THIS IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED (2017 CHINA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

This Is Not What I Expected—a complete, over-the-top winner! KUDOS! ENCORE! ENCORE! It’s a one-in-a-million film that no one should miss seeing. Sweet, clean, and written for decency, it’s like a blowing wind of refreshment. It deserves its profit. Watch it. This is great work by Director Derek Hui from its first scenes to the last scenes where Zhou Dongyu pulls every possible nuance out of her part as she walks back and forth behind glass-paned doors waiting for Takeshi Kaneshiro to verbally state what she already knows. Terrific acting that completely transcends international borders and cultural differences makes this film a universal favorite. Despite an initial release in Mandarin Chinese, the movie sports good English subtitles that work exceptionally well for English-speaking audiences.

Storyline

In this light, comedy/romance ruthless entrepreneur and relentless gourmet Lu Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) acquires a Shanghai  hotel/restaurant, where 29-year-old Gu Sheng Nan (Zhou Dongyu) works as chef. Lu Jin ‘discovers’ Gu Sheng Nan’s outstanding culinary expertise and finds he cannot live without her Michelin-worthy gourmet cooking.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Derek Hui for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Peter Ho-Sun Chan and Yuet-Jan Hui for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Meng Xin-Jie (Yi-zhou Sun), Xu Zhao-Di (Ming Xi), Jin’s Father (Kuo-Chi Chang), Cheng Zi-Qian (Tony Yo-ning Yang), Gao Fu-Shuai (Xiaosong Gao), and Policeman (Yingjun Zhao).  

Buy a ticketYes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Absolutely buy the ticket. This film is well received by Ben Meyers International as a winner. This is Not What I Expected is clean, decent, and playful. It takes viewers back to the time when Hollywood consistently produced light romances for the whole family with no ‘surprise’ explicit bed scenes or nudity. This movie deserves every KUDO and ENCORE it receives. It’s a one-in-a-million, quality film that you don’t want to miss.

Ben Meyers

THE WINDING STREAM (2015 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The Winding Stream—well-done documentary—uses a nice selection of Western music to tell its story with exceptionally fine documentation of the Carter family’s musical history. It’s definitely worth a watch and introduces a terrific Western musician, Murry Hammond. See his song “I Believe, I Believe” on YouTube for an immersion into some great yodeling.

Storyline

This documentary details the Carter family’s, June Carter Cash, efforts to keep Western music at the forefront of the American identity.

Additional Thanks


Thank You to Director Beth Harrington for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Christine Vernier and David Vernier for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Himself (Chet Atkins), Herself (Lorrie Bennett), Himself (John R. Brinkley), Herself (Peggy Bulger), Herself (Anita Carter), Herself (Carlene Carter), Herself (Helen Carter), Herself (Janette Carter), Himself (Joe Carter), Herself (Mother Maybelle Carter), and Herself (Sara Carter).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Terrific immersion into Americana. Good for the whole family.

Ben Meyers

EL CAMINO’S CHRISTMAS (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

El Camino’s Christmas—ironic, but WOW! entertainment piece—tells a top-of-the-line Christmas story with exceptional ability. Odd casting (Luke Grimes paired with Tim Allen) makes this film soar to the top of the charts. It’s a simple script that depicts an entirely fresh story that piques interest in Director David E. Talbert’s work.

Storyline

Eric Roth’s (Luke Grimes) desire to track down a missing, Vietnam veteran father takes an unexpectedly nasty and disastrous turn in a small California town.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director David E. Talbert for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Rich Carter, Jack L. Murray, Uri Singer, David E. Talbert, and Lyn Talbert for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Deputy Billy Calhoun (Dax Shepard), Sheriff Bob Fuller (Kurtwood Smith), Vicente Santos (Emilio Rivera), Jewels (Kimberly Quinn), Stan the Weather Man (Cooper Thornton), Edna (Sharon Madden), Kate Daniels (Michelle Mylett), Carl Hooker (Vincent D’Onofrio), Old Farmer (John Posey), Seth (Ashton Essex Bright), and Dr. Kamjen (Margarita Franco).

  
Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Rough ending to this story, but the movie works for its dollar at every level.

