LA LA LAND (Theatrical Release USA 2016)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

La La Land lacks originality, has a weak storyline, and seems like a cookie-cutter movie. It’s touted as a musical; but when comparing it to classic musicals from the 1950s and 1960s, it fails to deliver. Dance routines seem copy-cat (like the bench routine) and there is no heart in it. The ending scenes seem repetitive and without the power to push this movie to home base. The movie fails to reach the heart.

Storyline

A young girl desires to be an actress and a young boy desires to open a jazz bar.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Damien Chazelle for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Michael Beugg, Mike Jackson, John Legend, Qiuyun Long, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Jasmine McGlade, Molly Smith, and Ty Stiklorius for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), Mia (Emma Stone), Famous Actress (Amiée Conn), Linda (Terry Walters), Coffee Spiller (Thom Shelton), Casting Director (Cinda Adams), Tracy (Callie Hernandez), Alexis (Jessica Rothe), Caitlin (Sonoya Mizuno), Laura (Rosemarie DeWitt), Bill (J.K. Simmons), Karen (Claudine Claudio), and Carlo (Jason Fuchs).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The musical score is fairly good, but the storyline needs serious buffing before it works. The audience may feel like walking out within the first 15 minutes.

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STEP DOGS (Video Release USA 2013)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Step Dogs seems to have strains/similarities of Home Alone running throughout its presentation except it lacks originality and runs as B-grade entertainment unlike Home Alone. The acting is fair as is the storyline. One leaves the film wondering what film makers were trying to do with this movie.

Storyline

Two dogs from opposite lifestyles meet.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Geoff Anderson for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Nolan Pielak for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Terrance (Joris Jarsky), Louie (Ryan Belleville), Josh (Dylan Schmid), Lacey (Eliana Jones), Sabrina (Emilie Ullerup), Rick (Jeff Pangman), Krystal (Shannon Jardine), Sheriff Carson (Ryland Alexander), Meatball (voice of Lee Tockar), Cassie (voice of Brittney Wilson), and TV Announcer/Mission control (Kendahl Cardinal).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s not the best choice for time and money spent.

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MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO * (Video Release USA 2005)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

My Neighbor Totoro—heart and sweetly simple storyline—defines Hayao Miyasaki’s work. His animation is soft on the eyes and easily watched partially due to the lovely coloration that still has that feel of hand-drawn. The storyline, as usual, crosses international borders due to its ability to catch universal emotions of love of family, concern for others, and mindful compassion. This is an excellent watch for the child/adult share. Another outstanding work for Hayao Miyazaki.

Storyline

A mother becomes ill. Her two daughters need help and a beast who lives underground helps them.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Hayao Miyazaki for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Rick Dempsey and Yasuyoshi Tokuma for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Satsuki (voice of Noriko Hidaka), Mei (voice of Chika Sakamoto), Tatsuo Kusakabe (voice of Shigesato Itoi), Totoro (voice of Hitoshi Takagi), Kanta’s Mother (voice of Yûko Maruyama), Sensei (voice of Machiko Washio), Kanta’s Father (voice of Masashi Hirose), Kanta (voice of Toshiyuki Amagasa), Kusakari-Otoko (voice of Shigeru Chiba), Cat Bus/Additional Voice and (voice of Naoki Tatsuta).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. One of the best of Hayao Miyazaki’s works. The film deserves a place in the family home video library. It especially works for fans of Hayao Miyazaki animated films.

* Also known as Tonari no Tortoro

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THE WORLD WE MAKE (Theatrical Release USA 2019)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì

The World We Make seems to be a story taken out of the 1960s with its basic message and seems irrelevant to the times we live in. While Caleb Castille has good onscreen charisma, this movie does not work well for him partially due to the supporting cast members acting skills and partly due to the theme of the movie.

Storyline

A boy and girl from different racial backgrounds fall in love and find unexpected resistance.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brian Baugh for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Brian Baugh, Ken Carpenter, George D. Escobar, and Julian Reid for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jordan Bishop (Caleb Castille), Lee Grove (Rose Reid), Jeff Grove (Kevin Sizemore), Thomas Bishop (Gregory Alan Williams), Casey Grove (Richard Kohnke), Logan Grove (Gunnar Sizemore), Morgan (Blake Burt), Brooklyn (Katherine Smith-Rodden), Kimani (Candace West), Chip Wallace (Greg Puckett), Oscar Bidwell (Phil Darius Wallace), and Anne (Rebecca Lines). 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It runs as a ho-hum, seen this before movie with an old message.

