Saturday, November 19, 2016

Reviews for the weekend of 11/18/16

I am hoping to catch up with the movie reviews in the next few weeks. 

Edge of Seventeen

In this coming of age story, Hailee Steinfeld plays ‘Nadine,’ a put upon teen maneuvering through love, loss and embarrassment, while juggling parents, school and the fact her best friends is hooking up with her brother.

We’ve seen this format a ton of times, and when it works you get films like “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Heathers.”

When it doesn’t, you end up with “Biker Boyz,” “College Road Trip,” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

“The Edge of Seventeen” is a good coming of age tale with Steinfeld offering a very watchable and entertaining role. Although the film won’t make you forget “Pretty in Pink,” it will make you laugh and squirm in your seat.

“The Edge of Seventeen” gets a B and is rated R.
Bleed for This

The film focuses on the inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks
“Bleed for This” is a slow to boil underdog story that works very well, if you stick with it. Miles Teller takes on the role with honest enthusiasm and heartfelt angst as a man, who at the top of his career, is faced with staggering news. Teller makes this film believable with this solid acting job.

Aaron Eckhart, who is almost unrecognizable in the role of trainer Kevin Rooney, is somewhat out of place as the no-nonsense coach bringing Pazienza’s career back to life.

Overall the film, despite Teller’s performance, is uneven and saccharine.

“Bleed for This” gets a C and is rated R.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Written by J.K. Rowling, the film begins the adventures of writer and wizard Newt Scamander seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Although the film has a worldwide built in audience, the film is less than perfect. Eddie Redmayne is too meek and lackluster for the role and delivers most of his lines under his breath.

The watchable performance in the film belongs to Dan Fogler, as “Kowalski,” a human who gets tangled up into the wizarding world. Fogler delivers a performance filled with comic disbelief, yet sprinkled with the right amount of amazement and curiosity.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has terrific special effects, action and a well-paced story. It just needed a little more enthusiasm from its lead actor.

In the end, the film will please and entertain its fans. It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

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