Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—"Ticket to Paradise" is a Predictable but Enjoyable Romantic Comedy

Is there anybody else who misses clichéd romance comedies? The genre appears to have gone out in the early 2000s and was briefly supplanted by vulgar comedies, which vanished when the big-budget superhero movies took over the box office. I was pleasantly delighted when Universal Pictures released the teaser for "Ticket to Paradise," starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, earlier this year. Even though the trailer gave away the whole storyline, the movie seemed like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to watch the picture during its brief theatrical run; however, I received an advance copy of the Blu-ray (+ DVD + Digital) release, which is now available in stores, along with a separate DVD release. The film is also available for digital purchase and streaming on Peacock

Daniel Pipski and director Oil Parker co-wrote the script. The film focuses on divorcees David and Georgia Cotton (George Clooney and Julie Roberts), who learn through email that their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) is marrying Gede (Maxime Bouttier), a man she just met 37 days ago while on vacation in Bali with her best friend Wren (Billie Lourd). David and Georgia immediately board a plane flown by her considerably younger French boyfriend, Paul (Lucas Bravo), to prevent their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they did twenty years earlier. 

Bonus Features on the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital are: 

  • Return of the Dynamic Duo Back together at last! In this fun-loving featurette, celebrate the significant screen return of two of the world’s most beloved stars, Julia Roberts and George Clooney.
  • Destination WeddingIt's a beautiful day for a wedding in paradise- and you're invited! Take a deep dive into all the details of Lily's magical day.
  • Production in ParadiseFrom Balinese marriage customs to filming in the Whitsundays, discover how filmmakers were able to bring a slice of paradise to audiences around the world in this making-of. 
  •  Keep a Straight FaceIt's hard to keep a straight face with a best friend by your side. Spend a day on set with real-life pals Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd as they try not to distract each other too much.

The premise of Ticket to Paradise is as formulaic and predictable as it gets, and the humor is hit-or-miss. I never laughed at anything that transpired throughout the 104-minute length, but I did grin from time to time at the sheer joy of seeing George Clooney and Julia Roberts on screen together again. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the film is seeing their interaction. Kaitlyn Dever is excellent as their lovestruck daughter, and Billie Lourd is amusing as her party-loving best friend. ╌★★★✰✰

Saturday, December 10, 2022

[Review]—"5000 Blankets" is a Heartwarming Film

The incredible, heartwarming true story 5000 Blankets will arrive exclusively in theaters on December 12 and 13 only from AFFIRM Films (a Sony Company). 

Amin Matalqa is the film's director, and Matthew Antonelli and Larry Postel wrote the script together. Anna Camp, Carson Minniear, Kim Myers, Rob Hallett, Cindy Hogan, and Rob Mayes are among the cast members.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

[Review]—"I Heard the Bells" is a Beautiful Historical Film

In theaters starting December 1st, I Heard the Bells is the perfect film to watch with your family as you prepare to celebrate Christmas! It's a dramatization of the inspiring true tale of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the creator of the well-known Christmas carol, which is currently playing in cinemas for three days only, December 1, 3, and 4. Visit to find out more about the film and to purchase tickets.

Sight & Sound Films produced the film with Joshua Enck directing and co-writing the script with Jeff Bender. Jonathan Blair, Rachel Day Hughes, and Stephen Atherholt are among the cast members. 

Monday, November 28, 2022

[Review]—"It's Christmas Again" is a Charming Holiday Musical

The holiday musical movie It's Christmas Again will open in theaters for just one night on November 29th. Tickets can be purchased at

Sandra Martin produced, wrote, and directed the film, which features songs written by Quinten Coblentz and Wes Writer and music composed by Tyler Michael Smith. The cast includes Lawson Touliatos, Leela Owen, Trisha Owen, Darby Cappillino, Reina Özbay, and Jason Burkey.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

[Review]—The Historical Epic "Medieval" is Just Bloody Mayhem

The historical epic Medieval, directed by Petr Jákl of the Czech Republic, will have its digital premiere on October 25 through Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment; a Blu-ray and DVD release are scheduled for December 6. Last month, The Avenue distributed the movie, which was made by WOG FILM s.r.o., to a select number of cinemas. It stars Ben Foster, Sophie Lowe, Michael Caine, Til Schweiger, William Moseley, and Matthew Goode. The film is rated R for strong and grisly violent content throughout and some nudity.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

[Review]— Eye-Catching CGI Can't Save "Beast" From Its Lame Plot

Why am I introducing my concluding remarks first? Because there isn't much to say. The survival thriller Beast either has terrible production values or is inadequately directed. While the idea of a "killer" lion is corny and ridiculous, I was intrigued by the picture because of its star, Idris Elba—a talented actor—who needs a new agent because most of the films he plays in are lousy.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

[Review]—"FALL" is a Tense, Nail-Biting Rush

I used to have acrophobia, or a fear of heights, so a movie like Fall would have terrified me. Now hold on, I still live in constant terror of dying from falls, especially from a 2,000-foot TV tower. What TV tower, you ask? Well, I'm talking about two thrill-seekers who try to scale the B67 TV tower amid the desert, but absolutely everything goes wrong!