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MORNING GLORY (Theatrical Release USA 2010)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

Morning Glory—fresh and original—plays fast and hard. This adult film not only gives a peek into the stressful world of television news, but shows an interesting personal side to newscast relationships. For the modern-day, mature adult the movie is worth a watch. Nothing boring here due to the quick delivery. It takes engagement to watch this show. It’s not a ‘I can run to get popcorn and still pick up the storyline’ movie.

Storyline

An executive finds pulling a news team together difficult.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Roger Michell for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Sherryl Clark and Guy Riedel for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Becky (Rachel McAdams), First Date (Noah Bean), Dog Walking Neighbor (Jack Davidson), Ernie Appleby (Matt Malloy), Anna (Vanessa Aspillaga), Sam (Jeff Hiller), Louanne (Linda Powell), Ralph (Mike Hydeck), Channel 9 Director (Joseph J. Vargas), Channel 9 Technical Director (Kevin Herbst), Fred (Jerome Weinstein), Channel 9 Weatherperson (Steve Park), Oscar (David Fonteno), Becky’s Mom (Patti D’Arbanville), Coleen Peck (Diane Keaton), Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum), Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson), and Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?


Yes. This film engages the mind and presents a good behind scenes look at running a news television show. It’s built for a mature, sophisticated adult audience.

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Theatrical Release USA 2015)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The Good Dinosaur—lovable, sweet, and exceptionally family friendly—goes straight to the heart from its opening scene to its final scene. While not as impactful as other Pixar Studio films, this movie’s strict reliance on the theme of strangers helping strangers is welcome and well-received. Good family share film. Great work for Director Peter Sohn

Storyline

A dinosaur helps a prehistoric boy find a home.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Peter Sohn for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Poppa (voice of Jeffrey Wright), Momma (voice of Frances McDormand), Young Libby (voice of Maleah Nipay-Padilla), Young Buck (voice of Ryan Teeple), Young Arlo (voice of Jack McGraw), Buck (voice of Marcus Scribner), Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa), Spot (voice of Jack Bright), Pet Collector (voice of Peter Sohn), Thunderclap (voice of Steve Zahn), Downpour (voice of Mandy Freund), Coldfront (voice of Steven Clay Hunter), Nash (voice of A.J. Buckley), Ramsey (voice of Anna Paquin), Butch (voice of Sam Elliott), Bubbha (voice of David Boat), Lurleane (voice of Carrie Paff), Pervis (voice of Calum Grant), and Earl (voice of John Ratzenberger).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It works for its money.

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THE LONGSHOTS (Theatrical Release USA 2008)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

The Longshots—nice work by Ice Cube—bases itself on the true story of a young girl, Jasmine Plummer, who works to establish herself as a football player on a boys’ ball team. The script, well-written, shows, rather than tells that persistence, hard work, good training, and family support can go a long way toward establishing positive wins in life. Great work for Director Fred Durst.

Storyline

An uncle helps his niece develop self-confidence and a place in the community by training her to play football.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Fred Durst for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Andrew G. La Marca, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Curtis (Ice Cube), Jasmine (Keke Palmer), Claire (Tasha Smith), Ronnie (Jill Marie Jones), Cyrus (Dash Mihok), Coach Fisher (Matt Craven), Winston (Glenn Plummer), Reverend Pratt (Garrett Morris)

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is a surprisingly good sports film for all ages.

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CINDERELLA (Theatrical Release USA 1950)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Cinderella—Disney animated classic—tells its story nicely and has that over-the-top happy ending that one expects from a Disney film. Despite its age (1950), this movie not only deserves a watch and re-watch, but also deserves its permanent addition to the family home video library.

Storyline

A young girl’s riches to rags to riches story needs a little magic for its happily ever after ending.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske for directing effort. Thank you to Restoration Producer Amy Bailey and Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Cinderella (Ilene Woods), Lady Tremaine (voice of Eleanor Audley), Fairy Godmother (voice of Verna Felton), Drizella (voice of Rhonda Williams), Jaq/Gus (voice of James MacDonald), King/Grand Duke (voice of Luis Van Rooten), Doorman (voice of Don Barclay), Anastasia (voice of Lucille Bliss), Prince Charming (singing voice of Mike Douglas), Prince Charming (voice of William Phipps), Birds (voice of Marion Darlington), and Bruno (voice of Earl Keen).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The story, based upon Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm tales, has been beautifully animated. The characters are well defined and it stirs the emotion for justice and the re-establishment of right in the world. An excellent children’s watch. Great work for Director Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske.

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THE MUPPET MOVIE (Theatrical Release USA 1979)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

The Muppet Movie—the best of the Muppet movie series—has higher quality and a much better storyline than the later produced muppet films. The movie provides a satisfactory release of nostalgia as the story unfolds of how the Muppets form a family. Good job by The Jim Henson Company.

