“Ben Meyers of Ben Meyers International Movie Critics closely predicts audience likes and dislikes a

“Ben Meyers of Ben Meyers International Movie Critics closely predicts audience likes and dislikes a
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THE PURPLE PLAIN (Theatrical Release United Kingdom 1954)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì 

The Purple Plain—Gregory Peck—is a good movie and tells a fairly good story. The best part of this story comes after the main character’s plane crash lands. The acting quality varies throughout the film from good to suitable and back again as the movie moves along. The portrayal and the presentation are good. The writing is fair. 

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Storyline 

This war film is about a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot who is stationed in a foreign country during WWII.  

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Robert Parrish for directing effort. Thank you to Producer John Bryan for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Bill Forrester (Gregory Peck), Anna (Win Min Than), Flight Lieutenant Blore (Maurice Denham), Flying Officer Carrington (Lyndon Brook), Miss McNab (Brenda De Banzie), Dr. Harris (Bernard Lee), Wing Commander Aldridge (Anthony Bushell), Mrs. Forrester (Josephine Griffin), Mr. Phang (Ram Gopal), Nurse (Dorothy Alison), Flight Lieutenant (Peter Arne), Sergeant Brown (Jack McNaughton), Radio Operator (Lane Meddick), Navigator Williams (Harold Siddons), and Burmese jeweler (John Tinn). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie works as a simple afternoon watch or as a background movie to play at a party.

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GET ON UP (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Get On Up tells a straight up, no nonsense story about the life of pop/jazz singer James Brown from his youth to his successful career. Set in the 1950s to 2006, the movie incorporates the talents of actor Chadwick Boseman for the part of James Brown. While Boseman seems, at times, to overdo the James Brown persona (as if he is not comfortable with this persona), he does a good rendition of a hard act to follow due to the James Brown stage intensity. Watch for outstanding performances by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Akroyd, Craig Ellis, and Craig Robinson. This is an adult audience film.

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Storyline 

Singer James Brown’s story from his childhood through his successful musical career. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Tate Taylor for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Tate Taylor, and Victoria Pearman for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: James Brown (Chadwick Boseman), Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), Ben Bart (Dan Aykroyd), Susie Brown (Viola Davis), Joe Brown (Lennie James), Syd Nathan (Fred Melamed),John Starks (Jamal Batiste), Maceo Parker (Craig Robinson), Dee-Dee Jenkins (Jill Scott), Aunt Honey Washington (Octavia Spencer), Big Junior (Atkins Estimond), Ralph Bass (Josh Hopkins), Little Richard (Brandon Mychal Smith), Yvonne Fair (Tika Sumpter), and Vicki Anderson (Aunjanue Ellis). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a well written story and gives a strong presentation of the music that James Brown was most famous for among his fans. 

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LINEWATCH (DVD Release USA 2008)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì 


Linewatch—Cuba Gooding, Jr.—incorporates many twists and turns into its platform to take its audience on a WOW! gritty movie about the Border Patrol. Cuba Gooding, Jr. does not fail at any point to deliver a serious thriller performance that keeps the audience on the edge of its seat. The story is well-written and worth every dollar of its ticket purchase.

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Storyline 

Border Patrol officers find a coyote vehicle abandoned with no surviving aliens in the cargo area. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Kevin Bray for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Brad Krevoy, Reuben Liber, and Karri O’Reilly for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Michael Dixon (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), Kimo (Omari Hardwick), Little Boy (Evan Ross), Warren Kane (Dean Norris), Cook (Malieek Straughter), Stokes (AMG), Angela Dixon (Sharon Leal), Luis (Omar Paz Trujillo), and Spencer (Chris Browning). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is very well put together. The movie is a gritty and intense watch for the adult audience.

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THE FIGHTER (Theatrical Release USA 2010)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

The Fighter—based on a true story—accesses the acting talents of Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg to present its story. All supporting cast did a perfect job to define this lifestyle and working through the ranks to fight for a better style of life. The portrayal is great. The movie deserves a watch by a sophisticated, adult audience.

