BARBIE (Released to Theaters USA 2023)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì 

Barbie—terrific storyline that tells itself well—has a surprise message in the latter part of the movie that makes the film soar as a quality watch. The movie starts well and ends well. Watch for that serious upgrade in meaningful content when Barbie returns to her comfort zone, Barbie Land. Great acting and presentation mark the movie. It’s clean, honest, and as real as Barbie Land can be in an adult and child’s imagination. One of the best of 2023, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling make the perfect team to interpret the script. Watch for the lovely Rhea Perlman’s distinctive appearance. Also, don’t miss the Matrix Reloaded scenes as perfect additions to the film’s story. As long as children play with Barbie and Ken dolls, this is a film that stands the test of time. WOW! Add this movie to the home video library. 

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Storyline 

Barbie decides to make a break for the real world to find her ‘handler’. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Greta Gerwig for directing effort. Thank you to Producers David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerly, and Robbie Brenner for making the film possible. Cast includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Americq Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Barbie from the top of its ‘big hair’ to its ‘tippy toes’ is a great watch. Creative, outstanding dialogue, and something to say about life…don’t prejudge this one as a film just for little girls…this is a big audience-range movie. It passes the international movie acid test and makes a terrific addition to the home video library. Easily earns a second watch…a stand up and cheer movie...joyful. 

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RED (Released to Theaters USA 2010)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Red—fun treat—combines John Malkovitch with Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Bruce Willis to produce a DC Comic movie that more than entertains. The violence in this movie works at a realistic level with the edge relieved a little with its comedic dialogue. Watch for Mary Louise Parker as Willis’ love interest. It earned its 2013 sequel, Red 2. This movie works in the quality movie watch and earns its time and money investment. 

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Storyline 

A retired agent must come out of retirement and partners with an old team to preserve their lives. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Robert Schwentke for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura for and Mark Vahradian for making the film possible. Cast includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Rebecca Pidgeon, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, and James Remar 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Fun and unusual DC Comic film may not be the expected DC superhero story, but entertains at an exceptionally high level with excellent flow, timing, and continuity. 

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- DEAD RECKONING PART 1 (Released to Theaters USA 2023)

 Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part 1—the seventh film of the Mission Impossible series—competes well with film 5. Look for Part 2 to be released May 2025. This series seems to be ‘running out of steam’ for new ideas and despite Tom Cruise’s great action scenes, the great presentation and portrayal, the movie seems almost cliched and based on strong formula writing. The movie completely satisfies the action movie fan and absolutely satisfies the Tom Cruise fan. It’s worth watching and earns its money and time
investment.
 

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Storyline 

A Mission Impossible agent becomes involved with an AI who has obtained control over defense forces. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Christopher McQuarrie for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie for making the film possible. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Pom Klemetieff, Mariela Garriga, and Henry Czerny 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Good movie concept generates excitement and thoroughly keeps that excitement going from its beginning  to its ending. 

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RETURN TO NEVER LAND (Released to Theaters USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland—sequel to the 1953 animated film, Peter Pan—starts strongly, but loses power when Jane, Wendy’s daughter, reaches Peter Pan’s Lair. Watch for the increased evilness of Captain Hook over the 1953 animated release. The movie ends well and overall this is a good watch but lacks the magic present in the 1953 version. 

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Storyline 

Peter Pan beguiles the daughter of Wendy, Jane, to take the same adventurous journey her mother did when Wendy was a child. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Robin Budd for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Christopher Chase, Michelle Pappalardo-Robinson, and Dan Rounds for making the film possible. Cast includes Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver, Corey Burton, and Jeff Bennett 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The movie starts strongly and the viewer wonders “Where have you been all this long time, Peter Pan?” Then it falters and does not regain the power of its opening scenes. Treat the family to the 1953 version instead for value, innocence, and kindness. 

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LOVE AND MONSTERS (Released to Premium Video on Demand USA 2020)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Love and Monsters—okay, but slow—lost money on its original release. It does not serve in the better range of chemically mutated monster-themed movies. But has a certain interest as it portrays a young man who grows courage to make a dangerous journey to find an old girlfriend. This is a light watch that does not take a lot of energy to follow. 

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Storyline

After Earth is devastated by meteor/nuclear impact fallout, humans go underground to survive the results of that fallout. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank You to Director Michael Matthews for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen for making the film possible. Cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Dan Ewing, and Michael Rooker 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It’s not terrible but it is not fabulous either. Dylan O’Brien performed at a higher level in Maze Runner than in this film.

