THE COLOR PURPLE (Released to Theaters USA 2023)


Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

The Color Purple—music messy—drops song and dance routines into scenes without coherent reasons for that delivery. Delineation between characters has not been rigidly established so that storyline confusion easily sets in. The first presentation of The Color Purple (1985has heart and far exceeds the entertainment value of this 2023 remake. Audiences look for movies that are memorable and have impact. The 1985 The Color Purple movie establishes both qualities with its jarring realism. The richness of the story, The Color Purple, comes from its tapestry woven from the threads of exceptionally heart-breaking life events that over a lifetime come full circle to types of resolution and compensation.

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Storyline

 A girl endures a harsh, abusive marriage. Another girl abandons her father's principles and causes life-long distress due to her life choices. Another girl 'finds' her sister's children. These stories interweave and overlap until the pattern, the outcome, comes full circle and meaning begins to establish itself as severe wrongs begin to be covered with a type of healing.  

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Blitz Bazawule, for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Michael Beugg, Pete Chiapetta, Adam Fell, Carla Gardini, Mara Jacobs, Andrew Lary, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Andrew Tittanegro, Courtenay Valenti, Sheila Walcott, Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, for making the film possible. Cast includes Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Dannielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, H.E.R., David Alan Grier. 


Buy a ticket
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Maybe. The 2023 movie is somewhat watchable but that watch-ability comes in noise and movement. The original 1985 movie bases itself in many colors that penetrate the soul.

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EIGHT BELOW (Released to Theaters USA 2006)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Stars
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Eight Below—American rewrite of the 1983 Japanese movie, Antarctica—becomes a suitable watch as it educates about research stations located in Antarctica, the importance of dog teams, ice breaking ships, research grant money sourcing, transporting long distances in dangerous environments, wildlife native to that continent, and the resourcefulness of life that needs to survive. Paul Walker's character seems generic. He has not been assigned the more involved, distinctive role as in the Fast and Furious or Hours films. The movie is a suitable watch that does not require a great emotional or mental involvement.

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Storyline 

Antarctic researchers look for a rare rock thought to be present in that continent. An imminent storm requires immediate evacuation with no opportunity to rescue the dog team. The research guide attempts repeatedly to raise funding for the dog rescue. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director and Executive Producer Frank Marshall, for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Christine Iso, Masaru Kakutani, Roy Lee, Todd Lieberman, and Producers Patrick Crowley, and David Hoberman, for making the film possible. Cast includes Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Wendy Crewson, Gerard Plunkett, August Schellenberg, Jason Biggs, D.J., Timba, Koda, Jasmin, Apache, Buck, and Noble. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The movie is not fancy. It's a 'no frills' telling of an event and the outcome of immediate decisions executed without forethought. This film may have had more impact if it had not flown under the Disney Studio network label and instead installed itself under the, now defunct, Touchstone Pictures studio banner. 

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RUDOLPH THE-NOSED REINDEER (Released to NBC Television USA 1964)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer—good movie for the child/adult share—has great stop motion animation and, despite its age (1964) is still watchable. The voice actors are well chosen, and the presentation and portrayal are good. The story is well written. This 1964 film was a Christmas short film featured on television on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) channel.

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Storyline 

 The Reindeer Donner and his Reindeer wife have a son. They name him Rudolph and the story is on.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Larry Roemer, for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Arthur Rankin Jr. and Co-Producer Jules Bass for making the film possible. Cast includes Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Stan Francis, Alfie Scopp, Janis Orenstein, Paul Kligman, Carl Banas, and Peg Dixon. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a good film for families and 60 years later is still a good watch.

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RUST (Released to DVD World-wide 2010)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì 

Rust—interesting to okay—does not 'get off the ground' until Corbin Bernsen's character, James Moore, begins unraveling the story behind the arson of a local home and who really is to blame for that arson. It's a story of justice and rightful assignment of guilt, but it takes over 40 minutes of film to 'get' there.  This Christian film has places where the acting is 'over the top' good and other places where the acting is almost average. Corbin Bernsen works at a surprisingly high skill level, has over 261 film and TV shows appearances with a new 10 credits scheduled. He will be a good actor to follow with that strong work ethic.  