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Storyline 

A family attempts to stay together and to make a living on the back of a son who is a professional boxer and to maintain family integrity while fighting some of life’s meanest dragons. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director David Russell for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Dorothy Aufiero, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Paul Tamasy, and Mark Wahlberg for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), Dick Eklund (Christian Bale), Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams), Alice Eklund-Ward (Melissa Leo), George Ward (Jack McGee), Sal Lanano (Frank Renzulli), Himself (Mickey O’Keefe), Sherri Ward (Jenna Lamia), Cathy Eklund (Bianca Hunter), Cindy Eklund (Erica McDermott), Himself (Sugar Ray Leonard), and Phyllis Eklund (Kate O’Brien). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is a realistic movie that works at the roughest level of life and delivers ‘on spot’ scenes of how to keep a family together despite all odds. It is an adult view only. Be aware that it is very raw but has a most unexpected conclusion. Terrific sports watch for the boxing enthusiast. Not a Rocky due to its grittiness, but definitely a do not miss film.

  


              

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FATHER CHRISTMAS IS BACK (Video Release World-Wide 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

Father Christmas is Back—Kelsey Grammar and John Cleese film—presents a sophisticated movie about moving on, closure, and letting past hurts go. It is gritty and works British-style humor to the max, but the conclusion delivers its own reward and is worth waiting for. It is a workable watch that has its own unique flavor and would be difficult to duplicate.

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Storyline 

A long absent father attempts to reunite his family so everyone can move on with their lives. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Directors Phillippe Martinez and Mick Davis for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Alan Latham and Philippe Martinez for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Joanna Christmas (Elizabeth Hurley), John Christmas (John Cleese), James Christmas (Kelsey Grammar), Caroline Christmas-Hope (Nathalie Cox), Vicky Christmas (Talulah Riley), Peter Hope (Kris Marshall), Elizabeth Christmas (Caroline Quentin), Jackie (April Bowlby), Felix (Ray Fearon), Paulina Christmas (Naomi Frederick), Reverend Jane (Katy Brand), Daisey Christmas-Hope (Amelie Prescott), and Henry Christmas-Hope (Oliver Smith). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie works on the mature audience level but delivers a conclusion that packs a wallop about moving on in life. 

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KEVIN JAMES: NEVER DON’T GIVE UP (Internet Release United Kingdom 2018)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up—clean standup comedy—illustrates how comedy routines can increase ticket sale potential by increasing range and depth of audience through clean, no-surprise presentations. Mr. James’ fresh content and his presentation almost work at the edge of dry comedy. Examination of audience reaction reflects total engagement and appreciation of his routine. No discomfiture here. The routine brings back hope for the future of standup. This is a well-appreciated WOW! entertainment piece. Kevin James delivers a performance that begs for more. He holds the audience from beginning to end with excellent timing, a good introduction, and very good conclusion. This is the direction standup needs to go. This routine deserves addition to the home video library.

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Storyline 

An hour standup comedy routine featuring the humor of Kevin James. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Andy Fickman for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Andy Fickman and Kevin James for making the film possible.  Cast: Kevin James 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is clean, inclusive comedy that serves everyone through its exploration of the common human experience in first world countries. It creates desire to see Mr. James expand his standup into streaming and into media that can permanently add to home video libraries. 

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DOCTOR DOLITTLE (Theatrical Release United Kingdom 1967)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Doctor Dolittle—Rex Harrison—seems a little magical in its presentation. It’s a sweet strut through an old story and is memorable for its time of release. 

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Storyline 

A man talks to the animals and the animals talk back. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Richard Fleischer for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Arthur Jacobs for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Dr. John Dolittle (Rex Harrison), Emma Fairfax (Samantha Eggar), Matthew Mugg (Anthony Newley), Albert Blossom (Richard Attenborough), General Bellow
es (Peter Bull), Mrs. Blossom (Muriel Landers), Tommy Stubbins (William Dix), William Shakespeare (Geoffrey Holder), Sarah Dolittle (Portia Nelson), Lady Petherington (Norma Varden), Polynesia (Voice of Ginny Tyler), Vicar (Jack Raine), Fisherman (Paul Vernon), Sir Rupert (Arthur Gould-Porter).
 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. A cute, sweet, interpretation by Rex Harrison of character Dr. Dolittle, the man who could talk to animals. Harrison uses the same talk/sing technique for the musical parts that he used in My Fair Lady. His screen presence is indomitable. The movie works for its dollar and presents many fantasy scenes that are intriguing.