Ben Meyers

UNCLE NICK (2015 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì

Uncle Nick—an extremely ironic portrayal of American citizenry and its current moral state—definitely sets itself into the very mature movie audience category. Graphic pornographic sex streams into your home via Netflix services. Highly visible sextexting, sexual imagery, and a generally demoralizing storyline take Christmas into a world where it never intended going and washes it repeatedly in a mudhole. While I understand black comedy, this film is much more than that. It is a severe commentary on the state of this nation’s morality and ethical standards that does not present ‘joy to the United States’. The questions become: Is this what entertainment is about, why is this relevant to Christmas, and why is this in any way considered comedy? This film absolutely does not get recommendation from Ben Meyers’ International Movie Critics.

Storyline

Uncle Nick (Brian Posehn) sets the tone for a Christmas holiday dinner.

Additional Thanks


Thank You to Director Chris Kasick for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Beau Ballinger, Gerry Duggan, and Errol Morris for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sophie (Paget Brewster), Michelle (Missi Pyle), Kevin (Scott Adsit), Cody (Beau Ballinger), Valerie (Melia Renee), Marcus (Jacob Houston), Luis (Joe Nunez), and Emily (Annie Savage).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. This movie is highly reminiscent of Robin Williams’ A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. This movie presents dark comedy that exposes a family at its worst against the background of a holiday that should expose the best. Better watches, if you are looking for joy of the season, are: The Santa Clause with Tim Allen or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase.  

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CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE (2002 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Cube 2: Hypercube—edge of your seat thriller—provides unexpected, mind-twisting curve balls that surprise at every turn. Cube 2: Hypercube, even though it contains more sophistication in the many ways people can die, does not improve in overall entertainment value over the release of Hypercube.

Storyline

Kate Filmore (Kari Matchett) finds herself inside a sophisticated maze structure based on a series of connecting cubes each containing its own horror bent on destroying any human entering it.

Additional Thanks


Thank You to Director Andrzej Sekula for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Peter Block, Mehra Meh, Betty Orr, and Michael Paseornek for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Simon Grady (Geraint Wyn Davies), Sasha (Grace Lynn King), Max Reisler (Matthew Ferguson), Jerry Whitehall (Neil Crone), Mrs. Paley (Barbara Gordon), Julia (Lindsey Connell), Becky Young (Greer Kent), Colonel Thomas H. Maguire (Bruce Gray), The Generals (Philip Akin), Tracton (Paul Robbins), and Dr. Phil Rosenzweig (Andrew Scorer). 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie maintains interest throughout.

Ben Meyers 

YOUNG VICTORIA (2009 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Young Victoria—priceless—doesn’t play down the difficulties of ruling and good leadership. It’s a marvelous ode to the necessity of strength of character, knowledge, political finesse, and able/honest advisors.

Storyline

Young Victoria (Emily Blunt) finds herself at odds with her mother, her mother’s chief advisor, the populace at large and finds comfort and friendship with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Jean-Marc Vallée for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Colin Vaines for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany), Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), King William (Jim Broadbent), King Leopold (Thomas Kretschmann), Sir John Conroy (Mark Srong), Baron Stockmar (Jesper Christensen), Queen Adelaide (Harriet Walter), Baroness Lehzen (Jeanette Hain), Duke of Wellington (Julian Glover), Sir Robert Peel (Michael Maloney), and Ernest (Michiel Huisman).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. It’s a royal treat.

Ben Meyers

THE KILLER (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

The Killer demonstrates what a movie might be like if Quentin Tarantino and Sergio Leone combined talents to make a western film. This Brazilian western renders violence and sex to highpoints that make it difficult to watch. It supersedes an R-rating.

Storyline

Cabeleira (Diogo Morgado), raised and abandoned by assassin Seven Ears (Deto Montenegro), travels to town looking for him.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Marcelo Galvão for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Murray Lipnik and Carolina Vianna for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Renata (Thaila Ayala), Gringo (Will Roberts), Soraia (Thaís Cabral), Edgar (Phil Miller), Monsieur Blanchard (Etienne Chicot), Fernanda (Daniela Galli), Tenente Sobral (Paulo Gorgulho), Sete Orelhas (Deto Montenegro), and Geraldo (Francisco Gaspar).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It takes a strong stomach to tolerate the content. I would not watch this one again.