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Storyline 

James Moore returns to his small town and finds it pretty much the same except for an arson incident that police have closed due to a confession. James Moore, despite the confession, does not believe the blame has been placed rightly and pursues the truth on his own time. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Corbin Bernsen for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Chris Aronoff, Corbin Bernsen, and Dana Lesiuk, and Co-Producer James Greilick, for making the film possible. Cast include Corbin Bernsen, Lorne Cardinal, Frank Gall, Lloyd Warner, Audrey Lynn Tennent, Kristen Collins, John Hutchinson ,Chesney Caswell, Judith Davies, Cavan Cunningham, and Mike Kernahan.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The movie has a completely unexpected conclusion. It's a light mystery that does not require a great deal of emotional or intellectual involvement.

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MADAME WEB (Released to Theaters USA 2024)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì 

Madam Web—weak portrayal—sports a story with little to no continuity and little to no character development. Toward the end of the film, an audience may feel like they are running an obstacle course with no training and no guide. The 'origin' part of the story at its introductory scenes does not involve its audience and comes off as cold and irrelevant. The largest faux pas is leaving three teenagers while Madame Web goes into the jungle for a 'soul search' and bases her location on a single picture of a tree. The film is hard to follow and difficult to piece together.

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Storyline

 A pregnant female doctor is deceived by her security guard when he steals the spider she discovers in the jungle. Her baby is delivered by friendly tribals but the doctor, the baby's mother, dies. The baby grows to adulthood and serves as an emergency ambulance driver in New York City.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director and Executive Producer S.J. Clarkson, for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Adam Merims and Claire Parker for making the film possible. Cast includes Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, Celeste O'Connor, Tahir Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts, Adam Scott, Kerry Bisché, and,Zoshia Mamet. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. This could be skipped for Spider-Man films from Toby Maguire to Andrew Garfield to Tom Holland to the animated Spider-Man films of recent years, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Madame Web is messy and unprofessional..

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RUBY GILLMAN: TEENAGE KRAKEN (Released to Theaters USA 2023)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì 

Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken—not as 'messy' as Madam Webstarts fairly well. Then one starts to see a cliched and poorly written script, which is partially forgiven due to a fairly good portrayal. Then the conclusion comes with its battle scene and the question becomes "That's it?" and the film's faults come rushing toward one like incoming tide. The latter part of the film feels like a fast track to allow her to meet the villain and take it down...it seems almost like boredom sets in and 'Let's just get it over with' rules the rest of the movie.

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 Storyline 

 A female kraken, like any other teenager, lives with parents and a sibling on land. But when she gets into the ocean for the first time, she becomes a full fledged kraken and she has to figure out what to do next. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kirk DeMicco and Co-Director Faryn Pearl for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Mike Mitchell for making the film possible. Cast includes Jane Fonda, Lana Condor, Toni Collette, Colman Domingo, Blue Chapman, Will Forte, Liza Koshy, Ramona Young, and Eduardo Franco.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It's messy with a story that falls apart little by little until there's nothing left. The concluding scenes do not even try for the gold medal. This movie comes with very little to recommend for buying the ticket or expending the time to watch.

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THE HOMESMAN (Released to Theaters USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

The Homesman—Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank—has a different western story to tell as it focuses on female lives and their ways of coping (or not coping) with the tough life on the frontier. The cast shows outstanding skill in depicting the story. Content contains  explicit sex scenes; nudity; and frank, adult dialogue. The story needs to be told.

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Storyline

Ms. Cuddy agrees to transport three men's wives to a Christian asylum to rehabilitate them to sanity, if possible. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director/Executive Producer Tommy Lee Jones for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer G. Hughes Abell, Deborah Dobson Bach, Michael Fitzgerald, Richard Romero, for making the film possible. Cast includes: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Jo Harvey Allen, Barry Corbin, David Dencik, William Fichtner, Evan Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Maybe. This film looks at the western frontier's development and the toll it takes on females.

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WRATH OF MAN (Released to Theaters USA 2021)

 



Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Stars
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Wrath of Man—holds audience attention—implies violence and uses some sexual innuendos but has good to great acting with good presentation and portrayal. Jason Statham plays a solid, believable role that logically works. The movie depicts strong masculinity and resolution of a problem. It's an interesting watch. 

