Monday, June 27, 2016

Movie Reviews: “Finding Dory,” “Central Intelligence” & “The Shallows”

   Finding Dory
   Rated PG

We all know short tem memory-challenged Dory helped Marlin find his son, Nemo, in the first movie, but what happens when they become separated from Dory? 

Like most Pixar films, Finding Dory is sweet, funny and touching and addresses a larger social issue (in this case, what is the definition of a family?)  Good for both children and adults, Finding Dory is a must-see!

   Central Intelligence
   Rated PG-13

Days before their 20th high school reunion, cool kid-turned-accountant Calvin reunites with Bob Stone, the school punching bag.  Bob now claims to be a secret agent who needs Calvin’s help saving the world, but is it the truth or is Bob using Calvin for his own nefarious reasons?

I don’t usually rate this type of comedy this highly, but Central Intelligence is a gem!  It’s hilarious and unpredictable, and Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are both so charismatic and funny. I loved seeing Central Intelligence!

   The Shallows
   Rated  PG-13

As a tribute to her late mother, medical school dropout Nancy surfs at a secluded beach and becomes the prey of a great white shark.  Though she’s fairly close to shore, will she survive the ultimate test of wills?

To be honest, I was surprised by how much I liked The Shallows.  Suspenseful and gripping, this movie has a likeable protagonist, an interesting story and is just the right length.  Seeing The Shallows is a great way to spend a summer afternoon!

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