Storybook “Rabbit” Comes To Life

One of the World’s most popular children’s books by English author Beatrix Potter has made its debut to theaters and is expected to finish in second at the box office just behind the Fifty Shades finale.

Peter Rabbit follows the adventures of the lovable yet mischievous young rabbit as he seeks to get into Mr. McGregor’s Garden.  When the old man (played by Sam Neill) finally passes away, Peter and all the animals think they have won and move in on the territory, that is, until Young Mr. Thomas McGregor (played by Domhnall Gleeson) discover’s his long lost Uncle’s property and moves in to get ready to sale it.

But there’s a catch, the next door neighbor, and long time friend to the rabbits, Bea (played byRose Byrne) comes over and sparks up a slight romance with the new McGregor.  Now, it’s time for Peter and his family to lay claim to what is theirs and try to drive this new McGregor out.

At just 1 hour and 33 minutes kids and adults alike will be entertained with the adventures of Peter Rabbit (James Corden), his sisters: Flopsy (Margot Robbie),  Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki) and Cottontail (Daisy Ridley) and their cousin Benjamin Bunny (Colin Moody) in this live action/ animated fused movie about a tale from their childhood books.

Overall, the film stayed true to the book by including all the familiar characters.  It brought life to a rooster as it painted a picture and answered a question as to why the rooster crows every morning, which added a comic relief to the mischief that the rabbits go into in the garden.

Peter Rabbit came out in theaters February 9 and currently is playing in a theater near you.

Fifty Shades Hits Its Climax

The Erotic love story based on the book by E.L James is coming to theaters this weekend in anticipation for Valentine’s Day as it nearly matched its previous chapter with 5.7 million in Thursday previews.

In the thrilling conclusion, the story picks up where Fifty Shades Darker left with Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) officially tying the knot and now the fun comes, trying to act like a married couple.  In the midst of Christian Grey’s million dollar business empire, Anastasia doesn’t want to stay home and Christian agrees to her keeping her publishing job with a few improvisations, that of body-guard service.  Meanwhile, the couple’s relationship is threatened by Jack (Eric Johnson) who wants Ana for himself, however we soon realize that is not the only reason as dark secrets about Christian’s adoption and foster care begin to emerge.  That along with the stunning conclusion of a not so surprising pregnancy is enough to keep viewers on the edge of their seats in this stunning conclusion.

At one hour forty-five minute run time, Fifty Shades Freed is a traditional love story with a slight erotic twist.  It will entertain viewers and fans of the novel alike as it follows the book fairly closely from start to finish, though it may not be for everyone, viewer discretion is strongly advised as it is rated “R”, for language and graphic nudity.

That aside, there is a good storyline that will keep one entertained.  See it in a theater near you.

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The Post- Review

Fox’s The Post fared well this weekend at the box office as it widened its audiences over Martin Luther King Jr weekend and came in at number 2 with 18.6 million domestically.

The historic drama stars Meryl Streep as Kay Graham, one of the only women of her time to own The Washington Post at a time when it was an all men newsroom.  After the death of her late husband, she is left as publisher despite the fact that all the men don’t think she should be there, if not for the Editor In Chief, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) who works with her as her right hand man and makes sure that she has the final decision.

Now in the mist of the Vietnam War and as their rival from the north, The New York Times are facing public backlash after uncovering top secret documents to the true happening across the sea, now the future of the free press is in jeopardy as Kay struggles to keep her family paper from going into foreclosure while making sure that all the news is printed for the good of the readers.

At 1 hour and 56 minutes, The Post is sure to stand out as one of those journalism movies that will have any news hound or reporter questioning the right to publish over national security in a way that could get quite dangerous for all who are effected.  It will ultimately go down as another movie comparable to All The President’s Men and is a must see for any one who wants to know the true meaning behind freedom of the press.

The Post came out in theaters everywhere January 12 and is currently playing in one near you.

75th Annual Golden Globe RECAP

Hosted by Seth Meyers and airing live on NBC at 5 pm pacific standard time, the night proves to be full of surprises as actors and advocates came out to the 75th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton.   From the opening monologue to the special million dollar grant given by the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press, Maher Tatna, the night promised big things for all who awaited the coveted award.  Here is a summary of the awards given out and the great moments shared.

