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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Not a great "Match" in heaven
Julia Roberts is great in Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias.In this film,she plays Laura,a wife who finds herself tied to Martin(Patrick Bergin) a wife-beater;Martin is controlling,and Laura only sees his behavior worsening.The drama unfolds,when they're on a friend's boat. Laura uses the storm to escape her misfortune.Martin gets a call from a friend,who suddenly makes him realize he was lied to.
Laura moves away and relaxes after a time.She then meets a sweet friend who helps her get over the misery. Martin goes to the university and checks out a friend of Laura's.When he learns of her location,Martin hunts her down; Laura then realizes things "mysteriously" change position and the pace moves faster.The ending comes,when the two are by the stairway.Laura finally finds the guts to shoot her stalker dead.
Sizzle and Rock
This film portrayed the experience of Tina Turner,one of Rock and Roll's popular artists.I love Bassett,and feel the tense drama of Tina's struggle with finding herself.Tina had to deal with Ike(Fishbourne) bullying,taking over her dignity and self-respect.It is through the film,fans see the strength Tina possessed.Like a robot,Tina took orders and tried to satisfy Ike's whims.
After the divorce,fans realize that Tina shone and came alive.Tina Turner was reborn and found herself.The real Tina came alive,and fans are really grateful to hear the new "Tina sound".More power to the new Tina!
Last Vegas (2013)
Old Time Reunion
I love this film,as it makes me feel that age is really only a "number";Four friends grow old and reunite again for a pal's wedding.Archie (Freeman),Sam (Kline) and Paddy (DiNiro) unite in Las Vegas to join in the wedding of their pal Billy (Douglas). It turns out that some old wounds never die.Widower Paddy gets hurt,when Billy misses the wife's funeral.The pals embrace the words of Viva Las Vegas (Presley tune) and share in hope and fun.The twist in the plot,Billy falls for a Vegas lounge singer(Mary Steenburgen,)and then the fiancée finds out the initial plan.It is sweet,when the guys get "grooving" at the bachelor party.
This movie is cute and wonderful.Bravo to the cast, for this romantic honey of a film!
The Mask (1994)
Slapstick comedy that makes the world fixable
Jim Carrey (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) is a zany comic who adds fun to any role he plays; Cameron Diaz (Head Above Water)is a wonderful talent in many films.In The Mask,we find Ipkiss(Carrey),getting bored with his everyday ho-hum bank job;On a chance,Stanley finds this mask that reaches inside to bring out retribution for the world's hard luck.As it happens,Diaz plays the lounge singer Ipkiss falls in love with.Dorian,a co- worker at the lounge,gets upset when Ipkiss (as the masked hero) averts his threat to steal all the savings.The cutest character is Milo,who plays Stanley's lovable pooch.
I call this a marvelous film that really tickles the clichéd "funny bone".Bravo and cheers!
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
He's A Lady
Robin Williams(Popeye)and Sally Field(Eye For An Eye) are uniquely talented individuals;Here,they portray father and mother to Chris,Natalie and Lydia. Somehow,Daniel Hillard (Williams) is out of work and he gets hit with a hard blow.His wife Miranda (Field),is suddenly angry and fed up with his behavior and actions.On the birthday of Chris, she comes home early to find Daniel and the kids dancing and having a ruckus.Miranda furiously screams that she wants a Divorce.
When Miranda is given custody of the children,Daniel does not take it too easily.With brother Jack (Fierstein),Daniel disguises himself as a homely maid.He reads the newspaper,to come up with the moniker Mrs. Doubtfire and suddenly joy and life springs throughout the home.Unfortunately,things do not go as planned.On the eve of Miranda's birthday,Daniel finds himself in a bind,between the dinner date and a job interview.The "gig is up",when Daniel is clothed as Mrs Doubfire and saves choking Stu (Miranda's boyfriend played by suave actor Pierce Brosnan).At the end,Daniel repairs the relationship with Miranda and is allowed to see the three kids after school.This film is wonderful, and I say Bravo to Field,Williams and Brosnan on their outstanding performance!
Quiz Show (1994)
The glory of Television
During the "Golden age",Stemple(Turturro)and Van Doren(Fiennes),are characters that have a match in a widely popular game show;It seems that Stemple is jealous and needs money.He charges that the officials had promised him great riches by giving answers.When Van Doren takes the throne,he goes along with the fun and lives "high on the hog";It seems that this lack of intelligence would not befit a college professor,as his father acknowledges.With a vast array of sponsorships,the station seems a bit nonchalant in their practice.Van Doren carries a heavy weight and in the end,a confession lifts the burden from his heart.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Warm Holiday "magic" to make us all believe
Watching this film,we may have a different attitude on the most important part of holidays;Scott Calvin (Allen), is a divorced father trying to share Christmas with his son Charlie(Eric Loyd).The moment of reality arises,when an unfortunate accident makes doubting Scott a new Santa. Through the film,Scott changes and grows more like the Santa image we all perceive to be real.As the medical community holds true to facts,Dr. Miller (Reinhold) is a noted psychiatrist.He feels the need to guide his stepson towards an honest path.
The elves guide the new Santa, in following scheduled time.Towards the end,we see Charlie and his family become adamant believers in "Jolly Old Saint Nick".I love this film, and am tickled pink at the joy and love it embodies.
One thrill ride of a Lifetime
I think there are many subtle hints, to the direction our Planet is heading.Writer Jackson(Cusack)discovers this radio character(played by Harrelson of Cheers fame).Through the announcement,there is an "earth shattering" message that government is selfish and greedy. Jackson, a divorced father, heeds the doomsday signal and tries to save his family from the forthcoming apocalyptic doom.Through earthquakes and flooding,it seems our planet faces the worse "wrath" of horror.
I enjoy the heart pulsing scenes of this film,and love the crazy action and drama. With a cast that includes Danny Glover as U.S. President Johnson,this film takes the viewer for one amazing "ride" Cheers and bravo, for this awesome movie!
The Karate Kid (2010)
Added spark to original story
Jackie Chan(Mr. Han),gives life to the teacher/student relationship.Dre Parker(Jaden Smith)is interesting, as the young pupil.When a mother travels to China with her son,the youngster finds trouble with bullies.In befriending the local handyman,he learns valuable lessons in an ancient martial art form.As life is full of surprises,Dre(Smith) also is a comfort and helps the handyman deal with a personal issue in family.
Parker(Smith),forms a special relationship with a female schoolmate.Together, the youngsters build tolerance and understanding between the two families.Cheers to the cast,for a wonderful story of inspiration!
Due Date (2010)
A zany, comical look at travel
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Downey Jr. starred in such great films like U.S.Marshals,or Chances Are.In this film, he plays Highman; There are many friendship trek films,but Due Date may be somewhat funnier,even raunchier,with unmentionable scenes.Highman(Downey Jr) is the straight man who gets stuck with comical Tremblay(Galifianakis). What ensues,through this movie,is a race to share the most important aspect of humanity: Family time.Downey Jr. is a exceptional actor;I enjoy a giggle, and think he and Galifianakis earn cheers and applause for their wacky and corny performances,here!