Ben Meyers

AUGUST RUSH (2007 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

August Rush—memorable, almost ethereal—takes a very good story and places it into a solid gold frame. A class act that easily reaches encore and double kudo status, this film uses the abundant talents of Freddie Highmore, Robin Williams, Kerri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to define itself. Watch for a particularly good performance by Terrence Howard as the social worker, Richard Jefferies. Excellent watch for the whole family.

Storyline

Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore), due to a series of unfortunate events, becomes separated from his birth parents. His savant musical abilities take him on a long journey home.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Kirsten Sheridan for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Louise Goodsill, Robert Greenhut, Ralph Kamp, Miky Lee, and Lionel Wigram for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Evan Taylor/August Rush (Freddie Highmore), Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell), Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard), Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Wallace (Robin Williams), Thomas Novacek (William Sadler), The Dean (Marian Seldes), Reverend James (Mykelti Williamson), Arthur (Leon Thomas III), Nick (Aaron Staton), Marshall (Alex O’Loughlin), Hope (Jamia Simone Nash), and Professor (Ronald Guttman).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The film becomes a classic watch from its beginning scenes and continues to hold that steady course throughout the movie.

Ben Meyers

YU-GI-OH: BONDS BEYOND TIME (2011 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì

YU-GI-OH: Bonds Beyond Time—the animation is great; the special effects good for the 10-year-old and up, but not the best for adults—gives its audience an opportunity to examine a popular Japanese anime. The story seems small with a strong yearning to be a kid’s action anime. The best words to describe this film, however, seem to be: childish, difficult to watch, comical when comedy is not the intention. The narrator introduction seems unnecessary and leaves the viewer wondering how it connects with Yu-Gi-Oh and his friends.

Storyline

Yusei Fudo (voice of Gregory Abbey) time travels to preserve the present by correcting the past.

Additional Thanks


Thank You to Director Ken’ichi Takeshita for directing efforts. Additional characters/cast include: Jaden Yuki (voice of Matthew Labyorteaux), Yugi Moto/Yami Yugi (voice of Dan Green), Paradox/Professor Viper (voice of Sean Schemmel), Jack Atlas (Ted Lewis), Crow Hogan (voice of Tom Wayland), Akiza Izinski/Dark Magician Girl (Erica Schroeder), Luna/Leo/Yubel (voice of Eileen Stevens), and Lyman Banner/Solomon Moto (voice of Wayne Grayson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The anime has plenty of ‘Flash and Dash’; but when you get down to real reasons for this movie’s production and how it connects to children’s entertainment, the question of why is this relevant seems to dominate.

Ben Meyers

TRACERS (2015 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Tracers demonstrates the sport of Parkour (Tracing) within the action-movie genre. Taylor Lautner continues to establish himself as an able leading actor for the teen audience. This film is one of his better films since the Twilight series.

Storyline

Cam (Taylor Lautner) finds himself deeply in debt to the Chinese Mafia and uses the sport of Parkour to obtain funds necessary to clear the debt.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Daniel Benmayor for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and D. Scott Lumpkin for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), Miller (Adam Rayner), Dylan (Rafi Gavron), Tate (Luciano Acuna, Jr.), Jax (Josh Yadon), Jerry (Johnny M. Wu), Hu (Sam Medina), Angie (Amirah Vann), Joey (Christian Steel), Chen (Wai Ching Ho), Lonnie (Chris Jackson), and Messenger #1 (Sean Rahill).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a treat to see Parkour used again in film. It was used in Casino Royale (2006), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Taylor Lautner fans will appreciate the film for its action.

Ben Meyers

THE CASE FOR CHRIST (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

The Case for Christ performs at a much higher level of quality than many Christian films. Even though it takes Mike Vogal (acting as character Lee Strobel) a long time to get to the point, the film still makes valid and strong arguments for the existence of and reasons for believing in a good force that moves and acts in a very real way in human lives. The film makes a good statement for all non-believers to come to a position of belief that there is a God and that He is readily available to each of us.

