TL;DR – It is a film with one of the best comedic casts in the industry, but it just meanders a bit too much.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Turning 50 is one of those big moments in your life that makes you think back
at everything that has led you to this point. The friends you made, the choices
you made or didn’t make, how your bodies do or don’t hold up. It is a time of
friendship, reflection, and a lot of wine, like a serious copious amount of
So to set the scene, a long time ago in a pizza joint in Chicago a group of
friends came together. Since then Abby (Amy Poehler), Naomi (Maya Rudolph),
Rebecca (Rachel Dratch), Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), Val (Paula Pell), and Jenny
(Emily Spivey) have been inseparable even though they have all moved to different
cities and have had very different lives. First the first time in a long time
the whole group is coming together to celebrate Rebecca’s 50th
birthday. The group booked out a house in Napa Valley for a weekend of wine,
lots of wine, a very tight schedule, and more wine. But as everyone’s lives
have moved in different directions, the question is, have they moved on from
TL;DR – One of the funnier films I have seen this year, a great example of what happens when fools rush in when angels dare to tread.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
What would you do to avoid crushing your daughter’s dreams to go to college, how far will you go? That is the basic premise behind The House, in this case referring to the fact that in casinos ‘The House’ always wins. So can they make this truly silly premise work, all will it crash and burn, well let’s take a look.
TL;DR – A simple paint by numbers comedy, funny but ultimately a bit disappointing
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I went and watched Sisters right afterThe Revenant, as a way to decompress after that spectacle of filmmaking. Given that both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are incredible comedians separately and together they are amazing I had really high expectations for Sisters. So was it funny, well in places yes it was, but it was also comedy paint by numbers, where you can chart the course of the film after about 20 minutes in.
In my younger years, Pixar was a company that could do no wrong, every film they put out was a masterpiece or at the very least amazing. Also, they were risk takers, dealing with issues such as mortality and death in children’s films. To this day the first 20 minutes of Up are some of the most heart-wrenching moments in cinema, but also a masterclass in how to tell a story with minimal dialogue. Then something went wrong, Brave, while interesting was more good than great, then Cars 2 streamed in, and Monsters University, and it looked like Pixar had burnt through all its good ideas. Well if Inside Out proves anything, it proves that Pixar still has it.