Monday, January 19, 2015

Movie Reviews: "Annie," "Big Eyes" & "Selma"

   Rated PG

Annie is a foster child with a sunny disposition who lives in a foster home headed by evil Miss Hannigan.  A chance encounter with billionaire mayoral candidate Will Stacks leads to him becoming Annie's temporary guardian.  While Stacks thinks he’s doing Annie a favor and helping her out, she turns out to be his savior.

I have to confess that I’ve never seen the original Annie.  That said, I loved this contemporary version.  Annie is humorous and sweet, and the singing is amazing!  If you’re looking for a feel-good movie, Annie is the one for you!

   Big Eyes
   Rated PG-13

Big Eyes is the story of Margaret Keane, the artist who created the iconic, pop art “big eyes” paintings.  Unfortunately, her husband, Walter, a marketing genius and sociopath took credit as the artist.  Will Margaret prevail and eventually receive her due credit?

Seeing Big Eyes was a wonderful experience!  Golden Globe winner Amy Adams and Golden Globe nominee Christoph Waltz give stunning performances as Margaret and Walter Keane.  In addition to being a fascinating story, Big Eyes’s accurate portrayal of 1960’s American mores and values was worth the price of admission!

   Rated PG-13

Selma is the true story of the 1965 events leading up to and including the historic civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The purpose of the fifty-four mile walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama was to secure voting rights for African American citizens and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.

If you see one film this season, make sure it’s Selma.  While at times it was painful to see the racism and hatred, the marchers’ courage and determination showcased the best of humanity.

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