cutter – Tye Sheridan) and the grandfather (Joseph Cutter – Christopher Plummer).