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Movie Review: Savannah Sunrise

 

Now available on DVD (Walmart), Digital HD and On Demand from Anchor Bay Entertainment is the family friendly comedy Savannah Sunrise.

Savannah Sunrise stars Shawnee Smith and Pamela Reed.

The film has been praised as, “a delightful family-friendly movie filled with both humor and heartwarming moments” by the Parents Television Council. I had also been approved for all ages by Dove.

Joy (Smith) is an extremely busy wife and mother. She is an “efficiency expert” (whatever that is).

Joy’s mother-in-law, Loraine, is moving from the home she’s lived in for most of her life to a retirement community in Georgia.

The “game plan” is for the family to fly to Loraine’s home to help her pack and move. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it turns out that Joy needs to personally driver Loraine to her new home in Loraine’s old car.

As to be expected, the trip does not go smoothly. There are crazy situations along the way including being pulled over for drinking root beer and a baby alligator who decides to hitch a ride with the duo.

Aside from some crazy misadventures, the ladies bond in a way that neither one expected.

Will they make it to the retirement community, or will their adventures take another turn? To find out you need to pick up (or download) the film Savannah Sunrise. 

I am not sure if this film was ever shown on television, but it has a “Hallmark Channel” feel to it (that is not a bad thing!).

As far as acting goes, I was impressed by Pamela Reed. She fit the role perfectly and made me easily fall in love with her character from the moment she appeared on the screen. As for Shawnee Smith, eh, she was just OK. I’ve seen her in a few other film (The Blog, Summer School) and I have never been overly impressed by her acting chops.

The movie’s overall message is the importance of family. I like that one of the main characters (Joy) was a workaholic who often put her job over her family. I can’t tell you how many people I know personally who are like that, sad to say. They think by showering their kids with expensive gifts and vacations makes up for not being around most of the time. It’s sad.

Case in point… It bothers me to see gorgeous mansion sized homes with no life buzzing around it. I wish I would see people in the yard, playing around, barbecuing and enjoying spending time with their families. Instead the people who live in those home are too busy working. Sigh…

I also liked that part of the story line is about how Joy had to transition from being a wife to a widow, and facing life on her own.That is a scary thought for me, personally. It was nice to see how Joy handle it with grace and newfound optimism.

I liked some of the comedic moments, like the scene in the Mexican restaurant and getting pulled over by the Police for “drinking.”

Even though this movie makes you think, it’s done in a lighthearted and fun way.

This film won’t win an Academy Award, but it is fun and entertaining. The whole family can enjoy it, but honestly, I think it’s more geared towards teens and adults.

There are some bonus features (I missed them when I watched the film). They included a behind the scenes look at the film and cast interviews. I do normally watch bonus features, but for some odd reason I didn’t see them when I watched the film (I watched in on my laptop, in case that made a difference?).

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment. PLEASE NOTEit mentions airing on television (it is available for home viewing – it’s not airing on TV anymore). 

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

 

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Wonder Woman – Coming to theaters on June 2, 2017

*This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

There have been A LOT of superhero movies as of late. I figured filmmakers would eventually get around to one of the most famous female superheroes – Wonder Woman.

I used to watch Wonder Woman, the series, on television when I was a young girl. It was the series where Wonder Woman was played by Lynda Carter and Colonel Trevor was played by Lyle Waggoner (1975-1979).

Back in the day I was totally into Batman & Robin, Spiderman, the Million Dollar Man, Bionic Girl and Isis (does anyone remember that television series?).

I always thought Wonder Woman was pretty cool. I wanted to BE Wonder Woman. I most especially wanted the invisible plane. I mean, seriously, an invisible plane? How awesome is that? LOL!

Now Wonder Woman is coming to the big screen in a theater near you on June 2, 2017. Check out the trailer.

 

It looks good. She’s even cooler in this movie than she was in the television.

Here is the film’s synopsis.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is from Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment. It stars Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright. It was directed by Patty Jenkins.

Chris Pine – total “eye candy.”

I’m going to add this film to my list of movie to see this summer.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can check out the Official Site. You can also “like” the film on  Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think of the film? Do you think you’ll see it when it come to a theater near you?

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: The Space Between Us

 

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the Sci-Fi, romantic drama, The Space Between Us. 

The film stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson.

I honestly didn’t know anything about this film before watching it. All I know is from what I saw in the film’s trailer. It looked very interesting to me.