Storyline

Leslie Strobel (Erika Christensen) chooses Christianity for her religious faith and her husband, Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel), uses his formidable journalist skills to disprove her newfound religion.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Jon Gunn for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Monica Kepes, Paul Kepes, Frank Shaw, Lee Shaw, and Lee Strobel for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dr. Roberta Waters (Faye Dunaway), Joe Dubois (Frankie Faison), Walt Strobel (Robert Forster), Ray Nelson (Brett Rice), Alfie Davis (L. Scott Caldwell), Worship Leader (Meredith Andrews), Dr. William Craig (Rus Blackwell), ICU Nurse (Tracey Bonner), Dr. Phillip Singer (Matthew Brenher), Judge (Mark Campbell), and Bill Hybels (Jordan Cox).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is a worthy Christian film in both content and quality than many films within that genre. It is on par with Victor, another quite well done Christian film.

Ben Meyers

BRUBAKER (1980 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì

Brubaker does not do Robert Redford’s acting abilities justice as did Jeremiah Johnson, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting.  Yet, it is a good fictionalized account of attempts to reform Arkansas prisons during the 1960s and 1970s. The script, however, is poorly written and the film falls far below a solid 4-star rating. Watch for Morgan Freeman and Yaphet Kotto (known for Mr. Big in Live and Let Die) in this movie.

Storyline

New Warden Henry Brubaker (Robert Redford) attempts reform at an Arkansas prison and finds resistance at high political levels when he discovers an unmarked burial ground of inmates.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Stuart Rosenberg for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Ted Mann for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Richard ‘Dickie’ Coombes (Yaphet Kotto), Lillian Gray (Jane Alexander), John Deach (Murray Hamilton), Larry Lee Bullen (David Keith), Walter (Morgan Freeman), Roy Purcell (Matt Clark), Huey Rauch (Tim McIntire), Abraham Cook (Richard Ward), Zaranska (Jon Van Ness), C.P. ‘Woody’ Woodward (M. Emmet Walsh), Rory Poke (Albert Salmi), and Carol (Linda Haynes).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?


Maybe. For a Robert Redford fan, the movie will be quite satisfying.

Ben Meyers

CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Cuba and the Cameraman—a winning re-watchable documentary—takes real film footage of life in Cuba through the course of 45 years. Filmed by Cameraman Jon Alpert this outstanding documentary makes a strong historical statement about political policies, their impact on families at three different society levels, and how people survive when unexpected events occur that negatively impact ability to procure food, clothing, and shelter. The film reminds one of depressions, recessions, war rationing and other tough times that United States populations have survived as well as enhances an appreciation for America’s prosperity and its ability to mechanize many farming tasks, electrify homes, and create adequate sanitation with running water and good sewage/garbage disposal. It’s a WOW, BRAVO, ENCORE film that honestly tells its story through film without a narrator’s interpretation or deliberate manipulation. It’s a priceless 114-minute documentary, well worth the time and money to view.

Storyline

Cameraman Jon Alpert makes several trips to Cuba over 45 years and camera views Fidel Castro’s political policies as they impact three completely different families and the country itself.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director and Cameraman Jon Alpert for directing efforts.


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is a great piece of work. It is exceptionally valuable because it follows the impact of political policies throughout lifetimes while gently reminding viewers that people will survive despite terrifically difficult obstacles to that survival.

Ben Meyers

THE RITE (2011 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

The Rite bases itself on the true story of Father Gary Thomas, an American exorcist. The film is well portrayed and is worth at least one ticket. This is another good film for veteran Dutch actor Rutger Hauer.

Storyline

Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), a new priest, travels to Rome to learn exorcism and successfully exorcises Father Lucas Trevant (Anthony Hopkins).

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Mikael Håfström for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Robert Bernacchi, Richard Brener, and Merideth Finn for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Angeline (Alice Braga), Father Xavier (Ciarán Hinds), Father Matthew (Toby Jones), Istvan Kovak (Rutger Hauer), Rosaria (Marta Gastini), Aunt Andria (Maria Grazia Cucinotta), Francesca (Arianna Veronesi), Vincenzo (Andrea Calligari), Eddie (Chris Marquette), Nina (Torrey DeVitto), and Young Michael (Ben Cheetham).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is worth at least one view.