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THE GOOD LIE (Released to Theaters USA 2014)

 


Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

 The Good Lie—one film that shines all the way to the bank—WOW! This is a great inspirational film! It’s all about the human spirit, good ethics, being patient, survival, adaptability, being open to change…the list goes on and on…making the impossible, possible…never giving up on a dream even if it takes years of a life to accomplish. This is a film to love. The conclusion is perfect and so rightfully done. It’s about love and family and never giving up. The presentation, acting, and portrayal are great. The entire script and storyline are built on ethics and morality and yet an audience does not feel preached to…the message is strong and absolutely meaningful…but not at one moment does one feel coerced or forced by a ‘message’. The message just flows honestly…something we all innately know and in that it is a human film. Reese Witherspoon is wonderful as she makes her transformation. Corey Stoll is a great supporting actor. Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmauel Jal, and Kuoth Wiel casting are so well done. The children in the early part of the film have been cast exceptionally well. Great work for all involved. Lots of after viewing discussion available. It’s a good addition to the home video library. Be aware there are some violent scenes, but most of the violence is suggested rather than openly acted. 

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Storyline 

Five Sudanese children are left as orphans during a Sudanese civil war. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Philippe Falardeau for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Molly Smith, Thad Kuckinbill, and Trent Luckinbill for making the film possible. Cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Arnaold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, Femi Oguns, Sarah Baker, and Lindsey Garrett  


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is what we look for in movies: films that inspire and have a great script writer and director to bring it to life. Great work for all involved. 

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BIRD ON A WIRE (Released to Theaters USA 1990)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

Bird on a Wire—Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson film—is catchy, comical, and has its own unique style of ‘cool’ due to casting this couple together. The casting department made this movie more than it could have been. The largest fault in the movie is the stage settings chosen for its concluding scenes. Those last vital scenes, about 15 minutes or so, that clinch the audience’s ability to walk out with that sated feeling are missing in this movie. Know there are some unnecessary sex scenes that do not add anything to the story line. 

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Storyline 

At a gas station, an old girlfriend accidently runs into the man she was going to marry in their past. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director John Badham for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Rob Cohen for making the film possible. Cast includes Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, and Bill Duke for making the film possible. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The last 15 minutes has not been well-written. The movie teeters between being a good comedy to a bad, cliched watch. Many small things could help this film be of much higher quality. 

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R.I.P.D. 2: RISE OF THE DAMNED (Released to DVD USA 2022)

 Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì 

R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned—odd show—weakly rises as a prequel to R.I.P.D. It’s interesting to see Jeffrey Donavan in this movie, but it basically does not perform as a high quality watch. 

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Storyline 

Lawman Roy Pulsipher is killed and joins the R.I.P.D. in Heaven and tries to save the earth from the Underworld. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Paul Leyden for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Peter Lenkov and Mike Richardson for making the film possible. Cast includes Jeffrey Donovan, Rachel Adedeji, Penelope Mitchell, Evlyne Oyedokun, Jake Choi, Richard Brake, and Craige Els 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The Ryan Reynolds sequel version of this story performs at significantly better quality than this prequel attempt for that story. 

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BLUE BEETLE (Released to Theaters USA 2023)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

 Blue Beetle—okay film—needs improvement in portrayal and acting. The presentation is okay, but not high quality; the action scenes are artificial. The movie can be boring and even devoid, to the point of stupidity, at certain junctions where connectivity should have ruled. The film is a subpar DC Comic presentation. The overall concept is good but the script itself does not live up to its concept. 

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Storyline 

Kord Industries is developing a one man army corp. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Angel Manuel Soto for directing effort. Thank you to Producer John Rickard and Zev Foreman for making the film possible. Cast includes Xolo Maridueña, Adriana Barraza, Damian Alcázar, Raoul Max Trujillo, Susan Sarandon, and George Lopez. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. Okay is the best this movie achieves.

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THE STORY OF THE BEE GEES (Released to Theaters USA 2011)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

The Story of the Bee Gees—bland short documentary—does not tell much about the musical group but details how successful some of their songs were and how others failed. Their personal relationship works like their music did…on and off with split up and return together. There is some archival footage, and the film is good for hearing some of their better music but overall the short film is not highly interesting. 

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Storyline 

This is a short documentary about the musical group, The Bee Gees. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Amazon Prime for distribution. Cast includes Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Not much mental involvement is required, but it does require a sit-down viewing to stay atop the story. This documentary is mostly about Bee Gee music with a small sprinkle of their story thrown in as an afterthought. 

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CHARLEY VARRICK (Released to Theaters USA 1973)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

Charley Varrick—not a usual Walter Matthau movie—has an odd story to tell. Be prepared for a sit down  to watch movie experience because the general story is a bit difficult to follow at times. Be prepared for a tough, violent, mafia-themed story. 

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Storyline 

Charley Varrick, a small town bank robber, picks a bank that launders money for the mafia. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Don Siegel for directing efforts. Thank you to Producer Don Siegel for making the film possible. Cast includes Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker, John Vernon, and Felicia Farr. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. Darkly themed with no comical relief as expected from a Walter Matthau film. 