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JOHN Q. (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

John Q. seems an appeal for universal health care through a severe manipulation of audience emotion by creating a ‘what if’ scenario  and then supplies that feel good conclusion that seems meant to cinch the knot of how the audience should feel about universal health care. That apparent strong agenda takes it out of the realm of pure entertainment.  Before watching, it’s good to do some research on America’s health care options during the time this film was made. The movie, overall, is tense, engaging, and well-written.

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Storyline 

A man does everything he can to preserve his son’s life. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Nick Cassavetes for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules for making the film possible. John Archibald (Denzel Washington), Denise Archibald (Kimberly Elise), Michael Archibald (Daniel Smith), Dr. Raymond Turner (James Woods), Rebecca Payne (Anne Heche), Lieutenant Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall), Chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta), Lester Matthews (Eddie Griffin), Mitch Quigley (Shawn Hatosy), Jimmy Palumbo (David Thornton), Gina Palumbo (Laura Harring), Max Conlin (Ethan Suplee), Steve Maguire (Kevin Connolly), Tuck Lampley (Paul Johansson), Julie Byrd (Heather Wahlquist), and Miriam Smith (Troy Breyer). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This movie is good drama, especially for the audience who loves an inspiring film. Denzel Washington has most of the camera. The movie could be classified as a one-man role that, due to the level of emotion that needs to be pulled, would be an exhausting character to interpret well. Be assured that there is no lack in Washington's acting ability here. 

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LEAN ON ME (Theatrical Release USA 1989)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Lean on Me—rare inspirational treasure—builds itself on the concept that one person can make a tremendous difference in the lives of many by expecting more and seeing potential not realized. WOW! The movie takes the ‘less’ out of the word hopeless. Morgan Freeman gives a commanding performance. The film deserves its place in the home video library. 

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Storyline 

A high school principal attempts to turn a failing school around. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director John Avildsen for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Norman Twain for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), Joan Levias (Beverly Todd), Don Bottan (Alan North), Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), Mr. Rosenberg (Ethan Phillips), Leonna Barrett (Lynne Thigpen), Mrs. Elliott (Robin Bartlett), Larry Darnell (Michael Beach), Mrs. Powers (Sandra Reaves-Phillips), William Wright (Tony Todd), Mrs. Hamilton (Sloane Shelton), Thomas Sams (Jermaine Hopkins), Kaneesha Carter (Karen Malina White), and Maria (Karina Arroyave). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Educational and realistic. Inspiring. Wonderful watch that completely entertains. The film is a good study piece of some of the earlier acting roles of Morgan Freeman...he sweetly plumbs the depths of passion, intensity, authority, and focused purpose in this movie.

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I AM WOMAN (Theatrical Release Australia 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

I Am Woman fills itself with music to highlight its simple story of a life that cycles from impossible to possible to impossible. In its way, it is a WOW! movie that traces the familiar path of rise to fame and fortune from poverty and demise to retirement. The film moves with precision through the bonds that tie a professional life to private life with well-defined writing. The movie is worth a watch.

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Storyline 

The story of singer, Helen Reddy’s, personal and professional life. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Unjoo Moon for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Rosemary Blight and Unjoo Moon fir making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Helen Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), Jeff Wald (Evan Peters), Lilian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald), Traci (Molly Broadstock), Artie Mogull (Chris Parnell), George Sylvia (Jordan Raskopoulos), Roy Meyer (Matty Cardarople), Jordan (Liam Douglas), and Helen Reddy (Singing Voice Chelsea  Cullen). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie is a good review of singer, Helen Reddy’s, life and can be especially welcomed by her fan base as a good walk down memory lane. 

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CHERNOBYL ABYSS * (Theatrical Release Russia 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Chernobyl Abyss builds itself around the Chernobyl nuclear power incident that made the Ukrainian town uninhabitable for over thirty years. The story can be hard to follow and a little incoherent at times with questions about why some actions are taking place. Emotional scenes do not really touch the heart and the movie comes off as cold which takes away from its quality. The English dubbing and subtitles are in place. If watching this on Amazon Prime, there is an option to choose Dolby Plus for sound quality. Choose the Dolby Plus for better ability to catch the complete dialogue.

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Storyline 

A nuclear power plant gives way. Engineers, military, and civil personnel  work to stabilize the aftermath. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Danila Kozlovsky for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Danila Kozlovsky, Vadim Vereshchagin, Rafael Minasbekyan for making the film possible. Alexey Karpushin (Danila Kozlovsky), Olga Savostina (Oksana Akinshina), Valery Goncharuk (Filipp Avdeyev), Dina (Ravshana Kurkova), Boris Bobylin (Nikolay Kozak), Nikita (Maksim Blinov), Tropin (Igor Chernevich), Mikhail Stysin (Artur Beschastnyy), Tigran (Samvel Tadevosian), Yura Kondratyuk (Dmitry Matveyev), and Ivan (Aleksandr Alyabyev). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The film is not memorable, and the story seems so much smaller than it could have been.

*Also Known as: Chernobyl 1986

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SING 2 (Theatrical Release USA 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì 

Sing 2—one of those ‘gotta love it’ from its beginning to its end—has wonderful singing, terrific animation, and nonstop entertainment. The first Sing is wonderful. Sing 2 soars just as high in entertainment value. One notices that Sing 2 has a huge cast and yet, not one character is lost or undefined. Every single character establishes after-viewing memorability. WOW! Illumination Studios did it again.  What’s next? Sing 3? Let’s hope so!

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Storyline 

A manager of a singing group jumps through hoops to make a life for his troupe. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Garth Jennings for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Ash (Scarlett Johansson), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), Meena (Tori Kelly), Gunter (Nick Kroll), Alfonso (Pharrell Williams), Porsha Crystal (Halsey), Suki Lane (Chelsea Peretti), Nooshy (Letitia Wright), Darius (Eric Andre), Klaus Kickenklober (Adam Buxton), Miss Crawly (Garth Jennings), Big Daddy (Peter Serafinowicz), Nana Noodleman (Jennifer Saunders), Norman (Nick Offerman), and Clay Calloway (Bono). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a winner! It is great to see the characters from the first film reprise their roles. With a story that is fabulous along with great choreography, singing, and animation, this film deserves a permanent place in the home video library. 

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DRUMLINE (Theatrical Release Germany 2004)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 


Drumline—fresh, creative, original—builds appreciation for orchestras who perform at sports events, the talent needed, the rigorous discipline, and the teamwork necessary to build an A-1 marching band. The movie packs a punch with its well-written, meaningful storyline and terrific conclusion. Watch for Nick Cannon’s terrific performance as well as Orlando Jones’ excellent interpretation of his acting role. One wonders why Jones is not in the public eye more often. He has 76 credits on IMDb, but one rarely hears about him in film or TV.

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Storyline 

A band member with an ego learns how to tame the ego to work with his team. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Charles Stone III for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Dallas Austin, Timothy Bourne, Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, and Greg Mooradian for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Devon Miles (Nick Cannon), Laila (Zoe Saldana), Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), Sean Taylor (Leonard Roberts), Ernest (Jason Weaver), Mr. Wade (J. Anthony Brown), President Wagner (Afemo Omilami), Jayson (GQ), Charles (Earl Poitier), Diedre (Candace Carey), Dorothy Miles (Angela Gibbs), Himself (Petey Pablo), and Herself (Blu Cantrell). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a worthy watch, and the drummers are great. WOW! 