Storyline

While on a voyage to Hollywood, Kermit, the frog, needs to avoid a frog leg hunter.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director James Frawley for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Lew Grade and Martin Starger for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Waldorf/Swedish Chef/Link Hogthrob/Doc Hopper’s Men (voice of Jim Henson), Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle/Doc Hopper’s Men/Marvin Suggs/Swedish Chef Assistant/Motorcycle Guy (voice of Frank Oz), Floyd Pepper/Crazy Harry/Robin the Frog/Lew Zealand/Camilla/Blue Frackle (voice of Jerry Nelson), The Great Gonzo/Zoot/Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Doglion/Iraqian in El Sleezo Café/Nigel/Pig (voice of Dave Goelz), Doc Hopper (voice of Charles Durning), Max (voice of Austin Pendleton), Himself/Charlie McCarthy (voice of Edgar Bergen), Mad Man Mooney (voice of Milton Berle), Professor Max Krassman (voice of Mel Brooks), El Sleezo Café Owner (voice of James Coburn), Bernie the Agent (voice of Dom DeLuise), Beauty Contest Compere (voice of Elliott Gould), Ice Cream Vendor (voice of Bob Hope), El Sleezo Patron (voice of Madeline Kahn), and Myth (voice of Carol Kane).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Thank you to the Jim Henson Company and Director James Frawley for creating a worthy piece of entertainment for both the child and adult audience.


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PLANES (Theatrical Release USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Planes becomes, basically, a Cars movie with planes and lacks the excitement of Cars 1,2, and 3 combined. Not one of Disney’s best due to the lack of originality and the copy-cat feeling an audience may experience. Children, however, will love it and it is worth a watch.

Storyline

A dust cropper airplane has dreams which can be realized if he successfully overcomes his fears.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Klay Hall for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer John Lasseter for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dusty Crophopper (voice of Dane Cook), Skipper (voice of Stacy Keach), Chug (voice of Brad Garrett), Dottie (voice of Teri Hatcher), Rochelle (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), Ishani (voice of Priyanka Chopra), Bulldog (voice of John Cleese),Leadbottom (voice of Cedric the Entertainer), El Chupacabra/Additional Voices (voice of Carlos Alazraqui), Ripslinger/Additional Voices (Roger Craig Smith), Echo (voice of Anthony Edwards), Bravo (voice of Val Kilmer), Roper (voice of Sinbad), Ned/Zed (voice of Gabriel Iglesias), Brent Mustangburger (voice of Brent Musburger), Colin Cowling (voice of Colin Cowherd), and Sparky/Additional Voices (voice of Danny Mann).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The movie, a good choice for children, may not be the best choice for an adult’s time and money.

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LEGALLY BLONDES (Video Release USA 2009)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Legally Blondes stars twins Milly and Becky Russo who guest starred in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. They act well together and successfully move this film into nice family entertainment. It is worth a watch for the whole family.

Storyline

Two British girls find California schools challenging when accused of something they did not do.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Savage Steve Holland for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Irene Dreayer and Matthew Papish for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include:
Annie Woods (Milly Rosso), Izzy Woods (Becky Rosso), Richard Woods (Christopher Cousins), Tiffany (Brittany Curran), Headmistress Higgins (Lisa Banes), Mr. Golden (Curtis Armstrong), Sylvia (Rose Abdoo), Chris (Bobby Campo), Justin (Chad Broskey), Ashley (Chloe Bridges), Ms. Chang (Amy Hill), Vivek (Kunal Sharma), Brad ( Christoph Sanders), Marcie (Tanya Chisolm), Rainbow (Teo Olivares), Cashier (Caroline Fogarty), Waiter (Robert Belushi), and Teen Cashier (Trevor Duke-Moretz).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It works as a cute afternoon watch.

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WINNIE THE POOH (Theatrical Release USA 2011)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Winnie the Pooh—classic film for the family home video library—sports a great script, good voicing, and pleasant sound effects. The rumbling of Pooh’s belly for honey, while precious, is the only sound effect that needs a little work as the rumbling sound in other Winnie the Pooh movies had superior realism. This is a particularly gentle watch for children with a soothing story that is well portrayed. Great work for Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall.

