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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Maggie's Plan (Rebecca Miller)

Maggie 's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex-wife are actually perfect for each other?

Starring: Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Greta Gerwig, Wallace Shawn, Mina Sundwall, Jackson Frazer

My thoughts on this film: Maggie's Plan is only technically a Greta Gerwig movie as she is the star of the film, and it displays her style of comedy. Maggie's plan is to have a baby using the sperm of a maths genius turned pickle-maker and raise it all on her own. As they do in life, plans change when she falls in love with a College Professor, played by Ethan Hawke, and he leaves his troubled marriage for her. Deep into the commitment her feelings for him change and rather than end the relationship, she comes up with another plan to get him back together with his ex-wife, played beautifully by the always amazing Julianne Moore.
It is a complex plan to a a complex situation, which is perfect for someone like Gerwig, and this is what makes the movie interesting to watch. I did giggle a few times but the comedy was overall too quiet for me, even with Saturday Night Live Bill Hader and the spectacular Maya Rudolph as supporting characters, who could have easily turned this up a notch.
I did not laugh that hard, but the overall punch line makes Maggie's Plan a good one.

Now you see me 2 (Directed by: Jon M. Chu; Written by: Ed Solomon, Peter Chiarelli, Boaz Yakin, and Edward Ricourt)


One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman

My thoughts on this film: I enjoyed the first 'Now You See Me' because I was wowed by the mystery and suspense of it all. The sequel, however, does not provide me with the same experience.
This time round, the film spends a lot of time introducing the new characters and setting up the picture. Then, there is a constant stream of trickery, which is unrealistic and unlikely. The plot becomes so far fetched and random, events happening so conveniently that it stops being believable, which is the key that made the first film great. There are some good scenes in here, but most of the time I am left wondering when will it end. Unfortunately, I cannot see the wow factor in 'Now You See Me 2'.

Friday, June 03, 2016

The Nice Guys (Shane Black)



A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.




Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Yaya DaCosta, Beau Knapp, Lois Smith, Murielle Telio, Daisy Tahan, Kim Basinger, Jack Kilmer

Why I loved this film: It is a lot of fun to watch. The two leads are ace, both giving near-career best performances. Angourie Rice is also excellent as Gosling's teenage daughter. Bad guys Matt Bomer, Keith David, and Beau Knapp are also memorable as the bad guys. The film is very funny with Crowe and Gosling bouncing off each other nicely. It is not the kind of action film I am used to, but worth seeing for the comedy.