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Review: “My All American”

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Reviews for Family Movie Night | 0 comments

Reviewer: Phil Boatwright CREDITS: Finn Wittrock, Aaron Eckhart, Sarah Bolger, Robin Tunney, Michael Reilly Burke, Rett Terrell, Juston Street. Written by Angelo Pizzo, based upon the book “Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story” by Jim Dent. Directed by Angelo Pizzo. 11/13/15 FILM SYNOPSIS: What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James...

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Review: “CAPTIVE”

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Reviews for Family Movie Night | 0 comments

Reviewer: Phil Boatwright Rated: PG-13 CREDITS: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo, with Mimi Rogers and Michael K. Williams. Opened 9/18/15 Directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson, “CAPTIVE” is based on the book “Unlikely Angel” by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly. The film’s screenplay is by Brian Bird. Produced by Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, Lucas Akoskin, Alex Garcia, Katrina Wolfe, David Oyelowo and Ken Wales. The executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galván, Jonathan Gray, Brian Bird, Elliott Lester and Ralph Winter. FILM SYNOPSIS: “CAPTIVE,” based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian in her own apartment, Ashley turns to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” for guidance. In reading from the...

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Review: “90 Minutes in Heaven”

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Reviews for Family Movie Night | 0 comments

Reviewer: Phil Boatwright CREDITS: Hayden Christensen, Kate Bosworth. Released by Samuel Goldwyn Studios. Drama. Based on the bestseller by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey. Screenplay by Michael Polish. Directed by Michael Polish. 9/11/15 FILM SYNOPSIS: Rev. Don Piper has a horrific car crash and is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven. Based on a true story. REVIEW: The most spiritually uplifting film since The Passion of the Christ. Unlike Heaven Is For Real, 90 Minutes in Heaven is not so much about experiencing a place in the afterlife, then defending that stance, as it is about the sanctity of life and spiritual development. It’s not until the final third of the movie that Pastor Don Piper’s experience of glimpsing past the Golden Gates takes center stage....

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Review: “Minions”

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Reviews for Family Movie Night | 0 comments

A computer-animated family comedy from Universal. Voices: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton. Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin 7/10/15. FILM SYNOPSIS: Despicable Me’s Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take to the Crown of England. REVIEW: Don’t look for any real inspiring message or redemptive moment. What we have here is a rat-a-tat gag-athon. (Anything wrong with that? Who couldn’t use a laugh right about now?) They are the Three Stooges in yellow: inept, bumbling and occasionally, hysterical. Pity the poor nefarious fellow they attempt to serve, for they are a motley group. Perhaps the minions best serve as supporting characters rather than mounting their own film; still they are adorable in their misguided way. And if you should wonder if their...

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Review: “Max”

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Reviews for Family Movie Night | 0 comments

Reviewer: Phil Boatwright CREDITS: Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church. Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Family Action Adventure. Directed by Boaz Yakin. 6/26/15 FILM SYNOPSIS: A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to...

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Review: “Inside Out”

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Reviews for Family Movie Night | 0 comments

CREDITS: Animated adventure from Disney/Pixar. Directed by Pete Docter. 6/19/15 FILM SYNOPSIS: From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her...

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