Category Archives: Comedy

American Made

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot in the late 1970’s and early 80’s who was recruited by the CIA to fly recon missions to South American but ends up involved in a convoluted international scheme of drug/arms trading and money laundering.

A Man Called Ove

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

La La Land

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. (IMDB) Writer:  Damien Chazelle Director:  Damien Chazelle Stars:  Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend Rosemarie DeWitt Run time/Rating:  128 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter What […]

The Lobster

A dystopian society enforces a law which requires single people to pair up within 45 days or else they are turned into the animal of their choice.

Everybody Wants Some

Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to classic Dazed and Confused follows a rowdy team of college baseball players in their usually friendly battle to become top dog in a group of alpha-males, and score chicks.

The Martian

Mark Watney is stranded alone on Mars after his mission team believes him to be dead and leaves the planet to escape a storm. He is forced to survive on the crew’s remaining small amount of supplies and his skills and creativity while attempting to communicate back to earth.

The Big Short

3 individual groups of investment sharks project a collapse of the early 2000’s US housing market and bet against the banks for stakes in the billions.

Irrational Man

The new to school, personally tormented philosophy professor connects with one of his students and finds new meaning for his life in a very unlikely way.

St. Vincent

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. (IMDB)

Into the Woods

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (IMDB) Writers:  James Lapine (screenplay), James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim (musical) Director:  Rob Marshall Stars:  Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine Run time/Rating:  125 Minutes/ PG Popcorn Score:  Small Popcorn. In […]

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. (IMDB) Writers:  Alejandro Gonzalez, Nicolas Giacobone Director:  Alejandro González Iñárritu Stars:  Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with […]

The Skeleton Twins

Brought together by their desire to self destruct, estranged twins return to one another’s lives for the good and the bad. Writers:  Mark Heyman, Craig Johnson Director:  Craig Johnson  Stars:  Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson  Run time/Rating:  93 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn For much of the first half of Skeleton Twins, I felt like it was […]

Hector and the Search for Happiness

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Writers: Maria von Heland (screenplay), Peter Chelsom(screenplay) François Lelord(Novel)  Director: Peter Chelsom Stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Jordan Schartner  Run time/Rating: 114 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:Medium Popcorn with Butter The concept of happiness and it’s meaning, or the pursuit of is nothing new to cinema, stories, or our thoughts we all have every […]

A Million Ways to Die in the West

The year is 1882 and a man who belongs in the 21st century begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, his courage is tested when her husband shows up to town and is one of the most feared gunmen in the west. Writers:  Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Director:  Seth MacFarlane Stars:   Seth […]

Begin Again

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.  (IMDB) Writer:   John Carney Director:  John Carney Stars:  Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine Run time/Rating:  104 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Ahhhhh, what a nice summer movie.  This is what the […]

22 Jump Street

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. (IMDB) Writers:  Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, Jonah Hill(Story) Directors:  Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Stars:  Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube Run time/Rating:  112 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn […]

Neighbors

A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.  (IMDB) Writers:  Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien Director:  Nicholas Stoller Stars:  Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron Run time/Rating:  97 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Some movies are created with skill and craft and showcase historical or what could […]

The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.  (IMDB) Writers:   Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort(book) Director:  Martin Scorsese Stars:    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie Run time/Rating:  180 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter It took […]

The Lego Movie

An ordinary LEGO mini figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.  (IMDB) Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller(Screenplay & Story) Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman (Story) Directors:  Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Stars:  Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, […]

Academy Award Best Short Films, Animated

I have always enjoyed seeing the Academy Award Nominated Short Films.  For many of you who do not realize, the academy puts all 5 animated shorts, live action shorts, and documentary shorts together as one collection and plays them as a single showing in Theaters across the country leading up the Oscars.  I always find […]

Philomena

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  (IMDB) Writers:   Steve Coogan(screenplay), Jeff Pope(screenplay), Martin Sixsmith(Book) Director:  Stephen Frears Stars:   Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark Run time/Rating:  98 Minutes/ […]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (IMDB) Writers:  Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Director:  Adam McKay Stars:  Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter If you take a very quick […]

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever […]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (IMDB) Writers:   Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt(screenplay) Susan Collins(Novel) Director:   Francis Lawrence Stars:   Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Run time/Rating:  146 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn It didn’t take more than […]

Robot and Frank

Frank receives a gift from his son that he refuses to accept until he realizes that it can be used to help him with his old criminal ways. Writer:  Christopher D. Ford Director:  Jake Schreier Stars:  Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon Run time/Rating:  89 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn Robot and Frank is one of […]

Blue Jasmine

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love… (IMDB) Writer:  Woody Allen Director:  Woody Allen Stars:  Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins Run time/Rating:  98 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Large Popcorn with Butter This […]

The Internship

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (IMDB) Writers:   Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern Director:  Shawn Levy Stars:  Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn […]

Don Jon

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (IMDB) Writer:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt Director:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt Stars:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore Run time/Rating:  90 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn My desire to like “Don Jon” […]

Pain & Gain

A trio of bodybuilders in Miami get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. (IMDB) Writers:  Christopher Markus ,Stephen McFeely Director:  Michael Bay Stars:  Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie Run time/Rating  129 Minutes/ R Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn More often than not when people ask about a movie, they […]

Quartet

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.(IMDB) Writer:  Ronald Harwood (play), Ronald Harwood(screenplay) Director:  Dustin Hoffman Stars:  Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly Run time/Rating:  98 Minutes/ PG-13 Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter […]