Posts from the ‘Drama’ Category

REVIEWS: True Grit and Country Strong

B+

written by Peter Ricci -FlixCritic.com

True Grit takes me back when I was a kid and would go see western movies with my father. The new remake, which Jeff Bridges plays the John Wayne role of Rooster Cogburn. For the most part he does give the character of Rooster edge and the raw grit intended for the part, but I was on the fence for some of it. It stays true to the book as well as authentic westerns. The movie is basically about revenge as a young girls father is murdered by a man he once trusted, Tom Chaney [Josh Brolin] over two gold pieces. His 14-year-old daughter Mattie Ross [Hailee Steinfeld]seeks revenge, but searches out the rudest, badass bounty hunter to do the job. She finds Rooster coercing him to help her on her quest of revenge in the Indian territory of the west. She is approached by a Texas Ranger named La Boeuf [Matt Damon], but quickly turns him down as she seeks her own justice and is not out to help bring Tom to texas to be tried and hung.

The movie is great and the Cohen brothers find their way to approach the material with some biblical verses. If you are a fan of cowboy movies or you just loves a good western then this movie is worht the money spent.

B

written by Peter Ricci -FlixCritic.com

Country Strong is one of the best films in a while. Strong is a beautiful story of living life as a Country singer and trying to deal with all the dramas, complications and hardships of fame and celebrity.

The movie centers on a fallen, emotionally unstable country star, Kelly Canter [Gwyneth Paltrow] who is pulled out of rehab early by her husband/manager James Canter [Tim McGraw] to save her career before its too late.  Between concerts, dramas and hardships of fame and celebrity, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all, but James is determined to get his wife back on top, the only thing that is in the way is his forgiveness he’s unwilling to give.  James looks to new talent to help get Kelly back in the light, so he adds new-found talent and a rising young singer-songwriter Chiles Stanton [Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl], She is beauty-queen-turned-singer trying to make it on the disastrous tour. Kelly’s friend at rehab is already a singer/song-writer, she requests Beau Hutton [Garrett Hedlund] to accompany her on the tour. The movie is filled with romantic entanglements and old demons which threaten to derail them all. The film is entertaining, well acted and full of great music. I was very impressed with the cast; the movie is very moving and real. I like the pace and the real story line. The movie was spectacular from start to finish. It is worth the money to see this film; everyone shines, as no role was too small for anyone. I refuse to say anymore as I don’t want to give this fine film directed by Shana Feste away.

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REVIEW: For Colored Girls

A-

written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

  • Release Date: November 5th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Producer: Michael Paseornek, Joseph P. Genier, Ozzie Areu
  • Stars: Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg,  Michael Ealy,Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language.
  • Year: 2010

Tyler Perry accomplishes the most serious film, taken from the 1975 play by Ntozake Shange“For Colored Girls.” It’s a riveting, heartfelt film entirely of poetry, so make sure you have yourself in tune before stepping out to watch this film. It may be a little hard to understand if you are not a person of poetry, but the film is magnificent.

The film takes you into the lives of a handful of black women in various walks of life, facing a crisis. Most of the dialogue is mainly of normal spoke conversation so don’t let a little poetry scare you, but be ready for one of the most unique films to hit the screen and it comes from Tyler Perry’s new 34th Street productions. The movie explores moments of tragedy, and monumental turning points as these ‘Colored Women [Girls]’ women open up their souls with brutal eloquence.

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POSTER: Burlesque

Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera:

Synopsis:

Ali is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess, the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day.

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BUZZ: Razzies Talk Doesn’t Stop ‘Step Up’ From Doing 4th Installment!!!!

OMG, I can’t believe they’re going there again.  I saw Step Up 3-D and the over all movie was WHACK!

It was confirmed today that a fourth installment of the Step Up franchise will sashay its way into theaters in 2012.  Somehow they have more story to tell – REALLY? Razzies already have their eye on Step Up 3D as worst film, but who knows?

Funny how they took a substantial idea with up and coming super stars like Channing Tatum in the 1st film and Black Thomas in the 2nd and ruin it with a lackluster 3rd and now in the works 4th. – Hollywood leaves me scratching my head again?

Why I don’t know! So let’s go over the details of Step Up 3D [Quick Review]:

  • Story                                          = EPIC FAIL
  • Acting                                        = LACKLUSTER
  • Dancing                                     = EXCELLENT
  • Cinema photography          = GREAT
  • Soundtrack                              = EPIC FAIL
  • Overall                  = D

So I guess 2 out of 5 makes it a hit, who knew? Here’s the best part and it’s just as creative as the horrible script, are you ready?

The title is Step Up 4ever! Go figure?

For some reason today’s society does wan to think, they want lackluster scripts with great visuals,  stupid stunts [Jack Ass 3D], or better yet a low-budget FAKE home movie style production [Paranormal Activity 2]. Why because the RACK in the BUCKS!!! Doesn’t remind you of back n the day with ‘Steppin’ and ‘Stepping 2 Electric Boogaloo’ – notice the film died after the second title – studio’s learn bad title = end of franchise!

Bottom-line the more you patron these crappy films the more they’ll keep on making them!!

I wonder what’s next “Step Up: Beyond”?

Kill Me NOW! Just kidding! LOL!

Sex and the City 2

B-

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

“Sex in the City 2” spares no cost to go back to the roots of the story of four women who have grown over a ten-year span of friendship. Where are they now and how they have evolved, or have they? Is marriage everything its cut up to be? typical questions are once asked, but this time it’s not about being single.

Some may say this movie is lacking the sex, but instead this movie is about the friends and where they have gone in their lives. It makes complete sense as it shows real growth of four friends over ten years.

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After.Life

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

Let just get to the meat of this movie as it stars (Christina Ricci) Anna in a mundane scenario. Bottom line Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, she’s confused, terrified despite the funeral director’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Elliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. The only problem is the fear fall flat as director Agnieszka Vosloo tries to mislead you in this somewhat long-winded story of a girl who feared living and now struggles in disbelieve that she is dead.

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Why Did I Get Married Too?

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

This time Tyler uncovers the secrets, breaking the boundaries, and shocking his audiences with the unthinkable. “Why Did I Get married Too” is the continuation of eight college hood friends who travel once a year for their annual one-week-reunion, remembering one simple thing, why they originally married their spouse. This time Perry takes the cast to the beautiful island surrounding of the Bahamas, but no matter how beautiful the place the issues still are prevalent.

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