Storyline

Eeyore is missing his tail. Winnie the Pooh and his friends go to look for it and become involved in an adventure.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Peter Denomme and John Lasseter for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Narrator (voice of John Cleese), Winnie the Pooh/Tigger (voice of Jim Cummings), Eeyore (voice of Bud Luckey), Owl (voice of Craig Ferguson), Christopher Robin (voice of Jack Boulter), Piglet (voice of Travis Oates), Kanga (voice of Kristen Anderson-Lopez), Roo (voice of Wyatt Dean Hall), Rabbit (voice of Tom Kenny), Backson (voice of Huell Howser), Additional Voices (voice of Lisa Linder and Robert Lopez).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This performs as a perfect children’s watch with outstanding and memorable characters that will serve, as did Paddington Bear, as good childhood memories.


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GNOMEO AND JULIET (Theatrical Release USA 2011)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

Gnomeo and Juliet has beautiful coloration and strong, memorable characterizations. Its storyline needs some script rewriting for coherence. The introductory romance scene between Gnomeo and Juliet suffers from a few seconds of poor musical timing as the music for the romance is introduced before the romantic connection between the principal characters is truly made. Many scenes seem a bit disjointed so that small ‘whys’ pop up as the film progresses. One wonders at the end of the movie, is it really a hybrid of the famous, original Shakespeare story Romeo and Juliet or is there something else meant to be portrayed here.

Storyline

Two Gnomes from different clans fall in love and endeavor to promote peace in the neighborhood.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kelly Asbury for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Elton John for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Gnomeo (voice of James McAvoy), Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt), Nanette (voice of Ashley Jensen), Lord Redbrick (voice of Michael Caine), Benny (voice of Matt Lucas), Featherstone (voice f Jim Cummings), Lady Bluebury (voice of Maggie Smith), Tybalt (voice of Jason Statham), Fawn (voice of Ozzy Osbourne), and Paris (voice of Stephen Merchant).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If one is a fan of garden gnomes, this movie may work.


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SPACE COWBOYS (Theatrical Release USA 2000)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Space Cowboys—a Clint Eastwood directed film—has all the earmarks of his directing style and fits a well-crafted story to that style. Even though the storyline revolves around seasoned citizens regrouping to perform as saving heroes, Eastwood pulls the story off with complete finesse so that it easily becomes worth not only a watch, but a re-watch. No feeling sorry for this senior set as they perform outstandingly and refreshingly well with the spunk and personality to pull off a good and decent story. Watch for James Garner in one of the lead roles.

Storyline

An old computer program plays havoc with the safe re-entry of a communication satellite. A team of aging engineers regroup to bring it safely home.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Clint Eastwood for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Tom Rooker for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Frank Corvin (Clint Eastwood), Hawk Hawkins (Tommy Lee Jones), Jerry O’Neill (Donald Sutherland), Tank Sullivan (James Garner), Bob Gerson (James Cromwell), Sara Holland (Marcia Gay Harden), Eugene Davis (William Devane), Ethan Glance (Loren Dean), Roger Hines (Courtney B. Vance), and Barbara Corvin (Barbara Babcock).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie works for its dollars. The characters’ personalities are well-defined. It’s great to see James Cromwell on screen.


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SAD HILL UNEARTHED (Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara, California USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Starsìì

Sad Hill Unearthed has a redundant storyline with a hard to reconcile reason for the restoration of this cemetery. After a difficult, laborious restoration, accomplished by many, good-hearted volunteers, the cemetery enjoys a brief celebration and then is deliberately allowed to return to nature. Unlike Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona, it is not opened to the public as a pilgrimage site for their future enjoyment of the wonderful restoration. The effort, hard won, is purposely allowed to sink into the sands of time with no reason for that decision other than the ‘fragility of the environment’ when it is that very environment that sank, within 50 years, that historical location into near oblivion. It is like building a beautiful home, celebrating the home for one night, and then pouring gasoline over it and burning it to the ground. There seems no purpose or rationale here and the legitimacy of the effort seems lost.

Storyline

A team of volunteers restore the graveyard from the Sergio Leone movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Guillermo de Oliveira for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Luisa Cowell and Guillermo de Oliveira for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Himself (Ennio Morricone), Himself (James Hetfield), Himself (Joe Dante), Himself (Clint Eastwood), Himself (Sergio Leone), Himself (Álex de la Iglesia), Himself (Sergio Salvati), Himself (Joseba del Valle), Himself (David Alba Romero), and (Sergio Garcia Hernández).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s interesting to see how nature can reabsorb in a few short years nearly any disturbance to its surface area and how much labor is required to push back nature in order to restore a location to its original condition.

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LUIS AND THE ALIENS (Theatrical Release UK 2018)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Luis and the Aliens suffers from a double story-line that is not well-defined. There seems to be one story about a boy interacting with aliens and another story-line message for parents to spend more time with their children or social services will be involved. Children will like the ‘flash and dash’ that the movie provides, but the film lacks the nuance for adult viewing.

