Five Movies I’ve Watched in the Last Two Weeks

I decided to do this a little differently.  I’m going to state two reasons to see the movie and one reason that might persuade you otherwise but probably not.  Then, you can decide if you want to watch them if you haven’t already.  Here it goes.


Into the Woods (2014) is a movie about a baker and his wife (played by James Corden and Emily Blunt) and their quest to have a child of their own.  They set off to find four items requested by the Witch (played by Meryl Streep).  Adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this musical was written by James Lapine and directed by Rob Marshall.  The characters of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, and Rapunzel are integral parts of the story.  It also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp.  It is rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material.  This drama, comedy, adventure runs 2 hours and 5 minutes.


First reason to see it: the musical and singing performances

Second reason to see it: Johnny Depp as the Wolf

One reason maybe to not see it: the dimly lit scenes with the giant


Last Vegas (2013) is a movie about four friends in ther twilight years and their vacation mishaps and realizations in Las Vegas.  Billy (played by Michael Douglas) invites his friends to join him for his bachelor party he’s hosting for himself.  It’s their last hurrah before they’re in wheelchairs.   It was written by Dan Fogelman and directed by Jon Turtletaub.    It also stars Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, and Michael Ealy.  It is rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.  This comedy/drama runs 1 hour and 45 minutes.


First reason to see it: the Las Vegas Strip

Second reason to see it: the performance by Kevin Kline

One reason maybe not to see it: the scene with Redfoo


Under the Skin (2013) is a movie about a woman searching for answers about who she is on the roads of Scotland.  The woman’s (played by Scarlett Johannson) attractiveness is all the men notice.  It was adapted from a novel by Michel Faber and written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer and directed by Jonathan Glazer.  It also stars Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Jeremy McWilliams, Joe Szula, Krystof Hádek, and Scott Dymond.  It is rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language.  This drama, horror, and sci-fi runs 1 hour and 48 minutes.


First reason to see it: the ending

Second reason to see it: what happens after her dates get into the van

One reason maybe not to see it: the slow beginning


Sherlock Gnomes (2018) is a movie about missing gnomes and the determination of Gnomeo and Juliet (voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) to find them with the help of Sherlock Gnomes (voiced by Johnny Depp) and Gnome Watson (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor)  It was written by Ben Zazove with story by Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Emily Cook, and Kathy Greenberg.  The characters were based from Rob Sprackling, Johnny Smith, Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Kelly Ashbury, and Steve Hamilton Shaw.  It was directed by John Stevenson.  It also stars Mary J. Blige, Jame Demetriou, and Kelly Asbury.  It is rated PG for some rude and suggestive humor.  This animation, adventure, and comedy runs 1 hour and 26 minutes.


First reason to see it: the pure silliness of it

Second reason to see it: the character of Moriarty

One reason maybe not to see it: the gnome that doesn’t wear pants


Alpha (2018) is a movie about a young man named Keda (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) getting separated from his father during the Ice Age on a hunting trip.   It’s about his journey to find his family again in the harsh weather.  It was written by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt and story by Albert Hughes.  It was directed by Albert Hughes.  It also stars Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Natiassia Malthe, Leonor Varela, and narrated by Morgan Freeman.  It is rated PG-13 for some intense peril.  This adventure, drama, and family runs 1 hour and 36 minutes.


First reason to see it: the opening scene

Second reason to see it: the special effects during key scenes

One reason maybe not to see it: a part of the end scene



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