  1. The first award was for best actress in a limited series or TV movie and Nicole Kidman took the Globe for Big Little Lies.  Next Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture was awarded to Sam Rockwell for his role in Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri.
  2. Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy goes to Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the best actress in a TV series, drama goes to Elizabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale.
  3. Best Actor for a TV series Drama goes to Sterling K Brown, for This Is Us and the best TV series Drama goes to The Handmaid’s Tale.
  4. Best supporting actor in a limited series or made for TV movie goes to Alaxander Skarsgard for Big Little Lies.
  5. Best original score goes to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water and Best original song goes to “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
  6. Best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy goes to James Franco for The Disaster Artist as he invited the inspiration for the movie, legend Tommy Wiseau in his acceptance speech.
  7. Best actress in a supporting role, TV series, limited or made for TV movie goes to Laura Dern for Big Little Lies.
  8. And the best animated feature  goes to Coco.
  9. Best supporting actress in a motion picture, drama, goes to Allison Janney for I, Tanya.
  10. And a special tribute to Kirk Douglas, who recently just celebrated his 101 birthday last month as he with his daughter in law, Catherine Zeta-Jones announce the best screenplay awarded to Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri.
  11. The Best Foreign Language Film goes to Germany/France for In The Fade.
  12. Best actor in a limited series or TV movie goes to Ewan McGregor for Fargo.
  13. Best TV series musical or comedy goes to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and the best actor for a TV series musical or comedy goes to Aziz Ansari for Master of None.
  14. And Reese Witherspoon awarded the Cecil B. Demill award to Oprah Winfrey as the first African American woman to be given this honor.
  15. The best director goes to Guillermo Del Toro for his first win for the film The Shape of Water.
  16. The best limited series or TV movie goes to Big Little LIes.
  17. The best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy goes to Saoirse Ronan for her role in Lady Bird and the best motion picture, musical or comedy also goes to Lady Bird.
  18. The best actor in a motion picture drama goes to Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour and the best actress in a motion picture drama goes to Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  19. And finally, the best motion picture drama goes to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The awards are decided before hand by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the presenters have no knowledge of the winners before that night.

Jumanji Takes Two

Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle gave little competition for the latest Star Wars which finished the four day weekend with over 99- million, compared to Jumanji which took in 72 million at the box office.

The latest Jumanji reboot follows the same story as the original starring the late Robin Williams, but takes a few extra liberties to reach a much larger tech savvy generation.  In this version, Jumanji becomes a video game as the kid that finds the game on the beach makes it clear that no one plays board games any more.  Now the video game has the ability to suck the ones playing into the TV with only three lives before game over.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan andJack Black, as four teenagers who get stuck in detention together and inadvertently stumble upon the game, now they must work together to get everyone out in once piece.   There’s one catch though as they find Alex (Nick Jonas), the kid that originally started playing the game and wound up getting stuck in the game, like before, for nearly 20 years.

Overall, it’s an adventure that will have audiences laughing and rooting for the kids to succeed, with surprises around every corner, just to get to the end of the game and call of Jumanji.

At roughly 2 hour run time, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle came out in theaters Dec 20, and is currently playing in a theater near you.

“Showman” Slow To Open

Despite the low numbers at the box office, Warner Brothers The Greatest Showman is expected to deliver big this holiday season leading up to the awards ceremonies in the new year.

The musical adventure of the legendary P.T Barnum who revolutionized how audience have a good time by bringing light to the truly unique has been nominated thus far for three Golden Globes including Best Original Song, Best Motion Picture, comedy or musical as well as Best Performance for a lead actor forHugh Jackman.

The Showman follows the life of PT Barnum from a poor tailor’s son with dreams of creating something unique.  His childhood sweetheart, Charity (Michelle Williams) is with him from the first moment he makes her laugh, not to the approval of her high-class parents who only want the best for their daughter.  Upon returning from finishing school, Barnum and Charity run off to marry and make a life of their own.

Through the creative lyrics of the lyricist that worked on the Oscar award-winning La La Land, the music will have you toe tapping along as one witnesses the creative genius of the man who still to this day receives a lot of flak for his show choices, but ultimately it shows the compassion of Barnum in order to highlight the specialities of those individuals who are different from the rest.

Also starring Zac Efron as his unwilling apprentice, Philip Carlyle, who learns that happiness can be found in the absurd,  the Greatest Showman came out in theaters for the Christmas weekend on December 20, 2018 and is currently playing in a theater near you.

“Coco” Tops Box Office For 3rd Week

The latest original Disney Pixar film is topping the box office for the third week as people are still flocking to the theaters to see to the movie in despite all the controversy around the Frozen short that caused Disney to pull it from theaters.  It has currently brought in over 135 million domestically since opening Thanksgiving weekend.

Coco starsAnthony Gonzalez as Miguel, a little boy living in Mexico with his family who dreams of being a musician after his all time favorite idol,  Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt).  Miguel has one problem though, his family hates music due in large part to his Great Great Grandfather, Hector (Gael García Bernal) leaving his family to pursue his music.  It’s so extreme that his family got rid of every photo of him to forget he even existed, but one person still remembers her Papa, Mama Coco, though dementia makes her forget.

On the day of the dead, the most solemn event in Mexico history when family is supposed to be able to come visit from the other world, Miguel decides to finally pursue his dream and perform in the talent show in the center of the plaza, but his family destroys his guitar and so he runs away finds himself at the tomb of his idol.  He breaks in and steals his guitar, but that’s when the fun starts because he is now in the land of the dead.

What happens now?  Now Miguel must find his way back before sunrise by getting his family’s blessing, but will he be able to and help put his family back together once he discovers a looming truth about his long lost Great Great Grandfather.

At one hour forty nine minutes, Coco is a story about the meaning of remembering ones family for all times.  It shows how stories keep them alive and once the last person remembers, it is hard to remain after.  The director did an exceptional job researching and displaying a story that anyone even that don’t follow the Day of the Dead will be engulfed in the story and find it hard not to tear up in the end.

Coco is still playing in theaters near you.