Friday, December 1, 2017

Movie Reviews: “A Bad Moms Christmas,” “Roman J Israel, Esq., ” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” & “Lady Bird”

   A Bad Moms Christmas
   Rated R

Three already overburdened moms deal with the added stress of the holidays, which includes a visit from each of their mothers.

A Bad Moms Christmas is raunchy and riddled with profanity, but it’s also bittersweet and a movie most daughters and moms can relate to. While I went into this movie with pretty low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it!

   Roman J Israel, Esq.
   Rated PG-13

Roman J Israel is a Los Angeles-based attorney whose idealism and activism are called into question after an upending series of events.

As always, Denzel Washington gives a superb performance as the socially awkward yet legal savant attorney. If you are in the mood for a very good drama, Roman J Israel, Esq. is the film for you.

   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
   Rated R

After her daughter is brutally murdered, Mildred Hayes rents three billboardson which she places provocative messages to catch the attention of local law enforcement.

A true gem, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is more of a glimpse into the protagonist’s life than a story with a beginning, middle and end. Unexpected and unpredictable, with very human characters, this film is one of my top ten for the year.

   Lady Bird
   Rated R

Set in Sacramento in 2002, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is a high school senior desperate to escape her hometown. While she and her mother love each other deeply, they have the same opinionated, strong-willed personalities which inevitably leads to clashes.

The only file to ever receive a perfect 100 rating from Rotten Tomatoes, I expect the cast and film to receive many award nominations. This funny and touching film perfectly portrays the mother/teenage daughter relationship.

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