Here is a trailer for your enjoyment.

 

The Space Between Us is the story of a young man named Gardner Elliot. He was born on Mars. No one planned on him to be born on another planet, but his astronaut mother gave birth to him while on Mars trying to colonize the planet.

Gardner leads a very lonely life. There are only a handful of people on Mars with him. He’s never experienced anything on Earth like rain, grass, or even wind in his face.

Gardner has questions about who his father is. One day while rummaging through his deceased mother’s belongings, Gardner comes across a video showing his mother and another man in a beach house. He believes that man might be his biological father.

Gardner has access to computers and meets a young girl named Tulsa. She lives on Earth (Colorado) and is in the foster care system. She has no idea her new friend lives on another planet. Gardner tells her that he has a serious disease, but he’d love to meet her someday.

Because Gardner has lived his whole live on Mars, his body is not equipped to handle being on Earth. His bones are not strong enough and he would have to learn to adapt to the Earth’s atmosphere.

Against his caretakers better wishes, Gardner flees to Earth in hopes of meeting Tulsa and finding his biological father.

Gardner does meet up with Tulsa, but he doesn’t tell her that he’s from Mars (at least not at first). When he finally does confide in her, she doesn’t believe him.

Gardner and Tulsa enjoy their time together, but they are not alone. Gardner is being tracked down by his caretaker, Nathaniel and an astronaut named Kendra. Nathaniel and Kendra both need to find Gardner quickly before it’s too late. The longer her remains on Earth the more danger he’ll be in because he cannot survive for too long on our planet.

Will Nathaniel and Kendra find Gardner and convince him to go back to Mars before it’s too late? Will Tulsa ever believe that Gardner is not from this world? To find out you need to pick up (or download) The Space Between Us. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

What I liked about this film is that the story is so different and unlike something I have ever seen before. Sure, there are films about aliens trying to make their way back home (E.T. for example), but never a human being. I liked that twist about this film.

The film has a lot going for it, and not just the Sci-Fi elements. It has romance, excitement, drama and some really beautiful cinematography.

I think the film makers did a great job with the casting. Even the young actors (Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson) seem very well suited for their roles in this film.

I’m a forty-something-year-old woman and I enjoyed this film, as did my husband (same age). On the flip side, my 20 year old and 17 year old also enjoyed this film, so it has something for everyone. My son (17) felt like it was more of a “chick flick,” but my husband didn’t agree.

My husband was a bit reluctant to watch the film (it didn’t seem like his “thing”) but after watching it he said he liked it and if he saw it come on one of the premium channels (HBO, Starz…) he would probably watch it again. I take that as a good thing.

There are some bonus features. I would recommend you check them out (especially the alternate ending).

BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Love” Featurette  – An inside look, with the cast and filmmakers, at the themes of the film, highlighting the one theme that connects us all – Love.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Chelsom – Available only on Blu-RayTM and DVD.

I didn’t check out the commentary (I am not a fan of commentary) but I did check out the other bonus features (I am glad they chose the ending that they featured in the film). I also liked the “Love” featurette. I never really looked at the theme of the film being love, but it makes sense now that I saw the featurette. Initially I just looked at the film as a romantic, Sci-Fi film. There is much more to it than that.

Did YOU see The Space Between Us? If so, what did you think of the film? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

 

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the final (I think) installment to the Resident Evil franchise – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

The film brings back Milla Jovovich as Alice, Ali Latner as Claire, Lain Glen as Dr. Isaacs, and Shawn Roberts as Wexler.

For people who might not be familiar with the series, the start of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, provides viewers with a brief synopsis about who is Alice, what is the Umbrella Corp., and how the deadly T-Virus, which turns people into zombies, came to be.

In this film there are only a few thousand people alive on Earth. In a matter of hours the last remaining people would have perished and the zombies will take over the world.

Unbeknownst to Alice up to this point is that there is an antivirus that can destroy everyone who carries the T-Virus, and protect the remaining survivors. She is provided with this information by the Red Queen. The Red Queen tells Alice about the antidote and that she has 36 hours to get to it (located in Raccoon City) before time is up or the last remaining humans will perish.

Getting to Raccoon City is easier said then done, especially when Alice meets up with Dr. Issacs, whom she thought was dead. He also knows that Alice is trying to get to Raccoon City to release the antivirus and plans on stopping her.