Monday, October 17, 2022

[Review]—"Paul's Promise" is a Christian Film with Flaws, Yet Nevertheless, Conveys Important Spiritual Lessons

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Excellent presentation of a life changed by Jesus” - Fred Higgins from Assembly of God

The religious movie Paul's Promise—made by Damascus Road Productions, Uptone Pictures, and SaltShaker Media—will be released by Integrity Releasing on October 21 to a small number of USA theaters—roughly 200+ markets. Directed by Matthew Reithmayr (Desolate Beauty) and written for the screen by Vitya Stevens (Backseat Rendezvous), the film stars Linda Purl, Nancy Stafford, Ryan O'Quinn, Shari Rigby, Josef Cannon, and Dean Cain. It's rated PG for thematic material—including racism and domestic violence, language, some violence, and smoking. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

[Review]—Rob Zombie's "The Munsters" is a Dreary Gothic Romance

After the disastrous trailer for Rob Zombie's version of The Munsters circulated online over the summer, was anyone anticipating it? Horror aficionados generally dislike Rob Zombie's movies, largely due to his wife, Sheri Moon, being cast in all of his films and his frequent usage of redneck characters with offensive dialogue. If you don't believe me, read the comments on any article about a Rob Zombie movie. Yes, there are a few trolls, but as I've already stated, most horror enthusiasts dislike his films. Maybe, with the exception of The Devil's Rejects, which has a modest fan base.  

Friday, September 23, 2022

[Review]—"The Infernal Machine" is a Flawed Yet Gripping Thriller

Today marks the Paramount+ streaming premiere of the R-rated, 111-minute film The Infernal Machine starring Guy Pearce, based on the podcast "The Hilly Earth Society,"  created by Jonathan Mitchell and Louis Kornfeld. Andrew Hunt wrote and helmed the movie (his feature film directorial debut). The supporting cast includes Alice Eve, Jeremy Davies, and Alex Pettyfer.

Monday, September 12, 2022

{The Midnight Horror}—"Margaux"—An Ineffective Smart House Slasher

Is it a plus or a minus that a horror film doesn't receive enough reviews to receive a TOMATOMETER rating? Margaux now has four reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Most likely, none of you are familiar with Margaux (rated R; 104 minutes). The movie premiered on Paramount+ on September 9th with almost no hype. Chris Beyroot and Nick Waters wrote the screenplay for the film, which Steven C. Miller directed. Madison Pettis, Vanessa Morgan, Lochlyn Munro, Richard Harmon, Jedidiah Goodacre, Phoebe Miu, Jordan Buhat, Brittany Mitchell, and Louis Lay are among the actors who appear in the movie.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—Jurassic World Dominion (2022)

Jurassic World Dominion is now available in physical (4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD) and digital formats from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It is the third and final installment in the Jurassic World trilogy, and the sixth overall in the series, which began in 1993 with Jurassic Park. (Adapted from Michael Crichton's thriller of the same name.) The Extended Edition includes both the 147-minute theatrical and the 160-minute extended versions of the film.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

[DVD Review]—White Elephant (2022)

On August 2nd, RLJE Films (a division of AMC Networks) released the low-budget actioner White Elephant on DVD and Blu-ray. It's one of the final films starring the now-retired Bruce Willis (the Die Hard franchise), and it's directed by Jesse V. Johnson (who co-wrote the screenplay with Erik Martinez).

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

[DVD Review]—Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

I'm probably the last blogger in the universe to write a review for last year's blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home - a.k.a. the 8th Spidey live-action movie from Sony Pictures. Why the wait? Well, I didn't see the film when it was playing in theaters, so I waited until the home media or, more specifically, the DVD. I know what many of you are thinking, "A DVD? What is this, 2002?" Listen, I review whatever the PRs send to me. In this case, it was a DVD. Shockingly, this DVD comes with a Digital code. (FYI - To all the moochers out there: Sorry, but I already redeemed the code. Find your freebies elsewhere.) 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

{The Midnight Horror}—"OFFSEASON" is a Suspenseful Supernatural Thriller

Wait a minute... is Billy reviewing horror movies again? 

