Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Girl on the Train: Movie Review


Great lead character leads the film astray.

Part of the problem with The Girl on the Train is that it’s not the film it was meant to be – this is of course assuming we know what it was meant to be; or at the very least it’s not the film it seems like it should be. Let’s start with the pedigree: it’s based on a popular thriller novel by Paula Hawkins, and stars it-girl, always-on-the-cusp-of-making-it-huge Emily Blunt. She’s always seemingly one good role or one big movie away from an Oscar. This could have been it.   2016

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Screenplay by: Erin Cressida Wilson
Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins

Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Raising the Bar: Movie Review


Humorous and touching, albeit full of cliches.

Raising the Bar is a small, family-friendly gymnastics film that has “cute” written all over it. Over-achieving teen girl joins overly-ambitious teen girl on an under-achieving gymnastics club, and we have an underdog sports story. It has a very familiar plot with familiar characters but that shouldn’t stop their target audience, and their mothers, and their older sisters, and their younger sisters from enjoying it. 2016

Directed by: Clay Glen

Screenplay by: Clay Glen

Starring: Kelly Berglund, Lili Karamalikis, Tess Fowler and Jack Tomich