Alice is able to escape from Dr. Issacs, for now, and make it to Raccoon City where she meets up with a small band of survivors. Dr. Issacs and his army of undead are hot on her trail.

Will Alice be able to locate the antivirus before it’s too late? Time is ticking away as she comes face to face with some of the most horrific beasts, both the undead and alive. Will humans once again rule the Earth, or will the Umbrella Corp. succeed with their evil plans? To find out you need to pick up, or download, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I have seen most of the Resident Evil movies. I believe there are six in total. I have seen all but one of the movies in the franchise (the one prior to The Final Chapter). Out of all of them, I think The Final Chapter is possibly the best one. Don’t get me wrong, I think they were all good, but this film had me on the edge of my seat (literally!) the entire time. I even jumped out of my seat on several occasions when things happened (or jumped out at you) when you least expected it. I love a movie that keeps me on edge like that. It gets my adrenaline going.

The special effects in this film are awesome. I especially love the weird creatures (what in the world are those flying things!). The post-apocalyptic landscape is also pretty amazing. It looks so real! I don’t know how the film makers do that.

There are A LOT of action sequences throughout the film. In fact, the movie starts off with A LOT of edge-of-your-seat action. There really isn’t any dull moments in this film.

Alice is such a bad a$$!!!! I love it!

The ending was a surprise. I never anticipated how it would end. I loved the ending and I thought it was fitting for this franchise. I also think that it left the door open for possibly another film (which I would be all for).

I watched the film on my laptop, so I wasn’t afforded the opportunity to see the bonus features. When I have the time I am going to pop in the Blu-ray to check them out. In the mean time, here are the bonus features you can find on the Blu-ray copy of this film.

Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD & Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • Two Featurettes:
    • “Explore the Hive”
    • “The Badass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil

Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • Retaliation Mode
  • Sneak Peek: Resident Evil: Vendetta
  • “Stunts & Weaponry” Featurette

This is a great, action packed film. Even if you are not entirely familiar with the Resident Evil franchise, you can still enjoy this film.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. It is the theatrical trailer – the film is now available for home viewing.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker.

The film reunites the original stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. In addition the film also stars Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Eric Johnson, Bella Heathcote, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford and Victor Rasuk.

Fifty Shades Darker picks up where the first movie ended.

Ana and Christian had been broken up. Ana couldn’t deal with Christian’s dominant ways. Ana has also moved on to a new job as the editor at Seattle Independent Publishing.

One evening Ana is surprised to find Christian attending the same event at an art gallery. Christian is thrilled to see Ana and convinces her to have dinner with him.

While at dinner, Christian tells Ana that he is a changed man and he will give control over to Ana if she agrees to go out with him again. Reluctantly, Ana agrees.

Things seem to be going along OK, but there is a bit of jealousy between Christian and Ana’s new boss, Jack. It’s clear that Jack is interested in Ana too.

Another “bump in the road” is former lover of Christian’s, Leila Williams, who is obsessed with Christian and will do anything to break him and Ana up just so she can be with him again. She’s even willing to kill to be with Christian again.

In this film Ana also finally meets the woman who introduced Christian to BDSM, Elena Lincoln. Ana is stunned to find that Christian and Elena are still friends, and even business partners. Elena also has an issue with Ana and wants her to leave Christian alone.

Will all of this pressure from other people force Ana to break it off with Christian? Or will something happen to prove to Ana just how much Christian truly means to her.

There is even a marriage proposal, but who proposes to who and what is their response? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Fifty Shades Darker. Look for it where ever movie are sold.

There are plenty of bonus features with the Blu-ray/DVD version of the film including a sneak peak at the final installment to the franchise, Fifty Shades Freed (I won’t give away any of that – you’l have to see it for yourself).

Bonus features include;

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:

  • A Darker Direction – Director James Foley explains how his vision had to meet with fans’ expectations.
  • New Threats – An introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters, including Jack Hyde, Leila and, of course, Elena Lincoln – aka Mrs. Robinson!
  • The Masquerade – This featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes — the masquerade benefit event at Grey Mansion — explores the production design and costumes and goes behind-the-scenes with the filmmakers and main cast members.
  • Intimate With Darker – An intense look and discussion about the intimate, sensual and provocative world of Fifty Shades Darker, including a visit to the Red Room and, of course, the new “toys!”

