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Ricki and the Flash Relatively Rocks

Ricki and the Flash was a pleasant picture. It didn’t offer ground-breaking emotion or an unpredictable story, but it was enjoyable. I sat and smiled during the near hour and forty-minute picture. However, that is my usual reaction when I see the one and only Meryl Streep on screen. I also laughed and at times almost cried, which is unusual because I’m a sap. It did have its share of issues, but overall I was happy when I left the theater that night.

Mamie Gummer & Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash

Mamie Gummer & Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash

The first act of the film does struggle. It seemed that award-winner director Jonathan Demme and award-winning writer Diablo Cody struggled to find the correct tone. Sometimes it strives for comedy, but some of the jokes don’t land or possibly weren’t meant to be funny in the first place. This makes Ricki and the Flash feel awkward and it never really shakes that feeling until the movie’s resolution.

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SUFFRAGETTE Official Trailer #1 Review

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Into the Woods Gets Lost Along the Way

In 1986, a musical play called Into the Woods debuted in San Diego. It found great success with the lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. A year later, it debuted on Broadway. It took home three Tony Awards at the 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Book. Since then, the musical has been revived numerous times all over the world. Now, almost 30 years since its debut, Disney and Rob Marshall bring Into the Woods to the big screen.

James Corden and Emily Blunt in Into the Woods.

James Corden and Emily Blunt in Into the Woods.

The film follows The Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who are given the opportunity to lift a curse put on them by The Witch (Meryl Streep).

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The Giver

In 1993, Lois Lowry released her now famous Newbery Medal winning novel, “The Giver.” It earned its way on to many middle-school readings lists and sold millions of copies and now twenty-one years later, has been adapted for the big screen. The story about the power of individuality and the relationship between pleasure and pain will be directed by Phillip Noyce. 

Brenton Thwaites in The Giver

Brenton Thwaites in The Giver

After the Ruin, the Community seems to be perfect as there is no war and no pain. However, when young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to become the Receiver of Memories, The Giver (Jeff Bridges) must show Jonas the history and the past of the world through memory. As Jonas sees what emotions, feelings, and simple joys the world used to offer, he begins to question if the Community is really the “perfect world.” 

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