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Hallmark The Nine Lives of Christmas DVD New Family, Romance
Hallmark The Nine Lives of Christmas DVD New Family, Romance

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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Didn't Have A Chance ... " - Zachary Stone, November 23, 2014
There are times, especially around the Christmas holiday season that we all need to slow down and take a breather from the hustle and bustle, viewing this movie is no exception to that old adage. You can see from the title that it is all wrapped around Christmas and actually around cats too. Along with a cat's 'nine lives', who can resist a brand new Hallmark movie from The Holiday Collection? As soon as I can get a copy, that is promptly what I will do. I was able to view this on the channel itself, now I have to own it. These easy to view films get difficult to find at a decent price at times, and this is one of them. If I am able to find this at a lower cost, I will share that information so anyone interested in this new film can see it too.

A stray cat takes a shine to an alone firefighter named, Zachary Stone (Brandon Routh), I should say with cats it is the adoption of the person and not the other way around. A cat will claim you, you can't just claim it. Any cat owner knows the position of a 'cat adoption' and who adopts whom. It immediately claims ownership and that is all 'he' wrote. On this scene is an up and coming Marilee White (Kimberly Sustad), who is soon to be a veterinarian herself. Even though Zachary likes his single life, through this little stray and story, he reconsiders knowing that he would rather not be alone any longer ... It is so nice to have a film for the whole family to watch and not worry about a thing.

An adorable film from director Mark Jean for the kitty inclined. Hallmark's "The Nine Lives of Christmas" allows another escape into something everyone in the family can share together. Even if your cat has no regard for you at the time!


You're Not You
You're Not You
DVD
Price: $6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Possible To Remain Active With Your Family And Friends ... For A Time, November 22, 2014
This is compassionately and realistically directed by George C. Wolfe, from the screenplay written by Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts. The novel was penned from Roberts and Michelle Wildgen and introduces this story based in the truth of a terminal illness and the realism of being struck down in the prime of life. A friendship that comes full circle and gives dignity to the woman who needs it. Who says opposites don't attract?

Kate (Hilary Swank) is an accomplished pianist and an all around successful woman. She is married to Evan (Josh Duhamel), has her own career and is equally upper crust in the kitchen with many, many, friends. That is until she notices the shaking happening to her hand; the breaking of a glass and the inability to entertain a crowd via a piano concerto. This is so often a warning sign of ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; the one-sided weakness of the body. The same illness claimed Lou Gehrig's career and life just as it was gaining more recognition. I will explain right in the beginning, this is a terminal illness, you can not live through this and your life can only be enriched within its stages. Perhaps you can learn all about other things or you can give back to the community, but within the throes of it, this sounds downright trite. I would only be able to see through eyes of fear, injustice, heartbreak ... but then, along comes Bec.

As I stated she was a renowned piano player. Her manual dexterity would go pretty fast, dropping things, losing her grip due to muscle weakness as her whole body begins to attack her. I worked in the end stages of hospice care and have seen this firsthand. It is excruciating for the patient. What Kate has to suffer is a type of motor neuron disease that causes her muscles to breakdown and perish. It impacts all physical functioning as she dropped the glass in the sink at the outset, hands, arms, feet and legs are usually the first to wither. The major trouble with ALS is apparently doctors do not have the knowledge to prevent it.

My heart truly broke for Kate as now she will need total care including breathing and even having her head held steady. This is where Bec (Emmy Rossum), a caretaker who is so unlike the very organized Kate begins to shine. I will leave Evan and Kate's relationship for the movie's sake and say that the love shown from Bec is the more appropriate for this film. These two women are complete opposites and the strength of both their characters clearly shines. One is fighting not to be the 'victim' while the other is giving respects all of the way. A predictable movie by way of knowing so much of an illness, although, not so in the lives of these three major players.

Hilary Swank seems to always bring great parts and acting to the screen. I don't think that I have missed too many if at all. From her working with HBO, she seems to be able to make you feel exactly in the moment with her. Now with "You're Not You", she is bringing a performance from Emmy Rossum that really shouldn't be overlooked. She grew up into a major player overnight. A heartrending movie that exceeds love and friendships.


