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Review: Begin Again

How does Mark Ruffalo do it? Every time I see one of his movies I think, “This is Mark Ruffalo’s best performance ever.” Then I see another of his movies and I have the same feeling all over again. Welcome to Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in two of their best performances ever.  Continue reading “Review: Begin Again”

Review: Spotlight

Spotlight tells the story of The Boston Globe and its investigative team (Spotlight) that finally brought the story of child abuse in the Catholic Church national and global attention.

There has been so much anger and pain at the Catholic Church over this monstrous world-wide cover up of generations of young people traumatized and scarred forever by their most trusted patriarchal figureheads. It seems redundant to say this film will make you angry all over again. But it will.   Continue reading “Review: Spotlight”

Review: Thanks for Sharing

Thanks for Sharing boasts a great cast in a fair story about people in a 12-step group for sex addiction. The film gives superficial treatment to 4 sex addicts’ story lines. Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad and Alecia Moore (Pink) are the sex addicts; all are in the same support group.

Thanks for Sharing poster

Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo have been in the group and “sober” for a while. Newcomers Josh Gad and Pink join the group as the film starts.

Tim Robbins is in a stable relationship with a very underused Joely Richardson. He is estranged from his son, played by Patrick Fugit. A good part of his recovery efforts in the film deal with healing his relationship with his son.

Mark Ruffalo meets Gweneth Paltrow’s character as the film starts and wants to have a normal relationship with her after going for 5 years without being with anyone. She’s not without her own hangups, but his hangups definitely trump hers. He’s terrible at having a normal relationship.

Josh Gad probably has never had real sex in his life and has a creepy mother wonderfully played by Carol Kane. Inexplicably, he and Pink become good buddies and help each other with their recovery.

Finally there is Pink, whose problems are given the most cursory treatment. <sarcasm> Obviously, the men’s stories are more important than a woman’s. </sarcasm>

Here’s the trailer for this 2013 film.

Thanks for Sharing is worth watching, even though it isn’t the best film you’ve ever seen. If I were giving stars, I’d give it 3 out of 5.

Review: Now You See Me

Do you have fun at magic shows? Can you react to a trick with a 6-year-old’s sense of delight? If the answer is yes, you are going to really enjoy this magic show of a movie. Now You See Me is a magic act wrapped up in a heist movie and featuring a Robin Hood style plot.

Now You See Me poster
Now You See Me poster

The people who get to play with the magic of misdirection, mystery, and childlike wonderment in Now You See Me are Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

The plot is about

  • 4 magicians who steal millions and give it to citizens who have somehow been harmed by big banks, big insurance companies, or fat cats
  • an FBI guy and a woman from Interpol who chase the four
  • a former magician who makes his living debunking magic by explaining the tricks
  • a rich guy who is sponsoring the magicians on a world wide tour

That’s all I’m going to say about the plot, because everything about this movie is unexpected and I don’t want to give you even the simplest of spoilers.

You can get the flavor from these two official trailers.

The second official trailer has some of the same material, but it’s different, too.

This movie isn’t deep. It doesn’t have haunting characters and important themes. But it sure is fun.

Delightful, in fact.

It was just released on DVD, so if you missed the theatrical release you can get it now. Have you seen it? What was your opinion of Now You See Me?