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY and DVD:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Tease to Fifty Shades Freed – A tease to the next Fifty Shades film.
  • Writing Darker  – Author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard trace back the history of the book and introduce viewers to the much darker story and its adaptation to the big screen.
  • Dark Reunion – The filmmakers and cast members discuss being reunited for this second film, and where we find Ana, Christian and their friends.

I normally watch the bonus features, but this time around I watched the digital version of the film on my laptop and I didn’t get a chance to see the bonus features (yet).

In case you are wondering, yes, there is a lot of sex in this film, just as much as the original. There is a lot of BDSM going on in this film just like it was in it’s predecessor.

I’m NOT a “prude” in any way, but I think they could have done these films just as well without all the sex scenes. I realize it’s part of the story, but, they could have cut them down a bit. I am more interested in Christian’s backstory and his relationship with Ana then what sex toy or position he’s going to utilize.

Unlike the original film, this film is much darker, and I don’t mean that in a sexual way. I am referring to Christian’s relationships with Elena and Leila, and Jack’s obsession with Ana.

I found the story in Fifty Shades Darker to be more interesting than Fifty Shades of Grey. There was a lot more substance in the second film then in the first film. Another words there was more of a story line, and a more interesting one, in the second film. The first film focused more so on Christian wooing Ana and their sex life. At least the second film didn’t put as much focus on their sex life.

I can’t wait to see the final film, Fifty Shades Freed, to see what happens with Christian and Ana. I have never read any of the books, so I honestly have no clue if their relationship will last, or will someone come between them.

Below is the theatrical trailer for Fifty Shades Darker. The film is now available for home viewing.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: The Comedian

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the comedy film, The Comedian. 

The film stars the legendary Robert De Niro as well as Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Leslie Mann and Patti LuPone.

De Niro stars as Jackie Burke. Jackie was once a talented comedian who stared in a popular television series.

The years have not been well for Jackie. He’s much older now and his glory days are long behind him. Instead of being a popular actor/comedian with a huge following, he’s pretty much a washed up has-been playing at venues with just a handful of people.

Even his younger brother (DeVito) and sister in law (LuPone) feel like it’s time for him to call it quits.

During one of his less then impressive shows, Jackie gets into a fight with some of the patrons who are making fun of him. Jackie gets into a fight with them and ends up being charged for the assault.

Jackie is forced to do community service as part of his sentence. He has to serve food at a church. While there he meets a young woman by the name of Harmony (Mann). The two hit it off immediately and strike up a friendship. Harmony is the daughter of a Florida real estate mogul/mobster (Keitel).

Harmony thinks that Jackie is very funny, which inspires him to want to try and get back in the game. The problem is that his comedic style is not in tune with today’s crowd.

It’s hard to tell if the relationship between Jackie and Harmony is strictly friendship, more of a father/daughter relationship or maybe even a touch of romance (there is a huge age difference). I see it as more of a friendship. Other people might disagree.

Will Jackie ever be able to make a comeback, or will he have to face the fact that his 15 minutes of fame is finally over. To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Comedian. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I have always liked Robert DeNiro. I enjoyed him in the Godfather series, Goodfellas and Men of Honor. I also think he was funny in the Meet the Parents franchise. I know he can be funny, but sadly, I didn’t find him that funny in this film.

First and foremost there was a lot of foul language in this film. I am a firm believer that you can be funny without dropping a lot of “f-bombs” and other foul words. Do people really find curse words MORE funny than non-curse words?

I found his character in The Comedian not very likable. He did have his moments, but over all I couldn’t connect with this character. There was just something about his character in this film that I didn’t really like.

The Comedian has an all star cast. I was impressed when I read on IMDB who was in this film. Sadly, even with a stellar cast this film failed to impress.

I did like Leslie Mann in this film. The character she played resembled other characters she played in other films (I guess that would make her a bit type-cast?). She was the only shining star in this otherwise lackluster film.

I also feel like this story is nothing new. It’s almost like I’ve seen similar stories play out in other films.

Personally I was not a big fan of this film, but that is just MY personal opinion. Other people might absolutely love this film. Like my mom used to always tell me, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” meaning just because one person likes something doesn’t mean another person will.

There are bonus features on the DVD (I have the DVD version) including deleted scenes, Backstage with The Comedian and a Red Carpet and Q&A with the stars. I watched the deleted scenes and Backstage with The Comedian. I didn’t get around to watching the final bonus feature.

Have you seen the film? If so, what did you think of The Comedian? I would love to hear your thoughts on the film.

Below is a trailer for the film for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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