Storyline

A hospitable young boy invites three aliens into his home.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Laeunstein, and Sean McCormack for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Jana Bohl, Emely Christians, Viola Lütten, Jean-Marie Musique, and Christine Parisse for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Luis Sonntag (voice of Callum Maloney), Armin Sonntag/Wbo (voice of Dermot Magennis), Mog (voice of Ian Coppinger), Nag/Mr. Winter/Ice Cream Man/Bill (voice of Paul Tylak), Jennifer (voice of Lucy Carolan), Marlon (voice of Eoin Daly), Mrs. Winter/Valentina/Ms. Diekendaker (voice of Aileen Mythen), Principal (voice of Simon Toal), and Jill (voice of Danna Davis).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s a light alien story that does not compare to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial but works as a fill-in-some-time movie for children.


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HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (Theatrical Release USA 2004)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Howl’s Moving Castle again demonstrates the ability of Hayao Miyazaki to cross universal cultural barriers and establish kindness within his highly creative movies. The movie is worth its watch for both children and adults and becomes a good candidate for addition to the family home video library as an international film worth a re-watch.

Storyline

A young woman desires to be free from a witch’s curse and visits a wizard who lives in a moving castle.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Hayao Miyazaki for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sofi (voice of Chieko Baishô), Hauru (voice of Takuya Kimura), Arechi no Majo (voice of Akihiro Miwa), Karushifâ (voice of Tatsuya Gashûin), Marukuru (voice of Ryûnosuke Kamiki), Koshô (voice of Mitsunori Isaki), Kakashi no Kabu (voice of Yô Ôizumi), Kokuô (voice of Akio Ôtsuka), and Hin (voice of Daijiô Harada).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This movie successfully delivers an emotionally appealing story.

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TINKERBELL: AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (Theatrical Release UK 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Tinkerbell: and the Legend of the NeverBeast’s main draw for interest is the introduction of the NeverBeast character. This Disney movie, sixth film developed to explore Tinker Bell and her community of fairies, has sweet animation.

Storyline

A fairy makes friends with a giant and wishes to incorporate him into the fairy community.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Steve Loter for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer John Lasseter for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Fawn (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman), Nyx (voice of Rosario Dawson), Silvermist (voice of Lucy Liu), Iridessa (voice of Raven Symone), Rosetta (voice of Megan Hilty), Vidia (voice of Pamela Adlon), Fury (voice of Danai Gurira), Chase (voice of Chloe Bennet), and Scribble (voice of Thomas Lennon).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Children will enjoy the interaction between the winged fairies in the film.

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SEVENTEEN AGAIN (Television Release USA 2000)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Seventeen Again—cute and simple—has an interesting, easy-to-follow storyline. It stars both Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley, who are famous for Sister, Sister; Twitches; and Twitches Two. Good work for Director Jeffery W. Byrd. This movie can run in the background while an audience is involved in other activities and be followed well and enjoyed.

Storyline

A tainted bar of soap makes two grandparents 17-years old again.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jeffrey W. Byrd for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Robert A. Halmi, Sharhonda Jones, Darlene Mowry, and Shawn Stockman for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sydney (Tia Mowry-Hardrict), Young Cat (Tamera Mowry-Housley), Young Gene (Mark Taylor), Willie (Tahj Mowry), Grandma Cat (Hope Clarke), Grandpa Gene (Robert Hooks), Todd (Merwin Mondesir), Barry (Phillip Jarrett), Monique (Tonya Williams), Ashley (Maia Campbell), Terrance (Daryn Jones), Leo (K.C. Collins), and Julie (Novie Edwards).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a good, clean, fun, family watch.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY (Theatrical Release USA 1959)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Sleeping Beauty—classic film—has a simple, but well-written storyline with outstanding, softly painted animation. It’s a good child/adult share movie that introduces one of the 17th century writings of French author Charles Perrault (who also wrote Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Puss in Boots). Great work for Director Clyde Geronimi. Do not miss this beautiful piece of artwork.

Storyline

A cursed princess needs the help of a prince and some good fairies to live a happily ever after life.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Clyde Geronimi for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Princess Aurora (voice of Mary Costa), Prince Phillip (voice of Bill Shirley), Maleficent (voice of Eleanor Audley), Flora/Queen Leah (voice of Verna Felton), Merryweather (voice of Barbara Luddy), Fauna (voice of Barbara Jo Allen), King Stefan (voice of Taylor Holmes), and King Hubert (voice of Bill Thompson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film has completely retained its original entertainment value. It’s an excellent addition to the family home video collection and provides a musical score that introduces young children, in a very nice way, to Tchaikovsky’s classic musical sounds.

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