Begin Again
Begin Again
DVD ~ Keira Knightly
Price: $11.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Just Think You Have Let Your Troubles Get In The Way Of Your Entire Life" - Greta, November 18, 2014
This review is from: Begin Again (DVD)
I simply adored the opening scene of this movie. We see a demure and hardly audible, Greta (Keira Knightly), take the stage alone on an open mic night with her acoustic guitar and begin to sing. Her longtime boyfriend, and also co-writer, Dave (Adam Levine in a surprising acting role), just dumped her. Right after hitting New York City and after she followed him all the way there where he hit it big and she was relegated to the coffee-getting-girl. Being all alone now, Greta is prompted up onstage by, Steve (James Corden), with whom she has been staying with after the wildly upsetting break up. What is so delightful about this scene is that Dan (Mark Ruffalo) who looks like an unmade bed and "a homeless man" all rolled in one stumbles in and watches while drinking in the distance. He is a washed up, burned out, record label executive that is imagining Greta being accompanied by orchestration behind her with each piece being added and playing. He sees just the instruments by themselves with no actual person at their helm and adding additional music to her simple but lovely song. He is absolutely inspired once again.

It is in these wonderful but meaningful touches where this movie, written and directed by John Carney, gains its audience and holds it fast. Dan's background plays out as being divorced from Miriam (Catherine Keener) and never has taken the time to be with his estranged teenaged daughter, Violet (Hailee Steinfeld). He has just gotten more or less fired by his partner, Saul (Mos Def) winding up drunk and staggering around entering the hamlet where Greta is singing. Dan approaches Greta and strikes up a lively banter then makes an appointment with his partner, Saul (Mos Def), who is less than willing to get behind another project of Dan's. His promises have been falling flat anymore and he regretfully will not take another chance on him. Ex-A & R man Dan then visits his old friend, Troublegum (CeeLo Green), who is more than willing to help him out as Dan believed in Troublegum and funded him to make it big. Greta is trying to learn that she can do just fine on her own without Dave at her side with the backing of new friends ... and her cat. Dan has a new and viable project and a friend in Greta. Theirs is a symbiotic relationship, finally. In the midst of all these breakups are new and exciting possibilities.

Together; Greta, Dan, Steve, and even Violet begin again by recording throughout the City of New York in a most refreshing fashion. Overall, this is a happy movie that takes its time to actually be great. It made me feel for the actors and feel so surprising glad I took the time to watch it, then re-watch it. Dan starts anew with the daughter he has been neglecting and certainly more and more able to communicate with a now amiable Miriam. The music styling is scored with a gorgeous soundtrack (Gregg Alexander and the musical team) that keeps things lively, heartfelt and, at times, bittersweet. The music is celebrated in this film and the just right mix is added to make it special, inspirational and extremely worth the view.

This film is lively with back and forth banter, friendships, along with the struggles to make it independently for the major players, Greta and Dan. Taking New York City with something so original and watching it develop right in front of you is all charming and intimate in its own way. For me, a definite purchase and I cannot wait to watch it yet again.


History Of The Eagles
History Of The Eagles
DVD
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles Take It To The Limit One More Time ..., November 15, 2014
This is a don't miss documentary that is overfull with The Eagles' history. From their meteoric rise to their breaking point in 1980, then, when hell freezes over, they reunite after 14 years in 1994 to bring it again. Don Henley and Glenn Frey explain when a band has been together as long as they have been, they become like a marriage of sorts, like a family. When a break-up happens, they go through the same type of lost feelings, feelings of anger and resentment. Their break in '80 was very necessary to individually work on their solo careers and self betterment, so, in the long run, it was this that brought them back as an even more cohesive band.

While Glenn Frey and Don Henley were having successful solo careers and doing other things, Joe Walsh was struggling with substance abuse. He was around too many people who revelled in his drinking while performing solo and encouraged it. When the band decided to reunite, Walsh decided to get sober and did. I remember well the "Hell Freezes Over" tour and album. Any fan of The Eagles was excited for it to happen, but surely didn't think that it would. Thankfully, I was wrong.

Director Alison Ellwood gives us this musical movie in two parts. Part one is the beginning of a young American band that shoots to the top, then burns up and out in 1980. Before then they wrote the musical script for the Seventies. Part two carries us from the reunification of the band and onward with a very much changed group of now family men. They have taken the direction of the band in a different way with a different influence. This documentary is very different for a music film because it has seriously focused on the music. Where we might hear just snippets of songs from others, here we get to listen to mostly the whole of the songs. I have watched this about three times, then I have just had it on in the background as I have gone about my day with their music and commentary on. Along with the band's opinions are friends and artists of their time; Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and many more. This is quite a long film coming in a bit under 4 hours. It is for adults as their lifestyle is obviously not geared for children, especially in part one. Each and every minute of "The History Of The Eagles" is worth your time. Once you see this once, you are going to want to see this again, it is just that good.


