Posts from the ‘Musical’ 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.

Read more…

REVIEWS: Tangled, Burlesque and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

We decided you don’t care for a long-winded review, these days. you want to know if its good and should you spend your money. Well we have three movies for you to checkout for the Holiday season. yes they are for the family and they’re fun to see.

A

  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
  • Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, M.C. Gainey, Paul F. Tompkins, Ron Perlman, Richard Kiel
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Family, Musical, Animation and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating:PG for brief mild violence.
  • Year: 2010

Tangled – It’s spectacular and one of Disney Animation’s best films in a long while. Last year Disney hit their mark again going back to their old format with The Princess and the Frog in which we love.

However, Tangled has raises the bar as Mandy Moore is splendid as Rapunzel, the girl with the magical golden hair. It’s a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. it’s a comical, magical ride that the family will love.

C-

  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Steven Antin
  • Stars: Cher Christina AguileraEric DaneCam GigandetJulianne Hough
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre: Drama and Musical/Performing Arts
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
  • Year: 2010

Burlesque – It’s great to see Cher back on the big screen, but personally, I wanted more Cher. Instead I got tons of Christina. that’s was fine, except the movie lacks two key elements. First it needed more burlesque, more rivalry and it was missing the romance of Flash Dance, you know the yearning to want a dream so bad you’ll do anything. Overall the movie is entertaining, but only worth a matinée’. If i had paid full price I would have been upset and thank God it was NOT in 3-D, could you imagine Christina Aguilera gyrating at you in 3-D! No-no-no- not a good look!

B+

  • Release Date: November 19th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: David Yates
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, John Hurt
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
  • Year: 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the first of a 2 part last chapter. The film is a bit darker than the earlier ones, but it is making its way to the final climax between good and evil. I enjoyed this film as it went back to the original three, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. You finally get to see the three friends together again, unfortunately it’s during the darkest hours of Hogwarts. The film challenges the three hero-witches on their quest to rid the evil and make it save once again for all pure and half-bloods. It is the end of a decade of films that many of our children have grown to love as well as parents.  Deathly Hallows doesn’t disappoint us one bit. It worth the buck, but once again NOT worth 3-D. There is no visual effect that make this film 3-d except for depth – yawn!

Anyways, this film is wonderful and we are looking forward to the second part of the final film. The battle of all battles, who will win? Will light prevail or darkness take over?

Read more…

Nine

Review – Peter Ricci – FlixCritic writer

Nine may not be the best musical to hit the silver screen – but it’s NOT the worst. It has its moments of enchantment and electrifying moments. However, the problem doesn’t lie in the musical aspect of the film, it lies in the basic storyline, which is surface and shallow. Some of Guido’s woman are miniscule approached upon and not defined; you have no idea who they were to him except a vision of his past unexplained. It’s frankly shocking that a musical on this caliber drops the ball and comes off rather flat. I had to think about how much I really liked the film and how much did it really dazzle me. I have to be honest and if you subtract the storyline and only have the musical numbers I have to give the movie and average rating as it seems to have lost the quintessence of the film from stage to screen. You would expect more from a star-studded cast such as this one, plus they added the legendary (Sophia Lauren) his affectionate mother, who has all of three lines and a song, I would have like a little more from that as well.

Read more…