Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Instant Family: Instant Fun

In an instant, this flick could have devolved into an infomercial for foster care parenthood. But like a mighty retaining wall, Mark Wahlberg is on hand to make sure that doesn't happen.

He's Pete,  one half of a couple who are moved to bring unwanted children into their family. Not because they can't have kids of their own, but because they're motivated by the plight of the youngsters. Next thing you know, he and his wife Ellie (Rose Bryne) are contending with a teenage girl and her younger siblings, each with problems that would test the mettle of the most experienced parents.

Does this flick sugarcoat foster care parenting. At times, yes. At other times, it appears to be a honest account—funny and sad— of the foster care process, from beginning to never-ending relationship.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The World Before Your Feet:

Eight thousand miles.
Six years.
Five boroughs.
Two feet.
One guy.

Matt Green is the walking man. For some reason, not completely clear even to him, he decided to walk on every street in New York City. Why not? He'd already traipsed across the country.

The Movie Slut thinks it was a nifty idea. And appreciates his passion to undertake a project with no reward in sight. She also loves walking and is a major fan of the city.

She thoroughly enjoyed this documentary and yet, at the same time, thought that it was a missed opportunity. She would have loved to see him walking by some of the city's little known treasures like the street where she lived for five years: Chittenden Avenue. High above the Hudson River with sweeping views of the George Washington Bridge and the bridge formerly known as the Tappan Zee, this unique one-block street also figures in MS's soon-to-be-published mystery: Men, Madness, Murder. Look for it soon on Amazon.com.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Robin Hood: Slings & Arrows

Oh those bows.
Oh those arrows.
Oh those bow-and-arrow battles.

If you want to see two hours of the above, then by all means, buy a tic for Robin Hood. On the other hand, if like the Movie Slut, you think one such scene is enough, then wait for the sequel.

Oh yes, there will be a sequel. In fact, this entire flick is nothing more than a prequel to the real Robin Hood story. You know, the one in which Robin, Maid Marian, and the Merry Men, are hiding out in Sherwood forest when they're not swooping into Nottingham to redistribute the wealth.

Taron Egerton makes a serviceable, smart alecky Robin. Returned from the Crusades to find his castle a shambles and his city taken over by a corrupt sheriff, he teams up with Jamie Foxx (Little John) and Eve Hewsen (Marian), and does his best to bring some fun into this dark, brooding film.

The Front Runner: The first shall be last

It's difficult to like a movie with characters who are unlikable. And that's not the biggest problem with The Front Runner.

Anyone over the age of 50 is well aware of the Gary Hart story. In 1987, he had the Democrat nomination for president all but locked up. And then there was a boat called Monkey business and a broad named Donna Rice.

So what did the Movie Slut want from this movie? How about an understanding of why he did what he did. Was it rampant lust? Love? A self-destructive tendency that coursed through his psyche?

Alas, this flick offers no insights. Meanwhile movie goers are subjected to a whimpering Donna Rice with mascara dripping down her face; a mawkish Mrs. Hart barking at her philandering hubby; and a peevish, petulant, utterly arrogant Hart (Hugh Jackman).

Call her crazy, but MS thinks she deserved more than that.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Green Book: Driving Dr. Shirley

The Movie Slut can understand comparisons between Green Book and the 1989 flick, Driving Miss Daisy. Only here there's a white guy behind the wheel and a black guy in the back seat.

But the Movie Slut thinks this new movie has more in common with A Walk on the Moon. Both films are set in the 1960s, an era when the times were a-changing and changing with the times proved more difficult for some people than others.

The movies have another commonality: Viggo Mortensen. He stars in both films.

Here Mortensen is a lovable thuggish bouncer who takes a job driving and protecting an African-American piano virtuoso ( Mahershala Ali) on on tour of the Deep Douth. Along the way this odd couple finds their common humanity.

Some critics complained about the predictability of it all. The Movie Slut does not agree. She thinks like A Walk on the Moon, Green Book is a must-see.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A Private War: Doesn't live up to its title

War is hell.
And so is this flick starring Rosamund Pike as British war correspondent Marie Colvin.

It takes viewers into most of the contemporary war zones. Bosnia. Afghanistan. Sri Lanka. Syria.

After losing an eye when she's hit by a grenade, Marie soldiers on. Maybe if the Movie Slut learned more about Marie's early life, she would have been more involved in her story and more impressed by her devotion to bring news of war atrocities to the citizens of the peaceful world.

But lacking context, Marie comes across as a woman motivated less by righteous courage and more by foolish risk-taking.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Widows: Girls just wanna have some

Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki
So you think politics has become an unbreachable chasm. In Steve McQueen's new thriller that's nothing compared to the gender divide.

After their thieving husbands are killed in a heist gone bad, the innocent wives are left to pay the debt owed to a murderous thug.

And they prove more than up to the task.

With Liam Lesson, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall rounding off the exceptional cast, the viewer quickly learns there's not a good man among them. And not a woman who can't do it better if she has to.

Go grrrls!