Louder Than Words
Louder Than Words
DVD
Price: $3.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe His Actions Speak Louder Than Words" - Maria, November 9, 2014
I found this based on a true story, "Louder Than Words", an ultimately uplifting work after coming to terms with a family's loss. The acting in this took on a different tone by not overly concentrating on the subject of the surprising death and horrible loss of the family's youngest child, Maria (Olivia Steele-Falconer). As just a young teenaged girl, she thought more of others than herself and was the first to think of people in need. Her parents, mother Brenda (Hope Davis), and father, John (David Duchovny) Fareri, are obviously so very shook-up by her sudden passing from an illness that is so very uncommon. They already had trouble with communicating as John is a man of little words and this only made their distance wider. They share college-age triplets from a former marriage of Brenda's, although Maria is John's only biological daughter and they had a quite close relationship. Everybody did with Maria, she was a sweet and thoughtful young lady and the "glue" keeping things together with her parents.

The triplets must move on returning back to college. Michael (Ben Rosenfield), and Julie (Morgan Griffin), are set to leave while Stephanie (Adelaide Kane) decides to stay behind for awhile to help with her parents during their grief. During this awful time, the family all falls into despair and John cannot seem to make any semblance of his own life any longer. He spends his time retracing the pathways, campsites, and places that he and his daughter shared special times at. He sits in her bedroom and reads her diary learning how much she really did care for other people. John also stares at the hospital where she lost her life while sitting in his car. After a time, instead of being unable to move on, John gets inspired. He wishes to build a whole new Children's Hospital and name it totally after Maria, the first hospital with this original distinction and the model of all that follow. Just when you think that John and Brenda cannot get anymore separate in their lives together, they begin to join forces, and to relate about their lovely daughter again. They find a way to make this monumental task a reality with the aid of Bruce Komiske (Timothy Hutton). His work in their favor and with fund raising makes all the difference for the family.

Directed with care and many delicate touches by Anthony Fabian, I thought this small and feeling movie was a hidden gem that I am so glad that I found. Just watching the acting of David Duchovny was truly a wonder to behold as it is as if you can see everything he is feeling in his eyes, and his heart breaking right in front of you. You can actually feel the father's pain while missing his little girl and Duchovny plays it quite believable and, at times, very heart wrenchingly. This also is so beautifully filmed (Elliot Davis) in Greenwich, Connecticut showing the lovely seasonal changes along with stellar scenery, and visual stills. I was so very happy to see this movie, feel all the emotion it had to offer and get inspired by one family's true story for how they put in motion something so heartwarmingly real ... A real and honest family story.


A Most Wanted Man (DVD+DIGITAL)
A Most Wanted Man (DVD+DIGITAL)
DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
Price: $17.98
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "To Make The World A Safer Place" - Bachmann and Sullivan, November 7, 2014
"A Most Wanted Man" is directed by Anton Corbijn from the screenplay (Andrew Bovell) which is based on the John le Carre' novel of the same name. An intriguing spy thriller that will seduce you slowly as this storyline is unafraid to take its time. The suspense builds within the plot of cohesive storytelling. This film's direction is quite clever with its cast as they can leave you guessing from scene to scene. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Gunther Bachmann, who heads up a small "unknown" security division that carefully and methodically spies on new suspects coming into Hamburg, Germany. Entering in under the cover of the nighttime is a half-Chechen and half-Russian man, Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin). He has been horribly tortured and has come to claim his late father's money from the banker, Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe), while slipping into the Islamic community. Gunther is on the case. Hoffman is once again able to completely chameleon himself into another character and champions each and every nuance of his role. His performance rivals anything he has done previously as Hoffman is a master of his craft right here again.

I was interested from the very start as the story added a new character and then another into its plot. As on top of this as Gunther is American security agent, Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright). They need to know the true identity of Issa, who is he? Why is he here? What does he want? Who is he really? To help get some of these questions answered is Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), a "pacifist" lawyer, human rights activist hired to aid him by people in the community. Gunther works tirelessly with Irna Frey (Nina Hoss) to stay one step ahead at all times and this is certainly not their first waltz together. The film is generously cast and beautifully scored (Herbert Gronemeyer) with a soundtrack that ticks with its own tension adding to a potboiler at times. This is a careful spin on a chessboard, a thoughtfully crafted piece in comparison. It twists and turns right up to the ending, the ending that I will not even flirt with except to say, it cannot be missed.