Ben Meyers

GOSPEL ROAD: A STORY OF JESUS (1973 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus presents parts of the life of Jesus as narrated by Johnny Cash. Unfortunately, the film, although shot in Israel, is a low budget production that, while a worthy watch, does not fall into a quality watch due to weak acting and portrayal of storyline. Actor Robert Elfstrom casts as Jesus and seems a bit unsettling to see in this role. Due to its low budget, the film uses old ruins  located in Israel rather than re-creating sets that would be more appropriate to the actual situations in the first century.

Storyline

Johnny Cash narrates this film about the life of Jesus. Cash films in Israel.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Robert Elfstrom for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Himself (Johnny Cash), Jesus Christ (Robert Elfstrom), Mary Magdalene (June Carter Cash), John the Baptist (Larry Lee), Peter (Paul L. Smith), Nicodemus (Alan Dater), Jesus as a child (Robert Elfstrom, Jr.), John (Gelles LaBlanc), Matthew (Terrence Winston Mannock), Judas Iscariot (Thomas Leventhal), James the Elder (John Paul Kay), Thomas (Sean Armstrong), and Andrew (Lyle Nicholson).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It may be appreciated by the beginner Christian, but it needs revision for full effect.

Ben Meyers

SAVING CAPITALISM (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì

Saving Capitalism—nothing new here—becomes a film without clear vision or motive. The film delivers itself as a pale, water coloring on a subject that requires and deserves heavy oil coloring on a much larger canvas. Dr. Reich’s message states that capitalism is sick, tired, and needs revision. While he tours the United States promoting his ideas, it will take time to truly understand the real thought behind this film and why it has been released at this time.

Storyline

Former United States Labor Secretary Robert Reich delivers his opinion on the condition of our country and the future of capitalism.

Additional Thanks


Thank you to Director Sara Gilman and Jacob Kornbluth for directing effort. Additional characters/cast include: Robert Reich.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film may be appreciated at a deeper level by perusing the Wikipedia article on Capitalism for a quick refreshment on the subject before viewing the film. It also helps to do research on Dr. Reich to understand his viewpoint in relationship to other minds on this subject.

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HICKOK (Limited 2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 1.8|5.0 Starsì

Hickok—Hollywood’s attempt to revive the Western film genre—fails miserably despite an excellent cast that relies on the talents of Luke Hemsworth, Trace Adkins, Bruce Dern, and Kris Kristofferson. Though Luke Hemsworth can play within this genre, his assigned dialogue lines are unrecoverable. Trace Adkins, despite working within the field of western music, does not pull anything out of his assigned scenes. In reviewing all casting choices, Bruce Dern has the strongest presence onscreen.

Storyline

Wild Bill Hickok’s (Luke Hemsworth) story gets retold once again.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Timothy Woodward, Jr. for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Benjamin Gerry, Daisy Hamilton, Marcy Levitas Hamilton, Strath Hamilton, Strathford Hamilton, and J.D. Seraphine for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Phil Poe (Trace Adkins), George Knox (Kris Kristofferson), Doc Rivers O-Roark (Bruce Dern), Mattie (Cameron Richardson), John Wesley Hardin (Kaiwai Lyman), Joey (Hunter Fischer), Sherif Akers (Robert Catrini), and The Kid (Britain Simons). Additional characters/cast include: Mrs. Knox (Heather Alexander), Lou-Ann (Kimberly Alexander), Horse Rider (Shane P. Allen), and The Stranger (Terral Altom).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. The movie is a disaster from the get-go. Don’t waste time or money on this film. Try The Missing or True Grit (John Wayne version) instead.

Ben Meyers

THE BOSS BABY (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

The Boss Baby—original and worth viewing—sports itself as another terrific Dreamworks Production with its script, portrayal of story, voicework, and superb animation.  This feel good movie easily earns ‘worth a re-watch’ status.

Storyline

Boss Baby investigates why puppies are receiving more love than babies.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Tom McGrath for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Gretchen Heieck and Ramsey Ann Naito for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Boss Baby (voice of Alec Baldwin), Francis Francis (voice of Steve Buscemi), Dad (voice of Jimmy Kimmel), Mom (voice of Lisa Kudrow), Adult Time/Narrator (voice of Tobey Maguire), Tim (voiceof Miles Bakshi), Wizzie/Elvis Impersonator (voice of James McGrath), Eugene (voice of Conrad Vernon), Staci (voice of ViviAnn Yee), Triplets (voice of Eric Bell, Jr.), Jimbo (voice of David Soren), Big Boss Baby (voice of Edie Mirman), and Story Bear (voice of James Ryan).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Great entertainment for the whole family, Boss Baby tickles the funny bone and delivers a terrific movie.