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Storyline

A crime boss takes revenge on another crime 'family' composed of US military warriors, battle experienced from US encounters with Afghanistan, for killing his son during an armored truck heist. 

 

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Guy Ritchie, for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Steven Chasman, Andrew Golov, Louise Killin, Joshua Throne, for making the film possible. Cast includes Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Rocci Boy Williams, Josh Hartnett, Jeffrey Donovan, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Deobia Oparei, Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo. 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a complicated watch that needs a Wikipedia plotline read before movie engagement. Be prepared for very good acting. 

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THE EQUALIZER 3 (Released to Theaters USA 2023)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Equalizer 3—not as good as the last two films—continues to present cringe-worthy, gory violence a la Denzel Washington-style as he works the strong vigilante theme. This movie almost works as a nostalgia offering to the previous two films. Watch for Dakota Fanning as Emma Collins in the movie. This movie works for its money and especially serves the action crowd with good camera work and a believable story. 

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Storyline 

Robert McCall is back. His job is to eliminate a mafia/drug dealing ring in Italy. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director and Producer Antoine Fuqua for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Tarak Ben Ammar, David Bloomfield, Andy Mitchell, Samir M. Patel, Kat Samick, and Enzo Sisti for making the film possible. Cast includes Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Eugenio Mastrandrea, David Denman, Gaia Scodellaro, Remo Girone, Andrea Scarduzio, Andrea Dodero, Daniele Perrione, and Zakaria Hamza. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. It is a suitable watch and tells a good story. Denzel Washington presents a strong, realistic performance to make the movie worth time and money investment. This is an adult watch for action fans.

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THE GRACE CARD (Released to Theaters USA 2010)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì 

The Grace card works like a Cops reality television show and has a strong documentary-style formatting in some places. Everything in the movie (presentation, portrayal, acting) works within the okay to suitable range. The believability/realism work at the lower end of the spectrum but the movie has a surprise conclusion that works really well. 

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Storyline 

 Two policemen, one bitter about life and the other who wants to be a pastor, are assigned by their department as police partners.  

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director David G. Evans for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Lynn Holmes, Thank you to Producer Howard Klausner, Howard Nasraway, John R. Saunders, And Associate Producer Timothy D. Brown for making the film possible. Cast include Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, Joy Palmer Moore, Louis Gossett Jr., Dawntoya Thomason, Rob Erickson, Kiana McDaniel, Taylor Ollins, and Cindy Hodge.  


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. This Christian film has better organization than Rust, another Christian-themed movie that appears on the same four DVD disc pack as this one. Overall, the story is a light, afternoon watch that does not require tremendous emotional involvement.

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SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (Released to Television USA 1991)

 


Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Sarah, Plain and Tall—is a good, clean film for families. The movie originally released as a 1991 Columbia Broadcasting Systems (CBS) release. Christopher Walken and Glenn Close make a good casting team. While it is not a spectacular watch, it feels good to catch decency. The movie is slightly reminiscent of stories that Little House on the Prairie television series broadcast but it is not as original and/or creative as that television series. The portrayal and presentation work at the suitable to good level of entertainment and it is worth watching.

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Storyline 

A widower farmer with two children puts an ad in the paper for a wife, and a woman from Maine answers the ad. 

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Glenn Jordan for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Glenn Close, William Self,  and Producer Glenn Jordan for making the film possible. Cast includes Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Lexi Randall, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska, Jon DeVries, Christopher Bell, James Rebhorn, Woody Watson, Betty Laird, Marc Penney, Kara Beth Taylor, and Lawrence Moran.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?


Yes. It is a suitable to good family-clean watch and earns its watch.

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THE MARVELS (Released to Theaters USA 2023)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

The Marvels—Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jacksonworks at the suitable to good level of entertainment. Brie Larson plays Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury. A mid-credit scene at the end of the film hints that there will be a part three of the story.

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Storyline

Captain Marvel teams with two women to form the trio whose mission is to save the universe from an evil female alien.  

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Nia DaCosta for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Victoria Alonso, Jamie Christopher, Louis D'Esposito, Matthew Jenkins, Mary Livanos, Jonathan Schwartz, for making the film possible. Cast includes: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Park Seo-joon, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, and Leila Farzad. 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. There is a taste of that Marvel charm written into the movie and the actors are well-chosen. The movie works overall at the good to suitable range.

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