I usually don't care a whole lot for spy thrillers as I get lost trying to follow difficult plotlines, twists that take me way off base or just plain confusing situations. I did not find that here. This is easy to follow, although it is still quite intricate, once you start becoming vested in the characters in the storyline. It almost transcends what you might expect from this type of film as there are no huge explosions or overblown anything. This is a mind craft. One of this year's best in suspenseful views, "A Most Wanted Man" plays fair, not predictable but surly does not spin you away from the action and this is mainly all in the acting. I was completely hooked from the point of pushing play ...
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God's Pocket
God's Pocket
DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
Price: $16.16
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Can't Find My Way Home" - Blind Faith, November 7, 2014
This review is from: God's Pocket (DVD)
"God's Pocket" completely snuck up on me. I didn't know that this movie was made so I wasn't even anticipating its release, it turned up quite by surprise. I was trying to think how I could describe this movie; it's dark, dank, aloof, and in crucial spots, laughably quirky. While the story itself is many things, it will be different for many. For me, it was darkly comedic and may even polarize its own audience with its bleak character studies and its getting-nowhere-quickly results. I still found it quite good even though I had to grapple quite hard to feel any vested emotion for anyone of the characters here in a dilapidated looking, God's Pocket.

Set in a small hamlet of South Philly is this small neighborhood with a purely broken feel. The people inhabiting it are seemingly apathetic, or just plain flat-affected blue-collar workers who spend most of their time in the local bars. They drag themselves inside after a day of scamming, scheming or just plain hard work. Along with the other broken backs is Mickey Scarpato (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who probably bought his own seat bellied up to the bar. He is now having a personal dilemma concerning his wife, Jeanie's (Christina Hendricks), adult son. Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is one bad apple from another marriage and has been killed in a construction accident at his workplace right away. The entire situation concerning his death then burial is questionable, sometimes laughable, as Leon was not a good guy and certainly nobody even cares that he is gone. His mother Jeanie cannot leave it alone. She believes something is not square and someone is not telling the truth about it. Mickey must find a way to pay off his debt, pay for the funeral and keep everything together (including Jeanie) in his flimflammer's style. As soon as you see John Turturro show-up as Mickeys buddy, you are reassured of the confidence man's role in this lowborn feeling drama.

Along with Mickey's story are the parallel concerns of Richard Shellburn (Richard Jenkins) who has been tipped off by Jeanie and is now digging around for the real scoop. He is a columnist that has been writing about this area continually in his life, although now he is just a washed-up drunk and womanizing most of the time. Everywhere you look in this movie; you will find and feel the apathy of the players who actually make the story quite interesting in spite of themselves. Directed by John Slattery who gives the movie a realistic and heavy-handed focus on its gritty atmosphere and lost looking landscapes (Lance Acord). The broken-down cars line the streets while trash cans sit awaiting garbage day as Mickey shuffles through the neighborhood trying to find his way back home in God's Pocket.


Get On Up
Get On Up
DVD ~ Chadwick Boseman
Price: $19.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "And I Did This All By Myself" - James Brown, October 28, 2014
This review is from: Get On Up (DVD)
This biopic and drama was a work of respect ... respect for the one and only "Godfather of Soul". With a production team including Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, how could this go wrong? Chadwick Boseman as James Brown shows his astounding talent that certainly did amaze. He was so different than others as director Tate Taylor ("The Help") brings this to the screen in a nonlinear style that went back and forth in time. I did get to see this in the theater and was very happy along with the rest of the audience there. I enjoyed the music so much with the big speaker sound and the others just as jubilant as I was. I could hear the folks singing along with me during the movie.

Starting out in 1988, then coming along is the famous attempt to outrun the police which follows up much later in the movie; we discover his painful childhood as we go back and forth in time. This style of directing brings the audience through significant periods in his life and because it doesn't start in chronological order, we do not view his life from his very meager upbringing to his overwhelming success. His life moved around within the time frame of the movie. Returning to 1939 as a small boy with abusive parents in a tumultuous relationship, and then to a huge jump forward to 1968 and readying himself to go to Vietnam to perform for the troops. James Brown is getting ready to make his own way in the world. As he always said, "I did it all by myself". He had a great lifelong friendship with Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), a former bandmate of "The Famous Flames", that James Brown fronted. Bobby never did leave his side for too awfully long. He respected James and took his suggestions a bit flinchingly along with his manager, Ben Bart (Dan Aykroyd). Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer) adds a lovely performance with a young James also. You will also see scenes of him along with 'Little Richard'. Brown's story is extremely interesting, although the standout in this movie is his performing.