I planned to restart my Midnight Horror post series, but my plans were constantly sidetracked by illness, death, and other uncontrollable setbacks. Are the postings back indefinitely? That remains to be seen. I'm testing the waters, hoping to rekindle my creative mojo. Let's start with the "Offseason" and see where it takes us.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—Belfast (2021)

Sometime this year, the critically appraised coming-age film Belfast came out on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and somewhere along the line, I received a copy for review purposes. I recall watching it immediately but never wrote down my thoughts on it until now. And yes, I did rewatch the movie before writing this post.

Monday, May 9, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—Last Looks (2022)

Thanks to the now-saturated streaming services, theatrical releases are becoming a thing of the past unless the film is Marvel or connected to another big IP. Everything else goes straight to VOD, followed by a Digital, DVD, or Blu-ray release, such as the thriller Last Looks, which landed on physical media last month from RLJE Films. Ever heard it? If you said no, join the club, as I never heard of the title until I received a press release for the Blu-ray - and that was near the release date. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

{Easter Movies on Pure Flix}—Risen (2016)

“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. Mark 15:29-32 (NIV) 

Easter is just around the corner, and there's no time like the present to teach your kids about the holiday's true meaning. No, I'm referring to chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. I'm referring to the death and resurrection of Jesus - the hallmarks of the Christian faith. Easter is the time of rejoicing and remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.  

Thursday, March 10, 2022

[Review]—Tyson's Run (2022)

Arriving in movie theaters on March 11th is the inspirational drama Tyson's Run (Rated PG; 102 minutes). Kim Bass wrote, produced, and directed the film. Planet 9 Productions produced the film with Collide Distribution distributing it. Four-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams recorded If You Believe, an original song for the film.

Tyson's Run centers on an autistic fifteen-year-old named Tyson Hollerman (Major Dodson), who has been homeschooled by his mother, Eloise (Amy Smart), for his entire life. Tyson wants to learn more about algebra. He convinces his mother to enroll him as a student at Head High School, the very same school where his father, Bobby (Rory Cochrane), coaches football.

While helping his father clean up the football team, Tyson befriends champion marathon runner Aklilu (Barkhad Abdi), who owns a local shoe store. With Aklilu's guidance, Tyson is determined to be a runner and enter the town's upcoming marathon. He hopes he will win his father's approval by winning the race.  

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Final Thoughts

Tyson's Run is a blend of a coming-of-age tale and a sports drama that at times resembles an afterschool school special from the 1980s. (Remember those?) It's a family-friendly movie that touches on autism, school bullying, parental acceptance. The movie's main themes are faith, courage, and believing in yourself.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Tyson's Run. It's a well-directed movie with good performances from the cast. 

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Disclosure: Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

[Review]—Redeeming Love (2021)

Universal Pictures' big-screen adaptation of author Francine Rivers's historical romance Redeeming Love (PG-13; 134 minutes) will be in theaters tonight with select Thursday Night screenings and receive a nationwide release on Friday. 

Francine Rivers had authored several historical romances before becoming a born-again Christian in 1986. After taking a three-year break from writing, she read the Book of Hosea from the Old Testament, which inspired her to pen Redeeming Love, first published in 1991 by Bantam Books. Since its publication, the book has sold over three million copies and translated into 30 languages.

Redeeming Love is co-written by Francine Rivers and D. J. Caruso, who also directs the film. Abigail Cowen (Fate: The Winx Saga) stars as Angel, a troubled woman working as a prostitute in the gold mining town of Pair-A-Dice. Angel was sold into prostitution at an early age after her mother's death. She expects nothing but pain and heartache from everyone and everything around her. Well, until she meets Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis), a Christian farmer that comes knocking at her door. Unlike all other men that buy thirty minutes of her time, Michael wants nothing from her.

Michael proposes marriage to Angel but not for one second does she believe this man wants to marry her. Only after Michael rescues her from a dire situation does she agree to marry him. Michael brings Angel to his farm. Angel tries to mend her wounds, both physical and emotional. She is ashamed of her past and feels unworthy of Michael's love. 

Co-starring are Logan Marshall-Green, Famke Janssen, Nina Dobrev, and Eric Dane.  

Final Thoughts

Redeeming Love isn't your by-the-book Hollywood love story. It deals with dark themes of prostitution and abuse. The film must have barely gotten a PG-13 because of those dark themes; it could've easily received an R rating.

Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis both give good performances. Rogier Stofffer's cinematography is both beautiful and dreadful at the same time. By dreadful, I'm referring to a few well-shot violent scenes that are difficult to watch due to the subject matter. The musical score by Brian Tyler and Breton Vivian was excellent.

Overall, Redeeming Love is an emotional tale about forgiveness and redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film. It's not a scene-by-scene adaptation. There were a few changes from the book, but nothing dramatic. Whether you've read the book or not, I highly recommend seeing Redeeming Love.

Many thanks to Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Please