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IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (Released to Theaters USA 1994)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì 

It Could Happen to You—not morally sound—bases itself on a concept that encourages marital infidelity and drives a whole new generation of persons who represent loosened mores. Slyly built on a ‘light’ theme, for persons of a weaker moral compass, it can be suggestive to the point of giving the green light to engage in time spent alone with someone who is not the marital partner and finally ends in compromised behavior. It Is not the best watch for those who are easily persuaded and lack strongly guided moral principles. 

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Storyline 

An idealistic policeman promises a waitress half the winnings of a lottery ticket in the event he has the winning ticket.

 Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Andrew Bergman for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Mike Lobell and Gary Adelson for making the film possible. Cast includes Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Isaac Hayes, Seymour Cassel, Stanley Tucci, and J.E. Freeman.


 Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. This movie does not teach good ethics or morality for sustaining long-lasting marriage. It opens the door to dissolving marriage. In this failure, it makes room for beginning a thinking process that weakens a country rather than strengthening a country. For that failure, the movie receives the lower rating and the no watch suggestion.

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THE FRONT PAGE (Released to Theaters USA 1974)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The Front Page—fast, witty dialogue—delivers exceptional, comedy with the antics of Carol Burnett, Walter Mathau, Charles Durning, Jack Lemmon, and Susan Sarandon. Unbeatable comedy that completely involves its audience with its rapid-fire, machine gun-like dialogue. 

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Storyline 

Newspapermen compete for the best scoop on a story that drops into their laps and changes by the minute. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Billy Wilder for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Paul Monash for making the film possible. Cast includes Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Vincent Gardenia, Susan Sarandon, Allen Garfield, David Wayne, Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton, and Carol Burnett.



Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Complex, witty, comedic movie that deserves its place in the home video library. Classic comedy that will stand the test of time. 

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THE MARKSMAN (Released to Theaters USA 2021)


Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars
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The Marksman—great story—supports itself on excellent writing, good timing, and realism. The film works well for Liam Neeson and his interaction with Jacob Perez. Watch for the scene where an SUV flips…very realistic. This story needs to be told. 

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Storyline 

A woman crosses the Mexican/US border with her son and a satchel of drug cartel money. She runs into a rancher whose daughter works in Border Patrol. 

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Robert Lorenz for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Tai Duncan, Mark Williams, Warren Goz, Eric Gold, and Robert Lorenz. Cast includes Liam Neeson, Jacob Perez, Katheryn Winnick, Juan Pablo Raba, and Teresa Ruiz. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a good watch that bases itself in ethics with the writhing battle of going beyond what lawful duty calls for and rightfulness of what heart dictates.

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BEVERLY HILLS COP (Released to Theaters USA 1984)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Beverly Hills Cop—interesting storyline—has Eddie Murphy delivering his unique style of giving the audience their ability to chuckle. Overall, this is a good watch. It is not family inclusive but is a good adult share movie. 

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Storyline 

This cop comedy film is about a Detroit cop who takes a vacation, travels to Beverly Hills, and begins an investigation of his friend death. 

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Martin Brest for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer for making the film possible. Cast includes Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, and Steven Berkoff. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie works at the adult level. Listen for a theme song, Axel F. as performed by Harold Faltermeyer and Patti LaBelle voiceovers that add to scene effectiveness and the rolling end credits. 

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BIRDS OF PREY (Released to Theaters USA 2020)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Birds of Prey—odd film but creative—defines the new, emancipated Harley Quinn as she explores her new world and establishes a place for herself outside of the Joker’s presence. Margot Robbie is great as Harley Quinn and throws the usual curve ball to keep the audience in a state of surprise. Know there are some sexual references and that this is not a family inclusive watch.

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Storyline 

The Joker dumps his girlfriend, and she finds her own ways to get over her emotional crisis. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Cathy Yan for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless, and Sue Kroll for making the film possible. Cast includes Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. For the adult audience only. The violence is almost cringe-worthy. Despite this, it undeniably shows high creativity, good writing, and organizational skill. There is a realism in this movie that, despite its attempts to be beyond believability, establishes its own realism and authenticates/distinguishes itself as completely unique. Take a strong stomach with you when choosing it for your entertainment watch. 

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JOE KIDD (Released to Theaters USA 1972)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Joe Kidd—Clint Eastwood western—works the Clint Eastwood personality to the max and ends its presentation with a satisfying resolution to the dilemma presented. This is a satisfying watch for the western fan and worth watching. 

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Storyline 

A man becomes involved in a small town’s political intrigue. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director John Sturges for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Sidney Beckerman and Robert Daley for making the film possible. Cast includes Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, and John Saxon. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a good watch and worth watching for Clint Eastwood fans. This film has a good story, and great presentation and portrayal.  

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