Boseman, as a very charismatic Brown, is absolutely incredible, nuanced and equally layered with all of the movements of his charge. This talented man inhabited a funky, soul-singing and dancing Brown completely for me. The drops to the floor in splits and right back up in a heartbeat's time, his feet moving so effortlessly that they just slid to the soul sound. The cinematographer (Stephen Goldblatt) focuses on the amazing movements of Boseman and holds the camera there. I was completely mystified with him. James Brown was smooth with a capital 'S'. His songs are unafraid, gritty, edgy, grinding, and maybe not so 'ready for prime time' which makes them all the more unique.

I could really enjoy this film even more so because Taylor did not concentrate on anything negative for too long. When I do say concentrate, I mean things of a troubling nature are touched on, although are not hung on. He chose to celebrate a legend and it was a perfect portrayal. I was really happy to see that Mick Jagger was a producer of the film, and watching through the end credits I found he was also the executive music producer. The "Rolling Stones" are a small part who are included in this film. Can you imagine the young and awestruck 'Stones' being introduced to the one of a kind James Brown? The music (Thomas Newman) had the theater audience itching to 'get on up' on our feet, we were all positively inspired. As the film ended, nobody really wanted to leave. We all sat through the ending credits just waiting for one song or one more note ... just a bit more of Mr. Brown; truly the "Godfather of Soul". This is one biopic that shouldn't be missed by James Brown's fans, but also by fans of music which made a real difference in our historical catalogue.

I very much enjoyed the music in this movie, along with his unique dancing. It made one want to get up yourself especially while there are not too many people in the theater. I had not remembered all of what James Brown's song choices included until hearing some of them. It was really a very enjoyable experience to hear a lot of the music again. It was a treat for me and a great part of the movie. This will dare you to keep your feet from moving to the beat ...

*James Brown was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1986 and I am still unsure why this is not included as such a feature of his talent in this movie ...
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The Judge (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)
The Judge (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)
DVD ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: $22.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars "You're A Shined-Up Wooden Nickel Mr. Palmer..." - Prosector Dwight Dickham, October 24, 2014
David Dobkin directs a back and forth family drama along with a taut courtroom drama including a cast that makes this blend come together convincingly. For me, either circumstance could seemingly have been made into a complete film itself. With Robert Downey Jr., (Henry "Hank" Palmer), and his father, Robert Duvall (Joseph Palmer), both situations happening simultaneously made this movie all the more full-bodied. Robert Downey Jr.'s quick-witted and never missing a beat dialogue makes this movie a joy to view. A - did he or didn't he - that rang out in the midst of an explosion of family dysfunction; "The Judge" was an anticipated onscreen success. Upon discovering who wrote the screenplay (Nick Schenk), it was immediately understandable why Duvall was cast as Judge Joseph Palmer. Shenk is quite astute in writing parts for grouchy curmudgeons as he did for Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino", another movie favorite. Duvall carries this off easily, convincingly and has you not really liking the man too well. He pulls very similar feelings that I had for Eastwood at the beginning of his movie, the old porch sitter snarling at everyone around him. Those feelings changed for me as they did at a much slower pace in "The Judge". Let the sparks fly between Duvall and Downey Jr. as Hank realizes he may have to dabble with the devil in his father once again.

Hank moved away from his family and is now a big city lawyer who gets called back home to small-town, Carlinville Indiana, for his mother's funeral. This pricks at old memories that have festered over the years into deep familial wounds. He may be in the middle of a divorce from a wife that is less than faithful and has a young daughter, Lauren (Emma Tremblay) at home. She asks her father about her Grandfather to the tune of, "Your Grandpa Palmer is dead to me". A lot more than a little girl can understand at the time, but how is an emotionally neglected son to feel? While home with his family, which includes Hank's brothers, Glen (Vincent D'Onofrio), and Dale (Jeremy Strong), it becomes easier to understand his discomfort and the discord he would rather forget. When his brother's lives are explained we understand more of their backstory while his father is not exactly happy to see him, this sparks conflict immediately within Hank. In this set-up alone there are many subplots intertwining within the family.

Add soon to the people in Hank's life the restaurant owner, and former love, Samantha Powell (Vera Farmiga) along with her daughter, Carla (Leighton Meester). Hank's personal plate is set to overflowing with issues that are becoming overwhelming. Samantha's interaction becomes integral and Hank is tossed back in time to questionable possibilities that get quite complicated.

Finding out later when returning home again to defend his father in a court action, Hank discovers his father has been charged with committing a major crime. It concerns a murder and he is the suspect after he has served forty two years on the bench hearing case after case himself. It seems far too much to be plausible until you understand Joseph Palmer's personality, and that there is much more happening with the Judge personally and familially. The prosecuting attorney, Dwight Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton), appears to have a personal grudge and digs in his heels to nail down the Judge with a charge and voraciously intends to make it stick. "I'm gonna impale your client on a first degree murder charge", Prosecutor Dickham means business staring down Hank while exclaiming that he will have a front row seat for the viewing of it all. He looks the part of a shifty eyed attorney, mustachioed and cunningly swift. Taking the bench to hear the case of Joseph Palmer is Judge Warren (Ken Howard). Certainly a favorite part of mine is Hank's extremely insightful way of selecting a Jury. The vital excusing question he asks of them and then their individual answers brought a welcomed smile in a brilliant spin on whom he would choose to hear the case.

Is his father sick? Did his memory escape him? Is he telling the truth? You be the Judge.

The soundtrack (Thomas Newman) throughout this past and present family journey is especially heart tugging and helps to smooth the raw emotion off of the rougher edges in the story. Viewing the sights (Janusz Kaminski) of what is small town Indiana here helps to place this on the learning curve for Hank Palmer and his family. Boasting a large cast with many scene stealers thrown in brings the lifestyle its necessary light in a heavier theme. A necessary balance in a point/counterpoint sparring banter between father and son ... or "The Judge" and his Lawyer.


Stuck in Love
Stuck in Love
DVD ~ Greg Kinnear
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4.0 out of 5 stars "If Love Is Setting A Place At The Table For Someone Who Is Never Coming Home, I Think I'll Pass" - Samantha, October 22, 2014
This review is from: Stuck in Love (DVD)
It's another holiday for the Borgens family and everyone is together, well, almost. Rest assured that a place is set at the table for 'her' each and every year with high hopes from Bill (Greg Kinnear), that she will soon return to him. Bill is dealing with real issues concerning his two teenaged children, Samantha (Lily Collins) and Rusty (Nat Wolff) while missing his ex-wife, Erica (Jennifer Connelly). She left him three years ago for another man. Bill is a well-known author who now has a problem with writer's block, not having put a word to a page in three years, ever since Erica left. Samantha is certainly not holding out any notions of love for herself, she is a writer on the verge of actually publishing a novel at such a young age. Rusty also aspires to write fantasy stories in this film about love, loss, family, and a whole lot of words.

Bill spies on Erica from time to time while longing for her return, but also dabbles with his feisty and very married neighbor, Tricia (Kristin Bell). She can get longwinded while trying to convince Bill to get back into the dating game. This is not for him, he is waiting ... and is definitely "stuck in love" with Erica. With this family and their myriad of relationships, they move about as pieces on a chessboard with an ease in play. While Rusty is seeking more lifetime experiences for himself, Sam is spouting her mantra of 'hopeless romantics' and 'realists' to her brother or any other listeners. She certainly tries to block any feelings towards anyone but can someone so wickedly witty and lovely completely abstain from falling in love herself? And what of Rusty? He is falling head over heals for Kate (Liana Liberato). And then there is Louis (Logan Lerman)? Ultimately, the question befalls Bill to move on or wait for his ex-wife to return, will she or won't she?

Things in this film are not all uplifting, this is an honest look at life after a divorce tears apart the two parents and their family along with it. The two teens are left whirling with their forming opinions about life and love due to it. Because they are writers, words work for them quite well in the story. You will be able to pick out some writers certainly worth noting within too. Writer and director, Josh Boone uses a gentle hand and delivers a story that is easy to view. You are assured a film which is interactively entertaining in this uncomplicated and an appreciated romantic comedy/drama. I have viewed this film a number of times now and have enjoyed it each time. The character portrayals will capture your attention right from the outset as you get to know the Borgens family and how they individually move in and out of being stuck in love.


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