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STOWAWAY (Theatrical Release Canada 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Stowaway—interesting moral dilemma story—has good acting and good portrayal of its storyline. The audience, however, may feel no closure on the movie itself because it examines an ancient moral question of who shall live and who shall die in seemingly impossible situations and gives no resolution, no justification for the final decision. Perhaps a sequel could give the closure that is lacking here by showing the remaining members getting to Mars and completing their mission. This movie peaks interest and, then, leaves its audience hanging. Cinematography is good and if there are no other choices available, the movie works. Just be aware there is little conclusion. 

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Storyline 

A three-member mission to Mars is compromised when an accidental stowaway is discovered on board. There is not enough oxygen and supplies for a fourth crew member. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Joe Penna for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Aram Tertzakian, Nick Spicer, Jonas Katzenstein, Maximillian Leo, Ulrich Schwarz, and Clay Pecorin. Characters/cast include: Zoe Levenson (Anna Kendrick), Marina Barnett (Toni Collette), David Kim (Daniel Dae Kim), and Michael Adams (Shamier Anderson). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. it is somewhat interesting and the acting and presentation are good. But better sci-fi films. that are much more enjoyable, are 2001: A Space Odyssey or Space Balls.  Star Wars is very rewatchable. Europa Report or Arrival are also good choices. Stowaway works more as a moral dilemma movie and gives the audience an opportunity to examine alternative courses of action in bad situations. 

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VICE (Theatrical Release USA 2018)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì 

Vice—beautifully written, presents well, and has good casting choices—plays heavily toward establishing ambiguity between fact and fiction. The movie establishes itself as a biographical film but then explores the Iraq war as a bid for oil rather than a pursuit of justice over the Twin Towers incident which takes the film outside its assigned borders of biographical dark comedy. Nevertheless, the entertainment value is there, and it is not a boring watch. 

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Storyline 

A dark comedy on the Vice Presidency of Dick Cheney. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Adam McKay for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay for making the film possible. Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), Young Dick Cheney (Alex MacNicoll and Aidan Gail), Lynne Vincent Cheney (Amy Adams), Young Lynne (Cailee Spaeny), Alison Pill), Young Mary Cheney (Colyse Harger), Liz Cheney (Lily Rabe), Young Liz Cheney (Violet Hicks), and Kurt (Jesse Piemons). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. It may have presented better as a documentary than as a biographical dark comedy. It seems highly imaginative as if concealing its purpose. The very classification of the movie contradicts itself. 

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THE BOOK OF LIFE (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì 

The Book of Life—good animation with vibrant color—drops its audience into its story without adequate preparation or setup. The concept is good, but the journey becomes difficult to follow if one is not familiar with Mexico’s mythological beliefs about the afterlife and its interplay with life in the real world. It is difficult to follow the characters and their relationships with one another because the story moves rapidly and does not allow much time to establish character differentiation or to understand the antagonists versus the protagonists. The film quickly establishes itself as a country-dependent piece of entertainment rather than the more desirable internationally appealing art piece. Do some research on Day of the Dead to enhance appreciation of this film.  

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Storyline 

Two suitors vie for the hand of a young maiden. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Jorge R. Gutierrez for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Aaron Berger,  Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro,  and Carina Schulze for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Manolo Sanchez (Voice of Diego Luna),  Young Manolo (Voice of Emil-Bastien), Young Manolo’s Singing Voice (Joe Matthews), Maria Posada (Voice of Zoe Saldana), Young Maria (Voice of Genesis Ochoa), Joaquin Mondragon, Jr. (Voice of Channing Tatum), Young Joaquin (Voice of Elias Garza), Candle Maker (Voice of Ice Cube), Xibalba (Voice of Ron Perlman), La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), Mary Beth (Voice of Christina Applegate), La Muerte as an Old Woman  (Voice of Tonito Castro), Carlos Sanchez (Voice of Hector Elizondo), Carmen Sanchez (Voice of Ana de la Reguera), and Luis Sanchez (Voice of Danny Trejo). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. Mexico’s audiences will understand this film better than international audiences. It does establish itself as a good anthropological ‘fun’ study if one is studying south of the United States border culture. 

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