Ben Meyers

JIM AND ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND—FEATURING A VERY SPECIAL, CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED MENTION OF TONY CLIFTON (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond—Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton—easily makes the best documentaries on Ben Meyers International Movie Critics list. Jim Carrey, one of the most talented actors of this generation, tells his story personably and well. A rare look at Jim Carrey, inside himself rather than inside another character, takes the audience on a deeply moving story that superbly examines, not only his working techniques, but his childhood and relationship with family. There is an array of behind the scenes footage for 1999’s Man on the Moon movie (about Andy Kaufman) that shows why Jim Carrey stays at the top of his game. Interesting and well formatted, this documentary deserves its kudos and encore all the way.

Storyline

Jim Carrey talks about his career, his family, and how he portrayed the comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 Man on the Moon film.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Chris Smith for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Jim Czarnecki, Michael Kronish, Nicole Montez, Eddy Moretti, and Shane Smith for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Himself (Peter Bonerz), Himself (Jim Carrey), Himself (Randall Carver), Himself (Tony Danza), Himself (Danny DeVito), Himself (Andy Dick), Himself (Milos Forman), Himself (Paul Giamatti), Himself (Arsenio Hall), Himself (Hugh Hefner), Himself (Judd Hirsch), Himself (Elton John), and Herself (Carol Kane).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film works at the adult and late teen level. It serves any Jim Carrey fan well and easily establishes itself as a great documentary.

Ben Meyers

DEEP (2017 Spain)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.0|5.0 Starsììì

Deep, animated film originally released in Russia, quickly runs itself into bland and boring with mixed plotlines and poorly written dialogue lines. The argumentative lines, meant to be comical, fail to be amusing or even rib-tickling. The small storyline encases itself in a copycat production with nothing new added for entertainment value. As an interesting side note, listen for the voice of Dwight Shultz (Howling Mad Murdock on The A-Team television series) as the animated character Kraken.

Storyline

Young Octopus Deep (voice of Justin Felbinger) endangers his neighbors and takes a journey to find help.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Julio Soto Gurpide for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Javier Ares, Claudia Bluemhuber, Florian Dargel, Ignasi Estapé Jan Goossen, Ian Hutchinson, Jonathan Jiang, Nadia Khamlichi, Mark Mertens, Peter Rogers, and Gilles Waterkeyn for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Evo (voice of Stephen Hughes), Alice (voice of Lindsey Alena), Maura (voice of Elisabeth Gray), Kraken (voice of Dwight Schultz), Darcy (voice of William Salyers), Ralph (voice of Bob Bergen), Luigi (voice of Jess Harnell), Artie (voice of Phil LaMarr), and Nathan (voice of Lewis Macleod).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?


No. Better animated fish stories are Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

Ben Meyers

FINDING NEMO (2003 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Stars ìììì

Finding Nemo—one of the best Pixar films since 1995’s Toy Story—runs on an outstandingly loving, thoughtful, and imaginative script with some of the best voicing in the entertainment industry. The animation is fabulous even by 2017 standards. The script is flawless. This movie nearly made a billion dollars box office and earns its money in every way.

Storyline

Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), a clownfish, finds his entire family wiped out by a barracuda except for one single egg. When the egg hatches, he names the baby fish Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould). Nemo’s fin is slightly damaged due to the earlier barracuda attack and Marlin becomes overly protective of his young son. When Nemo disappears after an encounter with scuba divers, Marlin goes on a long search to find his son.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Andrew Stanton for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer John Lasseter for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), Gill (voice of Willem Dafoe), Bloat (voice of Brad Garrett), Peach (voice of Allison Janney), Gurgle (voice of Austin Pendleton), Bubbles (voice of Stephen Root), Deb/Flo (Vicki Lewis), Jacques (voice of Joe Ranft), Nigel (voice of Geoffrey Rush), Crush (voice of Andrew Stanton), Coral (voice of Elizabeth Perkins), and Squirt (voice of Nicholas Bird).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a solid piece of animated entertainment that serves the whole family.


Ben Meyers