At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in.
Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries and an unexpected turn of events.
This remake of Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film, directed by Sophia Coppola, “The Beguiled” is a slow moving, take your time character study that breathes like a dying man ready to give up his secrets.
Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are the main female characters that hover around the wounded soldier, played by Colin Farrell. As each of the ladies have their moment with him, the film becomes laborious and heavy, which adds to the film’s dynamic.
Overall “The Beguiled” is an impressive film, but not a memorable one.
It gets a B and is rated R.
When they learn their daughter has been accepted into an elite college, two parents, who are low on funds, open an illegal gambling casino in their basement.
Another formula comedy living on one sight gag after another bringing in a few chuckles instead of laughs.
Will Ferrell plays the same wide-eyed innocent that we have seen him play for years with Amy Poehler not stretching her acting muscles much either.
As the film progresses, the couple get deeper and deeper into the seedy side of the gambling business, with less than comic results.
What we’re left with is an uninspired and poorly conceived story trying desperately to make you laugh. Wait for this one to go to DVD. Honestly.
It gets a D and is rated R
Despicable Me 3
Everyone is back for a 3rd go-round in this charming animated film about finding family, finding yourself and finding out what’s important in life, as Gru loses his job but discovers he has a long lost brother, who wants to connect.
The brothers decide that they will go after the mastermind criminal responsible for Gru losing his job.
Together with Gru’s wife Lucy, their adopted daughters and the minions, they embark on a quest to settle the score.
“Despicable Me 3” is well worth seeing. It gets a B and is rated PG.
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